Be a member
The organization is committed to excellence in journalism at all levels and views its focus as one of providing journalism education leadership for Kansas teachers and students. KSPA provides a support system through its contests, conferences and scheduled activities.
By joining for 2016-2017, you can ensure that your students have access to the programs and contests that make KSPA one of the nation’s model state educational organizations. Again this year, KSPA will offer this year a simple one-time payment option for all services (fall conferences and contests excluded), reducing the number of trips you have to make the school bookkeeper’s office.
Also, a $10 membership discount is available for members who pay before Sept. 9, 2016, and a 100-percent discount for middle school advisers.
Fill out the 2016-2017 Membership Form here.
Costs at a Glance
- KSPA Membership $50 per adviser. Required for participation in all KSPA contests and events. FREE for middle schools!
- JEA Membership $60 per adviser. KSPA will forward payment to JEA headquarters.
- First-time adviser membership Free membership
- Middle School adviser membership Free membership
- All-Kansas News Publication Critique $60 per critique
- All-Kansas Yearbook Critique $60 per critique
- All-Kansas Website Critique $60 per critique
- All-Kansas Broadcast Critique $60 per critique
- Photo of the Month $140 pays for up to 4 entries per month for seven months
- Story of the Month $140 pays for up to 4 entries per month for seven months
- Design of the Month $70 pays for two entries per month for seven months.
- Multimedia of the Month $70 pays for two entries per month for seven months.
Schools may enter up to twelve monthly photo, story, design and multimedia contests, which will simulate the regional and state competition expectations.
Contests are scheduled for August/September, October, November, December/January, February, March and April, with deadlines at the end of each month.
Photo competitions will award monthly winners in Sports, Student Life & News, Academics, Photo Illustration and Portrait/Personality.
- Sign up now! Schools may send up to 4 photo entries per month for 7 months @ $5 per entry = up to $140.
Story competitions will award monthly winners in Yearbook Copy, News Writing, Opinion Writing, Sports Writing and Feature Writing.
- Sign up now! Schools may send up to 4 story entries per month for 7 months @ $5 per entry = up to $140.
Design competitions will award monthly winners in Yearbook Spread, Infographic and Newspaper/News Magazine Layout.
- Sign up now! Schools may send up to 2 design entries per month for 7 months @ $5 per entry = up to $70.
Multimedia competitions will award monthly winners in Video News and Multimedia Storytelling.
- Sign up now! Schools may send up to 2 multimedia entries per month for 7 months @ $5 per entry= up to $70.
State Contest and Awards
The State Contest is annually scheduled the first Saturday in May at the Kansas Union on the campus of the University of Kansas. The 2017 contest is set for May 6, 2017. Students who qualify through regional contests compete at State in both carry-in/mail-in contests and on-site write-off contests.
The State Contest also hosts the annual members’ meeting, at which KSPA honors ithe Jackie Engel Award winner along with the winners of KSPA’s Ad Astra, Sunflower and Administrator of the Year Awards. Plus, at this brunch we induct new KSPA Hall of Fame members.
KSPA conducts the statewide High School Journalist of the Year contest for the Journalism Education Association. The Kansas High School Journalist of the Year is named in February and his/her portfolio is forwarded to JEA for the national competition. KSPA recognizes winners in three classifications (1A/2A, 3A/4A and 5A/6A) and awards $750 to each, with the overall winner earning another $500. The JEA national winner earns $3,000, and runners-up earn $850.
Also, KSPA presents the Mary Patrick Aspiring Journalist Award to a middle school student who has shown publication excellence. The winner receives a scholarship to one of the state’s summer journalism workshops.
All-Kansas Ratings and Critique Services
Expert yearbook, news publications, video and online news advisers from around the country critique and rate Kansas publications. Schools submit yearbooks through September, and they receive their feedback and ranking in December. The following publications enter by March, and those staffs receive feedback and ratings at the State Contest in Lawrence
- News Publications
- Web sites
- Video news programs
Advisers use the critiques and the ratings to motivate, find areas for improvement and reward their staffs.
Sign up for your JEA membership ($60) through KSPA to help our organization receive a $5 donation from JEA. The proceeds are donated to the KSPA Jackie Engel Endowment Fund. You can also donate to the fund directly on your membership form.