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.

2007 Murphy Citation

2007 Joseph M. Murphy Award citation for Richard P. Johns

It is fitting that we gather here today to honor Richard Johns. It was 44 years ago this March that he first attended this convention as a young high school teacher and adviser from Indiana.

Never one to seek the spotlight for himself, yet always ready to help others with his deep knowledge of journalism and education, Dick Johns has been a beacon of integrity in a distinguished career of teaching and leadership spanning nearly half a century. Since 1972 his stewardship of Quill and Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists, has set the gold standard for managing one of the oldest and most respected school-college partnerships in the United States.

His willingness to teach, write, edit or convene a key meeting is legendary.

His example of selfless service, always given freely, is inspiring.

His dedication to students and their right to free expression with responsibility is unwavering.

In recognition of a lifetime of unstinting service to student journalists and faculty advisers in secondary schools throughout the world, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is privileged to honor Richard P. Johns with its Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service.


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