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.

News 2017 Crown Finalists Announced

Second of 2017 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for News Publications

This is the second of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2017 Awards
(Click here to read the first announcement of Crown Finalists for Magazines.)

Twenty-four print newspapers and fifty-six hybrid newspapers were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2017 at ceremonies in New York City.  The news 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 1,190 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 28 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 News
Seashore Student Views, The Seashore School, Long Branch, NJ;
The Spectrum, Harvard-Westlake Middle School, Los Angeles, CA;
Ursus, Bedford Middle School, Westport, CT.

High School News            
Crier, Munster High School, Munster, IN;
Eagle Edition, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Earthquake, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA;
Raider Rumbler, Rouse High School, Leander, TX;
Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD;
Spark, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH;
The Chronicle, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Globe, Clayton High School, Clayton, MO;
The Hawk, Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, TX;
The Highlander, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Marquette Messenger, Marquette High School, Chesterfield, MO;
The Messenger, Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Mission, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS;
The Patriot, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, KS;
The Pen, Palos Verdes Peninsula HIgh School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA;
The ReMarker, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Review, St. John's School, Houston, TX;
The Rock, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
The Shield, McCallum High School, Austin, TX;
The Winged Post, The Harker School, San Jose, CA.

High School Hybrid News            
Echo |, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park, MN;
Fenton InPrint |, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI;
HiLite |, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
Inklings |, Staples High School, Westport, CT;
Knight Errant |, Benilde-St. Margaret's, St. Louis Park, MN;
La Vista |, Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, CA;
North Star |, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO;
Odyssey |, Clarke Central High School, Athens, GA;
On the Record |, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Red & Black |, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL;
Royal News |, Prince George High School, Prince George, VA;
Spotlight |,
Francis Howell High, St. Charles, MO;
The Black & White |, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD;
The Black and White |,  Johnston HIgh School, Johnston, IA;
The Blackfriar Chronicle |, Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, PA;
The Boiling Point |, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles, CA;
The Broadview |, Convent of the Sacred Heart HS, San Francisco, CA;
The Campanile |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Chronicle |, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
The Epic | (The Voyager), Shawnee Mission West, Overland Park, KS;
The Featherduster |, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
The Fourcast |, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
The Gavel |, Holmes High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Granite Bay Gazette |, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
The Harbinger |
, Shawnee Mission East, Prairie Village, KS;
The Hoofprint |, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
The Kirkwood Call |, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO;
The Lion's Tale |, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
The Muse |,Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
The Patriot |, John Carroll School, Bel Air, MD;
The Pitch |, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD;
The Prospector |, Prospect High School, Mt Prospect, IL;
The Rubicon |, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN;
The Sagamore |, Brookline High School, Brookline, MA;
The Shakerite |, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, OH;
The Smoke Signal |, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA;
The Southerner |, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA;
The Tom Tom |, Antioch Community High School, Antioch, IL;
The Tribal Tribune |, Wando High School, Mount Pleasant, SC;
The Westword |
, Westhill High School, Stamford, CT;
Tiger Times |, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
tjToday |, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA;
Uncaged Student News |, Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, MI;
Update |, H. H. Dow High School, Midland, MI;
Verde |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Wingspan |, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC.

College News            
The Flare, Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX.

College Hybrid News            
Indiana Daily Student |, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily |, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Rocky Mountain Collegian |, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO;
The Baylor Lariat |, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
The Columbia Chronicle |, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
The Daily Collegian |, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA;
The Daily Pennsylvanian |, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Ithacan |, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Los Angeles Loyolan |, Loyola Marymount Unversity, Los Angeles, CA;
The Oklahoma Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.