The Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded the Campus Times online publication for its excellence in content and design with a Gold Crown Award last month in the association’s annual contest.
La Verne Magazine also won big in the association’s 2011 contest: The publication received two Silver Crown Awards – one for online and one for the print edition.
The Gold Crown is the highest recognition given by CSPA, a program affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which recognizes superior performance by student journalists in the United States and Canada.
“We were competing against hundreds of college newspapers across the country and it’s for our Web edition, so not only did we stand out among other universities, but we stood our for our use of new media,” said Elizabeth Zwerling, associate professor of journalism and faculty adviser for the Campus Times.
“This is such a confirmation that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, and we’re in step with the future of journalism,” Zwerling said.
The award was given for a combination of strong content and Web design.
Zwerling said the publication made a number changes recently, including redesigning and revamping its website, and creating a Facebook and Twitter presence, along with good content.
While the Campus Times staff writers and editors all had a hand in earning the award, Layout Assistant Eric Borer played a large role in design and improving the newspaper’s Web presence.
“He is so skilled at what he does,” current editor in chief Christina Collins Burton said. “He can look at the page and say whether a story will fit or not.”
“It’s the biggest award the Campus Times has won,” Borer said. “It’s exciting to know the work we’re doing here is comparable to other schools around the nation.”
As for the magazine, “(We) always win national awards,” said George Keeler, communications department chairman and professor of journalism, who advises the publication. “We have high standards. That’s the most important thing, being recognized by peer institutions.
“I’m just proud of my students. It shows that ULV has one of the best communications departments in the country,” he said.
The new Crowns join the many other plaques that line the walls of the Campus Times La Verne Magazine newsroom.
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