The Best of the Midwest Convention is a gathering of college news journalists and advisers working with print and online media. Associated Collegiate Press prepares about 30 practical learning sessions, including general topic keynotes, problem-solving breakouts and discussion groups. Other convention activities include ACP’s Best of Show contest for general excellence, Best of the Midwest individual contests, a reception, and critiques of student news media.
With typical attendance of around 250 delegates, the ACP Best of the Midwest gathering has become an annual place to seek solutions, share success stories, discover trends and network with students and advisers from around the greater Midwest region.
The Associated Collegiate Press, a division of the National Scholastic Press Association, based and incorporated in Minnesota as a non-profit educational association, provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries. NSPA has three divisions. Memberships for middle school, junior high school and high school student media are organized under the National Scholastic Press Association division of NSPA. Memberships for college, university and professional and technical school student media are organized under the Associated Collegiate Press division of NSPA. Middle school, junior high school and high school student media in Minnesota are organized under the Minnesota High School Press Association division of NSPA. Memberships are open to all student media at public and private schools at an annual membership fee.
Each division of NSPA provides journalism education training programs, publishes journalism education materials, provides media critique and recognition programs for members, provides information on developments in journalism and student media and provides a forum for members to communicate with others and share their work. Through these activities, NSPA and its divisions promote the standards and ethics of good journalism as accepted and practiced by print, broadcast and electronic media in the United States. NSPA and its divisions also endorse and advocate free expression rights for student media.
NSPA and its divisions cooperate with other student media associations and other non-student groups and businesses that share its mission to educate and recognize the work of student journalists, to improve the quality of student media and to foster careers in media.