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Apply now for the 2015 CSPA Workshop

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 http://www.formstack.com/forms/?983574-yCoxdanO3k.

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.

Apply now for the 2014 CSPA Journalism Workshop

Apply now for the 2014 CSPA Journalism Workshop

Want to learn the fundamentals of newswriting? Maintain a blog? Shoot and edit photos? Produce a newscast? Sharpen deadline skills? Learn from working professionals? There’s only one place to do it all, and more.

The California Scholastic Press Association will hold its 63rd-annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, on July 13-25, 2014.

The 2014 application is available by clicking here. Tuition, which includes 13 days of instruction, all meals, an on-campus dorm room and transportation to all workshop activities, is $1,275 for those who apply by April 1, then $1,400 after April 1. No money is due until acceptance to the workshop. The application deadline is April 18.

The CSPA Workshop is the longest-running and most successful high school journalism workshop in the country. Our graduates have gone on to work for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, Forbes, The Associated Press, ESPN, CBS, Fox and other nationally recognized media outlets.

Each summer, 25 students are selected to receive hands-on instruction in the areas of print, broadcast, online and photo journalism, plus classes in ethics, public records and more. They will tour the local newspaper office and television station and enjoy an afternoon at the beach.

Our students work under intense deadlines but also thrive and improve under the direction of our all-volunteer staff of instructors, and they get a taste of college life and make lifelong friends.

CSPA Blogger: Author, Author!

Notorious OC by Larry WelbornMystery novels. Children's books. Biographies. Literary essays.  CSPA -- and its predecessor, the SSA -- has a long list of alumni who have successfully turned their passion for writing into one or more published books.

To read the complete list of alumni authors, click on this link or scroll down to access the complete CSPA Workshop blog.