The Student Publication Association (SPA) is the largest student media association representing student publications and journalists across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

As a registered charity, we aim to support, train, and showcase student journalists and their work on a national and regional level.

We currently have a growing member base with over 110 publications as part of our association.

Our Executive Committee members work with Regional Officers run training events, conferences and provide support to journalists in times of difficultly.

We hold an annual National Conference (SPANC), which features talks and workshops by national-level journalists to help our members develop skills. SPANC exists not only help students to develop their student journalism, but to prepare them for their future careers.

The showpiece event of the SPA National Conference is the prestigious SPA Awards where members come together to recognise the sterling work which student journalists do each year. We also run a series of Regional Conferences where we aim to give more hands-on, personal training to our members. These conferences feature Regional Awards ceremony to recognise excellence in each region of the UK & the Republic of Ireland.

We also run a mentoring scheme, pairing student journalists with professional in order to provide networking opportunities and worthwhile advice to equip our members with the best possible help in their endeavours.

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