The Staff

Diana Mitsu Klos
executive director

Jackie Flaum

Ashley Tilley
administrative assistant

Kirsten Chang

Amber Billings

Ann Visser
NSPA/MHSPA consultant

Julia Bauer
student office

About Us

Mission Statement

The National Scholastic Press Association, based and incorporated in Minnesota as a non-profit educational association, provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries. NSPA has three divisions. Memberships for middle school, junior high school and high school student media are organized under the National Scholastic Press Association division of NSPA. Memberships for college, university and professional and technical school student media are organized under the Associated Collegiate Press division of NSPA. Middle school, junior high school and high school student media in Minnesota are organized under the Minnesota High School Press Association division of NSPA. Memberships are open to all student media at public and private schools at an annual membership fee.

Each division of NSPA provides journalism education training programs, publishes journalism education materials, provides media critique and recognition programs for members, provides information on developments in journalism and student media and provides a forum for members to communicate with others and share their work. Through these activities, NSPA and its divisions promote the standards and ethics of good journalism as accepted and practiced by print, broadcast and electronic media in the United States. NSPA and its divisions also endorse and advocate free expression rights for student media.

NSPA and its divisions cooperate with other student media associations and other non-student groups and businesses that share its mission to educate and recognize the work of student journalists, to improve the quality of student media and to foster careers in media.

(adopted 3-30-06)

Contact us

Diana Mitsu Klos
Executive Director

Jackie Flaum

Ashley Tilley
Administrative Assistant

Kirsten Chang
Contest/Critique Coordinator

Amber Billings
Digital/Design Coordinator

Ann Visser
NSPA/MHSPA Consultant

Mailing Address

2221 University Ave SE, Suite 121
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-625-8335

Fax: 612-605-0072

NSPA Board of Directors

Albert R. Tims, Ph.D., President
Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Committee: Executive (chair)

Christopher J. Ison, Treasurer
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Committees: Diversity, Finance & Investment

Peter Bobkowski
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas
Committees: Education & Outreach (chair), Diversity

Laura York Guy
Garden City (Kan.) Community College
Committees: Diversity, Finance & Investment

Ron Johnson
Indiana University

Valerie Kibler
Harrisonburg (Va.) High School

Seth Lewis
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Committees: Finance & Investment, Education & Outreach

Sara Quinn
Affiliate, Poynter Institute
Instructor, Department of Journalism
Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

Ann Visser
Ex officio
Pella (Iowa) Community High School
Committees: Program, Education & Outreach

Jeanne Acton
Director of Journalism
University Interscholastic League
Austin, Texas

Laurie Hansen
Language Arts Teacher
Stillwater (Minn.) Area High School


About the NSPA Board

NSPA is to be governed, in accordance with its bylaws, by a board of directors consisting of three faculty members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at the University of Minnesota, where NSPA has its headquarters, and at least three other board members representing the range of high school, college and Minnesota high school student media served by NSPA and its ACP and MHSPA divisions.

Organization and Board Documents

Sponsorship opportunities

NSPA's exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors help make many of our activities possible. For information about how NSPA and ACP can help get your message out to the high school and college press, visit our sponsor page.