2024 Press Institute highlights the best of Georgia college journalism

The GCPA Press Institute was Feb. 23 at the Russell Special Collections Library at the University of Georgia.

Speakers included Dr. Keith Herndon, Eric NeSmith of The Bitter Southerner, Niya Coleman of Flytedesk, Dave Williams of Capitol Beat and Greg Bluestein of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There were 104 first-, second- and third-place awards given to college students recognizing journalistic excellence for work done in the spring and fall of 2023. The Red & Black at the University of Georgia was awarded first place in General Excellence. Campus Carrier of Berry College was recognized with the second-place General Excellence award and The Spectator of Valdosta State University won third place in General Excellence. To see the complete awards presentation, click here: GCPA BNC 2024 Website Version

A special thanks is given to the Press Institute sponsors:
• flytedesk and Director of Publisher Development Niya Coleman: lunch sponsor
• Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication: venue sponsor

We also want to thank The Red & Black, Charlotte Varnum and Kayla Renie and staff for hosting a pre-conference mixer on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the newspaper office in Athens.

Greg Bluestein of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Caleb Joiner of The Stallion, Anna Crusselle of Six Mile Post and Gabriel Kopp of The Cluster pose for a photo at Press Institute 2024.


Georgia College Press Association

Interested in joining the Georgia College Press Association?

If your college newspaper or online publication is interested in joining GCPA, download this application: GCPA application. It can be returned to Sean Ireland at sireland@gapress.org.

Georgia College Press Association allows young journalists, designers, advertising representatives and others interested in media at colleges and universities from across Georgia to network, learn and share ideas and work.


Check out these 2023-24 GCPA events and opportunities

The Stallion
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College


The Bell Ringer
Augusta University

Campus Carrier
Berry College

Six Mile Post
Georgia Highlands College

The George-Anne Statesboro
Georgia Southern University

The George-Anne Inkwell Edition
Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus

The Technique
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Cluster
Mercer University

The Roar
Piedmont University

The Red & Black
University of Georgia

The Spectator
Valdosta State University

The West Georgian
University of West Georgia



Georgia College Press Association

GEORGIA COLLEGE PRESS ASSOCIATION is an organization dedicated to assisting in the betterment of Georgia collegiate journalism and providing a reciprocal flow of information between its member colleges. Membership to GCPA is an excellent opportunity for print journalism students to discuss common issues of college newspapers and to network with newspaper professionals.

GCPA Membership Information:

Membership entitles your newspaper to:

GCPA press cards for each staff member

Entry in the GCPA Better Newspaper Contest

2 copies of the monthly GPA Bulletin
with industry information and job board

Student rates on all GPA educational seminars
and conferences

GPEF scholarship and internship information

Contact sireland@gapress.org for more information

* Dues are based on OFFICAL ENROLLMENT at the university or college. Rates are as follows:
1 – 4,999 students = $40
5,000+ students = $60

Membership Application

For a membership application, please contact: Sean Ireland
at (770) 454-6776 or email her at sireland@gapress.org.