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.
Summer Journalism Workshop
Summer Journalism Workshop: Things to know AFTER your register
for registering for our 32nd annual Summer Journalism Workshop,
taking place from June 23-28, 2013, at Columbia University in the City of New
review the document carefully, as it contains the details of your registration
for this event. Should you find any errors, please feel free to contact us
using the information found on this Web site.
Just keep the time frame in mind as you sip your Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. =)
Classes will start each day at 9:30am, so we encourage you to set your alarm clocks accordingly - make time to eat BEFORE class. Arrive on time - attendance will be taken during each session of the day!
There are a variety of pizzerias, supermarkets, delis and diners in the area for you to choose from. We've posted listing of these eateries with a map of the Columbia campus on our website. (We'll also give you a second copy upon arrival on campus.)
Some of you have asked about costs and about how much money you should bring with you. You can safely allow for $45 per day.
cost about $5 each on dairy days and between $6 and $8 on Wednesday.
Combination packages are available daily (entrée, side dish and beverage) for a
We'll give you a hard copy of this list when you check in on Sunday, June 23rd.
Workshop Schedule 2013We wanted to share our schedule for the week with you so you can plan your days accordingly:
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
*ABOUT TUESDAY'S OFF-CAMPUS EVENT
Summer Journalism Workshop - FAQ's
We wanted to answer some frequently asked questions (FAQ's) for our registered participants. From these answers, we hope you can efficiently plan your trip to Columbia.
Check-in for all participants is on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. Commuters should plan to arrive between 12:30pm and 4pm to allow enough time to register before the opening session (4:00pm).
Carman Hall is located on the corner of West 114th St and Broadway in upper Manhattan. Driving directions can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/luOZbA
IF YOU'RE TRAVELING BY CHARTER BUS, most buses arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St and 8th Ave.
IF YOU'RE TRAVELING BY AMTRAK: Trains arrive at Pennsylvania Station, located at 34th St and 7th Ave.
IF YOU'RE TRAVELING BY METRO-NORTH: Trains arrive at Grand Central Station, located at 42nd St and Madison Ave.
From your arrival point, you may either take a taxi to Columbia (located at West 116th St and Broadway) or travel via subway. The "1" subway line runs uptown to the "116th St/Columbia University" station.
For further answers to your transportation questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to cspa at columbia dot edu.
Here are some simple suggestions:
Comfortable clothing * Extra towels * Extra hand soap, etc. * Sneakers or comfortable shoes * Laptop computer (if you have one; see questions 4 & 5) * Portable storage device (USB flash drive).
Your newspaper's stylebook (if you have one) * One complete set of your 2011-12 newspapers * Pens, pencils and erasers * Notebook * Dictionary and thesaurus (paperback or online, if bringing laptop).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS: Digital camera (preferably Digital SLR) with media cards * Appropriate media card reader(s) * Batteries/charger for the camera
If you own a laptop computer or can arrange to bring one with you to the Workshop, we strongly suggest you consider doing so. Many of the assignments you will receive in your classes will involve submitting stories, theme ladders and/or design spreads. If you do not bring a laptop, your work must be completed by hand for review by your instructor; in clear, legible handwriting.
Students in the Newspaper Design/Redesign and Editorial Leadership should consider having InDesign on their laptops.
Students in Digital Photography should consider having Photoshop on their laptops.
Will I have access to computers and/or the Internet during the Workshop?
Unfortunately, most of the computer labs on campus require the user to have a valid Columbia ID and password.
According to the University's Housing and Dining office, the normal Internet connections that are in each room will be available during the summer, but with NO technical support for computer-related problems. If you want to connect to the Internet from your room, make sure your laptop computer has an Ethernet port and bring an Ethernet cable with you. (CSPA will NOT provide support, Ethernet adapters and/or cables for Workshop participants.)
The University campus also has WiFi (wireless Internet) capability in most locations. If your computer is equipped for WiFi service, then you should be able to connect to the public access network. (Again, CSPA will NOT provide support and/or WiFi adapters for Workshop participants.)
Workshop attendees who bring their own laptops should also bring USB flash drives to transfer information from their computers to the printing stations. (CSPA will NOT provide USB flash drives for Workshop participants.)
**Please be aware that if you choose to bring your own laptop computer, neither CSPA nor Columbia University will be responsible for the safety of your machine.**
Public Internet terminals are available in the lobbies of Carman and Lerner Halls. Use of the terminals are limited to five (5) minutes per session.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER: Each student is on their own for all meals. A listing of neighborhood restaurants and food markets can be found here: http://bit.ly/ivgk8F
A copy of this list will be provided when you check-in on Sunday, June 23rd.
For meals, you can safely allow $45 each day.
If you would like to dine on Kosher food for breakfast and lunch, the Jewish Theological Seminary's cafeteria (on 122nd St and Amsterdam Ave) will be open during our Workshop.
