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.

Convention Program

  • For security reasons, this ADVISORY COPY does NOT contain room locations. It does include titles, names of speakers and descriptions or all sessions by day and hour.


Download Convention Advisory Program

2015 CSPA Advisory Program [9.1 MB]

A few notes:
Each delegate will get an official program at registration upon arrival at campus that WILL include room assignments and a campus map.

As you plan possible sessions to attend once on campus, remember we must strictly enforce posted room capacity limits for classrooms. The University requires that CSPA staff check delegate badges at room entrances and close rooms once all seats are filled. No standees are allowed, per NYFD regulations. So pick a back-up room when making advance choices on what sessions to attend.

Here are some highlighted sessions that require you to bring additional times to get the most out of the convention.

• The Power of Light by Mark Murray on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (requires a digital camera). Open to students and advisers.
• Student Swap Shops several hours during each day (requires copies of your publication to exchange with others students). Open only to students.

Also, follow CSPA [@cspa] on Twitter for convention updates.


Convention Program Outline

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
8am- 3pm Registration
10-10:45am First Topic Sessions, 
11-11:45am Second Topic Sessions , Student Swap Shops
Noon-1:20pm Lunch
1:30-2:15pm Third Topic Sessions, Student Swap Shops
2:30-3:15pm Fourth Topic Sessions, Student Swap Shops

Thursday, March 19, 2015
8am -3pm Registration continues
9-9:45am Fifth Topic Sessions
10-10:45am Sixth Topic Sessions, Student Swap Shops
11-11:45am Seventh Topic Sessions, Student Swap Shops
Noon-1:20pm Lunch, Advisers Lunch
1:30-2:15pm Eighth Topic Sessions, Student Swap Shops
2:30-3:15pm Ninth Topic Sessions

Friday, March 20, 2015
8-10:45am Registration continues
8:45-9:30am  Tenth Topic Sessions
9:45-10:30am Eleventh Topic Sessions Student Swap Shops
10:45-11:30am Twelfth Topic Sessions, Student Swap Shops
11:45-12:30pm Advisers Association Meeting,Thirteenth Topic Sessions
Noon-2:20pm Lunch, Advisers Luncheon, Murphy, O’Malley, Gold Key Award Presentations
2:30-3:30pm Awards Convocation Crown Awards