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National and Regional Associations

National Associations
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Jennifer McGill, executive director
234 Outlet Pointe Blvd., Suite A
Columbia, SC 29210-5667
Fax 803-772-3509
Conference:   Annually in August
Officers:  (2012-2013) Kyu Ho Youm, president; Paula M. Poindexter, president-elect; Elizabeth Toth, vice president

Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)
Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director
Columbia University
90 Morningside Dr Ste B01
New York, NY 10027
Fax 212-854-9401

Members: Student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media in schools and colleges.

Deadlines:  See website for deadline schedule.

Workshops, Conferences:  Spring convention, fall conference, summer journalism workshop . All events take place at Columbia University in New York City

Critique Services: Annual Medalist critiques (written evaluation as part of regular memberships)

Media Awards: Gold Circle Awards (individual entries in  205 categories); Crown Awards program (overall publication recognition).

Personal Recognitions: Gold Key, James F. Paschal Award for State Scholastic Press Associations, Edmund J. Sullivan Award for Students, Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service, Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching

Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association (CSPAA)
Ray Westbrook St. Mark’s School of Texas
10600 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75219
National Headquarters: CSPA (see above)

Members: Advisers, journalism teachers, and former advisers in non-commercial work for student press

Workshops, Conferences: Annual meeting, Columbia University, New York; semiannual Executive Board meetings at March and November CSPA conventions, Columbia University, New York

Scholarships, Awards: James F. Paschal Award, Annual (March), for state press association directors

Other Services: Provides advisory committee for Honors and Awards for Paschal Award and for CSPA Gold Keys as well as committees on Judging Standards and Practices and New Technology

Officers: Ray Westbrook, president; Melissa Wantz, first vice president; Mike Simons, second vice president; Mary Kay Downes, past president

Dow Jones News Fund Inc. (DJNF)
Linda Shockley, Managing Director
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543-0300
Fax 609-520-5804

Free Publications: Adviser Update, The Journalist’s Road to Success: A Career and Scholarship Guide; In the Beginning: Reviving Scholastic Journalism, School by School; How to Run a Minority High School Journalism Workshop; La ruta al éxito del periodista: Una guía de carrera, Spanish-language journalism career guide

Awards: National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year program

To the Teacher of the Year — Travel and lodging for speaking engagements before academic, professional and scholastic media groups; per diem to the school district to cover substitute pay; laptop computer for the publication staff.

To students — $1,000 college scholarship to graduating senior at winning teacher’s school; four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors of Distinguished Advisers
Postmark Deadline: July 1

Other Services: Nationwide multicultural summer high school journalism workshops
National Workshops Writing and Photography competitions – four $1,000 college scholarships for the best writers and two $1,000 college scholarships for the best photographers

College Internships: Paid business reporting for minority sophomores and juniors; paid general news, sports and online copy editing for juniors, seniors and graduate students, $1,000 scholarships for those interns returning to school.

Journalism Education Association (JEA)
Executive Director
105 Kedzie Hall
828 Mid Campus Dr. S.
Manhattan, KS 66506-1505
Toll Free: 1-866-532-5532
785-532-5532 or 785-532-7822
Fax 785-532-5563
staff@jea.org (headquarters)

Members: Journalism teachers, publication advisers, libraries, and departments of journalism, media professionals, and college students.

Fees: (effective July 1, 2013): Teacher/adviser, $60/year; associate, $75/year; library/institution: $100/year; affiliate organization, $100; emeritus teacher/adviser, $30/year; college student, $25/year; lifetime teacher/adviser, $600

Publications: Communication: Journalism Education Today, 4 times/academic year; online Membership Directory; subscription to Student Press Law Center Report included in membership fee

Conventions: CLICK HERE

Workshops: CLICK HERE.



Critique Services: On-site critiques only at national conventions for newspaper, newsmagazine, yearbook, literary magazine, video, website

Contests: Write-off contests in nearly 50 newspaper, yearbook, magazine,  computer design, photography, online news and broadcast categories; mail-in contest for junior high/middle school students

Other Services: Online materials for promoting Scholastic Journalism Week; national certification program; JEA member listserv; mentoring program; online bookstore

Officers: CLICK HERE

NCTE Assembly for Advisers of School Publications/JEA
Jonathan Rogers, MJE, Assembly Chair
Iowa City High School
1900 Morningside Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52245

Members: Teachers and other language arts professionals

Publications: English Journal, monthly; Council Chronicle, bimonthly

Workshops, Conferences: Fall National Convention

Critique Services, Contests: Literary magazine competition, July 1 deadline; $25.

Other Services: Call 1-800-369-6283 for information on other NCTE programs and services; receive information available quickly on censorship tests, policy, etc.; strong program to involve people of color in all areas.

