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 Crown Awards for 2020.

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.

CSPA will begin mailing plaques beginning April 1st.

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.


Gold Digital General Magazine
OR Magazine |, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene, OR.

Gold Digital Literary Magazine
Woodcrest |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.

Gold Digital News & Magazine
Byte BSU |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
SCADConnector |, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
The Signal |, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX.

Gold Hybrid General Magazine
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;
Polished |, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Saltman Quarterly |, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Gold Hybrid News
Ball State Daily News |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
OU Daily |, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Gold Print Literary Magazine
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Gold Print Yearbook
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

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

Silver Hybrid General Magazine
Ball Bearings |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
La Verne Magazine |, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Talisman |, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

Silver Print General Magazine
FM|AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Silver Print Literary Magazine

Hair Trigger #41, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Silver Print News
The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA.

Silver Hybrid News
Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
The Ithacan, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Paisano, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX.

Silver Print Yearbook
Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.