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.

2005 Murphy Citation

2005 Joseph M. Murphy Award citation for C. Randy Stano

Carl Randy Stano is the Knight Foundation Chair and professor at the School of Communications at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He is the former director of editorial art and design of the Miami Herald and the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York.

Stano was assistant art director at the Kansas City Times/Star and part of its Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 1982 and that of the Miami Herald in 1993. He headed the Herald’s design team that won Best of Show for News Design in 1993. He has served the international Society for News Design for many years in numerous chairs and offices, including as its president.

Earlier in his career as a journalist, he taught high school in his native Texas, including a stint as publications adviser at the A.N. McCallum High School in Austin during the 1970s. He was the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund’s National Journalism Teacher of the Year in 1974. He received a Gold Key from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 1980.

Stano has received many awards for art/design from the Society for News Design, the National Headliners Club, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, Print magazine, and many other design contests. He works as a consultant on recent newspaper redesigns such as the Milwaukee (Wisc.) Journal-Sentinel; The Prague Post, Czech Republic; and La Nacion, San Jose, Costa Rica. He also judges for many design competitions.

Randy Stano has been a consistent supporter of teaching student journalists in high schools and colleges. Despite the changes in his own career, he never lost his love for teaching and his concern for educating students about journalism. Years before it became fashionable among his professional colleagues to “rediscover” student-practiced journalism, Stano spent his personal time teaching high school and college students about how they could marry reporting and design to show and tell the news to their readers.

A longtime presenter at CSPA’s conferences, conventions and summer workshop, Stano has quietly made another significant contribution to the CSPA’s work. Since 1984, he has supervised the judging of all visual categories for newspaper design in our Gold Circle Awards competition. Each year’s work has amounted to several thousand entries in 17 of the 30 newspaper categories. He has recruited other professionals and advanced graduate students to assist him with this valuable work. For this he has declined compensation and donated his time and talent.

For his quiet and modest contribution over three decades to teaching students, especially about his love for design, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is proud to honor Carl Randy Stano with its Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service for 2005.

Given at Columbia University in the City of New York, March 18, 2005.


This citation was written and presented by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Association.