Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Phone: (212) 854-9400
CSPA is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Conventions and Workshops
Spring Convention Highlights
Swap Shop offered every day
Staffs encouraged to bring publications to trade
CSPA is planning Student Swap Shops throughout the 2013 Scholastic Convention. These will be offered for newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks and will take place every hour during the convention.
There is no fee to participate in any of the Swap Shops. Sessions will be offered twice on Wednesday, three times on Thursday and twice on Friday of the Convention. All participants are encouraged to bring copies of their publication to the session. We will need volunteers to lead these round table discussions. If interested, please indicate this at the beginning of the session to the faculty adviser coordinating the session.
The Swap Shops will be conducted as round tables with 10 student participants from different schools. Student moderators will lead the group during this informal idea and publication exchange.
Each newspaper and magazine Swap Shop participant should bring two or three copies of recently published issues to exchange. Issues can be the most recent, or from a previous year. If issues are not available, bring photocopies.
Yearbook Swap Shop participants should bring a copy of the most recently completed book to show, and, if they choose, as many books as they wish to exchange. Yearbook delegates may wish to establish an exchange list with others at their table so books can be mailed when staffs return home.
Students who wish to be table moderators should indicate their interest at the beginning of each Swap session. Students must participate in the Swap Shop program in order to exchange publications. The value of the Swap Shop is in the discussion among the students at each table, not in the exchange of copies of publications or videos.
Early sign-up is strongly suggested to ease the task of matching schools, publications and students.
Free On-site Critiques available throughout the Convention
Delegates should sign-up upon arrival to secure slot
Free on-site critiques will be offered throughout the three-day convention. In an effort to serve as many staffs as possible, pre-registration will be required for participation. Immediately after picking-up their registration materials, delegates should sign-up for critiques in the designated critique room.
On-site critiques are free for all registered convention delegates. At their selected time, publication staffs will meet with a qualified adviser who will orally critique the publication for 15 minutes. Yearbook and magazines only need one copy of the publication while newspapers should bring two or three issues to the critique.
No on-site critique reservations will be made in advance.
Registration Center to offer ideas and opportunities
On-site exhibit to include Medalist publications and commerical vendors
More than 500 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks from the CSPA’s 2012 competitions will be displayed at the 89th Scholastic Convention. The display will include Medalist publications from the 2012 annual critique.
Delegates will be able to browse through these publications throughout Wednesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 21st in the auditorium of the Alfred Lerner Hall Student Center. Publications will be arranged on tabletop displays for easy perusal.
The exhibit will give student journalists and faculty advisers a close-up look at the quality of journalism achieved by their peers across the country and in overseas schools.
Vendors from across the country will also be on hand in the Registration Center. Yearbook companies, commerical magazines and professional associations are planning to attend the Convention to serve CSPA delegates.
Previous vendors have included: American Society of Newspaper Editors, Ball State University Summer Workshops, Carl Wolf Studio, CosmoGIRL! magazine, Entourage Yearbooks, Freisens Yearbooks, Herff Jones Yearbooks, iWebPress.com, Jostens Printing & Publishing, Lifetouch Yearbook Publishers, Seventeen Magazine, Stony Brook University, Taylor Publishing, Thornton Studio, Walsworth Publishing, Warner Brothers Television, WNET/Thirteen and Yearbook Management Systems.
Check http://cspa.columbia.edu for constant updates.
Limited seating available for FREE Advisers Luncheons on Thurs. & Fri.
While the Thursday and Friday Advisers Luncheons are free to attend, each person must reserve their seat in advance. We can only accommodate the first 180 people who reserve for each luncheon. Please reserve your luncheon seat only if you are sure you will be able to attend.
Special sessions for New AdvisersShort Course leads program for advisers
What do we mean by "new adviser?" A new adviser could be someone new to both teaching and advising, without any prior experience to journalism. Or, a new adviser could be a veteran teacher who has taken on advising responsibilities having either a background in scholastic journalism from high school or college days, or no experience at all, other than a love for students and for writing. This strand can also appeal to the veteran adviser who wants new inspiration and a new sense of mission.
This program is sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association and will present one session every hour, each designed to help advisers. The opening session for this strand will be an introduction to our Convention and its hourly topic sessions. Convention veterans will suggest to new advisers those sessions they and their students should attend.
Session topics for this year’s version of the adviser strand may include: InDesign basics, financing your publication, streamline grading, design, photography basics, copy basics, social media, staff motivation and press law.
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.