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 2020 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Digitals

First of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2020 Awards

Watch the announcement with CSPA Executive Director Edmund J. Sullivan

Twenty-one digital publications were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2020 at ceremonies in New York City.  The digital publications were published during the 2018-19 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 1,145 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 2020.

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.

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.

The judging panel included: Kathy Daly, retired adviser, Denver, CO; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; Brenda Gorsuch, retired adviser, Mills River NC; Monica Hill, director of NCSMA, Chapel Hill, NC; Kevin Lerner, Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Alan Murray, president and co-founder of Uncharted, Malvern, PA; Mark Murray, director of technical services and systems integration, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX; Cheryl Pell, retired professor and former press state director, East Lansing MI; Ana Rosenthal, consultant and former adviser and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

Digital News & Magazine Finalists

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;
SCADConnector |, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Signal |, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX.
Woodcrest |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.

High School Digital News & Magazine Finalists

Bearing News |, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
Foothill Dragon Press |, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA;
Harker Aquila |, The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
Manual RedEye |, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Pathfinder |, Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO;
Southwest Shadow |, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV;
The Oracle |, The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA;
The Paly Voice |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Pulse, Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Red Ledger |, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, TX;
The Rider Online |, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
TRN Wired |, Prince George High School, Prince George, VA;
Wingspan |, Liberty High School, Frisco, TX;
Xanadu Lit Mag |, Walt Whitman High School, Huntington, NY.

Middle School Digital News Finalists

Livewire |, Altoona Area Junior High School, Altoona, PA.