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.

Membership levels: Regular, Associate and Basic

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Membership for 2016-2017 publications/media
will open in April 2017 to become eligible for entry
in Critiques, Crowns and Circles.

 

Deadlines to submit

Spring publications/media: June 12, 2017
Fall yearbooks: October 13, 2017


Levels of membership — 3 ways to enter

High school, middle school and collegiate publications can now choose one of three (3) different types of CSPA membership levels:

Regular Membership: includes detailed critique, Crown judging, 30 free Gold Circle entries, Special Edition Crown Awards DVD. [Hybrid $275, Digital $235, Print $235]

Associate Membership: includes Crown judging, 30 free Gold Circle entries, Special Edition Crown Awards DVD. NO critique included. [$195]
Basic Membership: includes 30 free Gold Circle entries, Special Edition Crown Awards DVD. NO critique, NO Crown Awards entry included. [$175]


HYBRID – print publication that provides live coverage via website between print editions. Can include expanded content for stories already covered in print. Could also include updates or completely new coverage via website. (Hybrid members receive 60 Gold Circle entries: 30 print and 30 digital.)

DIGITAL – Online news reporting only; no print component.  If a print edition co-exists with the digital news site, then it’s a hybrid publication.

PRINT - News reporting in print only; no digital (online) component.  If a digital edition co-exists with the print component, then it’s a hybrid publication.

Only CSPA members can enter our contests.

Questions about membership

How can I apply for CSPA Membership?
Click the "Join CSPA" button above. Please note that with the launch of our new online membership site, we have retired the use of hard copy and PDF membership forms. No hard copy or PDF forms will be available for download or submission.

Why is the newspaper & magazine postmark deadline (June 12th) earlier than the yearbook and digital media postmark deadline (October 13th)?
To permit timely returns of Medalist critiques, it is essential to have all newspapers and magazines submitted in June. We have more adviser-judges available to complete an evaluation at this time. The sooner we receive your publication, the sooner we can get it to an adviser-judge.

Despite the October 13th deadline, we encourage yearbooks to submit their edition as soon as they are printed. Late summer and fall delivery yearbooks have until October 13th to send in their publications. 

How do we get our publication evaluated by the CSPA?
Only Regular Members receive a written evaluation (critique) of their publication. Newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and Web sites should complete the Membership Form and send it to us as soon as possible.

When does my CSPA membership expire?
All CSPA memberships run from July 1st of the current membership year until June 30th of the following year, regardless of what time of year you submitted your publication for membership.

If we don't want an evaluation/critique this year, can we still be CSPA members?
Associate and Basic Members are CSPA members, yet neither receive a written evaluation/critique of their publication and/or Web site.

Associate Members receive membership in CSPA, entry into the Crown Awards, 30 free Gold Circle entries and a copy of the Special Edition Crown Awards DVD.

Basic Members receive membership in CSPA, 30 free Gold Circle entries and a copy of the Special Edition Crown Awards DVD.

Hybrid members at either level receive 60 Gold Circle entries: 30 print and 30 digital.