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CSU student media win top awards

March 26, 2012

Two CSU student media win top national recognition

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has announced its top awards for collegiate publications at Columbia University, and CSU’s student media won top national honors in digital media and printed categories.

College Avenue magazine and the Rocky Mountain Collegian were awarded Gold Crowns for digital media. Both CSU student publications also won Silver Crowns (second place nationally) for their printed editions. College Avenue was one of two digital magazines to win the top honor and the Collegian was among eight digital news Gold Crown winners.

Eligibility and judging

This year 1,351 print magazines, newspapers and yearbooks and 182 digital publications of the current CSPA members were eligible to enter the Crown Awards. Judging for printed publications took place at Columbia University from December 17-19, 2011, by the Board of Crown Judges. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. Online news media were judged at Columbia in February 2012.

Two digital magazines, eight digital news, seven college magazines, seven newspapers and seven yearbooks received Gold Crown Awards while 30 other college publications received the second highest CSPA award, known as the Silver Crown. Gold Crowns have been presented annually since 1983, and Silver Crowns have been given since 1984.

The Awards Convocation took place at Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York City, on March 18.

The CSPA is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs. Owned and operated by Columbia University since 1925, the Association offers three major services:

  • annual competitions and awards for members, including the Crown Awards,
  • planning two conventions (one national, one regional) and a week-long summer workshop at Columbia, plus
  • small press publishing activities to support an e-zine.
Collegiate Digital Magazine Gold Crowns
  • College Avenue Online, Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO;
  • Dollars & Sen$e Online, Baruch College, New York, NY.
  • Collegiate Digital News Gold Crowns
  • Ball State Daily News Online, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
  • Campus Times Online, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
  • District Online, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA;
  • Indiana Daily Student Online, Indiana University, Bloomington IN;
  • Iowa State Daily Online, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
  • Los Angeles Loyolan Online, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
  • Rocky Mountain Collegian Online, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO;
  • Southwestern College Sun Online, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA.
Collegiate Magazine Silver Crowns
  • College Avenue, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO;
  • Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, ON, Canada;
  • Hair Trigger 33, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
  • La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
  • Miambiance, Miami Dade College/Kendall, Miami, FL;
  • Rebel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC;
  • Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY;
  • Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL.
Collegiate Newspaper Silver Crowns
  • El Don (Spring 2011), Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA;
  • Iowa State Daily (Fall 2010), Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
  • Iowa State Daily (Spring 2011), Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
  • Rocky Mountain Collegian (Spring 2011), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO;
  • The Oklahoma Daily (Fall 2010), University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
  • The Oklahoma Daily (Spring 2011), University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Contact: Larry Steward
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