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.

2019 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Magazine and News Publications

These entries were produced during the 2017-2018 academic year. The actual awards will be presented in New York City during March 2019. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are presented, they are known as the 2019 Crown Awards.

Sixty-one print magazines and 20 hybrid magazines; thirty-four, print newspapers and sixty hybrid newspapers and seventy print yearbooks and nineteen hybrid yearbooks and two magazine digital and twenty-three news digitals were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2019 at ceremonies in New York City.  These publications were published during the 2017-18 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 1,172 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 2019.

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.

Ampersand, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Apricity Magazine, University of Texas at Austin, TX;
Axis Creative Arts Magazine, Miami Dade College North Campus, Miami, FL;
Collage, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN;
FM/AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
Hair Trigger 40, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
Rebel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design – Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY;
Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY ;
Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL;
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Focus Magazine /, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo Magazine /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Emerge /, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
Flux /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Polished /, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Talisman /, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY ;
The Bridge /, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA;
The Peel /, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
The Flare, Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX.

Ball State Daily /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
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 University, Los Angeles, CA;
The Oklahoma Daily / University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Agromeck, NC State Agromeck, Raleigh, NC;
Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Ouachitonian, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR;
Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Byte BSU |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Dollars & Sense |, Baruch College, New York, NY;
OR Magazine |, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR;
The Beacon |, University of Portland, Portland, OR;
The Signal |, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX;
Woodcrest |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.