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75 Years

Welcome to the 75th year of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association! In the 1920s the University of Alabama’s journalism department started contests for high school journalists. They didn’t realize it then, but that simple act was the beginning of 75 years of a partnership between the University, the Department of Journalism and what would become the Alabama Scholastic Press Association. ASPA was formed “for the purpose of stimulating and developing newspaper and journalistic talent among high school students” and, through the Department of Journalism, carries on that tradition today. The book you hold in your hands is a tribute to those 75 years, as well as the University’s ongoing mission of service. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be a part of this celebration know that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Every teacher, student and administrator involved in ASPA since its inception built this thriving organization into what it is today. ASPA is special because it has always belonged to the scholastic journalists that it serves. Many of them have not missed an ASPA event in years. ASPA is a living, breathing, active organization. It has multitudes of friends who support it and answer the call to volunteer when asked. Media professionals who once attended ASPA events as high school students return to Alabama each year to teach the next generation of students. It is those people whom we honor with this book. We say thank you to the students, teachers and professionals as we look back on 75 years of scholastic journalism excellence. Heroes often do their work quietly when no one is watching. Such is the work of those who support ASPA and work behind the scenes to spark awe and interest in students when it comes to scholastic media. Thank you to all those involved in ASPA since 1937. Here’s to 75 more!

Meredith Cummings Director, Alabama Scholastic Press Association

It was the best of times... The Alabama High School Publication Association was formed in 1937, although statewide contests for Alabama newspapers and yearbooks had been taking place for nearly 10 years. The 1929 catalog of The University of Alabama included plans for a statewide contest for high school newspapers and yearbooks, and records indicate as many as 50 schools participated in the program in the early years.

19 30s

Clarence Cason, chair of the new Department of Journalism, and W.C. Blasingame, staff member of the Extension Division, developed the setting for the AHSPA. Phillips Beedon succeeded Cason, and AHSPA was soon formed “for the purpose of stimulating and developing newspaper and journalistic talent among high school students.”

For the next few years, awards were made at district or state conferences “for the best printed high school annual, the best mimeographed high school annual and the best high school paper.” Clarence Cason The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library The University of Alabama

In 1964, Hugh L. Taylor, director of UA’s Counseling and Advisory Services, wrote in “The Development of High School Journalism Programs at the University of Alabama,” that the early conferences were attended by student editors, business managers, feature writers, columnists, reporters and faculty advisers.

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...It was the worst of times The war years severely curtailed the activities of the Alabama High School Publications Association. Restrictions on travel prevented state and district meetings and paper shortages forced many schools to suspend publication. Shortly before it became inactive in 1942, the name of the organization was changed to the Alabama High School Press Association. ;OLĂ„YZ[WVZ[^HY(/:7(KPZ[YPJ[JVUMLYLUJLZ were held during the 1946-47 school year in Gadsden, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Mobile. 0U  [OLĂ„YZ[Z[H[L^PKLJVUMLYLUJL^HZOLSK on the campus of The University of Alabama. The conference included writing, management, advertising and mimeographed newspapers.

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Revisions to the constitution of the Alabama High School Press Association provided for election of student governors in each of seven districts. The revisions also appointed the Department of Journalism chair as AHSPA adviser and Extension Division representative as coordinator and treasurer.

