About Us

The Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press Association is a non-profit organization that offers opportunities for advisers and students who wish to continue the tradition of journalistic excellence in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area schools.

MDCSPA has a strong interest in scholastic free press issues, in supporting the rejuvenation of defunct journalism programs, in encouraging the creation of new programs, and in strengthening existing programs at area middle and high schools. Membership is free and available to all teachers and student staffs.

Through sponsorship and co-sponsorship, the Association works to provide professional development and training opportunities for students and media/journalism advisers, including conventions, contests, and summer programs. The Association works to develop and deliver opportunities in media/journalism education throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland while encouraging  schools from outside the region to participate as well.

Traditionally, we sponsor:

  • Summer journalism programs for students and advisers.
  • An annual fall J-Day featuring workshops, tours and speakers.
  • The Regis Boyle Award, which funds training for beginning publications advisers.
  • A publication contest and critique program, with individual writing and editing awards for student journalists.
  • Professional support for journalism teachers, advisers and staffs including lobbying for the rights and educational status of scholastic journalists.
  • An e-mail list to keep advisers informed about the organization and opportunities in scholastic journalism.

Membership is Free

Email us at gclites@comcast.net for more information or to join.

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