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.

2022 - 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 817 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 2022.

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.

This year the judges were sensitive to the challenges COVID-19 raised to student publications. The judges read the membership profiles and learned of the obstacles and alternative tasks staffs chose to follow to publish their publications. CSPA is proud of the work of all of its members. They rose to the challenge and flourished for their communities.

The judging panel included: Judi Coolidge, retired adviser, Avon Lake, OH; Brenda Gorsuch, retired adviser, Mills River 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; Linda Puntney, retired adviser, Manhattan, KS; Violet Turner, retired adviser, Chicago, IL; and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.


College Print General Magazine

Collegian Times, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA;
Countenance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; 
Crimson Quarterly, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;
Measure, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design – Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;

Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.


College Hybrid General Magazine

Ball Bearings /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Curb /, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Emerge Magazine /, University of Guelph-Humber, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada;
Flux /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Polished Magazine /, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Saltman Quarterly /, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA;
UMiami Scientifica /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.  


College Digital General Magazine

Byte /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Dollars & Sense /, Baruch College/CUNY, New York, NY;
OR Magazine /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
The Connector /, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.  


College Print Literary Magazine

Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Collage, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN;
Grub Street Literary & Arts Magazine, Towson University, Towson, MD;
Lighted Corners, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD;
Miambiance, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, Miami, FL;
Parnassus, Northern Essex Community College. Haverhill, MA;
Port City Review, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA;
The Mountain Laurel, North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC;

The Tower, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;
Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL.  


College Hybrid Literary Magazine

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


College Digital Literary Magazine

Hair Trigger 43 /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Woodcrest, Magazine /, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.


College Digital News

The Beacon /, University of Portland, Portland, OR;
The Los Angeles Loyolan /, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
The Signal /, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.


College Hybrid News

Ball State Daily News /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Campus Times /, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Indiana Daily Student /, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Marist Circle /, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
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 Oklahoma Daily /, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Pitt News /, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;
The Rocket /, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.


College Print News

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


College Print Yearbooks

Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.