More than 500 students and teachers from 37 schools attended the annual ‘—”Â?ƒŽ‹•Â?Ž‹Â?‹…‹Â?‡…‡Â?„‡”͙͙ͥ͞Ǥ Â?͙͚ͥ͞ǥ–Š‡Ƥ”•–Š‹‰Š•…Š‘‘Ž•—Â?Â?‡” workshops enrolled 30 high school journalists in each of two two-week sessions. The Alabama Press Association assisted by providing scholarships. In 1963, the Journalism Clinic set a new attendance record with 596 students and teachers from 49 schools. AAJD members voted in 1966 to move the fall AHSPA meeting to Birmingham Southern College. It returned to Tuscaloosa in 1967, with UA ’Ž‡†‰‹Â?‰‹–••—’’‘”–ƒÂ?†•—‰‰‡•–‹Â?‰–Šƒ–ƒ…‡Â?–”ƒŽ‘Ƽ…‡„‡‡•–ƒ„Ž‹•Š‡†Ǥ Ƽ…‡”•‘ˆ ƒÂ?† Â?‡–‹Â?ƒ”…Š͙ͥ͞͠™‹–Š–Š‡Œ‘—”Â?ƒŽ‹•Â? department chair and Extension Services representative to talk about concerns for the annual fall meeting, including publication judging and event promotion. AHSPA asked for more support and University Â‘ĆĽÂ…Â‹ÂƒÂŽÂ•”‡…‘Â?Â?‡Â?†‡†Â?‘”‡†‹•–”‹…–‹Â?˜‘Ž˜‡Â?‡Â?–ƒ––Š‡Ž‘…ƒŽŽ‡˜‡ŽǤ On Oct. 11, 1969, the University of Alabama hosted the last fall Â?‡‡–‹Â?‰ǤŠƒ–‡…‡Â?„‡”ǥ‘Ƽ…‡”•‘ˆ ƒÂ?† ˜‘–‡†–‘ move the annual state meeting to the spring.

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National spotlight shines on ASPA Regional fall and summer workshops and spring clinics had become fixtures of AHSPA, drawing nearly 300 participants by 1980. That year, students munched on cookies and cheese straws at the 25th anniversary meeting of Alabama Journalism Education Association. Annual critiques involved nearly 125 publications and by the end of the decade, annual attendance at events rose to 3,000. AHSPA featured student press cards and a visit with legislators at the State Capitol. Score sheets were developed for competitions. Central UA offices handled administration and financing of the program. Around 1981, the first yearbook workshop was held and 35 students and advisers attended a five-day summer workshop to learn newspaper paste-up. In 1982, 200 students and advisers from 26 publications paid $5 to attend the spring clinic. Summer numbers continued to grow slowly.

Chairmen of the journalism department continued to provide direction for the program until 1982, when the faculty was assigned greater responsibility for organizing and teaching. Changes began taking place in 1983 when AHSPA was renamed the Alabama Scholastic Press Association. New bylaws outlined a process for nominating student officers and campaigning. Computer instruction and broadcast classes were added to workshops. Dues doubled to $15 so as to hire qualified judges for competition. Fall Regionals drew 450 to Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile in 1983. Formats for ASPA fall workshops, annual meetings and summer camps changed in 1984. The director and several advisers and students attended the convention of the Journalism Education Association in Little Rock, Ark. Inspired by the style of the convention, the level of instruction and program details, they returned determined to turn Alabama events into major attractions. In 1985, ASPA brought in noted cartoonist Kevin Drabble to “draw” the keynote address, hosted Bryant Gumble of NBC’s Today Show at the 1986 convention and invited Kathryn Tucker Windham to host the Red Hot & Gold 50th anniversary


con convention in 1987. In 1988, ASPA experts on censorship from ffeatured eat Hazelwood School District and in 1989 H az hired h ire scholastic journalism teachers of Soon conventions were rrenown. en d ra drawing attendances of 500. Summer activities expanded with Sum the first UA Minority Journalism Workshop in 1984, a new Dow Jones Adviser Workshop and the first Rural Journalism Workshop. Five years later Dow Jones chose UA as the site of its Intensive Journalistic Writing Workshop. Fall regional workshops—soon known as the Alabama Traveling Road Show—grew as advisers promoted the events locally and the University started touring the state by van, carrying up to three high school advisers to teach newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine tracks. Local advisers and professionals rounded out the program with broadcast and special topics. Dothan was added to the schedule of fall regional workshops in 1989, bringing the total to eight sites and drawing more than 2,000 students and advisers. During this decade, UA’s journalism department added a full-time instructor position with part-time responsibility for high school and minority outreach.

