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 2017 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Magazines

First of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2017 Awards

Fifty-Six print magazines and 15 hybrid magazines were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2017 at ceremonies in New York City.  The magazines 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 mid-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 Magazine
Amulet, Wakefield School, The Plains, VA;
Collage, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Rockville MD;
Doorways, East Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield, CT;
Mini-Marque, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Out of Uniform, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City, NY.

High School Magazines
Big Red, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
Blutopia, Gaston Day School, Gastonia, NC;
C Magazine, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
C&G, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA;
Calliope, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ;
Colophon, Towson High School, Towson, MD;
Connotations, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR;
Crossfire, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA;
Delphi, Salem High School, Salem, VA;
Earthwinds, Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS;
Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL;
Esse, Ursuline Academy, Dallas, TX;
Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD;
Geneva Quarterly, Geneva School of Boerne, Boerne, TX;
H Magazine, Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ;
H.E.L.M., The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
Hatch, Bigfork High School, Bigfork, MT;
Inkblots, The John Cooper School, The Woodlands, TX;
Itinerary, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Literati, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami, FL
Montage, Greenhill School, Addison, TX;
Muse, Marymount School, New York, NY;
Parallax, Ramaz Upper School, New York, NY;
Polymatheus, Yeshiva University High Schools, Los Angeles, CA;
[proof], Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Pulp, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Midland, PA;
Quill, Glendale High School, Springfield, MO;
Reflections, Berkeley Carroll, Brooklyn, NY;
Reflections, Cistercian Preparatory School, Irving, TX;
Repentino., American School Foundation, Mexico City, MX-DIF;
Roars and Whispers, Providence High School, Charlotte, NC;
Shadows, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ;
Silent Voices, Woodward Academy, College Park, GA;
Spectator, Walter Johnson High School Bethesda, MD;
Spectrum Magazine, West Islip High School, West Islip, NY;
The Marque, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Overland Scout, Overland High School, Aurora, CO;
The Rambler, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA;
The Riverbend Review, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA;
The Talon, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA;
Titan Times, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX.

High School Hybrid Magazines
Glyphs /, Madison High School, Madison, NJ;
Grant Magazine /, Grant High School, Portland, OR;
One Blue Wall /, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Panther Prints /, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, TX;
Scroll + Scrolling /, Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD;
The Fourth Estate /, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA;
The Phoenix /, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, NY;
The Tam News /, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, CA;
The Viking /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Voice /, Huntley High School, Huntley, IL.

College Magazines
Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Flux, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
Hair Trigger 38, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Legacy, Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA;
Miambiance, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL;
Polished, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Scan, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Bridge, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA;
The Flare Magazine, Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX;
The Independent, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.

College Hybrid Magazine
Ampersand / Ampersand Magazine, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Ball Bearings /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Emerge /, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON;
UMiami Scientifica /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.