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.

2021 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

Congratulations to the publications who are finalists for the 2021 Crown Awards. All publications listed below will receive either a Silver or Gold Crown. Finalists are all winners, not nominees. Finalists will be revealed as either Gold or Silver Crowns at their presentation in March 2021.

These awards will be 2021 Crown Awards, following the CSPA's practice of dating the awards with the year in which they are given, even for an earlier eligibility period for judging.

A total of 849 digital, newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2019-2020 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2021 Crown Awards Program. 

All entries were judged virtually from September 15 through October 28, 2020.

This year CSPA judged digital only, print magazine, print newspaper and print yearbook as well as  - hybrid, a membership classified as a publication that works to combine their digital and print publications as one. While most hybrids grew from print newspapers that added digital platforms, several magazines became hybrids too. CSPA created the hybrid membership as a response to publications moving from print to pixels.

The judging panel included: Jenny Dial Creech, managing editor, The Athletic Houston, 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, executive director, ATPI, Sante Fe, NM; Cheryl Pell, retired professor and former press state director, East Lansing MI; and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

For further information, contact the CSPA directly.

Digital General Magazine

Distraction |, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Dollars & Sense |, Baruch College/CUNY, New York, NY;
OR Magazine |, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

Digital Literary Art Magazine

Woodcrest Magazine |, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.

Digital News

Daily News |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Marist Circle |, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
The Connector |, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Hybrid General Magazine

Ball Bearings |, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction |, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Emerge Magazine |, University of Guelph-Humber, Etobicoke, Ontario;
Flux Magazine |, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Saltman Quarterly |, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Print General Magazine

Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
UMiami Scientifica, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Hybrid Literary Magazine

Hair Trigger |, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Urbana Literary & Arts |, Miami Dade College Padrón Campus, Miami, FL.

Print Literary Magazine

Axis Creative Arts Magazine, Miami Dade College North Campus, Miami, FL;
Café Cultura, Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus, Hialeah, FL;
Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Collage, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;

Miambiance, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Miami, FL;
Parnassus, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA;
The Tower, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Hybrid News

Indiana Daily Student |, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily |, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Los Angeles Loyolan |, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 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 Miami Hurricane |, The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
The OK Daily |, University of OK, Norman, OK;
The Pitt News |, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;
The Rocket |, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.

Print News

Collegian, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA.

Print Yearbooks

Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.