United States Student Press Association

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The United States Student Press Association (USSPA) was a national organization of campus newspapers and editors active in the 1960s. It formed a national news agency called College Press Service (CPS). USSPA was developed as a program of the National Student Association (NSA). USSPA later became independent, then suffered financial setbacks in the early 1970s, and disbanded. The College Press Service was spun off and became a progressive alternative news collective in Denver, Colorado. It, too, later folded, selling its name to a commercial enterprise, and distributing the funds to progressive groups in Denver.

In 1967 Marshall Bloom was elected general secretary and quickly appointed his friend Ray Mungo as international news director. Later that year Bloom was fired from his position for his "radical politics and pot-head acid-freak lifestyle". Soon after his separation from USSPA Bloom founded with Mungo the Liberation News Service.[1]

Roger Ebert served as president of the USSPA in 1963-64. Harry Nussdorf, of the Queens College Phoenix, was Chairman of the National Executive Board 1969-1970.

Early 70s luminaries included Barry Holtzclaw, Linda Hanley, Amanda Spake, Nick DeMartino, Harry Nussdorf, David Brown (aka BleedMeister), Gus Hellthaler (aka Joe Schmoe)


  1. ^ McMillian, John (2011). Smoking typewriters : the Sixties underground press and the rise of alternative media in America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-531992-3.