About ACP

Who are we?

Associated Collegiate Press, with more than 570 members, is a national community of collegiate journalists and collegiate-journalism advisers.

What does ACP do?

ACP advances journalism and media as a vital cultural force by connecting advisers, students and professionals through national events and competitions and by creating and curating content that:

  • enhances professional development.
  • defines global standards and ethical practices.
  • inspires journalism and media students and the public.
  • establishes criteria for journalism education that meet the needs of the profession.
  • makes powerful tools and resources available and accessible.
  • celebrates and enhances the value of journalism.

Membership benefits

Join ACP today to access exclusive membership benefits and show your support of student media.

ACP’s mission

Associated Collegiate Press provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries.

A division of National Scholastic Press Association, founded in 1921, ACP is based and incorporated in Minnesota as a non-profit educational association.

NSPA has three divisions:
Associated Collegiate Press
National Scholastic Press Association
Quill and Scroll
Minnesota High School Press Association

The ACP division offers memberships for college, university and professional and technical school student media.

The NSPA division offers memberships for high school, junior high and middle school student media.

The Quill and Scroll division encourages, supports and recognizes individual student initiative and achievement in scholastic journalism through a variety of contests.

The MHSPA division offers memberships to Minnesota high school, junior high and middle school student media.

For all divisions, memberships are open to all student media at public and private schools at an annual membership fee.

Each division provides journalism education training programs, publishes journalism education materials, provides media critique and recognition programs for members, provides information on developments in journalism and student media and provides a forum for members to communicate with others and share their work. Through these activities, the associations promote the standards and ethics of good journalism as accepted and practiced by print, broadcast and electronic media in the United States. They also endorse and advocate free expression rights for student media.

All divisions cooperate with other student media associations and other non-student groups and businesses that share its mission to educate and recognize the work of student journalists, to improve the quality of student media and to foster careers in media.

Contact us

Associated Collegiate Press
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 720
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Contact ACP by email, at info@studentpress.org,
and connect with ACP on social media:
ACP page on Facebook
@ACPress on Twitter
@collegiatepress on Instagram

ACP Staff

ACP staff members are here to serve you.

Laura Widmer, director

Gary Lundgren, associate director

Lori Keekley, associate director for Quill and Scroll

Karli Keith, convention and membership manager

> Staff contact information & biographies

ACP Board of Directors

ACP’s board of directors has 15 members, and its president and president-elect represent both collegiate and scholastic journalism.

The board, which also governs National Scholastic Press Association, Quill and Scroll and the Minnesota High School Press Association, includes representation from the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Sponsorship opportunities

ACP provides exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers with opportunities to serve, support and communicate with its members through ACP events, including conventions and workshops, and virtual outreach, including the Pacemaker Master Class series and Town Hall webinars.