Congratulations to Evan Lu, of Conestoga High School, for winning PSPA's Student Journalist of the Year! Check out his impressive portfolio here.
PSPA stands with the efforts of New Voices.
For more information, or to get involved in PA New Voices, reach out to PSPA President Aaron Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at https://newvoicespa.com/
Every school must renew their free PSPA membership to be eligible to compete this Fall. You can renew your membership here.
Additional changes to last year:
Paul Fantaski is the SJC chair and can be contacted with questions at email@example.com
For questions about specific events, below is the board member to contact:
Please see the graphic below with more information. We look forward to seeing you all this Fall.
Congratulations to the PSPA State Champions from 2023!
New Voices is a nonpartisan, grassroots, student-driven effort to create state-based student free press protections and to prevent retaliation against advisers who stand up for student free press rights. As of today, there are currently New Voices laws in 16 states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. New legislation is being introduced this year in a number of additional states as well. New Voices has been endorsed by the American Bar Association, the American Society of News Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Student Press Law Center, the Journalism Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
For more information, or to get involved, reach out to PSPA President Aaron Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read all about this on Penn West University's website.
The Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA) is proud to announce the following students as state finalists in its 2022-2023 Student Journalism Contests. The winners will compete for a state championship on March 30, 2023 at Penn State University.
Yearbook Caption Writing:
PSPA Vice President, Jane Blystone, Ph.D., MJE, will receive the Carl Trowley Award, the Journalism Education Association's (JEA) highest honor, at the JEA fall convention in St. Louis.
From the official press release by Erinn Harris, JEA Awards Chair:
An advocate for scholastic journalism, Blystone worked as a high school teacher for 34 years and in higher education for nine years, as a graduate program director. Currently, she is an English professor at Mercyhurst University and serves as an elected member of her local school board. A decorated educator, Blystone has dedicated her time and talents to the JEA certification committee, the Scholastic Press Rights committee, and currently serves as the Mentoring Program chair, where she has mentored and encouraged mentees from all over the world.
For the full press release, click HERE.
PENNSYLVANIA (special) – The Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA) is proud to announce the following students as state champions in its 2021-2022 Student Journalism Contests:
Yearbook Caption Writing:
Emma Dela Cruz – Emmaus HS
Yearbook Copy Writing:
Phoebe Troxel – Eastern Lebanon County HS
Yearbook Sports Writing:
Gianna Kraus – Kiski Area HS
Yearbook Spread Design:
Kaylee Ostrowski – Freedom Area HS
Newspaper News Writing:
Shreya Vaidhyanathan – Conestoga HS
Newspaper Feature Writing:
Katherine Lee – Conestoga HS
Newspaper Sports Writing:
Luke Rainey – Penns Manor Area Jr./Sr. HS
Megan Evans – Freedom Area HS
Devon Rocke – Conestoga HS
Literary Magazine Poetry:
Jayden Bonham – MMI Preparatory School
Literary Magazine Art:
Emma Beck – Kiski Area HS
Carter Huggins – Freedom Area HS
Jayden Mattis – Kiski Area HS
Katelyn Hunsberger – Montoursville Area HS
Broadcast News Package:
Nick Buono & Ethan Grove – Central York HS
Broadcast Feature Package:
Braeden Geibel & Madison Sanders – Freedom Area HS
The Pennsylvania School Press Association originated in 1924 and stands as one of the oldest scholastic journalistic organizations in the country. The group presently is headquartered in Manchester, Pa., and welcomes all to apply for membership. For details, visit www.paschoolpress.org.
PSPA is proud to announce Lucy Bickel from Eastern Lebanon County High School as the 2022 Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year! See the full announcement below. I'd like to thank all of our competitors — an incredible group of talented and accomplished student journalists — for sharing their incredible work with us and all of the judges and coordinators who took the time to evaluate each of the portfolios.
The Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year (PJOY) competition standards and rubrics align with the Journalism Education Association's Journalist of the Year competition. The annual competition is open to senior student journalists and requires the completion of an online portfolio aligned with JEA's curriculum standards. The Pennsylvania scholarship winner moves on to the national JEA Journalist of the Year competition.
PSPA proudly announces Ms. Lucy Bickel from Eastern Lebanon County High School the 2022 PJOY. Of the three entries that we received, Bickel’s rose to the top, specifically because of her prowess in design.
As shown in her required letters of recommendation, supporters for her said:
“Lucy is a journalist. She covers important topics fairly and objectively. She goes above and beyond to accurately interview and write about the events of her school." - Jon Bickel - ELCO Yearbook Adviser
"I can count on my hands the number of students who have the ability to make us all feel better about ourselves. Lucy is definitely one of them, and I am proud to know her.” - Jim Jordan - Walsworth Yearbook Consultant
"She puts everything she has into her publication, teaching those around here the skills she has developed through the years." - Stephanie Streicher - Walsworth Senior Graphic Designer
On behalf of PSPA, we couldn’t be more pleased to recognize Ms. Lucy Bickel as our 2022 Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year. We wish her the best of luck as she now proceeds to the National level of competition.