The Ithacan was recently named a gold medalist for the fall 2002 and spring 2003 semesters in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual college newspaper critique.
Each year the CSPA evaluates member papers on overall content, news, depth reporting, features, opinion/editorial, sports, arts/entertainment, editing/headline writing, and design/graphics on the basis of more than 150 specific criteria.
This year the paper's scores on the critique's 1,000-point scale (995 for fall and 994 for spring) set a new, near-perfect record.
One judge commented: "You've worked very hard to make your publication a showcase for excellent journalism and I commend you on your talent and perseverance. It's as fine an example of 'gold' journalism as I've seen in some time."
The Ithacan has been consistently ranked as a gold medalist for the past decade.
Contributed by Michael Serino