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CHSPA annual report for 2014-15 highlights association's 45th year, and prepares us for 2015-16 and CSMA

May 26, 2015

This annual report, reviewing CHSPA activities from the 2014-15 school year, is being published in this experimental form, using the Long-Form story template which School Newspapers Online has created as part of our Herald WordPress theme. Our thanks to SNO for hosting and supporting our association website at no cost to us.

SNO will be helping us move to our new domain ( in June, with our new domain going live on or about July 1.

Our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook will also be renamed.

We began using our new logo, developed by Carrie Faust, in our summer mailings and election materials.

Our hope is that Colorado Student Media Association (our new name) will honor our 45 years as the Colorado High School Press Association while taking the association into the future. Members who responded to a survey on the name change in February were nearly unanimous in support of the change.



Students and advisers earn honors, scholarships

The list of 2013-14 All-Colorado winners are here.

We are only in the third year of our Photographer of the Year contest, but we already have our first repeat winner: Maddie Malhotra. Find more on the contest here.

Adam Dawkins, CJE, was our 2014 Adviser of the Year, and John Veit, assistant principal at Rocky Heights Middle School was 2014 Administrator of the Year. Read more here.

Gabe Rodriguez of Mountain Vista HS was our Greer Scholarship winner, and he was one of seven national runners-up named by JEA in April. Read more here.

Three CHSPA-member advisers — Mark Newton, MJE, Mountain Vista HS; Erica Padzek, Cherry Creek HS; and JJ Ogrin, Englewood HS — received $250 Adviser Professional Development scholarships in the first year of this new program.


Regional, state and national conferences provide wide range of member opportunities

National convention comes to Denver for third time, while J-Day returns to Lory Student Center

Spring brings national convention to Mile High City
The final tally was 2,976 attendees for the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, hosted by CHSPA in Denver at the Sheraton. The contributions of a large and talented local committee helped make the event successful, from the terrific media tours to the outstanding Write-off speakers to the t-shirts and hoodies, that sold out immediately.

Being sandwiched between the largest convention ever, in Washington, D.C., last November, and what is anticipated to be another large convention next fall, in Orlando, Fla., likely kept our total numbers down, but the slightly smaller numbers meant better access to sessions and less time waiting for elevators.

The local sponsoring organization receives revenue from a combination of registration fees ($1.50 per paid registrant) and shirt sales, plus we received some scholarship support from the Denver Post and the Colorado Press Association Foundation. We are still waiting for a final accounting and distribution of funds from NSPA, but anticipate about $7,000 in revenue for CHSPA resulting from our work on the convention.

This was the third time the national convention has come to Denver. The first was in 1992, at the Adams Mark Hotel, and the second was in 2007, at the Hyatt Regency at the Convention Center.


J-Day returns to Lory Student Center
Attendance rebounded from 2013, when the renovation work on LSC closed down the facility for over a year. J-Day was actually the very first large event to utilize the facility. Two JEA National Yearbook Advisers of the Year were featured: Brenda Gorsuch and Cindy Todd. There were over 50 learning sessions offered, all topped off with the awards ceremony, where Best of Show awards and All-Colorado certificates were distributed.

The Lory Student Center is booked for Oct. 8 for our 2015 J-Day, and the registration prices remain the same ($20 for students and $35 for advisers).


SoCo Media Day has disappointing attendance
The fifth year of this outreach to schools in the southeast part of the state was a great experience for those attending, but with only 58 registrants, did not meet our goals. The CSU-Pueblo site is excellent and the faculty of the Communications program are very supportive, but the timing of the event (we have tried later in the fall (late October) and earlier (Sept. 18 last fall), and no date seems to work well.

This past fall we were fortunate to have Justin Daigle, CJE, keynote and lead sessions, along with sessions from Jack Kennedy, MJE, Peter Griffin, CJE (Jostens) and Rob Rathbun (Balfour).

The continuation of this conference will be discussed during the June 4 CSMA board meeting.

