Student Publication Association


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

We aim to support, train and showcase student journalists and their work, both on a national and regional level.

Our team of five committee members work with regional officers across the two countries to run training events, conferences and provide swift support to journalists in difficultly.

We hold an annual national conference, which also encompasses our prestigious awards ceremony, as well as running several other competitions throughout the year.

Promoting, supporting and training student journalists from across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland

The Student Publication Association is made up of more than 70 publications across two countries and is free to join. Whether we're helping student papers fight censorship, running a masterclass or negotiating exclusive deals for our members, we're always working for student journalists.

Below are just some of the advantages our members benefit from

SPA Training Hub

This section of our website is designed to help give student journalists and student publications all the training they need to improve their articles and make their publications the best that they can be. If you want help improving an aspect of your journalism skills that’s not explained in our…

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Awards & Competitions

The SPA organises some of the most prestigious awards for student journalists in the UK and Ireland. The SPA Regional Awards take place every autumn, while the SPA National Awards are held in the spring, culminating at #SPANC. They are judged by a mix of our Trustees who are all…

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The SPA has a variety of officers in place to help create a support network for student journalists: Each region has its own Regional Officer, tasked with supporting publications locally. You can find out details about and ways to contact your Regional Officer here > Struggling in a dispute with…

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Standardised Style Guide

Sub-editing can be a tricky job at the best of times, so make your life easier with a standard set of rules.

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