• March 29Blue Banner, newspaper and website, are due January 15.
  • March 23Golden Dozen deadline is November 15.
  • March 23Best Story Contest entries are due January 15.


Site for the Southern Illinois School Press Association



About Us



SISPA, Southern Illinois School Press Association, supports student journalists and advisers as they publish their schools’ newspapers and yearbooks.  Through the support of the SIU Carbondale’s School of Journalism, the organization offers support, critique services, workshops, and much more to high schools, junior highs and middle schools in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana. The Southern Alumnus documents the fourth meeting of the group as occurring in 1953. The document is linked on our archive page.

The earliest edition of the SISPA Editor, the mailed newsletter of the organization was released in 1958. Since then, hard copies of the newsletter have been replaced with emails to group members by the organization’s sitting director.

If you would like to be included in these communications, please email [email protected] .




SISPA Executive Committee

Cathy Wall, director
Dana Donovan, newspaper contests
Gina Shook, yearbook contests
John Wells, on-site contests

Sami Goetting, on-site contests

Darlene Reidelberger, SIUC liaison
Dr. Jan Thompson, director, SIUC School of Journalism