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.

2015 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

CSPA presents 23 Collegiate Gold, 16 Silver Crowns at 2015 Student Awards Convocation

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 2015 College Media Convention.
   This year 1,203 digital, print newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2013-2014 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2015 Crown Awards Program.  
   The digital publication entries were judged at Columbia University on November 1, 2014 and the other categories of print magazine, print newspaper and print yearbook as well as  “hybrid” a membership classified as a publication that works to combine their digital and print publications as one, were judged on December 13-15, 2014. All publications were judged by members of the Board of Crown Judges. Both print and digital publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.  
   The Crown Awards require a different judging process from the 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. In contrast, Medalist Critiques are the work of a single adviser-judge.
During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. These follow the same general principles of good journalism that organize CSPA’s Fundamentals books and also the Critiques used in our Medalist evaluations. The standards are the same, but they are applied differently from one judging process to another. Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication while Medalist Critiques compare each publication against a printed set of standards contained in the written scorebook. Crown Awards function as a “top-down” view of general excellence; Medalist Critiques offer a “bottom-up” perspective, noting specific strengths and weaknesses.
   The Awards Convocation for Collegiate Crown recipients took place during the College Media Convention, on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City.
   Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the CSPA, presented the plaques to those winners who attended the Convention. Remaining awards will be mailed beginning April 1st.  
   The CSPA is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs. Owned by Columbia University since 1925 and operated as a program affliated with its Graduate School of Journalism, the Association offers three major services: 1) annual competitions and awards for members, including the Crown Awards, 2) planning two conventions (one national, one regional) and a week-long summer workshop at Columbia, plus 3) small press publishing activities to support an e-zine.
  The judging panel included: Kathy Daly, retired adviser, Denver, CO; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; 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 journalism professor, East Lansing, MI; Eddie Vega, writer, instructor, editor and photographer, New York, NY; Randy Yeip, graphics editor, New York, NY; Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.
 For further information, contact the CSPA directly.


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College Digital Publication Gold Crowns, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR;, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.

College Hybrid Publication Gold Crowns

Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Emerge Magazine /, University of Guelph - Humber College, Toronto, ON, Canada;
Indiana Daily Student /, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily /, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
The Ithacan /, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Rocky Mountain Collegian /, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO;
The Walk /, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

College Magazine Gold Crowns

Blue Moon, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA;
Collage, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN;
Flux, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Focus, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Hair Trigger 36, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Scan, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
Sweat, Humber College, Toronto, ON, Canada;
The Ampersand, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO.

College Print News Gold Crowns

The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University, Pullman, WA;
The Maroon, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA.

College Yearbook Gold Crowns

Agromeck, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC;
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

College Hybrid Publicatiton Silver Crowns

el Don /, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA;
F Newsmagazine /, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL;
The Baylor Lariat /, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
The Daily Pennsylvanian /, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Independent /, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL;
The Oklahoma Daily /, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

College Magazine Silver Crowns

Alchemy, Portland Community College, Portland, OR;
American River Review, American River College, Sacramento, CA;
Café Cultura, Miami Dade College - Hialeah, Hialeah, FL;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
Inside, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Lighted Corners, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD;
Shadows Literary Magazine, Creighton University, Omaha, NE;
Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY.


College Yearbook Silver Crowns

Round Up, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.