The century ends on a high note The 1990s opened with a record crowd of 2,300 at ASPA Fall Regional Workshops. The state convention featured nationally recognized educators in newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine and drew 450 students. Broadcast was becoming a staple of the competitions, as were staff and individual awards in print media. In 1991, The Heart of Dixie camp registered 150 students and advisers in beginning and advanced tracks of all media. The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund again held its Intensive Journalistic Writing Workshop on the campus of UA. The picture the next year was not as rosy. In 1991, event attendance dropped by a third as the state government tightened its education budget. UA’s College of Communication, which had supplied ASPA with administration for 10 years, could no longer afford to do so. The headquarters of ASPA moved to the Office of Student Publications. Attendance at summer’s Long Weekend held steady at 150. In the following years, fall workshops continued to draw around 1,000 attendees in five or six cities. The administration suggested limiting workshop stops to four and conducting them by teleconference. In 1993, spring convention attendance wavered near 250. A committee was formed to create a broadcast scorebook and student computer designers began participating in Write-Off competitions. Membership grew one-third, to 132, as publications continued to send in entries and accept their awards by mail. By the middle of the decade, Quark and PageMaker were taught side-by-side at spring and summer workshops.

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Beginning in 1995, activities began to pick up. Fall Regional Workshops were again held in the major cities—Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile Huntsville and Florence. ASPA celebrated its 60th year at the state convention in 1997, with an attendance of 300. The summer workshops drew 205 students and advisers and an Internet workshop was added. In 1997, the fall workshops featured five national speakers at five sites. Attendance at the spring convention increased to nearly 450 students and advisers from 38 schools. ASPA continued to encourage advisers to qualify for Certified Journalism Educator. In addition to the Long Weekend, UA offered a two-week Institute for Teachers of Scholastic Journalism. Summer workshop attendance swelled to 180. The annual convention closed out the century with an emphasis on student press law. Alabama students and advisers expressed their intention to support passage of a bill protecting students’ free expression.

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Rocky times, then rebound ASPA continued to prosper early into the 21st century. Workshops featured renown advisers, professors and professionals. Attendance at state conventions held steady around 500, with a high of 550 in 2000. The fall regional workshops drew 800 to 1,000. Summer workshops attracted 100 to 150 campers. Advisers were encouraged to become Certified Journalism Educators and Master Journalism Educators through the Journalism Education Association. ASPA pushed for state approval of free expression for students. From early 2002, when the long-time ASPA director resigned, until a full-time faculty member was appointed to the position in 2008, ASPA shuffled between a number of university offices. Attendance declined at fall and summer workshops and spring conferences, and finances faltered. Coordinators changed year to year, sometimes even semester to semester. In 2004, attendance at the State Convention hit a low of 285, with revenue falling by one-third. Hurricane Ivan cancelled Fall Regional Workshops in September of that year and only 400 attended a limited reschedule. Advisers discussed involving other state universities, improving newsleter content and going online to save production costs, organizing student officers to facilitate local programming and improving registration procedures.

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In 2005, the Office of Student Media turned ASPA back over to UA’s College of Communication, which established a partnership with the College of Continuing Studies. Fall Regional Workshops were cancelled for lack of time to plan. The dual arrangement continued into 2007, with no summer camp held that year.

In spring of 2007, with newly hired journalism department chair Dr. Jennifer Greer at the helm, the Department of Journalism resumed sole responsibility for ASPA, a role it surrendered 15 years earlier. In the fall of 2008, the College of Communication hired a full-time ASPA director. Once the journalism department took ASPA under its wing again, it began to see rapid growth and change. A new logo was chosen, a website started and a social media plan put into action. Websites were created for the contests and critiques in 2008. Attendance at annual events began to improve. Participation in the Long Weekend more than tripled between 2008 and 2010. ASPA teachers and students received national awards and recognition, one of which was finalist for Journalist of the Year. In 2011, ASPA was awarded a $5,000 National Education Association grant for their new teacher mentoring program through the Journalism Education Association. ASPA, which had traditionally served high schools—and later, middle schools— began to expand its reach into elementary schools in 2009. In the fall of 2011, after the retirement of its former director, the National Elementary Schools Press Association moved from Hendersonville, N.C., to make its new home in Tuscaloosa on the campus of The University of Alabama.

