Campus Times Named National Crown Award Finalist

December 20, 2012 by University of La Verne

For the second year in a row, the University of La Verne’s student newspaper, Campus Times, has been named as a Crown Awards finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The Campus Times is one of just 10 different publications from nine different institutions across the United States to be honored as finalists in the College Hybrid Publication category. This is a new category created by CSPA to recognize publications that produce both print and digital editions. (Print and digital were previously judged separately, and the Campus Times earned its Gold Crown Award in the digital category last year.)

Because CSPA critiques and honors each semester’s work separately, the Campus Times is actually a two-time finalist this year, covering its work in both fall 2011 and spring 2012. The Campus Times received the Gold Crown Award in March of 2012 for its excellence in content and design. In 2011, the publication received two Silver Crown Awards for the online edition and the print edition.

Senior Branden Del Rio served as editor-in-chief in the fall 2011 semester and senior Christina Collins Burton served as editor-in-chief in spring 2012.

“The day Eric (Borer) walked in with the awards, I was shocked. I kind of just sat there quietly staring at it,” Burton said. “I remember being a staff writer when Kristen Campbell was editor-in-chief and the Campus Times winning an award as well and I was really happy.”

The Campus Times is advised by Elizabeth Zwerling (chief adviser) and Gary Colby (photography adviser). Production is supervised by Kevin Bowman (photography) and Eric Borer (digital and print).

“I may be the editor-in-chief but it’s not just me. It’s all the staff writers and editors doing what they do to make the paper what it is. Especially Eric who makes sure the website is up to date and that all the stories are uploaded,” Burton said. “So a lot of it is thanks to him as well.”

The Crown Awards finalists will receive either a Gold Crown Award or a Silver Crown Award, to be announced at the annual College Media Convention in New York in March 2013.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is one of the nation’s most prestigious student journalism organizations, operated by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Crown Award is CSPA’s highest honor.

More information about CSPA, its judging and a complete list of finalists in all categories can be found at:

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