In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors of the California Scholastic Press Association has made the difficult decision to move the 2020 workshop to a virtual format.
“For more than two-thirds of my life, the CSPA Workshop has been the certainty of my summer,” said Todd Harmonson, senior editor of The Orange County Register and CSPA chairman and president. “I could not conceive of a July without a return to San Luis Obispo to teach with all our other volunteers and work with a new class of student journalists.
“But we simply cannot do that during a global pandemic and ensure the health and safety of you, our students, as well as our faculty.”
While the details are still being finalized, the virtual workshop is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 6, 2020 and will be offered to students free of charge. Previously accepted students have been notified, and will be offered the opportunity to participate in the virtual workshop, which will differ from the traditional in-person workshop in terms of content.
The enrollment of the virtual workshop will also be increased. A new application will be available online soon. In the meantime, all interested students can complete this form and they will be notified when the new application is online and further details set.