Ithacan Wins Top Columbia Scholastic Press Association Honors


Contributed by Michael Serino

 The Ithacan was honored with two Gold Crown awards by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at the spring National College Media Convention on March 10 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City. The Gold Crown awards are the highest honors presented by CSPA.

This year the CSPA offered different category options to entrants. Publications could enter in the traditional newspaper and online categories, or in a new third “hybrid” category, described as “a publication that works to combine their digital and print publications as one.” Since this reflects the goals of The Ithacan’s editors, the publication was entered in this category. The publication won Gold Crown awards in the hybrid category for both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters (Aaron Edwards ’12, editor in chief). 

 In addition, The Ithacan took the second place Apple Award for Best Multimedia Package in the Best in Show awards at the March 12 closing session of the convention. The award was for “Ace in the Hold,” a profile of senior tennis player Allison Young. The package featured a story by freshman staff writer Kristen Gowdy, an interactive analysis of Young's serve, and photos and a video by senior Shawn Steiner.

In photo: Ithacan editors are presented with two Gold Crown awards by C. Bruce Watterson, chair of the CSPA judging committee.