Best of Colorado preliminary classifications announced for 2016 entries

CSMA offers first individual contests exclusive to news websites in 2016

The 2015 Best of Colorado individual contests brought a record number of entries (1,643), and award certificates were mailed out in the first week of May. The complete lists of winners can be found here for news publications and websites, here for yearbooks, and here for video broadcast.

Below is the breakdown of BOC classifications for the spring, 2016 contests, based on the 2014-15 enrollment numbers reported by our members. The final assignment of classifications will be determined by Jan. 15, 2016, after members have reported their 2015-16 enrollment numbers. We use classes only for news publication and yearbook.

In order to honor our “digital first” member websites, we will offer our first-ever Website Best of Colorado contest categories in 2016. Previously, website journalism was included in the news publication contest categories.

2016 – Best of Colorado Classifications, based on enrollment and medium
News Publication – Class I up to 1,100
News Publication – Class II 1,100 – 1,750
News Publication – Class III 1,800 +
Video Broadcast
Middle School Yearbook
Yearbook – Class I up to 1,000
Yearbook – Class II 1,000 – 1,800
Yearbook – Class III 1,801 +
2014-15 Member School Media type Media name 2014-15
News Publication – Class I (22)
PSD Global Academy News Publication The Explorer 200
Burlington HS News Publication The Broadcaster 230
Wiley  HS News Publication The Panther Tale 246
Cedaredge HS News Publication Bruin Tracks 250
Salida HS News Publication Tenderfoot Times 300
Roaring Fork HS News Publication The Rampage 350
Lamar HS News Publication The Chieftain 430
Kent Denver School News Publication Sun Devils’ Advocate 470
Alamosa HS News Publication The Alamosan 500
Aspen HS News Publication The Skier Scribbler 550
Manitou Springs HS News Publication The Prospector 550
Sterling HS News Publication The Bengal Cry 600
Montezuma-Cortez HS News Publication The Panther Press 629
Delta HS News Publication Delta Ink 640
Englewood HS News Publication The Pirateer 650
Berthoud HS News Publication The Maroon Tribune 700
Glenwood Springs HS News Publication The Brimstone 796
Conifer HS News Publication The Lobo Legend 820
Woodland Park HS News Publication The Panther Perspective 875
Centaurus HS News Publication The Odyssey 1000
Palisade HS News Publication The Paw Print 1030
Sierra Middle School News Publication The Sierra Summit 1050
News Publication – Class II (24)
Durango Senior HS News Publication El Diablo 1100
Palmer Ridge HS News Publication The Bear Truth 1100
Denver North HS News Publication The North Star 1200
Ponderosa HS News Publication The Mustang Express 1200
Thompson Valley HS News Publication The Voice 1200
Standley Lake HS News Publication The Lake 1286
Widefield HS News Publication WHS News 1288
Littleton HS News Publication The Lions’ Roar 1350
Skyline HS News Publication The Sky Line 1350
Montrose HS News Publication The Chieftain 1393
Fruita Monument HS News Publication The Catalyst 1400
George Washington HS News Publication The Surveyor 1400
Denver South HS News Publication The Gargoyle 1425
Pomona HS News Publication Pomona Perspective 1500
Loveland HS News Publication The Smoke Signal 1540
Coronado HS News Publication The Cougar Chronicle 1600
Fort Collins HS News Publication Spilled Ink 1600
Heritage HS News Publication The Pioneer 1600
Monarch HS News Publication The Howler 1638
Arvada West HS News Publication The Westwind 1700
Columbine HS News Publication The Courier 1700
Regis Jesuit HS / Boys Division News Publication Ignite 1700
Regis Jesuit HS / Girls Division News Publication TBD 1700
Thornton HS News Publication The Trojan Voice 1750
