About State Convention

This spring, The University of Alabama’s Department of Journalism & Creative Media will host ASPA’s annual state high school journalism convention in Tuscaloosa, Feb. 7-8 2020. (For an idea of what to expect, see last year's program here!) Join hundreds of other middle and high school students from around the state to learn more about journalism and creative media in all of its forms.

Our convention will offer advanced and basic skills tracks for media students in literary magazine, newspaper, yearbook, broadcast creative media and multimedia sessions. Friday’s sessions will be held in the Ferguson Student Center, and Saturday’s sessions will take place in Reese Phifer Hall and the Digital Media Center, located in Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

Register here for State Convention by January 24, 2020 and email ASPA if you have any questions! If your administrator is on the fence about ASPA field trips, check out our guide for administrators, parents and teachers: Why Conventions Matter (will download automatically).


Onsite competitions will also be offered, as well as carry-in competitions (which are more visually geared). Carry-in guidelines and carry-in categories can be found here.


State Convention Costs:


  • Friday: $30, each student and teacher

  • Saturday (intensive, hands-on labs and classes): $25, each student and teacher

  • On-site competition: $10 per student (students can only enter one category)

  • Carry-in competition: $10 per student (multiple entries are OK)

  • ASPA membership (per publication if not already a member): $25



Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

  • 8 a.m. — Registration

  • 9 a.m. — Kickoff and keynote speaker
    (some onsite competitions will cover this)

  • 10 a.m. – Noon — Onsite Competitions continue
    (Don’t forget to register when you register for Convention!)

  • 10 a.m. — Session I

  • 11 a.m. — Session II

  • Noon — Lunch on your own

  • 1 p.m. — Session III

  • 2 p.m. — Session IV

  • 3 p.m. — Session V

  • 4 p.m. — Awards


Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
This year ASPA will take a workshop approach to Saturday’s sessions. We will email you to find out specifics about what your team needs to learn and will make sure you go home with the tools you need! Hands-on workshops are offered Saturday.


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