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.

2001 Murphy Citation

2001 Joseph M. Murphy Award citation for Laura Schaub

Our honoree has been student editor, professional journalist, teacher of journalism, adviser of student newspaper, yearbook and magazine, school district public relations director, university professor and director of her state’s scholastic press association. Not to forget being considered as one of the nation’s premier workshop instructors and conference presenters on most aspects of teaching and advising student journalists.

For more than 20 years she has attended the CSPA’s Annual Conventions, presenting as many as five seminars each year on topics ranging as design trends for yearbooks to counseling advisers on how to stay “semi-sane” in the midst of chaos. She has continually volunteered to present sessions, offer critiques, judge competitions, write articles and give speeches to student editors, faculty advisers, and professionals in both journalism and education. A tireless campaigner for student journalism, she gives unstintingly of her time and talent on its behalf.

Among her latest contributions to the field have been co-editing the third edition of CSPA’s Scholastic Yearbook Fundamentals, published in 1991, and now co-editing the forthcoming fourth edition of Magazine Fundamentals, expected this summer. Both publications champion the highest standards of good journalism for students.

For her energetic promotion of the best journalistic practices throughout her teaching and advising career, and for unselfish service to her own state of Oklahoma, and to thousands of other students and faculty she has taught here at Columbia, The New York Times joins with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in honoring the achievements of Laura L. Schaub by presenting her with the Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service.


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