GSPA

Helping a student at the 2008 Georgia Journalism Academy.

From 2004-2015, I was director of the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA).

GSPA is the state press organization for all high school media — newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, broadcasts and literary magazines. When a school wins “best in state,” they win it from GSPA.

We held a fall conference attended by more than 600 students and teachers, and a spring awards ceremony attended by more than 500. We also held an annual summer camp, the Georgia Journalism Academy.

I supervised several student assistants and maintained a budget of roughly $80,000. I also served on the boards of the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and the Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA).

Due to my work in high school journalism, I was recognized in 2010 with a distinguished service award from SIPA.

With two students from Henry W. Grady High School and adviser David Winter, winner of the 2011 GSPA Adviser of the Year award.