Jennifer Greer

Chair, Department of Journalism I have fond memories of my involvement in scholastic journalism, starting as a high school yearbook and newspaper staffer in Missouri and continuing as a counselor for summer journalism camps at the University of Florida. Imagine how thrilled I was in 2007 to learn that part of my new role as chair would be aiding in the rebirth of ASPA in the UA Department of Journalism. Guided by department veterans Bill Keller and Marie Parsons and later buoyed by the enthusiasm of new hire Meredith Cummings, I’ve been honored to play a small role in the vibrant organization ASPA has become as it turns 75. Social networking, technological developments, media convergence and new forms of writing and visual presentation for digital delivery make today the most rapidly changing period I’ve witnessed in my three decades in the profession. Our students will be the reporters, writers, producers, editors, directors, executives and—most importantly—entrepreneurs in an era of journalism few of us can envision clearly today. I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be a scholastic journalist or a more important time for groups like ASPA to help guide media leaders of tomorrow.


ASPA: Here’s to the next 75 years of training, guiding and inspiring generations of media professionals. Jennifer Greer


TRIBUTES It’s hard to believe that Alabama Scholastic Press Association is turning 75 years young. Developed as an organization to foster the teaching and practice of journalism education to high school students, I’m sure no one back then could anticipate the massive changes journalists encounter today. Research has proven that students involved in journalism are usually high achievers, a trait necessary to keep up with the advancement of technology. The role of the media is still to inform, educate and entertain, but in the age of digital technology, including blogs, social media outlets and various online sites, students are challenged more than ever to change how they report information. Our goal at ASPA is to continue to move forward. I am proud of the work we have accomplished over the years, and as we JURZWRJHWKHULQWKLVHYHUFKDQJLQJ¿HOG, look forward to the successes in the future.

Melissa Dixon ASPA Board President

Ed Mullins Former dean College of Communication and Information Sciences I offer my congratulations to the outstanding teams who have kept ASPA going and thriving almost four-score years. I will not list any of the names except the present team—Meredith Cummings, Jennifer Greer and Marie Parsons—for fear of leaving someone out. No group in Alabama has done more to prepare young journalists for the larger stage than this group. I am proud to have played a small role, which consisted mainly of not getting in the way for these hard chargers and their predecessors.

The relationship between the Alabama Press Association and the Alabama Scholastic Press Association predates most of us involved in either association today. What has remained unchanged throughout the years is the dedication of both organizations to the support for journalism education and practice in Alabama. ASPA has provided countless students with the RSSRUWXQLW\WRJURZDQGOHDUQLQD¿HOGWKDWLVHVVHQWLDOLQRXU society. Students have learned at a young age the importance of free speech in an informed community. Many of the men and women who work for Alabama newspapers got their start in journalism through their experiences with ASPA. APA salutes the many faculty, advisers and students who have been part of ASPA in its ¿UVW\HDUV:HSOHGJHRXUVXSSRUWLQWKH coming years as together we strive to make our communities better.

Felicia Mason

Executive Director, Alabama Press Association

Rick Bragg Professor of Writing, Department of Journalism 7KHUDZWDOHQWZH¿QGDPRQJ\RXQJMRXUQDOLVWVDQGZULWHUVRIDOONLQGLQWKLVVWDWHDQGWKH'HHS6RXWKFRQWLQXHVWR amaze me, as if there really is something in the dirt down here that grows these people. They are born with stories in their DNA and by the time they are in their teens their hearts swell with them, and it has been a pleasure to try to help bring those stories out into the open. Mentoring and teaching are to me the same thing, just sharing the experiences I’ve lived through, mistakes and all, in hopes these young people will be spared some of them -- or at least making sure they are not surprised when this often unforgiving craft hits them upside the head. For the young writer, I offer only this advice. Read good writing, read it and read it and read it, till in becomes part of your language, and mixes with your own, natural talents. Then write. Practice the craft, any way you can.

