From our annual national conference to training days and events around the country, the SPA puts on a range of opportunities for our members throughout the year

Bidding for #SPANC24 now open

Back for 2024 we’ll be taking our three-day conference and prestigious awards to a campus near you. It’s your publication’s chance to play host to more than 200 student reporters, editors and photographers, as well as industry experts.

What's coming up?

Do you want to host the biggest event in the student journalism calendar, but you’re not sure where to start? Bidding is open to host #SPANC24 at your university, but we know the process can…
Wed, 20 Sep,  04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Get a glimpse into life as a journalist with our breaking news session. We’ll get you covering a mock breaking news scenario, and everyone will get feedback on their work. It’ll be fast-paced and a…
Thu, 12 Oct,  06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
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Get a taste into life as a sports journalist with our interactive sports journalism workshop. We’ll get you covering a mock, very busy, day at a sporting event, and everyone will get feedback on their…
Mon, 20 Nov,  06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
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The biggest weekend in the student journalism year

Our most exciting event of the year is the Student Publication Association National Conference - or SPANC for short!

Every year we bring hundreds of student journalists together at one university for a three-day festival of talks, workshops, and our prestigious awards.

Read why our members love SPANC below.

Joi Foote


I am so glad to have spent this weekend with fellow student journalists and connecting with like minded people. Over the course of the two days I attended a number of workshops, from landing my first journalism job to the art of being a good editor. With this came the opportunity to speak to professional journalists. those who were once in the position I was in and are now leading successful careers in their given pathways.

Janet Osayande


Getting the help from SPA to be able to attend the conference, meet so many amazing and like-minded people has been life changing. I have learned so much over the course of the weekend, talked to industry professionals and student journalists, and only reassured myself that I chose the right career path.

Ella Robinson

The Mancunion

Last year, obviously, it was all online and winning… I think we all got a bit teary, it was pretty amazing to be back together and then to actually win and celebrate together was incredible.

Fluer Feeney

The Falmouth Anchor

There’s just so so many workshops and talks and everything and that gave me so much information on how to be a journalist.

Jess Walmsley

The Mancunion

The team has worked so hard that winning Best Publication was the dream and being here to celebrate with the whole team was just magical, it made the whole year of work so worth it. And it was just great to see everybody cheering and celebrating other publications as well. That was also just really nice and just shows that every journalist, every student publication just wants to support each other.