Membership and Evaluations


The S.C. Scholastic Press Association’s purpose is to promote responsible scholastic journalism in South Carolina.

To achieve this goal we educate, evaluate, advocate and empower students and advisers who work with middle and high school newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines and the broadcast programs in the state.

SCSPA has both publication and student memberships. Publications must be a member to receive critiques or participate in any of the individual competitions. Students must be members to apply for scholarships.

Publications have two membership options: one year ($40) or three years ($100). Students have two levels: high school ($20) and middle school ($10).

The membership year is Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.


SIPA offers Evaluation Services in the areas of broadcasting, literary magazine, newspaper, and yearbook. Publications receive ratings of Merit, Excellent, Superior or All-Southern. Publications that receive All-Southern ratings qualify to compete for the Scroggins Award, which recognizes the best SIPA publication in each division. Results of evaluations are announced at the annual convention at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, S.C. the first weekend in March each year.

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