Susan Newell MJE, Adviser, Northridge High School Tuscaloosa In 1984 when I advised The Eastwood Journal middle school newspaper, Marie Parsons, ASPA coordinator, sent me a note inviting my students and me to the ASPA fall workshop. Early on I attended an adviser’s workshop with then journalism dean Charles Self. I still use a lot of his ideas in my class today. Twenty-seven years later I still attend ASPA workshops. Parsons is still active serving as a mentor to new journalism teachers. I owe ASPA. Almost everything I know about advising school newspapers and yearbooks comes from attending their events. I encourage advisers to become active in their state (ASPA), regional (SIPA) and national organizations (JEA/ NSPA & CSPA). Their workshops help prepare students for college and the world of work and help them publish quality school publications.

ASPA really gave the students in my classroom something to look forward to. We started attending in 1997 and were so excited the night before the awards FHUHPRQ\,UHPHPEHUVSHFL¿FDOO\WKDW,FRXOGQ¶W sleep thinking about the All-Alabama award. When we received our award of Merit, my students and I screamed like we won an Academy Award or an Emmy. We were proud of ourselves. ASPA gives students goals and dreams. ASPA gives students more than an award ceremony. ASPA gives students a place to shine and have some fun together. Those are the two things important to any publication adviser. Thanks!

Cathy McCandless Communication Arts Teacher-Team 8K Wentzville, MO Middle School

When I began advising publications 10 years ago, I was immediately offered the opportunity to serve in a leadership role with the Alabama 6FKRODVWLF3UHVV$VVRFLDWLRQ,UHPHPEHUP\¿UVWVSULQJFRQIHUHQFHZHOO$63$QHHGHGVRPHRQHWRVHUYHDVVHFUHWDU\IRUWKH$GYLVHUV¶ Board and with a timid raised hand, I volunteered to do the job. It was not taboo for me to be a “newbie;” instead I was welcomed with open arms. I went on to serve as president from 2007-2011 – a journey that allowed me to grow as a VFKRODVWLFMRXUQDOLVPDGYLVHUDQGDVDEHOLHYHULQWKHQHHGIRU$63$LQP\SURIHVVLRQDOOLIH,WZDVGLI¿FXOWIRUPHWR give up my role as president, but choking back tears, I said my goodbye to my reign. You see, being a leader for ASPA had become a way of life.

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It was my pleasure to welcome ASPA home in 2007, after its 15-year sojourn around the UA campus. After more than 50 successful years under the wing RIMRXUQDOLVPWKHSURJUDPPRYHGWRWKH2IÂżFHRI6WXGHQW0HGLDZKHUH greater resource staff was available to handle the burgeoning participation of students and advisers. The organization continued to prosper and moved into events-planning mode for two years in the College of Continuing Studies. 7KHÂżQDOPRYHZDVEDFNWRRXUGLYLVLRQZKLFKJDYH$63$ELUWK\HDUV DJR:LWKWKHVXSSRUWRIWKH3URYRVWÂśVRIÂżFHWKHFROOHJHUHHVWDEOLVKHGD faculty position whose mission is to secure the future of the organization. The baton was passed to Meredith Cummings as the new director and to Jennifer Greer, the new chair of Journalism, both devoted to scholastic journalism education. The departments of Journalism, Telecommunication and Film and Advertising and Public Relations are invested in preparing high school students and advisers for their place in modern media and social involvement.

Loy Singleton Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences

Kathy Lawrence Retired Director of Student Media University of Texas-Austin Some of my fondest memories of my years in collegiate journalism are centered around my time as director of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association. I needn’t tell you what a wonderful group of eager students I met and worked with, but I especially want to salute their wonderful teachers. These women went above and beyond at every turn to ensure their students had meaningful experiences. I think the thing I’m proudest of is my involvement with the Alabama Press Association and ASPA. Thanks to Bill Keller, we worked through the APA ERDUGWRHQVXUHWKDWVWXGHQWVZLWKRXW¿QDQFLDO means could attend our conventions without charge. These arrangements were made behind the scenes between APA, the teacher and me, so the needy students’ fellow travelers had no idea they had received the scholarships. For some of these students, the trip to Tuscaloosa marked one of the IHZWLPHVWKH\KDGWUDYHOHGDQGWKH¿UVWWLPHWKH\ had stayed in motels. Again, my memories of these times are very special.

