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 2018 Crown Finalists Announced

Second of 2018 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.)

Fifty print newspapers and sixty-two hybrid newspapers were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2018 at ceremonies in New York City.  The news publications were published during the 2016-17 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 2018.

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 19 while yearbook and digital entries for individual Gold Circle Awards are not due until a final deadline of October 10 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 digital (online) news sites, and finally yearbooks in October.” 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
The Daytime, F.A. Day Middle School, Newton, MA;
Ursus, Bedford Middle School, Westport, CT.

Middle School Hybrid News
Digit |, Gorzycki Middle School, Austin, TX.

High School News
Arrow, Utica High School, Utica, MI;
Crier, Munster High School, Munster, IN;
CS Press, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ;
Eagle Edition, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Feedback, Jakarta International School, Jakarta;
High Tide, Redondo Union High School, Torrance, CA;
Inklings, Crown Point High School, Crown Point, IN;
Limelight, Chapin School, New York, NY;
Prowler, Stony Point High School, Round Rock, TX;
Rank & File, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA;
Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD;
Stampede, Burges HS, El Paso, TX;
The Arrowhead, Souderton Area High School, Souderton, PA;
The Beacon, MAST Academy, Miami, FL;
The Bear Facts, St. Joseph Catholic School, Madison, MS;
The Cavalier, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia, SC;
The Chronicle, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Crane-Clarion, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
The Day Times, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI;
The Edge, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Falcon, The Kinkaid School, Houston, TX;
The Globe, Clayton High School, Clayton, MO;
The Griffin, Dulaney High School, Timonium, MD;
The Hatchet, Washington High School, Fremont, CA;
The Hawk, Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, TX;
The Highlander, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Inkblot, Communications High School, Wall, NJ;
The Lone Star Dispatch, James Bowie High School, Austin, TX;
The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, TX;
The Messenger, Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
The Patriot, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, KS;
The Pen, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA;
The Pride, Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Purple Tide, Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA;
The ReMarker, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Rock, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
The Saratoga Falcon, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA;
The Southern Eagle, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Lambertville, NJ;
The Standard, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA;
The Sting, Sedona Red Rock High School, Sedona, AZ;
The Student Voice, The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, CA;
The Talon, John Paul Stevens High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Vanguard, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Cambridge, MA;
The Winged Post, The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
The Wooster Blade, Wooster High School, Wooster, OH;
U-High Midway, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, IL.

High School Hybrid News
Berkeley High Jacket |, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA;
Echo |, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, MN;
El Estoque |, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA;
Fenton InPrint |, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI;
Golden Fleece |, TC Roberson High School, Asheville, NC;
Granite Bay Gazette |, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
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, Saint Charles, MO;
On The Record, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Red & Black |, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL;
Spark |, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH;
Spartan News Network |, Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL;
The Arapahoe Herald |, Arapahoe High School, Centennial, CO;
The Black & White |, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD;
The Blackfriar Chronicle |, Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, PA;
The Boiling Point |, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles, CA;
The Broadview |, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, CA;
The Campanile |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Chronicle |, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
The Eagle Eye |, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL;
The Eagle’s Eye |, W. Charles Akins High School, Austin, TX;
The Fourcast |, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
The Gavel |, Holmes High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Harbinger |, Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA;
The Harbinger |, Shawnee Mission East, Prairie Village, KS;
The Kirkwood Call |, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO;
The Lancer |, Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, CA;
The Lion’s Tale |, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
The Lion’s Tale |, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL;
The Messenger |, Marquette High School, Chesterfield, MO;
The Muse |, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
The Octagon |, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, CA;
The Patriot |, John Carroll School, Bel Air, MD;
The Review |, St. John’s School, Houston, TX;
The Rubicon |, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN;
The Shield |, McCallum High School, Austin, TX;
The Smoke Signal |, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA;
The Southerner |, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA;
The Spoke |, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA;
The Standard |, The American School in London, London, UK;
The Tower |, Grosse Pointe South HS, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI;
The Tribal Tribune |, Wando High School, Mount Pleasant, SC;
The Viking |, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, VA;
Tiger |, South Pasadena High School, South Pasadena, CA;
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.

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

College Hybrid News
Campus Times |, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Indiana Daily Student |, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily |, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Los Angeles Loyolan |, Loyola Marymount, University, Los Angeles, CA;
The Baylor Lariat |, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
The Columbia Chronicle |, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
The Daily Pennsylvanian |, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Ithacan |, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Maroon |, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA;
The Oklahoma Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Sun |, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA.