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.

Magazine 2016 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Magazines

First of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2016 Awards

Sixty print magazines and seven hybrid magazines were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2016 at ceremonies in New York City.  The magazines 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.

Middle School Magazine
Amulet, Wakefield School, The Plains, VA;
Doorways, East Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield, CT.

High School Magazines
Andromeda, Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA;
Artistic License, American International School Of Guangzhou, Guangzhou, Guangdong;
Blutopia, Gaston Day School, Gastonia, NC;
C Magazine, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Changing Perspectives, Delaware Valley Regional High School, Frenchtown, NJ;
Connotations, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR;
Daedalus, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT;
Earthwinds, Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS;
Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL;
Esse, Ursuline Academy, Dallas, TX;
Feedback, Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia;
Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD;
H Magazine, Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ;
Hatch, Bigfork High School, Bigfork, MT;
Howler, Neshaminy High School, Langhorne, PA;
Inkblots, The John Cooper School, The Woodlands, TX;
Itinerary, Episcopal School Of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
MA, Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Pinecrest, FL;
Maret Literary And Visual Arts, Maret School, Washington, DC;
Muse, Marymount School, New York, NY;
Nexus, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA
Phantasm, Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL;
Plaid, Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, PA;
[proof], Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Pulp, Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD;
Pulp., Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Midland, PA;
Quill, Glendale High School, Springfield, MO;
Reflections, Berkeley Carroll, Brooklyn, NY;
Riverbend Review, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA;
Roars And Whispers, Providence High School, Charlotte, NC;
Seeds, Dreyfoos School Of The Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
Shadows, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ;
Silent Voices, Woodward Academy, College Park, GA;
Solstice, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL;
The Highlander, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Marque, St. Mark’s School Of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Muse, Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills, AL;
The Overland Scout, Overland High School, Aurora, CO;
The Rambler, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA;
The Scribe, Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA;
The Talon, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA;
The Vision, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY;
Titan Times The Magazine, Antelope High School, Antelope; CA
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
Xiao Hua, Chinese International School, Hong Kong.

High School Hybrid Magazines
Global Vantage/, Pacific Ridge School, San Marcos, CA;
Glyphs/, Madison High School, Madison, NJ;
Grant Magazine, Grant High School, Portland, OR;
Nighthawk News Magazine, First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills, NC;
Scroll + Scrolling, Holton-Arms School For Girls, Bethesda, MD;
Sequel, Dulaney High School, Timonium, MD.

College Magazines
American River Review, American River College, Sacramento, CA;
Ampersand, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Convergence Magazine, Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
Distraction Magazine, University Of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Hair Trigger 37, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
Miambiance, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL;
Signature, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY;
Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY;
Sweat Magazine, Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL.

College Hybrid Magazine
Emerge, University Of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario.