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.

Fall Conference

Begin your school year with advice and help from the best in the business!
Monday, November 7, 2016 at Columbia University in the City of New York
For more information, visit our event site (available after August 30, 2016).


The Columbia Scholastic Press Association will present its 77th annual Fall Conference on Monday, November 7, 2016 on Columbia University's historic Morningside Heights campus in uptown Manhattan.

The Conference is open to both secondary school students and faculty advisers from schools across the country. Over 80 sessions will be offered, covering all aspects of student publishing. While some sessions will cater to student interests, advisers are welcome to attend these sessions with their students. Some sessions will be presented for advisers only.

The program is rich and varied, with experienced advisers and journalists serving as session leaders. Session topics will include writing and editing; staff organization and motivation; design and layout; suggestions for special areas of coverage; and legal and ethical concerns for advisers and editors.

As part of its registration center, CSPA will offer a display of award-winning publications from the 2015-2016 academic year.

Lunch is not included in the Conference registration fee. A list of restaurants in the area will be provided to delegates at the registration desk.

Payment of fees must accompany your registration before or at the Conference. No fees will be billed unless accompanied by an authorized school purchase order at the late price.

The program guide (the printed schedule of meetings) will be distributed at registration. The schedule will be available on the CSPA's web site two weeks prior to the conference.

The officers of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association (CSPAA) will consult with faculty advisers about specific concerns and problems regarding the publication of newspapers, magazines and yearbooks. Speakers from Teachers & Writers Collaborative, as well as advisers from award-winning magazines, will discuss how to put together an attractive and well-edited student magazine.

The Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with other student editors and faculty advisers in the area to share common problems and discover new solutions.

Registration will take place in Roone Arledge Auditorium in the Alfred Lerner Center at Columbia University. The Alfred Lerner Center is located on 115th St. and Broadway in upper westside Manhattan. Classes will be held in classrooms in various academic buildings on campus.

Plan carefully and bring substitutes for absentee delegates. No refunds will be given after October 21st. 

You do not have to be a CSPA member to attend our events.


Submit your registration online and send payment by October 21st to ensure your registration packet is prepared for pick-up when you arrive on campus.

If you cannot meet the October 21st postmark deadline, please register online and bring full payment with you.

Registration Prices for 2016

The price of admission is based on the number of delegates (advisers are included as delegates) attending as a group:

16 or more delegates = $42
5-15 delegates = $44
4 or fewer delegates = $47

All groups sending purchase orders with their registrations will be charged the $47 per person rate. (A purchase order is not payment; it is a promise to pay.) If full payment is received before your arrival on campus, CSPA will honor the sliding scale discounted rates based on your group size.

Groups paying after the Conference will be billed at $47 per person, regardless of group size.

Please note: Our registration system requires the full group to register at once to take advantage of the per person discount. Registering additional people after the initial registration will reset the participant count to one (1).

Don't Forget:

  • Request funding

  • Gather permission slips

  • Arrange transportation

  • Collect funds

  • Mail registration forms to CSPA (You may also register at the door)



Lunch is not included in the conference price. Delegates may bring their own lunches or choose from area restaurants.

The Day At A Glance:

8:00 a.m. Registration opens
9:30 a.m. First Sessions
10:30 a.m. Second Sessions
11:15 a.m. Lunch on your own
12:15 p.m. Third Sessions
1:15 p.m. Fourth Sessions
2:15 p.m. Fifth Sessions
3:00 p.m. Conference Ends