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.

Who We Are

Founded in 1925, the Association unites student editors and faculty advisers working with them to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. Students come from public, private and church-related schools and colleges throughout the United States and from overseas schools following an American plan of education. The Association is owned by Columbia University and operated as a program affiliated with its Graduate School of Journalism.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association serves student journalists as follows:

  1. to make clear expression the standard for success;
  2. to maintain the student media for students, by students and containing news of students;
  3. to conduct contests and offer awards to make student media better than they were; and
  4. to recognize that journalism can be a means towards broader understanding of society and people.


The Association is a voluntary membership-based organization. Although it publishes standards and gives awards to recognize superior performance by its members, it is neither a testing nor an accrediation agency.

Read a brief summary of the history of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Learn about the history of the seal and download a copy of the seal to use in your publication.
Edmund J. Sullivan was named director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 1981.

Meet the members of the CSPA staff.

Founded in 1927, the CSPAA is a professional organization of teachers/advisers devoted to the development of the student press in accordance with educational practices.