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The official program guide for the 2004 CSPA Scholastic Convention featured a photo by CSPA staffer Cho Myint Naing.
Photo : CSPA
More than 3,700 high school student journalists and their faculty advisers converged on Columbia University's Morningside Heights campus from March 17-19, 2004 to take part in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's (CSPA) 80th Anniversary Scholastic Convention
CSPA registered 3,774 convention delegates from 515 schools in 40 US states and Canada who took part in the event. The convention featured more than 217 speakers presenting 308 sessions during the three-day conference. Hourly sessions covered reporting and writing, editing, content, photojournalism, page design and staff development. An advisory copy of the official convention program was available on the CSPA Web site up until the last day of the event.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 80th annual Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Of the 1,810 current CSPA members eligible to enter the Crown Awards, 1,514 magazines, newspapers and yearbooks actually submitted copies for this judging. Judging took place at Columbia University from December 14-17, 2003 by the Board of Crown Judges. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, concept, photography, art and graphics.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 26th annual College Media Convention, sponsored by College Media Advisers, Inc.
One thousand eight hundred and ten publications entered the Crown Awards in 2004. Six hundred and sixty-eight newspaper, two hundred and ninety-seven magazines and eight hundred and forty-five yearbooks published during the 2002-2003 academic year were judged for the 2004 Crown Awards Program.
Eight college newspapers, four magazines, and three yearbooks received Gold Crown Awards while seventeen other college publications received the second highest CSPA award, known as the Silver Crown Award. Gold Crowns have been awarded annually since 1982, and Silver
Crowns have been given since 1984.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 21st Gold Circle Awards program, its annual competition for individual achievement by student writers, editors, designers and photographers, attracted 14,404 entries from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States.
Entries were accepted from student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and videos either originally printed or broadcast from November 1, 2002 through October 31, 2003. Student journalists working on these print or electronic media chose from as many as 77 available categories for individual or staff entries.
Students from high schools and middle schools submitted 9.564 individual and staff entries in their division. Judges cited a total of 743 winners for either First, Second or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category.
Col. Joseph Murphy began the tradition of awarding Gold Keys in 1929, more than 70 years ago, shortly after the Association was founded in 1925.
With the Gold Key, CSPA recognizes, educators, professional journalists and others in public life primarily for their service to the Association. Through their contributions to the CSPA, Gold Key recipients have demonstrated their support for excellence in teaching journalism and advising student publications.
The Gold Key Award citations say:
"In recognition of the outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press, encouragement to the student editors in their several endeavors, service above and beyond the call of delegated duty, leadership in the field of education, and support of the high ideals from which the Association has drawn its strength and inspiration."
All six of this year's recipients were present for the ceremony, which took place on March 19, 2004 at a special advisers luncheon. The luncheon was part of CSPA's 80th anniversary Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in New York City.
Shirley Yaskin, CSPAA immediate past president, (left) and CSPA director Edmund J. Sullivan present the James Frederick Paschal Award to Helen F. Smith (center).
Photo : Joe Piniero
The following is the citation for the James Frederick Paschal Award presented on March 19, 2004 at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Shirley Yaskin, chair of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association's Honors Committee, read the citation during a special Awards Luncheon in the Faculty Room of Columbia's Low Memorial Library.
The James Frederick Paschal Award honors state or regional school press association officials who have distinguished themselves in the field with an award named for the late James Fredrick Paschal, a former director of the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association and a former editor of the CSPAA Bulletin.
Adviser Terry Nelson (left) and the staff of the Munsonian accept the Edmund J. Sullivan award for their fight for press freedom.
Photo : Joe Piniero
The Edmund J. Sullivan Award was established in 1997 and honors student journalists who have fought for the right to speak their minds while in pursuit of the truth on behalf of their audiences.
If you know anything about state of Indiana and the movie "Hoosiers," you will know that basketball games there are a religious experience.
But the story I am about to tell takes the heavenly game into the depths of hell for the staff of the Munsonian at Muncie Central High School, who are being honored today with the Sullivan Award.
Charles R. O´Malley congratulates Laura L. Schaub on receiving the award for excellence in teaching that bears his name.
Photo : Joe Piniero
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association conferred a special honor on Laura L. Schaub, a recently retired professor of journalism at the University of Oklahoma.
Schaub received the Charles R. O'Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching for "her far-sighted and exemplary work in conceiving, writing and designing the CSPA's 2003 Special Edition awards CD-ROM," according to the award citation.
The project won recognition from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and is now a permanent part of the CSPA's work.
"I want to know who your friends are, who your girlfriend is, who your enemies are...and I want their numbers too, if that's possible.
"I want to know everything about you," 18 year-old Neil Mehta grinned jokingly.
In a session titled "Mastering the Art of the Interview," Mehta spoke about fundamental interviewing skills. He presented his session on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, as part of CSPA's 80th anniversary Spring Convention.
Robert Greenman, author and consultant for The New York Times, presented a session on restaurant reviewing.
Photo : Tanisha Madrid
In a session called "From Soup to Nuts: Reviewing Restaurants," Robert Greenman
, an independent newspaper-in-education consultant for The New York Times
, gave pointers to high school students on how to write an informative and entertaining restaurant review.
Greenman spoke about the basic principles of restaurant reviewing. Anonymity, multiple visits, and ordering the full range of the menu were a few things that he addressed.
Photo : Leslie Antolick, Tide Lines Staff, Pottsville Area HS
For Michelle Hoover, speaking at the 80th annual CSPA Convention was her opportunity to come full circle.
Nearly a decade after attending the event as a student from Pottsville Area High School, she returned to share her knowledge of how to start a career in the journalism business.
Hoover's career began as an editor on the award-winning Hi-S-Potts publications staff. That experience helped her to land a job at her local newspaper, The Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald.
I want you to know today how essential your job, my job, is to so many.
First, we need courage to raise the bar.
When I was a child, I used to play on my swing set in the yard. One of my favorite things to do- especially when the sun made the slide too hot -I live in the Deep South, you know-was to skin the cat on the cross bar at the end of the swing set.
Years later in a moment of nostalgia, I went back and tried to flip over that bar again, but my legs were too long and the clear space between the ground and my head was too small. The answer seemed simple. Raise the bar.
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