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.

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.


Gold Digital General Magazine

Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
OR Magazine /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
The Connector /, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Silver Digital General Magazine

Byte /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Dollars & Sense /, Baruch College/CUNY, New York, NY.

Gold Hybrid General Magazine

Ball Bearings /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Emerge Magazine /, University of Guelph-Humber, Etobicoke, ON, Canada;
Flux /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Polished Magazine /, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
UMiami Scientifica /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Silver Hybrid General Magazine

Curb /, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI;
Saltman Quarterly /, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Gold Print General Magazine

Collegian Times, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA;
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Measure, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Silver Print General Magazine

Countenance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC;
Crimson Quarterly, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA.

Gold Digital Literary Magazine

Woodcrest Magazine /, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA.

Silver Digital Literary Magazine

Hair Trigger 43 /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Gold Hybrid Literary Magazine

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

Gold Print Literary Magazine

Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
The Tower, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;
Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL.

Silver Print Literary Magazine

Collage, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN;
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;
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Silver 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.

Gold Hybrid News

Indiana Daily Student /, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
The Baylor Lariat /, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
The Oklahoma Daily /, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Silver Hybrid News

Ball State Daily News /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Campus Times /, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Marist Circle /, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
The Columbia Chronicle /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
The Daily Pennsylvanian /, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Ithacan /, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Pitt News /, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;
The Rocket /, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.

Silver Print News

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

Gold Print Yearbook

Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

Silver Print Yearbook

Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.