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.

Digital 2016 Crown Finalists Announced

Third of 2016 Crown Finalists Sets Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Digital Publications

This is the third of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2016 Awards
(Click here to read the first announcement of Crown Finalists for Print Magazines.)
(Click here to read the second announcement of Crown Finalists for Print News.)

Eighteen digital news publications and four digital magazine publications were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2016 at ceremonies in New York City.  These digital publications were published during the 2014-15 academic year.

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible.  During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,190 publications were eligible for judging.

Crown Finalists are not nominees but actual winners. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2016.

The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition.

Medalist Critiques are released on a rolling basis as completed while Crown Awards and Gold Circles are judged following seasonal deadlines in June and October. For example, Gold Circle Awards for news and magazines were released September 23 while yearbook and digital entries for individual Gold Circle Awards are not due until a final deadline of October 13. Their judging and release will be completed in February.

“We’ve changed the timing of our Crown Awards judging,” said Edmund Sullivan, CSPA’s executive director. “Magazines were judged first, to be followed by print and hybrid newspapers in early October, then digital (online) news sites in November and finally, yearbooks in early December.”  Announcements of Finalists will follow each judging with the full list complete by mid-December.

The Crown Awards require a different judging process from the CSPA’s Medalist Critiques. Regular CSPA members are invited to submit a second copy of their publication for Crown judging. From among those entries submitted, the Crown Awards are considered at Columbia by panels of invited judges, working in small groups to review each publication.

Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication while Medalist Critiques compare each publication against a printed set of standards. In contrast, Medalist Critiques are the work of a single adviser-judge.

Crown Awards function as a “top-down” view of general excellence; Medalist Critiques offer a “bottom-up” perspective, noting specific strengths and weaknesses.

College Digital Magazine
Dollars & Sense, Baruch College, New York, NY;
OR Magazine, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR;
Woodcrest Magazine, Cabrini College, Radnor,PA.

College Digital News
The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
UHCL The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.
Middle School Digital News

Livewire, Altoona Area Junior High School, Altoona, PA;
Corner, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA.
High School Digital Magazine
Babel, Brunswick School, Greenwich, CT.
High School Digital News
Bearing News, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
Foothill Dragon Press, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA;
My Jag News, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX;
Niles West News, Niles West High School, Skokie, IL;
Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD;
Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV;
The Blazer @ WJPSnews, World Journalism Prep School, Flushing, NY;
The Feather Online, Fresno Christian High School, Fresno, CA;
The Oracle, The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA;
The Paly Voice, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Red Ledger, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, TX;
The Rider, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
Wingspan, Liberty High School, Frisco, TX.