Minnesota Scholastic Journalism


Journalism advisers often operate as an island within their schools, and professional organizations such as the National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association offer resources and community that are not available in individual schools. When you join each national organization you also are automatically enrolled in the respective state chapters ( MHSPA and JEM). The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is another national organization for student journalists, but it doesn’t have a local chapter.


The National Scholastic Press Association is headquartered in Minneapolis and was founded in 1921. It offers a wide range of support services for schools including contests, critiques, guidebooks, conventions, and the annual Best of the High School Press, a hardcover showcase of the best work done in high schools across the country. The NSPA recognizes the best individual work done by students in the story of the year competitions, and the Pacemaker award recognizes the best publications and productions.

Joining NSPA automatically enlists you as a member of the Minnesota High School Press Association for free, which gives you discounts to the state convention and access to student contests.


The Journalism Education Association has been “Leading the way in Scholastic journalism and media education since 1924.” Some of the greatest benefits of joining JEA may come from access to the listserv and curricular resources developed by veteran journalism educators, which will be rolled out at the Spring Convention. Journalism educators from across the country share their best ideas, best work, toughest questions and best answers on the listserv. New advisers may find JEA especially useful in developing their programs. Joining JEA also gives you access to the national certification program and resources such as journalism standards and classroom lesson plans. At the National High School Journalism Conventions in the Spring and the Fall, JEA hosts write-off competitions for student journalists from across the country.

Joining the JEA automatically enrolls you in the Journalism Educators of Minnesota for free, which gives you access to state contests and critiques.



Click here to find out more information or to join the CSPA

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is housed at Columbia University in New York. The 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. They sponsor a convention at Columbia every March, a summer journalism workshop and a fall conference. They do not have a local presence.




Not quite ready to join the national organizations?

MHSPA: You can join the Minnesota High School press Association and gain access to the Gold Medallion contests and reduced rates for the state convention. (Please note: All Minnesota schools that sign up for membership with NSPA are automatically enrolled for free with MHSPA.) Click here to sign up for MHSPA membership.

JEM: Contact JEM President Laurie Hansen at [email protected] (Stillwater Area High School) to find out about joining JEM. (Please note:  joining JEA automatically enrolls you in JEM for free.)


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A joint resource for JEM & MHSPA