Kosher breakfast is served from 8am to 10am and kosher lunch is served from 11am to 2pm. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, they serve dairy while on Wednesday they serve meat. The cafeteria is closed on Fridays.
Students wishing to enter must show a valid photo ID (school ID, driver's license, etc.) to get into the building.
Entrees cost about $5 each on dairy days and between $6 and $8 on Wednesday. Combination packages are available daily (entree, side dish and beverage) for a special price.
Unfortunately, in the dormitory we are using, refrigerators are not provided in each room. Students who attend Columbia and use this dorm usually bring their own refrigerators, so the need for separate refrigeration facilities does not exist.
There is one community refrigerator in each lounge. Items stored in each unit will be stored on the honor system.
All students that are staying with us on campus in Carman Hall are required to be in their OWN ASSIGNED room by 10:00pm. CSPA staff will circulate among the floors to check-in each student, ensuring that students are adhering to the curfew. Once you have signed-in, you must remain on your floor.
Lights-out will be at midnight (12am).
Any student who is not in their assigned room for check-in (without a proper note from their parent and/or guardian) will have their parents and/or guardians notified and will be sent home EARLY at their own expense.
There will be no exceptions.
Yes, Carman Hall is centrally air-conditioned. Each room has its own individual air-conditioner controls, but your control will be limited to ON and OFF.
Dress for the Workshop is casual - we have no strict dress code. We do expect, however, that each student's attire will be appropriate for our learning environment.
You can check www.weather.com to see what the weather has been like in NYC over the past couple of weeks and use that information in choosing your clothing. (Also, don't forget to pack an umbrella -- just in case!)
One more thing: some of our classrooms that are centrally air-conditioned tend to get chilly.
(Unfortunately, we don't have control over classroom temperature settings.) You might want to bring a sweater along if you easily catch cold.
Columbia's Conference Housing department handles all of the arrangements for the dormitory that we are using. They have informed us that they will provide fitted bed sheets, bedspreads, a blanket and a pillow for each resident If you are frequently cold or if you prefer your own pillow, you may want to bring a pillow and/or blanket from home.
Also, some people find that the towels provided are too small. For this reason we recommend that you bring an extra towel from home.
Please be aware that each live-in participant will receive ONE (1) set of bed linens and a towel to use for the entire week. There is no daily cleaning service as you would have in a hotel environment.
What do I need in order to be allowed to leave campus (other than for meals)?
If you and your parents have arranged for a family member or friend to take you away from Columbia University during the Workshop, they must either fax or send a note with you notifying us. The note should include a specific date and time, who will pick you up and when you will return.
All live-in students will be required to return to the dormitory before the curfew of 10:00pm each night.
There is a telephone in each of our two-room suites of the Carman Hall dormitory. You may receive calls on the phone by providing the number listed on the phone to your parents when you arrive. Unfortunately, voice mail service in the dormitories will be unavailable to Summer Workshop participants during the week.
Please note that to place calls from these phones, you must use a calling card. Dialing "96" and then the toll-free number found on the back of your calling card will give you the ability to place outside calls.
Most cellular phones will be able to access their networks from the Columbia campus. Please make sure that your parents and/or guardians have your correct cell phone number in case they must contact you in an emergency. If you are traveling as part of a group, you should also consider sharing your cell phone number with your group leader.
Since our offices will only be staffed from 9am - 5pm (EDT), we are designating one of our alternate telephone lines as a voice mail line for those who wish to leave a message for a Workshop participant.
Parents and/or guardians wishing to leave a message for their child may call (212) 854-9403 between the hours of 5pm and 9am (EDT). During normal business hours, CSPA staff members can take messages by calling our main office number: (212) 854-9400. Faxed messages can be sent to (212) 854-9401.
We are currently reviewing the shows that will be available during the Workshop. Once a show is selected, we will post it here.
CSPA has arranged for private chartered buses to take us from the Columbia campus to the Theater District.
We suggest that you approach this event as a professional journalist would. If you were a reporter going to cover a press conference of Broadway actors and/or producers for your publication, you would probably dress a little nicer than you would to see "A Good Day to Die Hard".
Columbia's Conference Housing department has told us that everyone must be checked out of their room by 1pm on Friday. To make things easier, we suggest the following:
- Pack most of your belongings on Thursday night, so that Friday morning you won't be rushed.
- On Friday morning, BEFORE going to class, complete packing your things and leave your belongings in your room.
- After the closing session, return to Carman Hall to retrieve your belongings. In the building lobby, you'll hand-in your key (in its marked envelope) and officially check-out from your room.
Unfortunately, since we must pay the bills related to the Workshop in advance, we cannot refund any part of your registration fee at this time. This is one of the reasons for our "no refunds after May 6th" policy.
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.