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.
9-9:50 General session: Welcome with keynote 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. You may pay with a check, cash or online with a credit card here: https://estore.uga.edu/C27063_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=6015
Registration closed on Sept. 16, 2019. .
The conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The pre-conference session will not be held this year.
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
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 Daniel@classiccenter.com
The form to submit bus parking payment online is https://classiccenter.formstack.com/forms/classic_center_bus_parking. (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.
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. Read more.
Photography and social media on-the-spot contests will be held. Find out details.
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!