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.

2020 CSPA Spring Convention CANCELED

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association will cancel its planned 96 th annual Convention for high school student editors and faculty advisers. The event was planned for March 18-20, 2020 and was expected to draw nearly 2,500 participants from more than 300 schools in 30 states. Nearly 350 individual sessions were planned over the three days on the Columbia campus.

“In consideration of coronavirus guidelines regarding large scale events, airline travel, hotel lodging and use of mass transit to get around New York City and reach the Columbia University campus where all convention sessions would be held, the decision was made to cancel the convention for only the second time since it began in 1925,” said Edmund Sullivan, executive director of the CSPA.

“The continued health of our student and faculty attendees, as well as Columbia staff, is our paramount concern,” said Sullivan.

Further information on refunds to those already registered and paid will be available next week. Refunds will be made in full.

In other convention related news:

Gold Keys will be conferred upon Justin Daigle, Brighton (CO) High School and Mitch Ziegler, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA by video during the next two weeks.

In addition, the Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service will be conferred upon Jennifer Dial Creech via video and the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching will be conferred upon Mary Kay Downes of Chantilly, VA, also by video.

Crown Awards to top publications will be mailed to winning staffs beginning April 1. A video of the presentation will also be made within the next two weeks.

An effort is already underway to present a selected version of the convention sessions via video. Further information will be sent to CSPA members and all convention registrants when plans are complete. There will be no charge for those video sessions.