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 2017 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Digitals

Fourth of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2017 Awards

Twenty-two digital publications were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2017 at ceremonies in New York City.  The digital publications were published during the 2015-16 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 1,100 publications were eligible for judging.

Crown Finalists are actual winners, not nominees. 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 2017.

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 12. 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, then yearbooks in October and finally, digital (online) news sites in November.”  Announcements of Finalists will follow each judging with the full list complete by the end of November.

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.

Middle School Digitals
Cougar News Blog, Cactus Canyon Junior High, Apache Junction, AZ;
The Corner, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA;
The Neersyde, The Benjamin Middle School, North Palm Beach, FL.

High School Digitals
Babel, Brunswick School, Greenwich, CT;
Bearing News, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
Manual RedEye
, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Niles West News, Niles West High School, Skokie, IL;
Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV;
The Eagle’s Tale, Canyon High School, Canyon, TX;
The Feather Online, Fresno Christian High School, Fresno, CA;
The Foothill Dragon Press, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA;
The Lancer Link, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, CA;
The Paly Voice, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Red Ledger, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, TX;
The Rider, Legacy High School, Arlington, TX;
Wingspan, Liberty High School, Frisco, TX;
Xanadu Literary Magazine, Walt Whitman High School, Huntington Station, NY.

College Digitals
Dollars & Sense, Baruch College, New York, NY;
OR Magazine, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR;
The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL;
Woodcrest, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.