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.

Gold Circle Awards


The Gold Circle Awards are available to members as part of the Regular Membership, Associate Membership or Basic Membership.

Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media. These media are published in schools or colleges throughout the United States and in overseas schools following an American plan of education.

The deadline for Print Newspaper and Magazine is June 10, 2014. Eligibility for these categories is June 16, 2013 through June 10, 2014.

The deadline for Yearbooks and Digital Media is October 10, 2014. Eligibility for these categories is November 2, 2013 through October 10, 2014.

Your publication must have a CSPA membership to enter the Gold Circle Awards. Click here to find out more about the three different types of membership available.

All Print Newspaper and Magazine entries must be POSTMARKED by June 10th.
All Yearbooks and Digital Media entries must be POSTMARKED by October 10th.


Presently, 204 different categories of entry are provided with detailed information given here. Recognition is given by various certificates of award. Secondary schools are judged separately from colleges and universities so that each student’s work is evaluated against others produced in similar circumstances. Judges are experienced journalists and educators familiar with the context surrounding student journalism as produced in schools and colleges. In recent years, more than 15,000 entries have been submitted for this annual competition and about 1,200 awards were given in the various categories.

Gold Circle Awards were first given in 1984, following a long tradition of CSPA awards for individual achievement by student journalists.