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.

2017 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

CSPA presents 17 Collegiate Gold, 23 Silver Crowns at 2017 Student Awards Convocation

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 2017 College Media Convention.
   This year a total of 1,100 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks and digital publications issued during the 2015-2016 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2017 Crown Awards Program.
   The grand total of 250 Crowns consists of five digital magazines, 17 digital news, 15 hybrid magazines, 56 hybrid news, four hybrid yearbooks, 61 magazines, 24 print newspapers, 68 yearbooks. Of these, 210 Crowns will be given to scholastic publications and 40 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, yearbooks in late October and finally digital (online) news sites in November.” 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 12, 2017 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; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; Monica Hill, director of NCSMA, Chapel Hill, NC; Kevin Lerner, professor, Marist College, 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 journalism professor, East Lansing, MI; Randy Yeip, graphics editor, New York, NY; Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.


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2017 CSPA Collegiate Crowns

College Digital Magazine Gold Crowns
OR Magazine |, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Woodcrest |, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.

College Digital News Gold Crowns
The Medill Justice Project |, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL;

College Hybrid Magazine Gold Crowns
Ampersand | Ampersand Magazine, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Ball Bearings |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction |, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Emerge |, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
UMiami Scientifica |, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

College Hybrid News Gold Crowns
Indiana Daily Student |, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
The Oklahoma Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

College Hybrid Yearbook Gold Crowns
Talisman |, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

College Print Magazine Gold Crowns
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Flux, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
Hair Trigger 38, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Polished, Lasell College, Newton, MA;

College Yearbook Gold Crowns
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

College Digital Magazine Silver Crowns
Dollars & Sense |, Baruch College, New York, NY.

College Digital News Silver Crowns
The Connector |, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

College Hybrid News Silver Crowns
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.

College Print Magazine Silver Crowns
Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Legacy, Reading Area Community College, Reading,
Miambiance, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL;
Scan, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Bridge, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA;
The Flare Magazine, Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX;
The Independent, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.

College Print News Silver Crowns
The Flare, Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX.

College Yearbooks Silver Crowns
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.