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Celebrating 75 years of NCSMA

We’re proud to share NCSMA’s website dedicated to our 75th anniversary, offering a place to recognize those who have been a part of the rich history and the accomplishments that have come with it.

NCSMA’s roots extend back to 1936 when UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus newspaper began sponsoring the North Carolina Scholastic Press Institute.

A fledgling program once offered by busy college students turned into North Carolina’s press association in 1941 when it became a part of UNC’s journalism program. Professor Walter Spearman served as the first director, and he continued in that role for three decades.

Today, NCSMA continues to celebrate and to champion scholastic journalism through regional workshops, statewide media contests, the N.C. Scholastic Media Institute, the Carolina Sports Journalism Camp, the Graduate Journalism Education Fellowship and more.

The North Carolina Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA) serves scholastic journalism and works for its advancement. Member schools include middle and high schools from across the state.

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Donate to NCSMA

N.C. Scholastic Media Association is celebrating 75 years of service to high school journalism.

To commemorate the milestone, we are accepting unrestricted donations that can be used for need-based workshop scholarships, technology grants, substitute teacher pay (allowing journalism teachers to accompany students to workshops), workshop travel stipends and on and on. You may give your gift in honor of or in memory of your high school journalism teacher.

Please join us in supporting North Carolina high school journalists and high school journalism teachers.

The link to give online is here:

Thank you for your support of journalism education.

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Advanced standards and scholastic journalism

N.C. Scholastic Media Advisers Association members have prepared this presentation illustrating how easily advanced standards may be applied to high school journalism classes.

Honors Journalism course materials

Thinking of developing an honors journalism course? Take advantage of North Carolina curricular materials collected for you here.