NOTE: A current 2018-2019 GSPA membership is required to attend the conference. Fill out our online form.

The 2018 session lineup and presenters will be unveiled closer to the event. For a sampling of sessions, click here to view the 2017 program.

—Registration—

  • $10 per student
  • Membership dues cover adviser registration fees. 
  • Register for the conference using our new online Registration Form. Registration will be open from Sept. 1 until Oct. 15, 2018. 
  • The conference will be held on Oct. 22, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check in will begin at 8 a.m. in the Tate Student Center on the 5th floor. 

—Payment Options—

  • Advisers can pay for their students prior to the conference via check/money order or credit card. If paying via credit card, please follow this link.
  • 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

Accommodations

  • A GSPA room block is available for Sunday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 22, at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Athens. 

Transportation

—Other details—

  1. Snacks will be provided from 8 to 9 a.m.  Attendees are responsible for their own lunches. There are many dining options on campus and downtown Athens. 
  2. 2018 Summer General Excellence Yearbook and Literary Magazine winners will be announced and recognized. Individual winners will also be awarded.
  3. Bringing a computer is highly encouraged. 
  4. Bring copies of your newspaper to participate in the on-site critique and/or first-issue competition. 
  5. Bring copies of your newsmagazine or the URL for online publications to participate in the first-issue competition. 
  6. Students participating in the on-the-spot competitions should bring their own camera. 

Conference Extras

2018 Summer Yearbook and Literary Magazine Awards

General Excellence Yearbook and Literary Magazine winners will be announced and recognized. Individual winners will also be awarded. (Entries were submitted for critiques during the Summer 2018 contest.)

First Edition Competition

  1. Participants will need to pre-register via the conference registration form in order to compete. 
  2. A copy of each publication must be submitted at the registration table upon checking in to the conference.
  3. Those interested in entering their online website must submit a paper with the name, URL and stories to be considered.  
    1. Newspaper
      • Best sports story (please add a sticky note on the story you want to be reviewed)
      • Best feature story (please add a sticky note on the story you want to be reviewed)
      • Best news story (please add a sticky note on the story you want to be reviewed) 
      • Best design
      • Best cover
    2. Newsmagazine: 
      • Best sports story (please add a sticky note on the story you want to be reviewed)
      • Best feature story (please add a sticky note on the story you want to be reviewed)
      • Best news story (please add a sticky note on the story you want to be reviewed)
      • Best design
      • Best cover
    3. News Website
      • Best front page.
      • Best multimedia usage
      • Best news story- (must designate beforehand) 
      • Best feature story- (must designate beforehand) 
      • Best sports story- (must designate beforehand)

On-The-Spot Contests

All submissions will be due at 11 a.m. via email to gspa@uga.edu. The winners will be announced by 2:30 p.m. at the registration table. 

  1. On the spot- Photography
    • The type of photo will be announced during the welcome session. 
    • The format needs to be saved as a JPEG. 
    ***Stay tuned for announcements of possible additional on-the-spot contests.***

On-Site Critiques

News editors will be given the opportunity to meet with an expert to get a critique of their 1st edition. The critiques will last 20 minutes each and will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. 


2017 Fall Conference 1st Edition and On-the-Spot Photo Winners

News Magazine

Best Cover: Pinnacle Mountain View High School

Best Design: The Blade Woodward Academy

News Website

Best Front Page: The Knightly News Pace Academy

Best Multimedia Usage: The Southerner Online Grady High School

Best News Story: "GA Tech shooting shifts mental health crisis to spotlight" The Southerner Online Grady High School

Best Feature Story: "MOBA progresses toward a better future for U.S. soccer" The Prowler Starr's Mill High School

Best Sports Story: "Young Knights reverse winning football culture, start season 2-6" The Southerner Online Grady High School

Newspaper

Best Cover: The Southerner Grady High School

Best Design: Hoof Print Ola High School

Best News Story: "Deep-rooted self segregation persists" The Southerner Grady High School

Best Feature Story: "Solar eclipse connects two generations of students" The Southerner Grady High School

Best Sports Story: "More football players suffer CTE than believed" The Southerner Grady High School

On-the-Spot Photo

Honorable Mentions

Odyssey Online Zoe Peterson.jpg

Zoe Peterson- Clarke Central High School

Our Lady of Mercy John Lumapas.jpg

John Lumapas- Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

Ola High School Emma Barfield.jpg

Emma Barfield- Ola High School

Winner

Calvary Day School Katherine Lemack.jpg

Katherine Lemack- Calvary Day School