News Publication – Class III (25)
Denver East HS News Publication The East Spotlight 1800
Grand Junction HS News Publication The Orange & Black 1800
Ralston Valley HS News Publication Ralston Valley Xpress 1800
Castle View HS News Publication The View 1850
Brighton HS News Publication The Brightonian 1900
Chatfield HS News Publication The Chatfield Charter 1900
Rock Canyon HS News Publication The Rock 1905
Legend HS News Publication The Forum 1950
Palmer HS News Publication The Lever 2000
Rocky Mountain HS News Publication The Rocky Mountain Highlighter 2000
ThunderRidge HS News Publication The Growl 1800
Westminster HS News Publication Wolf Pride 2100
Smoky Hill HS News Publication NEXT 2147
Arapahoe HS News Publication Arapahoe Herald 2150
Aurora Central HS News Publication Trojan Tribune 2200
Fairview HS News Publication The Royal Banner 2200
Lakewood HS News Publication The Spectator 2200
Legacy HS News Publication The Lightning Press 2200
Mountain Vista HS News Publication The Eagle Eye 2200
Overland HS News Publication The Scout 2300
Rangeview HS News Publication Raider Revue 2300
Chaparral HS News Publication The Chaparral Crier 2400
Eaglecrest HS News Publication The Eagle Quill 2500
Cherokee Trail HS News Publication The Guide 2700
Grandview HS News Publication The Chronicle 2700
Video Broadcast (22)
Englewood HS Video Media Pirate TV 650
Conifer HS Video Media Lobo Trax 812
Discovery Canyon HS Video Media Thunder News 1139
Standley Lake HS Video Media Gator TV 1286
Montrose HS Video Media Channel M 1393
Rocky Heights MS Video Media Rocky Heights video broadcast 1400
Denver South HS Video Media Rebel Report 1425
Rampart HS Video Media KRAM 1500
Columbine HS Video Media RNN – Rebel News Network 1700
Regis Jesuit HS Video Media RJTV 1700
Denver East HS Video Media 1800
Castle View HS Video Media CVTV 1850
Chatfield HS Video Media The Charger Report 1900
Rock Canyon HS Video Media RCTV 1905
Mountain Range High School Video Media Mustang TV 2000
Academy School District 20 Video Media 20TV 2000
Palmer HS Video Media Terror TV 2000
Fossil Ridge High School Video Media Video 2100
Arapahoe HS Video Media The Spear 2150
Aurora Central HS Video Media TBD 2200
Lakewood HS Video Media Tiger TV 2200
Mountain Vista HS Video Media Eagle Vision 2200
News Website (25)
The Bijou School Website The Campus Chronicle 115
Fountain Valley School Website The Dane 241
Estes Park HS Website The Mountainer 400
Eaton HS Website Red Ink 500
Montezuma-Cortez HS Website Panther Press Online 629
Englewood HS Website 650
Pueblo County HS Website Pueblo County News 860
Palisade HS Website 1030
Lewis-Palmer HS Website Ranger Review News 1063
Ponderosa HS Website Mustang Express Online 1200
Montrose HS Website 1393
Dakota Ridge HS Website The Ridge Review 1500
Monarch HS Website 1600
Columbine HS Website Columbine High School 1700
Regis Jesuit HS Website RJ Today 1700
Grand Junction HS Website Orange & Black News 1800
Rock Canyon HS Website Rock Media Online 1905
Legend HS Website 1950
Fossil Ridge High School Website Etched In Stone 2100
Smoky Hill HS Website 2147
Arapahoe HS Website 2150
Fairview HS Website The Royal Banner 2200
Lakewood HS Website The Spectator 2200
Mountain Vista HS Website 2200
Middle School Yearbook (9)
Euclid MS Yearbook Our Journey 700
Castle Rock MS Yearbook The Crusader 900
Mesa Middle School Yearbook Imprints 965
Falcon Creek MS Yearbook Aerie 1035
Sierra Middle School Yearbook Eagle Eye View 1050
Laredo MS Yearbook Lionstale 1270
Rocky Heights MS Yearbook The Nighthawk 1400
Cimarron Middle School Yearbook Our Tale 1450
Powell MS Yearbook The Prowl
Yearbook – Class I (22)
Telluride HS Yearbook THS Yearbook 200
Burlington HS Yearbook Cougar’s Din 230
