Louisiana Scholastic Press Association

An organization dedicated to Louisiana's high school journalism teachers, advisers and students.

LSPA Summer Institute (Formerly LSJI)

June 5 – June 11th, 2016

Deadline: Monday, May 16 

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The LSPA Summer Institute (formerly the Louisiana Scholastic Journalism Institute) provides an intensive one-week training program for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming freshmen. Sponsored by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB), the Institute’s mission is to provide students with the skills needed to produce top-notch scholastic media, including newspapers, broadcast, yearbooks and multimedia. Students work closely with faculty and media professionals utilizing Manship’s state-of-the-art laboratories and production facilities. They build strong journalism skills and receive a preview of the college experience, while spending six nights under supervision in one of LSU’s residential facilities. The LSPA Summer Institute is recognized as the Southeast’s No. 1 high school media-learning program.


  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Design
  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Multimedia production
  • Social media and the new frontier of digital journalism

The LSPA Summer Institute helps you explore and experiment, bringing to class your own journalistic skills and unique point of view. The program gives you an understanding of where journalism and journalists are headed in the digital world.

  • What will I be doing?

    • You will utilize the Manship School’s advanced broadcast studios and writing laboratories to learn the fundamentals of media: writing, editing, design, videography, photography and more. You’ll discover new techniques and tools to improve your skills as well as the quality of your school’s publications and broadcasts. Activities include workshops, production projects, guest speakers and field trips to professional media organizations in Baton Rouge.
  • Who can attend?

    • High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in journalism and mass communication and/or those involved in the school newspaper, yearbook or broadcast news program.
  • Where will I stay?

    • You will stay in residence facilities located on the LSU campus. Most meals will be in LSU dining halls. Faculty members and graduate students closely supervise all activities.
  • What is the cost?

    • The program fee is $500, which covers housing, meals, and costs for materials and activities. Participants are responsible for travel expenses to and from the LSU campus. Scholarships for Louisiana students who demonstrate financial need are available, thanks to support from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order, payable to LSPA. Credit cards will not be accepted.
  • Is financial assistance available?

    • SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO LOUISIANA RESIDENTS WHO DEMONSTRATE FINANCIAL NEED! Full and partial scholarships are available. Click HERE to fill out the LSPA Summer Institute scholarship application. If you are awarded a partial scholarship, a check or money order for $225 must be mailed to the following address by Monday, May 16, 2016: Attn: LSPA Summer Institute, B-39 Hodges Hall, LSU Student Media, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, May 2, 2016.
  • What are the LSPA Summer Institute 2016 dates?

    • The 2016 dates for the Institute are June 5-11.
  • How do I apply?

    • Complete Steps 1-4. The deadline for receipt of all materials – online forms, a hard copy of the release of liability form and payment – is Monday, MAY 16, 2016. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, PLEASE EMAIL lspamanship@lsu.edu.
      1. Click HERE to fill out the online registration form.
      2. Click HERE to fill out the online medical/insurance form.
      3. Click HERE to access the release of liability form. Print and complete this form. Mail it to the following address: Attn: LSPA Summer Institute, B-39 Hodges Hall, LSU Student Media, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
      4. Mail a check or money order for $500, payable to LSPA, to the address above. (If you are applying for a scholarship, click HERE to fill out the online scholarship application, which must be completed by May 2, 2016.

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