Linda Barrington

MJE, JEA Mentoring Program co-chair

As a high school student, I was smart enough to attend Alabama Scholastic Press Association events and improve my skills. As a student leader, I was fortunate enough to be its president and Journalist of the Year. As a working journalist, I was honored to be able to speak at its conferences. As a journalism professor, I am pleased to see how strong it remains and how the state’s brightest VWXGHQWVÀRFNWRLW$QGDVDGDG,œPKDSS\P\VRQLV taking part.

JEA is proud to have ASPA help sponsor three mentors to new journalism teachers in Alabama. With growing challenges to education, all educators need support in the classroom, particularly those who are new. With the support and assistance of JEA mentors Jo Ann Hagood, Assistant Professor Marie Parsons and Nora Stephens, WKHLU$ODEDPDPHQWHHVEHQH¿WIURPWKHLUGHSWKDQG Department of Journalism breadth of knowledge as well as their many years of experience as journalism teachers. Members of ASPA form an extended support I watched high school journalism grow and prosper in the ’80s and ’90s when I was a system that is valuable for faculty member and later dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. teachers everywhere in Now I view ASPA and its companion, the Minority Journalism Program, from my post Alabama. Without ASPA, in Georgia. I applaud Alabama for its reputation as a scholastic journalism leader in the many teachers and their Southeast. Your fame grows on the national scene, with the appointment of Dr. Jennifer students would be left Greer as chair of the AEJMC teaching committee. She is truly a driving force for quality in high and dry when they secondary education and on the college level. are most vulnerable. The JEA Mentoring Program congratulates ASPA on its 75th anniversary.

Chris Roberts

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Dean, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Georgia

Congratulations to The Alabama Scholastic Press Association! ASPA has impacted P\OLIHLQVLJQLÂżFDQWZD\V,WZDVWKHVSULQJRIDQG,KDGDSSOLHGWRIRXU graduate schools in four different states. I had little idea as to which university I would choose to spend the next few years of my life in doctoral studies. Then I got a phone call from a lady named Kathy Lawrence. She explained that she was the director of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and that Dr. Dolf Zillmann had approved me to be considered as a graduate assistant to become coordinator of ASPA. Kathy invited me to visit the campus, and a couple of weeks later, my wife and I drove from Nashville to Tuscaloosa. We were impressed with Kathy, the university and the town, and so the University of Alabama became my graduate-school choice. I enjoyed teaming up with Kathy in planning the Fall Workshop (aka “The Magical Mystery Tourâ€?), the State Convention and The Long Weekend. Getting to know such sterling advisers as Susan Carraway, Susan Newell, Larry Haynes, Jo Ann Hagood and others was a blessing, as was working with Student Media staffers Joel, Sheila, Ralda and Pam each day. Kathy accepted a position at Texas in 1994, and we truly missed her wise and practical leadership. But as it turned out, more wonderful experiences with ASPA were yet to come, as I had the pleasure of working with the delightful and dedicated Monica Hill in planning ASPA’s events and recommending her as the next coordinator when I was reassigned to a research assistantship. ASPA was in excellent hands as Monica eventually became director herself. Two years ago, H. L. Hall, then director of the Tennessee High School Press Association, told me that he was retiring from that position and that he wanted me to become the next director of THSPA at Lipscomb University. I accepted, and WRWKLVGD\,DPSURXGWRXVHWKHWHUULÂżFH[SHULHQFH,JDLQHGZKLOHZLWK$63$ Thanks to everyone!

