Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

2014 Board of Judges

Jenny Dial is Houston Chronicle covers the MBA for the Houston Chronicle where she has also served as the Assistant Sports Editor in Houston, TX.  A graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Dial has worked with the San Antonio Express News, the United States Olympic Committee and Sports Illustrated among others.  She was the sports editor for the Gold Crown winning Oklahoma Daily. She has been awarded four APSE writing awards, was named Texas Sportswriter of the Year by the Texas Coaches Association in 2011 and was awarded a Gold Key by CSPA in 2008.  Dial graduated from East Central High School in San Antonio, TX, where she edited the Gold Crown winning Hornet yearbook.

Nancy Hastings is a retired adviser of the Paragon yearbook and Crier newspaper at Munster High School in Munster, IN, where she advised both for 38 years. Her publications have earned numerous honors including Gold and Silver Crowns, NSPA Pacemakers, Quill and Scroll Gallups, and Indiana High School Press Association Hoosier Stars. The former 1997 National Yearbook Adviser of the Year, she has received an NSPA Pioneer Award, CSPA Gold Key, the Ella Sengenberger Indiana Journalism Teacher of the Year, and JEA Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently serving as Indiana's JEA State Director, she has been inducted into Ball State University's Journalism Hall of Fame.

Bobby Hawthorne is an Austin, Texas, writer and writing instructor. He has been involved in scholastic journalism since his junior year in high school — about the time the White Album came out. He directed the main Texas student press association for 20 years, authored a popular textbook on writing for student media, and performed all the tasks (speaking, judging, accepting nice awards from groups no one outside the profession have heard of) expected of him. In quasi-retirement now, he is available for small jobs and long lunches.

Jamie Miles is the assistant managing editor at The Knot where she works with both the print and online staff to schedule and manage content creation. Jamie also serves as the lead web producer, building content for The Knot and its various syndication partners including MSN, Yahoo and The Huffington Post. She's also appeared on local news channels including Pix 11 and CBS 2 serving as a brand representative. Jamie holds a B.S. in magazine journalism from the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and during her senior year at West High School in Corning, New York she served as editor-in-chief of her yearbook.

Mark Murray is coordinator of technology systems for Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, TX.  He also serves as the executive director of the Association of Texas Photography.  He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops around the country, including the CSPA and JEA/NSPA conferences, Carolina Journalism Institute and Dallas County Publication Workshop. During his tenure as photography instructor at Lamar High School in Arlington, he was one of the advisers to élan, Lamar's literary/art magazine, a Pacemaker and Silver Crown winner.  He received a Gold Key from CSPA in 2004 and the CSPA Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service in 2012.

Cheryl Pell is a former high school English and journalism teacher and is currently a faculty member at the Michigan State University School of Journalism in East Lansing, Mich. She was the executive director of Michigan Interscholastic Press Association for 25 years and now teaches publication design at MSU and the capstone journalism course, where students create iPad magazines. She is co-adviser of the MSU Society for News Design student affiliate. In addition, she teaches a study abroad course in visual communication in Spain every spring. Pell has received the JEA Medal of Merit award, the CSPA James F. Paschal award, the NSPA Pioneer Award, the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Educator of the Year award the MIPA John V. Field award. In 2007 she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. She received the JEA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Cedric Victor is an art director and arts instructor with a background in the fine arts and media studies. His work within academia includes teaching illustration at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, and a variety of art and digital design courses at Mercy College in New York. His feature writing and art criticism has been published in Art Papers and New Art Examiner. Victor has worked at Y&R Brands, Standard & Poors, Omnicom and Sony with additional institutional work experience at Amnesty International and the Italian Trade Commission. His additional interest in the publishing world has led to art directing campaigns for Viking, Penguin, Doubleday, Knopf, Hyperion, Random House and numerous other smaller independents. Victor has served as panel judge for the Emmy Awards. He graduated from the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Based in New York, he divides his creative time between his art direction and another life as a touring rock musician and painter.

Bruce Watterson has been working with scholastic and collegiate publication students for years and started as a student editor in high school and college. He's worked as an adviser in secondary and collegiate publication circles...all the while he has never met a pica he didn't like. His passion for teaching meshes with his desire to inspire creativity, imaginative approaches and maybe even a little risk-taking in publications. Honored most recently with the CSPA's Joseph Murphy Award for Service, Watterson currently chairs the Judging Practices Committee of the CSPAA.

Randy Yeip is a graphics editor at The Wall Street Journal. He coordinates graphics coverage of national politics and has directed the Journal's election graphics since 2006. Prior to that, he was a designer and graphic artist at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Yeip holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Michigan State University, and was a staff member of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association summer workshop for 11 years. He has participated in critiques and judging for CSPA, MIPA, National Scholastic Press Association, Pennsylvania Scholastic Press Association and Maine Newspaper Association.

Kathleen D. Zwiebel was the 1998 DJNF National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. She advised five publications at Pottsville Area High School in Pottsville, PA. In the past the publications have received national and state honors from CSPA, NSPA and PSPA. A 1996 CSPA Gold Key recipient, Zwiebel also received the CSPA Diamond Jubilee Award, Charles R. O'Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching, NSPA Pioneer Award, JEA Medal of Merit and PSPA Teacher of the Year. She serves as past president of the CSPAA and chairs its committee on Judging Standards.