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.

2018 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

CSPA presents 12 Collegiate Gold, 28 Silver Crowns at 2018 Student Awards Convocation

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 2018 College Media Convention.
   This year a total of 1,100 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks and digital publications issued during the 2016-2017 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2017 Crown Awards Program.
   “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 8, 2018 at the Marriot Marquis 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.

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Gold General Magazines — Digital
Dollars & Sense |, Baruch College, New York, NY.

Gold General Magazines — Print
, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
FM | AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Gold General Magazines — Hybrid
Ampersand |, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Ball Bearings |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Emerge |, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON;
FLUX |, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Talisman Magazine |, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

Gold Literary-Art Magazine — Print
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Gold News — Hybrid
Indiana Daily Student |, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily |, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Gold Yearbook
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Silver General Magazine — Print
El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;
Scan, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
UMiami Scientifica, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Silver General Magazines — Digital
Distraction |, Univerof Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
The Connector |, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Medill Justice Project |, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Silver General Magazines — Hybrid
Distraction |, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo Magazine |, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Focus Magazine |, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Inside |, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
La Verne Magazine |, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Polished Magazine |, Lasell College, Newton, MA.

Silver Literary Magazine — Digital
Woodcrest Magazine |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.

Silver Literary-Art Magazine — Print
Hair Trigger 39, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Silver News — Hybrid
Campus Times |, University of La Verne, La Verne, 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 Los Angeles Loyolan |, Loyola Marymount Unversity, Los Angeles, CA;
The Maroon |, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA;
The Oklahoma Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Sun |, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA.

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

Silver Yearbook
Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.