Members of THSPA :
• Receive invitations to enter the annual Student Media Awards competition.
• Have the opportunity for an in-depth media critique [see below].
• Receive $5 discount per delegate who attends the organization's
workshop. If you send five delegates, you have recouped
your membership fee!
THSPA Membership information: $25 per medium (through Aug. 31)
Membership is per medium, not per school. The membership fee will increase to $45 per medium after Aug. 31, so be sure to postmark by that date. Join by Aug. 31 and bring at least five delegates to the Fall Workshop, and you recoup your membership fee!
$65 Annual JEA Teacher/Adviser Membership
If you join the Journalism Education Association through the Tennessee High School Press Association, JEA will allow THSPA to retain $5 to help our state association. If you are already a JEA member, you may renew through THSPA. Two memberships, one payment!
$40 Medium Evaluation
THSPA is offering evaluations for newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, broadcast stations, websites and online publications. A critique booklet will be filled out by a judge and returned to you. If you want your publication evaluated, add $40 to your membership check. Yearbooks and literary magazines from last year should be postmarked by Sept. 11 to THSPA; to save money, you may bring your publication to the Sept. 11 Fall Workshop. Send two issues of this year’s newspapers and/or send one copy of a news broadcast program by Jan. 12. You must be a member of THSPA to have an evaluation. Schools will receive certificates at the March 2018 Awards Ceremony.
Payment may be made by check (payable to THSPA), cash or purchase order. If postmarked by Aug. 31, the membership fee is $25; if postmarked later than Aug. 31, the fee is $45.
Return the membership form with payment to:
Dr. Jimmy McCollum
Tennessee High School Press Association
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
Give your medium a boost by requesting a thorough evaluation by a veteran adviser or professional. Check the box on your THSPA membership form to indicate your desire for a critique; the cost is $40. A certificate reflecting your rating will be given at Awards Day on the first Monday in March.
Here is the rating system:
Here are pdfs of the evaluation booklets that the judges use: