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We’re phasing out our newsletter and putting all of the need-to-know ASPA updates in one place! This page will be updated monthly with important reminders, quick reads for educators and links to convention and workshop registration.

As always, if you have any comments or questions, don’t hesitate to email

AI is everywhere nowadays: on the news, in the news, in your students’ homework (not that they would EVER do that, of course). And with the rise of AI is the rise of fake news and misinformation.

But how do we teach younger generations about AI and how to fact-check the 24/7 news-cycle when we’re still learning about it ourselves?

PBS LearningMedia and Scholastic Kid Press have some ideas!

P.S. That cute robot learning about journalism to your left? He was created by our director with Adobe Firefly!

The Multicultural Journalism Workshop is still accepting applications for our 2024 summer program!

Applications are available on until April 1, 2024.

The Alabama Scholastic Press Association is still searching for our 2024–25 Board of Directors!

If you’re a teacher at an Alabama school that is up-to-date on membership dues, send your resume or CV to with the position you’re interested in.

We’re looking for a president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.

On Feb. 2, the Alabama Scholastic Press Association entered its Media Era to celebrate the annual state convention. We had over 230 students register from 13 schools and handed out 220 awards! Check out our major award recipients below, as well as our full list of winners. Congratulations to everyone and thank you all for making convention a huge success!

2024 State Convention Winners

We’re rebuilding our ASPA Board of Directors! The Board of Directors will serve one-year terms (appointment for 2024-2025, then elected afterwards) and work alongside our director to bring the best programs and workshops to schools around the state. Here are some important items that will be decided during the 2024-2025 year:

  • Draft and ratify new bylaws
  • Create a network of teacher/advisor support across the state of Alabama
  • Help advance workshop sessions so our students get the best and most-up-to-date access to technologies and industry practices
  • Help restructure state convention categories to reflect modern media fields
  • Have an annual BOD retreat in the summer to plan for the upcoming school year

Interested? Send your resume or CV to with the position you’re interested in. Open positions include president, vice president and secretary-treasurer. 

To apply, you must be a current paying member of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and have attended state convention or a regional workshop between 2022-2024.

Applications for the summer 2024 Multicultural Journalism Workshop are now available on Students who take part in the 10-day MJW program stay on-campus in UA dorms and develop their skills in reporting, writing, editing, design and photography through field trips to historical sites across Tuscaloosa and other areas of the Black Belt region; lectures and demonstrations from practitioners currently working in the fields of journalism and media; and production of multimedia content on real deadlines.

It’s Time to Start Prepping Those Portfolios!

If you’re a junior interested in a media career, now’s a great time to start building your portfolios for college applications in the fall. Check out some tips from JEA on how to stand out among your peers (and competition, let’s be real):

Some good news: We’ve removed additional registration fees to make convention more accessible and financially feasible for schools across the state! All you need to pay is your individual and/or award entry fees and make sure you’re a member of ASPA to join us!

More good news: The Adviser of the Year and Administrator of the Year now come with $500 prize awards. Even more reason to make sure you’re with us on Feb. 2!

Register your school for convention. Please view awards and categories pages for specific instructions on submitting to state convention.

If you have not already, please remember to PAY YOUR DUES! Dues allow you to compete and participate in state convention, workshops and other ASPA events.

We currently do not accept digital payments.

The University of Alabama will be CLOSED for winter holidays from Dec. 22–Jan. 2. Our director will be checking email during this time, so if you have questions or need assistance, please contact



Registration for state convention is now open! Convention will be held Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 at The University of Alabama Student Center.

Click here to register your program for convention and to submit your students’ work and portfolios. Please be sure to visit our state convention page for official contest guidelines, awards and rules. Your school, program and/or organization MUST be a member of ASPA to participate in state convention. If you are not, you can become a member through our website or you can include your membership with your state convention registration form.


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