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.

2016 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

CSPA presents 16 Collegiate Gold, 19 Silver Crowns at 2016 Student Awards Convocation

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 2016 College Media Convention.
This year a total of 1,186 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks and digital publications issued during the 2014-2015 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2016 Crown Awards Program.
   The grand total of 235 Crowns consists of 60 magazines, 35 print newspapers, 17 digital news sites, 49 hybrid media and 74 yearbooks. Of these, 196 Crowns will be given to scholastic publications and 35 Crowns to collegiate publications.
   “We’ve changed the timing of our Crown Awards judging,” said Edmund Sullivan, CSPA’s executive director. “Magazines were judged first, followed by print and hybrid newspapers in early October, then digital (online) news sites in November and finally, yearbooks in early December.”  Announcements of Finalists followed each judging with the full list in December.
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 who follows a detailed rubric.
   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 Sunday, March 13, 2016 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 and operated by Columbia University since 1925, 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 and website.
  The judging panel included: Kathy Daly, retired adviser, Denver, CO; Beth Fitts, retired adviser, Oxford, MS; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; Monica Hill, director of NCSMA, Chapel Hill, NC; 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; Randy Yeip, graphics editor, New York, NY; Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.


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College Digital Magazine Gold Crowns

OR Magazine, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR.

College Digital News Gold Crowns

The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

College Hybrid Magazines Gold Crowns

Emerge/, University Of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario.

College Hybrid News Gold Crowns

Indiana Daily Student /, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
The Ithacan /, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Los Angeles Loyolan /, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

College Magazine Gold Crowns

Convergence, Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
Distraction Magazine, University Of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
Signature, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY;
Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY.

College News Print Gold Crowns

The Maroon, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA;

College Yearbook Gold Crowns

Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

College Digital Magazine Silver Crowns

Dollars & Sense, Baruch College, New York, NY
Woodcrest Magazine, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.

College Digital News Silver Crowns

The [email protected], Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
UHCL The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.

College Hybrid News Silver Crowns

Iowa State Daily /, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
The Baylor Lariat /, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
The Crimson White /, The University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL;
The Daily Pennsylvanian /, University Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Rocky Mountain Collegian /, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO;
The Sun /, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA.

College Magazine Silver Crowns

American River Review, American River College, Sacramento, CA;
Ampersand, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Hair Trigger, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Miambiance, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL;
Sweat, Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL.

College News Print Silver Crowns

Wingspan, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY.

College Yearbook Silver Crowns

Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.