National Elementary Schools Press Association (NESPA)
Meredith Cummings, CJE,  executive director
Mark Levin, managing director
Alabama Scholastic Press Association
Box 870172
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172

Members: Elementary and middle schools

Publications: NESPAper, Kids in Print how-to book, member directory

Critique Service: National rating and review program, elementary and middle school newspapers, $15 (members); $30 (non-members)

Awards: Special Commendation certifications for student journalists requested by adviser; Exceptional Product awards program

Other Services: Student articles for syndication

National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)
Diana Mitsu Klos, executive director
2221 University Ave. SE, Suite 121
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Fax 612-626-0720

Members: Students, student publications

Publication: Trends in High School Media, online

Conventions: CLICK HERE

Awards: Pacemaker awards, Story of the Year, Brasler Prize, Broadcast Story of the Year, Design of the Year, Picture of the Year, Editorial Cartooning Award

Scholarships: Journalism Honor Roll, Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership, H.L. Hall and Melinda Foys Fellowships for Yearbook Advisers

Critique Services: Critiques are part of full membership

Quill and Scroll Society (Q and S)
Vanessa Shelton, executive director
The University of Iowa
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
100 Adler Journalism Building, Room E346
Iowa City, IA 52242
Fax 319-335-3989

Members: Students, teachers, schools

Publications: Quill & Scroll magazine, twice during school year; also available are journalism books, member and non-member charms, pins, awards and certificates

Scholarships: Edward J. Nell Memorial, George and Ophelia Gallup and Richard P. Johns scholarships for graduating seniors planning to major in journalism or communications (must be a national winner in either International Writing/Photography Contest or Yearbook Excellence Contest or Quill and Scroll member in order to apply), deadline May 15. Lester G. Benz Memorial Scholarship, for journalism teacher/adviser to upgrade journalism skills, deadline April 15.

Contests: International Writing, Photo Contest, Feb. 5 deadline; Yearbook Excellence Contest, Nov. 1 deadline;

Critique Services: News Media Evaluation Service, April 15 registration deadline; June 2 submission deadline of scorebook and papers.

Other Services: Scholastic journalism research

Student Press Law Center (SPLC)
Frank LoMonte, executive director
1608 Rhode Island Ave NW, Ste 211
Washington, DC 20036
Fax 202-822-5045

Members: Student journalists, advisers, scholastic press organizations and media professionals

Publications: Student Press Law Center Report, 3 times a year; Law of the Student Press; Legal Alert monthly for members during school year; other publications on student media law topics

Scholarships, Awards: Internships for law and journalism students; Courage in Student Journalism Awards co-sponsored with Center for Scholastic Journalism and NSPA, $500 plus travel expenses. June 8 deadline.

Other: Offers free help and information on any media law topic; evaluation or development of publication guidelines; speaking at journalism seminars and workshops; guidance during litigation.

Regional Associations

Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA)
Linda Barrington, executive director
Roseman 2005
University of Wisconsin
Whitewater, WI 53190

Officers: Sandy Jacoby, president; Joe Koshollek, vice president; Tom Juran, vice president of membership; Audrey Kemp, secretary; Jeff Willauer, treasurer.

New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA)
Helen F.  Smith, Executive Director
Boston University
College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Members: School publications and broadcast units

Publication: NESPA Newsletter, three times a year

Conferences: Spring conference, May; winter teachers’ professional development conference

Awards: Robert Baram Award, Special Achievement Awards

Critique Services: Newspaper, magazine, yearbook, TV and radio broadcasts

Contests: All-New England publications and productions; special fall contest

Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA)
Karen Flowers, Executive Director
University of South Carolina
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
600 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29208
Fax 803-777-4103

Members: Publications, advisers and students

Publication: Accents, newsletter during school year, four times a year

Workshops: Carolina Journalism Institute (CJI), June; SIPA West (Texas) late August.

Convention: First weekend in March

Scholarships:  Early   February deadline.   J. Grady  Locklear Scholarship, C.E.  Savedge Memorial Scholarship, C.E.  Savedge Fellowships; Betty Morton and Sylvia Daughtry Teacher Scholarship; Elizabeth B. Dickey SIPA Scholarship;   McClatchy Minority Scholarship

Awards: State Press Association awards for best SIPA newspapers, Scroggins Awards. Early   February deadline for the following: Kay D. Phillips Administrator of the Year, Joseph W. Shoquist Freedom of the Press Award, Elizabeth B. Dickey  Distinguished Service Awards

Contests: Mail-in writing contest, early December deadline, and carry-in contest for participants attending the spring convention

Critique Services: Evaluation services in broadcasting, literary magazine, newspaper and yearbook. Ratings for publications include Merit, Excellent, Superior and All Southern. All-Southern ratings vie for Scroggins Award, recognizing best in division. Results announced at March convention.

Officers: Mary Inglis, chair; vice chair, Amy Medlock -Greene ; Jenny Proctor, secretary; Christie Gold, past chair

Young DC
Kathy Reilly Mannix, Executive Director
1904 18th St. N.W., Unit B
Washington, DC 20009
Fax 202-232-5306

Publications: Young DC, monthly newspaper written by and for teens in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area; will exchange with other student newspapers throughout the country

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