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.
Get a CSPA Membership
What does "Membership" in CSPA mean?The CSPA offers three annual competitions: Medalist Critiques, Crown Awards and Gold Circle Awards. Joining the CSPA is how a student publication, either print or digital, enters one or more of those competitions.
Medalist Critiques offer a detailed written analysis of your print or digital publication, with recommendations for improvements. The results are returned with one of three ratings: Gold Medalist, Silver Medalist or Bronze Medalist.
Crown Awards recognize overall excellence in either print or digital student publications, chosen by a panel of judges working as a team. Entries are compared against one another with similar age and experience levels such as high school yearbooks against other high school yearbooks, and so forth. There are NO written results returned to individual publications. A DVD is prepared and mailed to all members, depicting selected pages from the winners with commentary from the judges explaining their choices. The DVD is included for all CSPA members, regardless of type of membership.
Gold Circle Awards recognize individual achievement by students from any CSPA member in many categories. Each CSPA member can submit as many as 30 individual entries as part of their membership. Additional entries can be submitted at a special member rate. Certificates are awarded to First, Second or Third Place and up to three additional Certificates of Merit are given for honorable mention in each category. Gold Circle Award entries require separate submission by June 17th (print news and magazine entries) or by November 1st (all yearbook and digital entries).
Regular Membership provides entry for all three competitions. Associate Members compete in Crown Awards and Gold Circle Award, while Basic Members only participate in Gold Circle Awards. Fees are adjusted for each membership.
June 17, 2013
October 15, 2013
How to join
Download our new, fillable PDF Membership Form, available on this page.
You can complete the form on your screen using Adobe's free Reader software and return the form to CSPA via e-mail. Once you've completed the form, you can submit the data using Reader's built-in "Submit form" function OR by saving the form (with a new filename) and sending the file as an attachment to email@example.com.
We suggest you print two copies of your completed form: one for your records and one to send with your physical entries and/or payment.
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.