The Ithacan has been named a Gold Medalist for both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual college newspaper critique.
Among the judge’s comments for the fall semester: "When a reader picks up the newspaper, the stories and design, the complete package is so compelling, that he feels he must read almost every story before putting the paper down." And for the spring semester: "I've run out of superlatives."
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 based on more than 150 specific criteria. This year the paper’s scores on the critique’s 1,000-point scale were 954 for the fall semester and 961 for the spring. The CSPA consistently ranks The Ithacan as a Gold Medalist, its highest category.