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The California Scholastic Press Association is excited to announce that its 64th-annual high school journalism workshop will be held July 19-31, 2015, on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Once again, 25 top students from around the country will receive hands-on instruction from working journalists and teachers in the areas of print, broadcast, online and photo journalism, plus classes in ethics, public records and more. Our students will create their own newspaper during the workshop, maintain blogs and shoot and edit photos.

Students will also tour the local newspaper office and television station and enjoy an afternoon at the beach.

Tuition is $1,475 and includes lodging and all meals. The deadline for applications is April 18, 2015.

To apply, please visit the application page or visit

CSPA chairman Welborn receives prestigious award

CSPA chairman Welborn receives prestigious award

CSPA chairman and president Larry Welborn has been recognized by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice with their prestigious Award for Journalistic Integrity.

In honoring Welborn — the presentation will be made Dec. 13 in San Francisco — the CACJ described him as ”a giant among men” and ”the beat reporter of a nearly bygone era who got it right and true.” The CACJ noted that its Award for Journalistic Integrity is not given annually, but only to someone highly deserving.

Welborn recently retired after a 43-year career as the legal affairs reporter for the Orange County Register, in which he covered many high-profile cases but showed a high level of enthusiasm and dedication in every story he covered.

The CACJ further noted that Welborn ”brought level, correct, fair reporting where others sensationalized. From his first day to his last, Larry was excited to work in the tiny, windowless courthouse bureau office to report on some new trial.”

Since 1981, Welborn has been the chairman and president of CSPA, which is preparing for its 64th-annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

CSPA welcomes 26 graduates to family

CSPA welcomes 26 graduates to family

The 63rd-annual California Scholastic Press Association Journalism Workshop ended July 25, when all 26 students participated in the graduation ceremonies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and celebrated 13 days of work and fun.

Jose Contreras of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz., received the Ralph Alexander Award while Katherine Chavez of Cleveland High in Reseda received the Millie Alexander Award. The awards, voted on by workshop instructors and counselors, annually honor CSPA’s founders.

Jessica Spitz of Harvard-Westlake High accumulated the most points, as she and her classmates completed approximately 30 workshop assignments. Julia Poe, Trevor Sochocki, Chavez, Michelle Leung and Zach Klamann were also in the top six in total points.

During the workshop, students took classes in news writing, editorial writing, sportswriting, reviews, column writing and other aspects of print journalism. They learned about public relations and how to access public records. They shot photos, produced a four-page newspaper, taped a television broadcast and maintained their own blogs. They took trips to the local television station and newspaper office and enjoyed an afternoon at the beach.

Most importantly, the students learned skills that will benefit them for decades to come, and made lifelong friends.

2014 workshop set to open

The 26 students have been selected, our schedule has been set and we’re excited to get the 63rd-annual California Scholarship Press Association Journalism Workshop started on July 13 on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Our all-volunteer staff of professional journalists and educators is ready for 13 days of instruction and fun, and our 2014 class of students is smart and diverse. As usual, Southern California and Northern California are well-represented, and we will also have students coming in from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and New York.

What will the students be up to in the workshop’s first week? Here’s a look the schedule, which includes a strong mix of old-school journalism fundamentals plus instruction in the latest news-gathering and distribution techniques. Our students will write, blog, take photos and videos, produce their own newspaper and telecast and also visit the local newspaper office, television studio and public-records center. They’ll even get an afternoon at the beach.

Click here to download the Week I schedule as a PDF.

CSPA mourns passing of Stan Kelton

Stanley Kelton Stan Kelton, a longtime member of CSPA's Board of Directors and a beloved instructor, died of cancer April 12 at age 63.

Stan, a lawyer by trade, volunteered countless hours every year to keep CSPA running. His decades of selfless behind-the-scenes work, and the enthusiasm he brought to public-records and libel-law classes at the workshop, will be greatly missed.

To read more about Stan's life, please click to read his obituary, written by fellow CSPA board member Steve Harvey.