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The Ithacan was presented with a Gold Crown award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at the spring National College Media Convention on March 14 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City. The Gold Crown awards are the highest honors presented by CSPA.
The award was in the “hybrid” category, described as “a publication that works to combine their digital and print publications as one.” The award was for work issues produced during the 2012–13 academic year (Kelsey O’Connor, editor-in-chief).
In addition, The Ithacan took the second place Apple Award for Best Newspaper and third place for Best Facebook Page in the convention’s on-site Best of Show awards at the March 15 closing session.
Founded in 1925, the CSPA is owned by Columbia University and operated as a program affiliated with its Graduate School of Journalism. The Crown Awards, first presented in 1982, are the organization's highest recognition of overall excellence.
In photo, from left: Assistant Accent Editor Steven Pirani, Online News Editor Jack Curran, SCPA director Edward Sullivan, Assistant Photo Editor Tucker Mitchell and Assistant Sports Editor Miles Surrey.