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Apply now for the 65th annual CSPA Workshop

The California Scholastic Press Association will hold its 65th-annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, from July 10-22, 2016.

Students will also tour the local television station and government center and enjoy an afternoon at the beach.

Tuition is $1,475 and includes lodging and all meals. The application is now available at

Want to know more about the workshop? Click here for a rundown of our curriculum and some of our notable classes and instructors.

What you need to know about the CSPA Workshop

CSPA Workshop graduates do more in 13 days than most people do all summer. Whether you’re an experienced student journalist, a beginner or simply a student interested in improving your writing skills, you’ll find the CSPA Workshop beneficial. It’s an opportunity not only to sharpen journalism skills but to become a better writer, to improve your time management and to learn how to communicate and cooperate with others in a professional environment. You also will learn cutting-edge digital skills to go along with the journalistic principles that are vital in any medium.

Every summer, 25 students come to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, for 13 days of learning and fun. Our curriculum covers a wide variety of journalism-related areas, including writing, editing, photography, blogging, newspaper and television production and social media. We even take a trip to the beach (no work required there).

Want to know more about the workshop? Here’s a rundown of several of our courses, which represents only a small sample of everything our students learn each summer (courses and instructors subject to change):

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CSPA to honor memory of Stanley Kelton

CSPA to honor memory of Stanley Kelton

The California Scholastic Press Association lost a cherished member of its family on April 12 when Stanley Kelton died at age 63 after a brief battle with cancer.

Stan, a lawyer by trade, ceaselessly and selflessly served our organization for 44 years. He volunteered as a popular public-records and libel law instructor at the workshop and also worked countless hours (without compensation) to keep the CSPA’s financial and legal affairs in good order.

On April 21, Stan’s family members and friends gathered in Huntington Beach to celebrate his life. Pictures from the service can be seen below.

In July, the CSPA honored Stan in the most appropriate way, by conducting its 64th-annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The CSPA started an annual tradition by giving the Stan Kelton Award to a deserving student.

The CSPA is a non-profit organization that operates under a small budget and relies upon the generous support of alumni and friends.

Stan dedicated a major part of his life to help the CSPA survive and thrive. If you’d like to make a donation in his honor, to help support the education of student journalists, please click here.

Thank you for your support.

The CSPA Board of Directors

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2016 Application Open Now

Apply for the 2016 workshop now