The Minnesota High School Press Association serves the state’s high school journalists and advisers with programs and competitions that promote journalistic excellence.  


Minnesota High School Press Association
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 720, 
MinneapolisMN 55414
612.200.9254 •

It’s reunion time!

Join us Oct. 13 for the
MSHPA convention

The Minnesota High School Press Association’s annual convention returns in person this year.

We’re set for Thursday, Oct. 13 —
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in the Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.

> Convention schedule


Keynote speaker

Laura Widmer, MHSPA executive director, will lead a panel with two leaders in community journalism.


Azhae’la Hanson is a reporter and youth program coordinator for North News, the community print and digital news publication that focuses on North Minneapolis where she grew up and currently resides. A recent graduate of Xavier University (Louisiana), she hopes her work as a journalist inspires youth and community members to create and celebrate their own narratives.


Hard work and dedication to her multi-generational family and family business has always been Tracey Lynn Williams-Dillard’s main focus. Tracey has the responsibility of running the day-to-day operations of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder as well as providing leadership direction to move the business forward. Her vision, passion and commitment to take the newspaper into the future are the main reasons that it continues to this day, more than eight decades since its founding.


Convention schedule

8 a.m.
Registration opens

9 a.m.
Keynote speaker

Registration opens Sept. 1
$23 early-bird rate, by Sept. 27
$28 regular rate

Convention Best of Show
$10 per entry

Interested in speaking
at the  convention?

Connect with us via this speaker form.
Thank you!


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> Sponsor contract



Gold Medallion Awards

MHSPA announces the winners of its 2021-22 Gold Medallion Awards. Congratulations!

2022 winners

JEM All-State Awards

Journalism Educators of Minnesota announces the 2022 winners of its All-State Awards. Congratulations!

2022 winners

Convention Best of Show

And we salute this year’s Best of Show winners, recognizing current student work.

2022 winners

Journalism Educator
of the Year

Nominate your exceptional educator for this top honor from MHSPA. This year’s deadline is Feb. 23, 2023, and the winner will be recognized at the fall 2023 convention.

Entry information & past winners


Minnesota Journalism
Educator of the Year

Recognizing the contributions and excellence of a journalism educator.


All State Awards

Journalism Educators of Minnesota honors excellence in an academic year.

WINNERS  20222021202020192018

Gold Medallion Awards

Honoring an academic year’s top individual work in six categories.

WINNERS  202220212020 • 2019
 • 2017 • 2016

Best of Show Awards

MSHPA honors current work at its fall convention.

WINNERS  2022 • 2021 (no convention)2020 • 2019 • 20172016 2015