California Scholastic Press Association

California Scholastic Press Association

The California Scholastic Press Association is a hands-on summer workshop for high school journalists taught by media professionals.

Our 12-day program in California’s Central Coast gives students the chance to build relationships with professional journalists and develop the skills they need to thrive in a competitive media environment.

Founded in 1951, CSPA is the longest continually operating workshop of its kind in the country. Three of our recent graduates have been named National High School Journalist of the Year, and we’re proud to have alumni of all ages working in print, digital, television and audio journalism.

The 72nd annual CSPA workshop will be held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from July 9-21, 2023. The application period will open in December. You can sign up to be notified when the application goes live.



Training the next generation of journalists

Hands-on, interactive classes modeled after real-world news scenarios help students master the basics of journalism and hone their writing, reporting and critical thinking skills.

Our faculty includes veteran educators and professionals from major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and NBC News.

In 1951, publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst launched a scholastic journalism program to train high school boys as sportswriters for his newspapers. More than seven decades later, we’re still teaching.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Your generous support helps ensure that students with a passion for writing have the opportunity to attend journalism camp.