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Welcome to NEWSPA!

The Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association (NEWSPA) began in 1969 with a small group of college students traveling to local high schools, teaching students about journalism. Today, nearly 400 people participate annually in our spring conference that brings together media professionals and high school students and advisers for a day of sharing and learning. The annual conference is designed to teach students about the field of journalism through workshops, speakers and the ability to network with other schools and students.

Latest News

  • Save the date! The 2019 NEWSPA conference will be held Wednesday, April 10, at Reeve Memorial Union on the UW-Oshkosh campus. Download the 2019 NEWSPA Program now.
  • The application for the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP), a free journalism and college preparatory program for current high school juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism, is now open and due by Friday, Feb.15, 2019. During the intensive 10-day summer program, students engage in workshops, lectures, and activities led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and PSJP alumni on Princeton’s campus. The program culminates in the publication of the student-produced newspaper, the Princeton Summer Journal. Program dates: Friday, Aug 2, 2019 – Monday, Aug 12, 2019. To apply, students must be:
    • Current high school juniors (Class of 2020)
    • living in the United States
    • with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0
    • who have an interest in journalism
    • and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
      • The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
      • The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch.
      • The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.Applying: The online application is available online at  Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered.
  • NEWSPA Board members Matthew Smith at Fond du Lac High School and Shannon Kuehmichel at Berlin High School have joined the JEA Mentoring Program and are looking to take on a handful of new advisers as mentees, ideally in or near the state of Wisconsin. Both are wondering if any of you would happen to either (A) be a new student media adviser interested in assistance or (B) know of a new adviser or a school that might have new advisers. The program is completely free, but new mentees should be in their first or second year of media advising and be willing to commit to two years of work with their mentor. Overseeing student media can be overwhelming and lonely, and the goal of the mentoring program is to help develop and retain quality journalism teachers and programs. As part of the program each mentee receives regular, individualized assistance (in the form of ideas, resources, coaching, etc.) from an experienced adviser nearby as well as free membership in the Journalism Education Association. For more information or if you know of a new adviser who might be interested, contact one or both of the mentors directly at or

Did You Know?

  • NEWSPA awards one $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who plans on majoring in Journalism. Preference is given to those who will attend UW Oshkosh. Learn more
  • NEWSPA sponsors adviser training sessions, yearbook and newspaper competitions and produces three newsletters a year. Learn more
  • Its annual conference features sessions with more than 40 media professionals and many opportunities for networking. Learn more