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

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announces its 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 852 publications were eligible for judging.

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: 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.


Gold Digital Literary Magazine

Woodcrest Magazine /, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.


Gold Hybrid General Magazine

Ball Bearings /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
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.


Gold Hybrid Literary Magazine

Urbana Literary & Arts /, Miami Dade College Padrón Campus, Miami, FL.


Gold Hybrid News

The Columbia Chronicle /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Gold Hybrid News

The Daily Pennsylvanian /, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Oklahoma Daily /, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.


Gold Print General Magazine

Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;

SCAN, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.


Gold Print Literary Magazine

Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
The Tower, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.


Gold Print Yearbook

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


Silver 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.


Silver Digital News

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


Silver Hybrid General Magazine

Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.


Silver Hybrid Literary Magazine

Hair Trigger /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;

Silver 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 Ithacan /, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Miami Hurricane /, The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
The Pitt News /, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;

The Rocket /, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.


Silver Print General Magazine

Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;

UMiami Scientifica, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.


Silver 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;
Miambiance, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Miami, FL;

Parnassus, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA.


Silver Print News

Collegian, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA;


Silver Print Yearbook

Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.