NOTE: A current 2019-2020 GSPA membership will be required to attend the conference. Fill out our online form.
Make plans to join us for the GSPA Fall Conference Sept. 19 at The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601. Sessions are designed around six skills-based tracks. They include Design, General (Nuts & Bolts), Leadership, Multimedia, Photojournalism and Writing. Content is geared toward broadcasts, creative/literary magazines, news magazines, newspapers, news websites and yearbooks. We are still finalizing this year’s lineup of speakers. To see what it’s like, view last year’s program by clicking here.
9-9:50 General session: welcome with speaker and summer awards
10-10:50 Round 1
11-11:50 Round 2
1:20-2:10 Round 3
2:20-3:10 Round 4
3:20-4:10 Round 5
$15 per student
Membership dues cover adviser registration fees.
Registration will be open from Aug. 1 , 2019, until Sept. 16, 2019. To register, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/xNFwGFNFk6o3ikkU7.
The conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A pre-conference, at no additional charge, is tentatively planned for Wednesday, Sept. 18 at UGA Grady College, 7-10 p.m., pending enough interest received by Sept. 1.
Advisers can pay for their students prior to the conference via check/money order or credit card. The link for online payment will be available beginning Aug. 1, 2019.
Attendees may choose to pay for their students at the conference via check, cash or money order. Payment should be given at the registration table in an envelope. Please include the following information:
Name of adviser
Amount of payment
Number of students
Name of school
A GSPA room block has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Athens. https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/athens/ahndt/hoteldetail
Please email email@example.com by Sept. 16, 2019, to let us know how many buses you will be bringing.
Attendees are responsible for their own lunches and snacks. There are many dining options in downtown Athens. A listing of downtown eateries will be included in the program.
2019 Summer General Excellence Yearbook and Literary Magazine winners will be announced and recognized. Individual winners will also be awarded.
2019 Summer Yearbook and Literary Magazine Awards
General Excellence Yearbook and Literary Magazine winners will be announced and recognized. Individual winners will also be awarded.
The change in venue will allow for a general session with a welcome speaker. ***Stay tuned for details!***
A pre-conference is tentatively planned for Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 7-10 p.m., pending interest. Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to attend and how many you would bring to the pre-conference. The pre-conference would include one 90-minute round of in-depth sessions and an ice-cream social.
***Stay tuned for details!***
On the spot contests
Photography and social media on-the-spot contests will be held.
News editors will be given the opportunity to meet with an expert to get a critique of their publications. The critiques will last 20 minutes each and will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. This year, advisers will sign up in advance for critiques. They will submit a copy of their publication or link in advance along with an information sheet to serve as a guide for the professional on what the staff hopes to discuss during the critique session.