NSPA membership is the tried-and-trusted foundation upon which to build and improve student media. 

Membership is by publication, not by school or individual. When a publication joins, all students on staff and advisers of that publication are covered under that membership. You can join at any time and your membership will be active for the school year.

As a member, your staff will be notified of all contests, conventions, workshops and deadlines.



Membership into this international honor society for scholastic journalism is open to all media staff members in a chartered high school or chartered company that supervises student journalism. Access the student membership information and qualifications for induction here.

After a student or the school journalism program pays a one-time initiation fee of $25 the society then provides the initiate with a lifetime membership, official membership pin and certificate. Quill and Scroll members may compete in contests, which could qualify them for Quill and Scroll scholarships.

A Quill and Scroll charter is granted for the lifetime of the school or organization, and there are no annual dues. A list of chartered schools can be found here.

Information concerning obtaining a charter can be found here.

Visit the Quill and Scroll membership page for more information, and email quillandscroll@studentpress.org with any questions.



We offer a range of critiques for publications and websites. They give your staff helpful, constructive insight from an impartial, experienced source.

Our critique service offers traditional written critiques, plus digital critiques and expanded supercritiques with feedback presented on your publication. If you attend an NSPA convention, be sure to register for an on-site critique, often one of the highlights of the convention experience.

Regardless of the form, your critique is an invaluable stepping stone to improvement.



By attending an NSPA convention, workshop or webinar, you’ll interact with student journalists and advisers from across the nation.

We’re now offering the Pacemaker Master Class series of webinars to connect you with experts and colleagues across the country on both trends and fundamentals.

Get even more networking through our social media:
on Facebook,
@NSPA on Twitter and
nationalstudentpress  on Instagram.



Use our award winners presented on this site and on social media for discussion and inspiration throughout the academic year, and get our annual Best of the High School Press book, which enshrines annual winners for the long term.


NSPA offers competition opportunities to fit your specific staff.

Its top awards, the prestigious Pacemaker Awards, are renowned as the top prizes of student journalism. The nation’s top individual honors in student journalism include the NSPA Individual Awards, in multiple categories in print, online and broadcast.

Starting with 2022-23 membership year, there will be a $99 fee to participate in Individual Awards. You can select this participation fee during your membership renewal or purchase it from our online store later in the year.

Through our conventions (and now remotely), our Best of Show Awards allow current staffs to showcase their work.

Through our critique service, you can also earn an All-American rating and establish a tradition of excellence for your publication. Extended achievement earns your publication recognition in NSPA’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

NSPA also recognizes individual student achievement through the NSPA Honor Roll and  the Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership. NSPA also supports scholarships to support diversity at its conventions.



Download our membership guide
with a handy planner to compile and organize your Individual Award entries.

NSPA Membership Benefits and Pricing

NSPA Membership Benefits and Pricing
Yearbook Newspaper Literary Magazine Online Broadcast
High school membership fee $129 $129 $129 $129 $129
Junior high/middle school membership fee $99 $99 $99 $99 $99
Eligibility to enter Pacemaker contests Yearbook Pacemaker Newspaper & Online Pacemakers Magazine Pacemaker Online Pacemaker Broadcast & Online Pacemakers
Eligibility to enter Individual Awards
in 2021-22
Eligibility to enter Individual Awards
in 2022-23
$99 + membership $99 + membership $99 + membership $99 + membership $99 + membership
Reduced registration fees for conventions
Member rate for convention
Best of Show Awards
$30 $30 $30 $30 $30
Nonmember rate for convention
Best of Show Awards
$45 $45 $45 $45 $45
Best of the High School Press book
NSPA Guidebook (yearbook, newspaper, magazine or multimedia)
Eligibility to enroll students in NSPA’s Journalism Honor Roll
Certificate of membership
Virtual critique (1 hour) $149 + membership $149 + membership $149 + membership $149 + membership $149 + membership
Traditional critique $119 + membership $119 + membership $119 + membership $119 + membership $119 + membership
Annotated critique $149 + membership $149 + membership $149 + membership $149 + membership $149 + membership
International member shipping fee $65 $65 $65 $65 $65
Eligibility for the NSPA
All-American Hall of Fame
with critique purchase with critique purchase with critique purchase with critique purchase with critique purchase
Consultation on current work $99 $99 $99 $99 $99