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.

Spring Convention


Join us in the media capital of the world
March 13-15, 2024 at
Columbia University in the City of New York

Event & registration site to launch in November 2023!

The CSPA invites high school students and faculty advisers to attend and participate in CSPA’s 100th annual Spring Scholastic Convention. This national gathering of student editors and faculty advisers to newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, video productions, and online media will be held at Columbia University from Wednesday, March 13 through Friday, March 15, 2024.

Delegates can choose from 300 or more sessions organized in seven sequences: newspaper, yearbook, magazine, online media, video/broadcasting, law and ethics, and advisers. All seven sequences will run simultaneously throughout the three days of the Convention.

Throughout the Convention, our hourly schedule boasts a variety of special events, including Advisers Luncheons on Thursday and Friday. In addition, the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association (CSPAA) will meet on Friday.

The winners of the Crown Awards for top publications will be presented at the Awards Convocation on Friday afternoon.

More than 500 newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks that entered CSPA’s 2023 competitions will be displayed at the 100th Convention. The display will include recent high-scoring publications. Delegates will be able to browse through the publications on Wednesday and Thursday.


Deadline for early registration is February 23, 2024 at a fee of $169* per person. To qualify for the early registration fee, your registration fees must be paid in full before the early deadline.

For all registrations postmarked after February 23rd or made on-site at the Convention, the registration fee is $179* per person.

No purchase orders will be accepted for early registration fees. All purchase orders will be billed at the late fee of $179* per person.

Limited seating is available for the FREE Advisers Luncheons on Thursday and Friday. While these Advisers Luncheons are free to attend, each adviser must reserve their seat in advance. We can only accommodate the first 180 people who have reservations for each luncheon. Please reserve your luncheon seat only if you are sure you will be able to attend.

If students or advisers wish to register additional persons as part of an existing school delegation, they may do so after February 23rd at the late fee.

You do not have to be a CSPA member to attend our events.


*Registration fees are tentative, as of July 2023.