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.

Spring Convention

The CSPA invites high school students and faculty advisers to attend and participate in CSPA’s 90th annual Spring Scholastic Convention. This national gathering of student editors and faculty advisers to newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, video productions, and online media will be held at Columbia University from Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 21, 2014.

Delegates can choose from 350 or more sessions organized in seven sequences: newspaper, yearbook, magazine, online media, video/broadcasting, law and ethics and advisers. All seven sequences will run simultaneously throughout the three days of the Convention.

Throughout the Convention, our hourly schedule boasts a variety of special events, including Advisers Luncheons on Thursday and Friday. In addition, the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association (CSPAA) will meet on Friday.

The winners of the Crown Awards for top publications will be presented at the Awards Convocation on Friday afternoon.

More than 500 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks that will enter the CSPA’s 2013 competitions will be displayed at the 90th Scholastic Convention. The display will include recent high scoring publications. Delegates will be able to browse through the publications on Wednesday and Thursday.

Deadline for early registration is February 18, 2014 at a fee of $105 per person. To qualify for the early registration fee, your registration form and all fees paid must be paid in full and postmarked by the date February 18, 2014.

For all registrations postmarked after February 18th or made on-site at the Convention, the registration fee is $119 per person.

No purchase orders will be accepted for early registration fees. All purchase orders will be billed the late fee of $119 per person.

Limited seating is available for the FREE Advisers Luncheons on Thursday and Friday. While these Advisers Luncheons are free to attend, each adviser must reserve their seat in advance. We can only accommodate the first 180 people who have reseravations for each luncheon. Please reserve your luncheon seat only if you are sure you will be able to attend.

If students or advisers wish to register additional persons as part of an existing school delegation, they may do so after February 18th at the late fee.

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