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Jenny Dial Creech speaks at the CSPA 2023 Spring Convention

CSPA Spring Convention

The CSPA invites high school students and their faculty advisers to attend and participate in CSPA’s 100th Annual Spring Scholastic Convention. This national gathering of student editors and faculty advisers representing newspapers, websites, yearbooks, magazines, and broadcast media will be held at Columbia University from Wednesday, March 13, through Friday, March 15, 2024. The event and registration site are now open.

Delegates may choose from more than 250 sessions organized in seven sequences: newspaper, online media, yearbook, magazine, video/broadcasting, law and ethics, and advisers. All seven sequences will run simultaneously throughout the three days of the Convention. The winners of the Crown Awards for top publications will be presented at the Awards Convocation 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 may browse through the publications on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

Deadlines and Fees
Deadline for early registration is February 23, 2024, at a fee of $189* per person. To qualify for the early registration fee, your registration fees must be paid in full before the early deadline.

For all registrations after February 23 or made on-site at the Convention, the registration fee is $199* per person.

No purchase orders will be accepted for early registration fees. All purchase orders will be billed at the rate of $199* per person.

Adviser Luncheons
Limited seating is available for the free Adviser Luncheons on Thursday and Friday. While these Adviser 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 23, but incur a late fee.

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

*As of October 2023. Registration fees are tentative and subject to change.

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About Us

CSPA is an international student press association founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers through educational conferences, events, and award programs.