Jimmy McCollum

Director, Tennessee High School Press Association

Linda Shockley Deputy Director Dow Jones News Fund

Technology has changed newsgathering and distribution in nearly mind-boggling ways in the years since ASPA began developing young journalists. Less resistant than their elders, youth have embraced and harnessed each progressive innovation to advance the reach of journalism, of truth-telling on the campus, around the corner or around the world. While professional media leaders, journalism educators and investors may be at a crossroads pondering which way to go, I believe, as President John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.â€? The future is full of possibilities for the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and its members. Many of them, no doubt, will practice and promote journalism on previously inconceivable platforms using currently nonexistent tools. But those who do it well will follow the honored traditions of freedom of expression, high ethical standards, fairness and DVHOĂ€HVVGHVLUHWRVHUYHWKHSXEOLFJRRG

Marie Parsons Director Emeritus, ASPA

A party I want to attend in High School Journalism Heaven is one where all the campus leaders of Alabama Scholastic Press Association and its forerunners ZLOOJDWKHUWRWDONVKRS,ÂśYHPHWWKHPDOOLQWKHODVW\HDULQWKHDUFKLYHV,KDYHZDGHGWKURXJKWRZULWHWKHKLVWRU\\RXÂżQGLQWKHVHSDJHV/HWÂśVVD\ZHÂśOO JDWKHUIRUWKHWKDQQLYHUVDU\LQLQHDUWK\HDUV,FDQLPDJLQHWKHHUXGLWH&ODUHQFH&DVRQWDONLQJDERXWWKHLPSDFWRQQHZVSDSHUVRIWKHVWRFN PDUNHWFUDVKLQÂśZLWKDGLUHFWRUEHPRDQLQJWKHYLUWXDOGLVDSSHDUDQFHRISULQWPHGLDLQWKHV3HUVRQDOO\,ÂśGZDQWWRWDONÂżUVWZLWK&DP6LPP\ROG professor at the University of Minnesota, to tell him that we’d both been directors of the Alabama high school association, 50 years apart. ,ÂśGOLNHWRKHDUIURPKLPDERXWWKHGHFLVLRQWRVXVSHQGWKHDVVRFLDWLRQDVKHKHDGHGRIIWRÂżJKWLQ%XUPD,WZRXOGEHFRROWRNQRZIURP Ed Bounds about the postwar euphoria that helped put high school media back together again in the 50s. I’d ask Bill Winter and Charles Arrendell how school publications dealt with segregated proms in the ’60s, and, in the ’70s with minority/majority homecoming kings and queens. Marian Huttenstine, my mentor, would remind me about the publication issues of the ’70s: teen pregnancy and motherhood. I came along as director in the ’80s, when high school journalism advisers had an active role in running statewide activities and the University undertook to support increasing demands for exceptional instruction, especially in developing technologies. Succeeding directors I have spoken with often—with humor and pathos—of keeping up with savvy advisers who knew the kinds of statewide conventions/camps/ institutes/workshops/competitions/critiques the University could put together if we just tried hard enough. We’ll all be interested in the years between 2012 DQGDQGVRPHZLOODFWXDOO\OLYHWRH[SHULHQFHWKHWKDQQLYHUVDU\RI$63$7RDOOWKHSDVWGLUHFWRUV,KRSH,KRQRUHG\RXUOHJDF\ZLWKIDLWKIXO reporting. To Meredith and those who follow, keep your eye on the next big event and know you will survive it.

