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

NOTE: CSPA's 96th Spring Convention (March 18-20, 2020) has been CANCELED. Please follow this link for more information.

Join us in the media capital of the world
March 17-19, 2021 at
Columbia University in the City of New York

Our Convention registration/event site will go live in December 2020!

The CSPA invites high school students and faculty advisers to attend and participate in CSPA’s 97th 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 17 through Friday, March 19, 2021.

Delegates can choose from 350 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 2020 competitions will be displayed at the 97th 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 26, 2021 at a fee of $149 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 26th or made on-site at the Convention, the registration fee is $159 per person.

No purchase orders will be accepted for early registration fees. All purchase orders will be billed at the late fee of $159 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 26th at the late fee.

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