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.

2004 O'Malley Citation

2004 Charles R. O'Malley Award citation for Laura Schaub

Now entering its 80th year, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association has given many awards for excellence in advising and teaching. Since 1930, the Association has conferred Gold Keys on advisers, professional journalists and others in public life who have supported students practicing scholastic journalism. To date, more than 700 Gold Keys have been conferred.

In 1955 the Advisers Association began a practice of conferring Life Memberships to retiring advisers in good standing. In 1987 the Advisers Association created the James F. Paschal Award, given annually, to recognize dedicated service by officials of state scholastic press associations. In 1997 the CSPA created the Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service, named for its founding Director, to honor those who have contributed in significant and lasting ways to the Association’s work. In 1998 the CSPA created this award, named to honor its second Director and benefactor, Charles R. O’Malley, to signify stellar achievement in the teaching of student journalists.

Never before have the two Associations, CSPA and CSPAA, presented all of these honors to one person. Gold Key, Life Membership, James Paschal Award, Joseph Murphy Award and now, Charles O’Malley Award. Today, we present the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching to a distinguished colleague, recently retired from teaching.

When the Association presented Laura Schaub with the Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service in 2001, she was cited for the following contributions: “For more than 20 years she has attended the CSPA’s Annual Conventions, presenting as many as eight seminars each year on topics ranging from 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.

“Our honoree has been student editor, professional journalist, teacher of journalism, and adviser of student newspaper, yearbook and magazine. She has also been a school district public relations director, university professor and director of her state’s scholastic press association.”

Today, with the O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching, the CSPA honors her vision in conceiving and implementing the CSPA’s Special Award Edition on CD-ROM in 2003. She conceived of using readily available software to showcase hundreds of scanned images from the top award winning newspapers, yearbooks and magazines in the Association’s Crown Awards program. For more than 20 years the CSPA had grappled with the problem of explaining the results of the Crown Award competition. The CSPA needed not only to describe the judging criteria, but also to show many of the winning entries to all of its members in a format they could use to improve their own future work. This project won recognition for its outreach from the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at its convention in August 2003. Response by advisers and staffs that have used the CD-Rom has been universally positive and the Association has adopted the project as a permanent addition to its work.

For her far-sighted and exemplary work in conceiving, writing and designing the CSPA’s 2003 Special Awards Edition CD-ROM, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is proud to honor Laura L. Schaub by presenting her with the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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