It’s an exceptional opportunity for collegiate media


Our fall convention returns to the nation’s capital to celebrate, to collaborate and to learn from some of the nation’s top journalists.

That includes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — on the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

Few journalists have influenced American history as profoundly. Their Washington Post reporting eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, and it set new standards for investigative journalism.

Their keynote is at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Our keynote speakers are one of the benefits of a special partnership.
This year, the Fall National College Convention transforms into MediaFest22, as
Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association join
with the Society of Professional Journalists for a shared convention at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

MediaFest22 will offer dozens of educational sessions, exciting awards celebrations, helpful critiques and an opportunity to interact with editors, journalists and fellow media students and advisers from across the nation.

You won’t want to miss it this one. Plan now to join us.

Our keynotes bring together top journalists
with an expansive range of experiences to engage their audiences.

> MediaFest22 keynote speakers
> View the online schedule.

The Fall National
College Media Convention 

the nation’s largest gathering
of collegiate journalists,
media students and advisers.

Oct. 26-30, 2022
Grand Hyatt Washington



ACP will celebrate its 100th birthday and announce the Top 10 for its Pacemaker 100.


SPJ Mediafest 22
SPJ’s convention site


Learn how to connect with the hundreds of journalists and advisers at the convention.

> Our sponsorship packet

COVID-19 policy

ACP, CMA and SPJ require full vaccination for convention attendance, with vaccination status checked on site.

> Our policy

The app & the program

The convention app is your go-to resource for the latest on the convention, including keynotes, sessions and speakers.

Download the app, and then search for MediaFest22.

You may also download the PDF of our printed convention program, which will be available on site.

> Whova for for iOS Devices   
> Whova for Android devices
> Convention program PDF

Tentative schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Pre-convention workshops  1-4 p.m.

Meet & greet, and share
your publication’s swag   6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27

Registration open all day

Trade show & exhibits  11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions  9-10:50 a.m.

Thursday keynote:
Connecting with our communities

11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Welcome reception  12:30-1:20 p.m.

Breakout sessions 1:30-4:20 p.m.

CMA Pinnacle Awards  5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28

Registration open all day

Trade show & exhibits 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

ACP Pioneer Awards  (by invitation)  8-9:30 a.m.,
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th floor

Breakout sessions  9-10:50 a.m.

Friday keynote:
Woodward & Bernstein

11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Breakout sessions  1:30-3:20 p.m.

Awards ceremony
ACP Pacemakers & Individual Awards
ACP Pacemaker 100
3:30-5 p.m.

ACP Best of Show Staff Recognition deadline
5 p.m.

CMA Adviser Awards  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Adviser Reception  7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Registration open all day

Trade show & exhibits 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

ACP Advisory Council Meeting  7:30 a.m.

Breakout sessions  9-10:50 a.m.

Saturday keynote: SPJ Fellows
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Breakout sessions  1:30-3:20 p.m.

ACP Pacemaker 100 reception
(by invitation)  4:30-6 p.m.

CMA Audio & Film Festival  6:30-8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Breakout sessions  9-10:50 a.m.

Keynote & ACP Best of Show awards ceremony
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Career Corner

Take advantage of this convention’s Career Corner, an informal career-focused networking event offered in partnership with SPJ, CMA and ACP.

So polish your résumé, prepare your portfolio and join us in DC.

> Career Corner

Convention hotel & overflow hotel

The Grand Hyatt Washington,
1000 H St. NW, is once again our convention hotel.

The Grand Hyatt is now booked for the convention. If you’re looking for accommodations, we suggest the Moxy Washington, 1011 K St. NW, a Marriott property that’s a 5-minute walk from the Grand Hyatt.

Its reservation deadline is Oct. 19, 2022, and we have secured a rate at $221 per night for single queen or double full bunk beds.

To reserve rooms at the Moxy Washington, contact Brittany Marinovich,

Convention registration

Convention registration has now closed.

> Our refund/cancellation policy

Pre-convention workshops

Join us from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, for one of our pre-convention workshops.

These popular convention sessions take a deep dive into a specific topic — from podcasting and filmmaking to data reporting and design.

The cost is $50 per person, and you can still add it through your convention registration.

Convention merchandise

Get a convention souvenir  — T-shirts, camper mugs, tote bags and facemasks — available now through the SPJ Store.

Get the feedback you need

One of the most popular features of our conventions are media critiques, with constructive, common-sense feedback.

Experienced media advisers will meet with you and address your specific needs. 

> CMA critiques

You can register on site for specific insight and advice in both editorial and advertising. Bill Elsen, a former editor from The Washington Post, will continue as editor-in-residence, and Paul Bittick, award-winning veteran media director, will provide expert consulting in advertising and business.

ACP Best of Show

ACP honors current student work through its convention Best of Show competition. 

This popular awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday morning.

The competition has two divisions —

Individual Recognition and its nine categories, with an Oct. 17 entry online deadline, and
Staff Recognition and its 15 categories, with an Oct. 28 on-site deadline.

> ACP Best of Show

CMA Audio & Video Festival

Plan now to submit your work for consideration for the CMA Audio & Film Festival.

Some of the nation’s top student-produced work will be screened Saturday, Oct. 29.

> Festival info