Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

2002 O'Malley Citation

2002 Charles R. O'Malley Award citation for William A. Elsen

The O’Malley Award was presented to William A. Elsen, copy chief on the Metro tab desk at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1970. The O’Malley Award is presented for excellence in teaching, a trait that Elsen has repeatedly demonstrated by his successful lectures at the CSPA spring conventions for more than twenty-five years. Elsen has also taught for eighteen years at the Institute for High School Students at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and for two years at the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism. He also teaches at the University of North Carolina’s summer journalism workshop for students.

Elsen has also lent his services to scholastic press associations as a convention speaker, special seminar coordinator and faculty member for summer workshops. Previously Elsen was a reporter in Saigon for the Defense Department newspaper Stars and Strips, a reporter and copy editor for the Nashville Banner, a sports copy editor for the (Nashville) Tennesseean and a sports writer for The Washington Daily News.

Edmund J. Sullivan, the CSPA’s director, presented the award. He praised Elsen for his “steadfast dedication to educating student journalists.”   Said Sullivan, “Bill Elsen has never wavered in his recognition that many journalists began their love of the craft while students, and that tomorrow’s readers—and writers—of the media are today’s students. He has always generously contributed his time, talent and energy to making sure those students found writing and editing, in particular, to be of value in their lives. The CSPA is grateful for his unselfish contributions to this work.”

For his extraordinary persistence and achievement as a teacher and mentor to students and faculty alike, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is proud to present the Charles R. O'Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching to William A. Elsen.


This citation was written and presented by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Association.