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A Taste of CSPA

by Jaclyn Thompson, junior news editor

CSPA stands for Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Students and advisors from many different publications came to Columbia for this years 91st annual spring convention. "Words matter," speaker Karl Grubaugh said. People listened to these lectures and learned new things and gained new advices on how to write better or become a better speaker etc.. Picture was taken by William Torres.
CSPA stands for Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Students and advisors from many different publications came to Columbia for this years 91st annual spring convention. “Words matter,” speaker Karl Grubaugh said. People listened to these lectures and learned new things and gained new advices on how to write better or become a better speaker etc.. Picture was taken by William Torres.

Journalism students all over the world came to Columbia for the 91st annual spring convention; the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

Students and advisors from publications such as yearbook and newspaper listened to lectures and tips on how to make a publication better. From March 18th-20th, the students and advisors traveled around Columbia University’s Morningside Campus to lectures they choose and thought applied to them.

“Words matter,” speaker Karl Grubaugh said.

People listened to lectures on how to make the yearbook they are creating, one people would want to buy, how to write investigative articles on things people want kept secret and much more. Speakers got the students and advisors attention by the names of their courses, like #GetKurnt or Dancing on the edge of the cliff.

“My experience at CSPA was fantastic, I was able to learn different ways of designing a spread and think of future ideas for our year book next year,” junior Alyssa Kang said.

People who went to CSPA got to view other yearbooks and newspapers from other schools to see what they can take to add to theirs. The purpose of CSPA is whatever publication one works with, to expand one’s knowledge and interests throughout the sessions.

“As a first time advisor, I enjoyed meeting other advisors and sharing similar struggles and I wish I could’ve spent all three days there,” english teacher Mrs. Marks said.

Throughout three days, students and advisors had the chance to go to 318 different sessions, in hope of learning something new. The CSPA organization gave the people who want a chance to to get insight from other journalism leaders and students from around the United States.

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