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Deadline: Sept.16

Registration will be open from Aug. 1 , 2019, until Sept. 16, 2019. To register, please fill out this form:


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.

Click here to view the Fall Conference Program

—General schedule—

  • 8-8:50- Registration

  • 9-9:50 General session: Welcome with keynote speaker and Summer Awards

  • 10-10:50 Round 1 

  • 11-11:50 Round 2 

  • 11:50-1:20 LUNCH

  • 1:20-2:10 Round 3

  • 2:20-3:10 Round 4 

  • 3:20-4:10 Round 5


—Payment Options—

  • 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



  • If you are coming by bus, please take note of these instructions from The Classic Center. OR, read the instructions below it to park at no cost on UGA’s campus.


    • Bus parking for the Ga Scholastic Conference will be $20 per bus. All buses will be parking in the Pavilion located at 440 Foundry St. Buses will need to drop off in the Horseshoe. When done unloading, buses will make a right on N.Thomas St, another right on E. Dougherty St. and a left on Foundry St. to access the Pavilion entrance.

    • All buses needing to parking will need to contact parking services at 706-201-8194, when in route to secure payment.

    • The parking services onsite contact for tomorrow is Daniel Spratlin. He can be reached at the number above or

    • The form to submit bus parking payment online is (Although this link states that bus parking is $30, they are providing a discounted rate of $20)

  • School bus parking is FREE on UGA’s campus at the back of the Intramural Fields beyond the tennis courts, like it has always been. The Intramural Fields can be accessed off of College Station Road. If you do this, please have the driver drop your group off and pick your group up at The Classic Center using the horseshoe entrance on Thomas Street in downtown Athens.

  • If you are traveling by car, you may park in The Classic Center parking deck. Event parking is $8 per vehicle. There also is a parking deck located on Washington Street.

—Other details—

  • 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.

Conference Extras

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.

Inspirational speaker

The change in venue will allow for a general session with a welcome speaker. Read more.

On-the-spot contests

Photography and social media on-the-spot contests will be held. Find out details.

On-Site Critiques

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. Go sign up!

***Unfortunately, the pre-conference that was tentatively planned for the evening before the Fall Conference has been cancelled this year. We hope to expand to include it in Fall 2020. Thank you.***

View winners of the 2018 on-the-spot competitions: