Wyoming JOY Scholarship applications are now open!

If you are a Wyoming High School Journalist, consider applying for the JOY Scholarship. The Wyoming winner (who receives a $500 scholarship) will go on the compete at the JEA National Convention, with the chance to win $850 or $3000 scholarships.

The deadline to apply is February 15th.

The FAQ sheet below is a great flyer with all the relevant information about JOY. Advisors, feel free to print and give to students or hang in your classrooms.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the 2018 WHSSPA Convention on Monday, November 5th at Central Wyoming College in Riverton!

We are so appreciative of all the support we received from: Amanda Nicholoff, CWC; Christine Garceau, NWC Photography Department; Wyoming Press Association; and Herff Jones.

The WHSSPA Board also appreciates all the advisors who took the time to travel with your students to the convention! You are what makes the WHSSPA awesome!

2017 WHSSPA convention

Laramie County Community College

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Join us for the 2019 Convention! November 4, 2019.

2019 Location: Central Wyoming College

Address: 2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501

Phone: (307) 855-2000 

We are thrilled to announce we will be in Riverton again next year, making use of the awesome facilities that CWC has made available to WHSSPA.



A HUGE thank you to our fabulous keynote speaker, Chad Baldwin, for opening the convention with so many great stories from his years of experience!

Keynote Speaker 2018: Chad Baldwin

Chad Baldwin is the associate vice president for marketing and communications at the University of Wyoming, a position he has held since August 2015. He came to UW in 2011 as the director of Institutional Communications after a 25-year career as a journalist, including time as editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, city editor of The Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, and editor of the Riverton (Wyo.) Ranger. An alum of the Wyoming High School Student Press Association and former editor of The Barometer student newspaper at Riverton High School, he is a 1988 journalism graduate of UW.

Come hear Chad’s keynote, entitled “From Manual Typewriters to Digital Delivery: Skillful Storytelling Endures” at the 2018 WHSSPA Convention!


Convention Entry Forms are available now! 


Submission window: August 27th through September 27th.

A note for sending entries: They should also be shipped “Priority mail.” This will provide you with a tracking number so you can be sure your entry reaches the judge.  Advisers will be responsible to see that the judge receives the entry. 

Do not send it “book rate” because it mail sits in the post office back room for days. No late entries will be accepted. The two week window for submission was set by the Board. The reasoning behind this decision was to prevent entries from trickling in to judges all summer as this might result in entries being lost or misplaced.