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 2020 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for News

Second of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2020 Awards
View the first annoucement of digital Crown Finalists
View the second announcement of magazine Crown Finalists

Ninety-seven news print and hybrid publications were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2020 at ceremonies in New York City.  The news print and hybrid 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.

Community College and College and University Hybrid News

The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;

Community College and College and University Hybrid News

Ball State Daily News |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
OU Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
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 Paisano, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX.

High School Print News

Arrow, Utica High School, Utica, MI;
Eagle Edition, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Fourcast, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
High Tide, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
Inklings, Crown Point High School, Crown Point, IN;
Panorama, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, MO;
Piper, Campbell Hall Episcopal, North Hollywood, CA;
Spark, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH;
The Accolade, Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, CA;
The Arapahoe Herald, Arapahoe High School, Centennial, CO;
The Chronicle, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, TX;
The CS Press, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ;
The Edge, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Grizzly Growler, Spring Valley High School, Las Vegas, NV;
The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, TX;
The Mirror, Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA;
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 Shield, McCallum High School, Austin, TX;
The Smoke Signal, Mission San Jose High School, Freemont, CA;
The Tower, Grosse Point South High School, Grosse Point, MI;
U-High Midway, University of Chicago Laboratory High School, Chicago, IL;
Update, H.H. Dow High School, Midland, MI;
Verde, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA.

High School Hybrid News

Berkeley High Jacket |, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA;
Black & White |, Johnston High School, Johnson, IA;
Central Times |, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL;
Echo |, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis, MN;
Fenton InPrint |, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI;
Globe |, Clayton High School, Clayton, MO;
Granite Bay Gazette |, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
HiLite |, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
Inklings News |, Staples High School, Westport, CT;
Kingwood Park Times |, Kingwood Park High School, Kingwood, TX;
La Vista |, Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, CA;
North Star |, Francis Howell North High School, Saint Charles, MO;
Odyssey |, Clarke Central High School, Athens, GA;
Paladin |, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Wichita, KS;
Panther Prints |, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, TX;
Rampage |, Rockville High School, Rockville, MD;
Review |, St. John’s School, Houston, TX;
Spartan News Network | SNN, Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL;
The Black & White |, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD;
The Blueprint |, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, FL;
The Boiling Point |, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles, CA;
The Broadview |, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, CA;
The Californian |, California High School, San Ramon, CA;
The Campanile |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Catalyst |, Millard West High School, Omaha, NE;
The Chronicle |, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
The Communicator |, Community High School, Ann Arbor, MI;
The Eagle Eye |, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL;
The Eagle’s Eye |, Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township, MI;
The Eagle’s Eye |, W. Charles Akins High School, Austin, TX;
The Epic |, Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA;
The Featherduster | Featherduster Online, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
The Gavel |, Holmes High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Harbinger |, Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA;
The Harbinger |, Shawnee Mission East High School, Shawnee Mission, KS;
The Highlander |, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Hoofprint |, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
The Lion’s Tale |, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
The Muse |, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
The Piedmont Highlander |, Piedmont High School, Piedmont, CA;
The Prospector |, Prospect High School, Mt. Prospect, IL;
The Rock, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
The Rubicon |, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN;
The Sagamore |, Brookline High School, Brookline, MA;
The Saratoga Falcon |, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA;
The Shakerite |, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, OH;
The Shield |, McCallum High School, Austin, TX;
The Sidekick |, Coppell High School, Coppell, TX;
The Southerner |, Henry Grady High School, Atlanta, GA;
The Spoke |, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA;
The Standard |, The American School in London, London, England;
The Tam News |, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, CA;
The Ultraviolet |, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CA;
The Voice |, Farmington High School, Farmington, CT;
Tiger Times |, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
Tiger Times |, Seoul International School, Seoul, Korea;
TJToday |, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA;
Tribal Tribune |, Wando High School, Mount Pleasant, SC;
Uncaged Student News |, Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, MA.


Middle School Print News

The Scroll, American School in London, London, England;
The Daytime, F.A. Day Middle School, Newton, MA.