My favorite memories of my six years working with ASPA (1998-2004) involve the fall “traveling roadshowâ€? during which we loaded up two vans with presentation materials, luggage and four national speakers and traveled typically from Tuscaloosa to Huntsville to Auburn (or Montgomery) to Mobile and back to Tuscaloosa. Monica Hill – and later Andy Duncan -- was in charge of the details, so I had the pleasure of leading a few sessions here and there as well as driving and being an Alabama tour guide to great visiting advisers/speakers. We were like a troupe of itinerant actors, pulling into town late, spending the night and getting up the next morning to perform. We put on great shows whether we were performing for hundreds or dozens. The part I enjoyed most was showing and telling our guest speakers from across the FRXQWU\DERXWRXUJUHDWVWDWHDVZHWUDYHOHGXS,DQG$ODEDPDDQGGRZQ86DQG86:HVWRSSHGIRUSHFDQVLQ)RUW'HSRVLW and peach ice cream in Chilton County. We passed row after row of young cotton and soybean plants. And we took little side trips through historic downtown Huntsville, for white barbeque sauce at Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, to the Maya Linn monument in Montgomery. During the time I was involved with ASPA, we worked with the legendary Birmingham News editorial page editor Ron Casey to advocate in the state legislature for a free expression bill for high school journalists (albeit unsuccessfully), and established a $2,500 scholarship for the state’s outstanding high school journalism student. I’ve had the good fortune to get to come back recently and work with Meredith Cummings, and I’m proud to say that ASPA FRQWLQXHVWREHWKHVWURQJYLEUDQWLQGLVSHQVDEOHRUJDQL]DWLRQLWZDVZKHQLWZDVSDUWRI7KH2IÂżFHRI6WXGHQW0HGLD

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J.B. Stevenson Scholarship Each year when the J.B. Stevenson Scholarship is awarded in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Alabama Scholastic Press Association acknowledges the accomplishments of the state’s top high school journalist. The scholarship, funded by the state’s professional press association, Alabama Press Association, was established the year before I left Alabama to become director of the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association. To high school journalists in Alabama, J.B. Stevenson is the name of a scholarship. To those of us who knew him, J.B. Stevenson is the name of a real person, a young man whose plan was to return to his hometown someday and become editor of his family’s newspaper. The Randolph Leader, the weekly newspaper in Roanoke, Ala., has been IDPLO\RZQHGVLQFH7KHSDSHUQRZVRPH\HDUVROGKDVKDGRQO\WKUHHHGLWRUV-%ÂśVSODQZDVWREHWKH fourth. He died in a car accident his senior year of high school. ,ÂżUVWZRUNHGDW7KH5DQGROSK/HDGHUDVHGLWRULQWUDLQLQJRIP\KLJKVFKRROQHZVSDSHU7KH/HDGHUVWDIISULQWHG our high school paper and, more importantly, allowed us high school students in “the back shopâ€? to use all of the equipment. We were entrusted with giant blue Compugraphic machines that magically spit out what we typed. 7KH\DOORZHGXVLQWKHGDUNURRPWRGHYHORSRXUÂżOP7KH\HYHQOHWXVLQWKHJLDQWFDPHUDURRPWRVKRRWZKDW were called “halftones.â€? We were all of 15. n saw I returned to work at the newspaper the summers of my college years. And I often y to a tow-headed, mischievous, energetic boy race through the newsroom on his way talk with the men who worked in the commercial printing operaton in the back. He ZDVDSDUWRIDOOWKDWPDGHWKHSODFHVXFKDZRQGHUIXOÂżUVWMRE+LVGDG-RKQ Stevenson, remains editor and publisher of the newspaper, as well as a dear friend. In addition to serving a stint as president of Alabama Press Association, John has also served as president of National Newspaper Association. The J.B. Stevenson Scholarship acknowledges all that is good and right about community journalism. It acknowledges a family’s commitment to its community, a newspaper’s commitment to young people -- and the hope that we all have for future generations of storytellers.

Monica Hill, former ASPA director

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The UA Office of Student Media offers Alabama students an experience unavailable anywhere else, on or off campus:

The Crimson White

The campus newspaper since 1894, it is published every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the academic year.


The student yearbook which has captured life at UA for 120 years.

Marr’s Field Journal An undergraduate literary journal containing student work published each spring.

Southern Historian

A regional journal published once a year by graduate students featuring research in Southeast history.

Black Warrior Review A nationally-recognized literary magazine published by graduate students twice yearly in the fall and spring.


The UA student radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day with music from a variety of musical genres and play-byplay of selected UA sports events.

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Dean, College of Communication and Information Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Greer

Chair, Department of Journalism

Editor: Meredith Cummings Director Alabama Scholastic Press Association

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The University of Alabama Department of Journalism is honored to be the home of ASPA.

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