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NSPA Level One Membership: $109

Everyone on your staff becomes a member for one full year (starting from the date the membership application is received) and can enjoy these benefits:
  • Eligibility to enter the NSPA’s prestigious contests, including Pacemakers for newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, newspaper websites, interactive (CD/DVD) yearbooks and broadcast programs. First given in 1927, it is high school journalism’s oldest and most prestigious prize for excellence in publications.
  • Eligibility for staff members to compete for national honors in Individual Awards contests: Story of the Year, Design of the Year, Picture of the Year and Cartooning awards.
  • Reduced registration fees for the spring and fall National High School Journalism Conventions held in conjunction with the Journalism Education Association, and eligibility for convention Best of Show awards.
  • Best of the High School Press: Students and teachers love to study this full-color, annual showcase of award-winning student work. Teachers will find the included CD, with digital images of all the examples from the printed book, to be a useful resource. Mailed to members in early 2012.
  • A yearbook, newspaper or magazine NSPA Guidebook, which outlines standards for excellence and gives samples for inspiration and improvement. Members can also download our new Multimedia Guidebook, establishing standards for multimedia websites — the first of its kind anywhere.
  • Eligibility to enroll students in NSPA’s Journalism Honor Roll, an annual listing of student journalists who have achieved high academic honors and contributed to student media at their school. Seniors are eligible for Honor Roll Scholarships, and the Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership.
  • Certificate of membership, press cards and a copy of the NSPA logo for reproduction in your masthead. Show your professional affiliation by displaying the NSPA insignia.

Level Two Membership: $189 (includes critique)

Level Two members get all the benefits given to Level One, plus the following:

  • End-of-the-year publication or website critique (newspaper, newsmagazine, yearbook, literary magazine or website) in a recently revised and updated NSPA scorebook and an honor rating certificate. The highest achievement is the prestigious All-American honor rating. Critiques of both the printed publication and its companion website are available for an additional $80 fee.
  • Eligibility for the NSPA All-American Hall of Fame for those who earn a string of 10 All-American ratings in an 11-year span. Inductees receive a plaque and have their publication engraved on a plaque displayed at national conventions and in NSPA’s offices.

Junior High/Middle School Membership: $59

NSPA offers memberships to junior high and middle school publications at a reduced rate of $59 for Level One, or $99 for Level Two.

Broadcast Membership: $69

Student television broadcast program members are eligible for the Pacemaker, Broadcast Story of the Year and convention Best of Show competitions, can enroll qualified students in the Journalism Honor Roll and can get reduced registration fees at annual conventions.

Facts about NSPA and your membership

NSPA helps your staff improve

Critiques for publications and websites are a valuable teaching tool for both the new and veteran adviser or student.

Exposure to trends
Through our annual Best of the High School Press book, and the NSPA View online gallery, students see and learn about the best work being done by their peers throughout the country.

Participation by students in NSPA’s national competitions for staffs and individual students promotes intellectual growth, academic excellence and a healthy, competitive spirit.

Networking with peers
By attending an NSPA convention or workshop, participating in our Facebook fan page or following us on Twitter (@nspa) you’ll gain a network of like-minded students and advisers whose ideas and opinions are at your disposal.

Honors and recognition
Receiving an All-American rating, a Pacemaker, an NSPA scholarship or other national award boosts staff morale, builds self-esteem, fosters pride in the school and helps recruit new staff members.

NSPA membership is by publication, not by school or individual. When a publication joins, all student and adviser members of that publication are members for one year.

You can join at any time and your membership will last one full year from the time of payment.

As a member, your staff will be notified of all contests, conventions, workshops and deadlines. If for any reason you do not receive forms and brochures in the mail, please download them from our website (look for Form Central in the right column), or contact us to receive them via email.

NSPA welcomes overseas members. A $20 surcharge should be added to membership for overseas mail service and handling.

The National Scholastic Press Association is a nonprofit organization at the University of Minnesota, serving student media in secondary schools and journalism education programs in the United States and abroad. For more information about us, our organization and what we represent, please browse the rest of our website.

NASSPThe National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed NSPA programs and conventions on the NASSP Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2013-2014.