Student journalists on the Marquette Messenger newspaper staff have been named as finalists in the competition for the 2018 Crown Award, Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s highest honor. At the spring conference, Marquette will learn if they earned silver or gold in the hybrid news category.
Journalism teacher Emily Jorgensen said student journalists submit certain issues of their publications. Then, CSPA judges decide from those entries what they want to showcase to organization members.
Jorgensen said, “I think they picked the election coverage because our students went a different direction than most publications. With the election last year, a lot of publications just focused on candidates and what was happening, which isn’t much different than what national news outlets were doing. Our students, instead, focused on finding what students don’t understand about elections and politics. It was more of a guide to understanding the entire election process and how it works.”
Messenger Editor-in-Chief Greg Svirnovskiy addressed the publication’s election coverage.
“They liked our cover and our center spread. It’s interesting how different people view different pages when they see them. They thought some pages were better than we did.”
This is the third year in a row the Messenger has been in contention for CSPA’s Crown Award. Parkway West High also is a finalist for its online newspaper The Pathfinder. Thirteen high school digital publications were chosen as finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2018 at ceremonies in New York City. The digital publications were published during the 2016-17 academic year. This is the first time the The Pathfinder online school newspaper has received this award.
The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital [online] formats all are eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging.