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 2019 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Digitals

Fourth of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2019 Awards
(Click here to read the third announcement of Crown Finalists for Yearbooks.)
(Click here to read the second announcement of Crown Finalists for News.)
(Click here to read the first announcement of Crown Finalists for Magazines.)

Watch the announcement with CSPA Executive Director Edmund J. Sullivan

Twenty-five digital publications were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2019 at ceremonies in New York City.  The digital publications were published during the 2017-18 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 2019.

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.

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
Canyon Chronicle |, Cactus Canyon Junior High School, Apache Junction, AZ.

High School Digitals
Bearing News |, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
Harker Aquila |, The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
King Street Chronicle |, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT;
MyJag News |, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX;
Niles West News |, Niles West High School, Skokie, IL;
PLD Lamplighter |, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY;
Southwest Shadow |, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV;
The Feather Online |, Fresno Christian High School, Fresno, CA;
The Horizon |, Westwood High School, Austin, TX;
The Paly Voice |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Paper Wolf |, St. Paul’s School, Covington, LA;
The Red Ledger |, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, TX;
The Rider Online |, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
Wayland Student Press Network |, Wayland High School, Wayland, MA;
West Pathfinder |, Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO;
Wildcat Chronicle |, West Chicago Community High School, West Chicago, IL;
Wingspan |, Liberty High School, Frisco, TX;
Xanadu |, Walt Whitman High School, Huntington, NY.

College Digitals
Byte BSU |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Dollars & Sense |, Baruch College, New York, NY;
OR Magazine |, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR;
The Beacon |, University of Portland, Portland, OR;
The Signal |, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX;
Woodcrest |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.