2023 KSPA Winter Workshops

Week of Feb. 13, 2023: KU, KSU, WSU, FHSU and PSU

What are the Winter Workshops? 

The KSPA Winter Workshops will provide students with an on-campus and in-person experience to learn a single specialized skill in media or journalism. The events replace the Regional Contests traditionally held during February on university campuses. In response to successful on-campus events in February 2021, KSPA is again offering a day of learning to members. 

Our Goal

The intent of these Winter Workshops is to provide students – during their day on campus — with new skills, plus a challenging project that they will complete during that day using those skills.


All KSPA member schools, their advisers and their students are invited. Sessions have been designed to engage students of many different experience levels.


The hub of each Winter Workshop will be each university’s union. However, some sessions will be in other buildings. If anyone attending your workshop has mobility issues, please contact KSPA at [email protected].


The conferences will be held on the following dates: 

  • Monday, Feb. 13: University of Kansas
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14: Kansas State University
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15: Wichita State University
  • Thursday, Feb. 16: Fort Hays State University
  • Friday, Feb. 17: Pittsburg State University

While each location will set its own schedule for the day, the programming will last from morning into early afternoon. The schedule for each location will be posted on Dec. 15. 

What sessions? 

During the Fall Conferences, advisers from KSPA member schools provided some ideas of the sessions that would be most helpful for their students. Advisers will see a full list of sessions on Dec. 15. However, KSPA hopes to host sessions on . . . 

  • SOFT SKILLS, like “leadership,” “succeeding in college” and “creating a welcoming publications staff”
  • JOURNALISM BASICS, like “interviewing,” “writing news stories” and “writing opinion pieces”
  • TECHNOLOGY, like Adobe application training, “using apps on your phone to cover news” and “using your camera”
  • ADVISING, including continuing education for advisers, both new and veteran
  • PUBLICATIONS, like “funding your publication,” “rethinking your publication” and “starting next year’s yearbook now”


At a minimum, schools will need to provide funds for student lunches. The pricing for these lunches will be built into registration fees for the event. 

Some university locations might also charge an attendance fee per student. More information will be provided by the end of November. 

Otherwise, all schools participating in the Regional Contest can register students for the Winter Workshops at no cost.  Schools not participating in the Regional Contest will pay a registration fee plus lunch costs.

Vital planning dates

  • Dec. 15: Web pages for each location & registration published
  • Jan. 18: Member Registration due
  • Week of Feb. 13: Winter Workshop Events 

Registration limit

Because of the intensive workshop format of the Winter Workshops, we must limit registration numbers per school. The number of registrations will vary from one university location to another. The following factors will determine the number of registrations offered at each location: 

  • The number of KSPA member teachers who volunteer to lead sessions
  • The number of rooms available in each student union
  • The number of local people and university faculty available to lead sessions

KSPA member schools will have their registration limited. That limit will depend on the Winter Workshop that the school attends. 

At the time of registration, schools will need to commit to the workshop session their student(s) will attend.