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.

2020 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients


NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announces its Finalists for it's Crown Awards.

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 1,145 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 2020.

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.

The judging panel included: Kathy Daly, retired adviser, Denver, CO; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; Brenda Gorsuch, retired adviser, Mills River NC; Monica Hill, director of NCSMA, Chapel Hill, NC; Kevin Lerner, Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism at Marist College in 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 professor and former press state director, East Lansing MI; Ana Rosenthal, consultant and former adviser and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

Digital News & Magazine Finalists

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;
SCADConnector |, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Signal |, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX.
Woodcrest |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.

Hybrid General Magazine Finalists

Ball Bearings |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction |, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo |, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Emerge |, University of Guelph-Humber, Etobicoke, ON;
Flux |, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
La Verne Magazine |, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Polished |, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Saltman Quarterly |, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA;
Talisman |, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

Print General Magazine Finalists

FM|AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Hair Trigger #41, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Print News Finalists

The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;

Hybrid News Finalists

Ball State Daily News |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
OU Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
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 Paisano, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX.

Print Yearbook

Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.