Cedaredge HS Yearbook When One Door Closes… 250
Resurrection Christian HS Yearbook Resurrection Christian Yearbook 260
Salida HS Yearbook Le Resume 300
Roaring Fork HS Yearbook FRHS Ram’s Book 350
Colorado Academy Yearbook Telesis 398
Estes Park HS Yearbook The Whispering Pine 400
Jefferson Academy Yearbook Animus 404
Lamar HS Yearbook The Chieftain 430
The Classical Academy Middle School Yearbook The Legacy 455
Kent Denver School Yearbook The Spark 470
Alamosa HS Yearbook El Alarado 500
Denver School of Science & Tech Yearbook The Shield 500
Eaton HS Yearbook Eatonian 500
Manitou Springs HS Yearbook Mustang 550
The Classical Academy Yearbook The Torch 623
Montezuma-Cortez HS Yearbook Montezuma-Cortez Yearbook 629
Delta HS Yearbook Yearbook 640
Englewood HS Yearbook Pirate Log 650
Conifer HS Yearbook Canis Lupis 812
Woodland Park HS Yearbook Panther Tracks 875
Yearbook – Class II (23)
Palisade HS Yearbook Bulldog 1030
Lewis-Palmer HS Yearbook Westwind 1063
Canon City HS Yearbook Nonac Regit 1100
Palmer Ridge HS Yearbook Epilogue 1100
Discovery Canyon HS Yearbook The Thunder 1139
Standley Lake HS Yearbook Shoreline 1286
Widefield HS Yearbook Widefield Yearbook 1288
Cheyenne Mountain HS Yearbook Pow Wow 1295
George Washington HS Yearbook Heritage 1300
Littleton HS Yearbook Cor Lionis 1350
Montrose HS Yearbook The Chief 1393
Ponderosa HS Yearbook Eques 1400
Denver South HS Yearbook South High School Yearbook 1425
Highlands Ranch HS Yearbook Talon 1500
Rampart HS Yearbook Rampages 1500
Coronado HS Yearbook Recuerdos 1600
Monarch HS Yearbook Mosaic 1638
Arvada West HS Yearbook The Claw 1640
Columbine HS Yearbook Rebelations 1700
Regis Jesuit HS / Girls Division Yearbook The Shield 1700
ThunderRidge HS Yearbook Grizzly Den 1800
Grand Junction HS Yearbook Tiger Yearbook 1800
Ralston Valley HS Yearbook Stampede 1800
Yearbook – Class III (21)
Castle View HS Yearbook Vieo 1850
Brighton HS Yearbook Reflections 1900
Chatfield HS Yearbook Encore 1900
Rock Canyon HS Yearbook The Black & Gold 1905
Legend HS Yearbook Epic 1950
Mountain Range High School Yearbook The Stampede 2000
Doherty HS Yearbook Stigme Chronou 2100
Fossil Ridge High School Yearbook Petroglyphs 2100
Smoky Hill HS Yearbook Summit 2147
Arapahoe HS Yearbook Calumet 2150
Aurora Central HS Yearbook Aurora Borealis 2200
Chaparral HS Yearbook Golden Images 2200
Fairview HS Yearbook The Lance 2200
Lakewood HS Yearbook The Lahian 2200
Legacy HS Yearbook The Legacy 2200
Mountain Vista HS Yearbook Aerie 2200
Rangeview HS Yearbook Excalibur 2300
Overland HS Yearbook Trail 2400
Eaglecrest HS Yearbook Wings 2500
Cherokee Trail HS Yearbook The Legend 2700
Cherry Creek HS Yearbook The Patriot 3700

Association funding remains strong

National convention provides one-time boost, while J-Day revenue continues to provide majority of revenue

The fiscal year does not end until June 30, but you can see the 2014-15 budget projections (passed in June, 2014) versus actual revenue and expenses by downloading the budget document to your computer.

The document will be updated right up to the June 4 board meeting.

You can also see the Denver Convention financial report here. Not all income has been received as of June 3, but we have firm estimates. The one-time infusion of income for the association will not be reflected in the CSMA budget document until the money is in the bank.

The new Colorado Student Media Association board will be discussing and voting on the 2015-16 budget during that June 4 meeting. Depending on various initiatives that may be implemented or discontinued by the board, that budget document can change. You can find a preliminary 2015-16 budget on the third tab of the Excel spreadsheet linked above.

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