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.

2023 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Collegiate Recipients

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 2023 College Media Convention.

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 805 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: Jane Blystone, retired adviser, North East, PA; Judi Coolidge, retired adviser, Avon Lake, OH; Brenda Gorsuch, retired adviser, Mills River NC; Crystal Kazmierski, retired adviser, Monrovia, CA; 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; Linda Puntney, retired adviser, Manhattan, KS; Violet Turner, retired adviser, Chicago, IL; Chris Waugaman, professor, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

For further information, contact the CSPA directly.

Gold Digital News
The Los Angeles Loyolan /, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Gold Hybrid General Magazine
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Flux Magazine /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Measure /, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
POLISHED Magazine /, Lasell University, Newton, MA
Saltman Quarterly /, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Gold Hybrid Literary Magazine
Urbana Literary & Arts /, Miami Dade College, Eduardo J. Padrón Campus, Miami, FL.

Gold Hybrid News
Ball State Daily News /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Indiana Daily Student /, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;

OU Daily /, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Daily Toreador /, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
The Ithacan /, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Gold Print General Magazine
Countenance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC;
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
SCAN Magazine, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Square 95, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

Gold Print Literary Magazine
Grub Street Literary & Arts Magazine, Towson University, Towson, MA;
Lighted Corners, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MA;
Port City Review, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA;

The Tower, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Gold Print Yearbook

Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Silver Digital General Magazine
Byte /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
OR Magazine /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Silver Digital News
Dollars & Sense /, Baruch College/CUNY, New York, NY;
The Beacon /, University of Portland, Portland, OR
The Connector /, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Silver Hybrid General Magazine
Ball Bearings Magazine /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Curb Magazine /, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
Emerge /, University of Guelph-Humber, Etobicoke, ONT
La Verne Magazine /, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA.

Silver Hybrid News
The Pitt News /, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Silver Print Literary Magazine
Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Legacy, Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
Parnassus, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

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

Silver Print Yearbook
Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.