The Indiana Collegiate Press Association has five purposes:

  • to stimulate interest in journalism among Indiana’s college students
  • to create fellowship and cooperation among Indiana’s collegiate journalists
  • to raise the standards of journalism at Indiana’s colleges and universities
  • to help each college and university accomplish these three goals
  • to foster free speech and a free press on Indiana’s campuses

Membership and Activities

Our membership consists of more than 40 member publications (newspapers, news magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks and online publications) at more than 30 of Indiana’s public and private universities. Our board members consist of faculty advisers and student representatives from these universities. 

We carry out our mission primarily through an annual convention and student contest that offers hundreds of awards each year. The convention features outstanding speakers and workshop leaders from throughout the state and the nation.


ICPA was born in Terre Haute in 1957 when publications advisers and journalism students met at Indiana State University. The founders hoped to promote fellowship and cooperation among the state’s collegiate journalists and publications. Eleven colleges and universities sent delegates to our first state convention at Bloomington in the spring of 1957.