Distraction Magazine and University of Miami Ibis Yearbook Win Gold Crowns at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards
Distraction magazine and the Ibis yearbook walked away with Gold Crown Awards, the highest honors at the 2012 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards on March 17, 2012, at Columbia University in New York City.
This was the first Gold Crown or Crown finalist for Distraction and the sixth Gold Crown for the Ibis over the past decade from CSPA. The Ibis has also picked up three Silver Crowns over the past 10 years.
Heather Carney, a 2011 SoC graduate and editor of Distraction during the contest period, accepted the award for the magazine from C. Bruce Watterson, chair of the competition committee and Edmund Sullivan, director of CSPA, at the Journalism School at Columbia University. Carney is currently working as a reporter for the Naples Daily News.
SoC Senior Lily Oyrazun, editor of the 2011 Ibis, and Genevieve Stack, 2012 Ibis editor and managing editor of the 2011 book accepted the Gold Crown award for the yearbook.
A total of 19 Ibis and Distraction staffers from the award winning publications attended the the awards ceremony at Columbia University.
Distraction is one of three general interest/feature magazine to receive a Gold Crown. The other two publications were from Indiana University and Columbia College, Chicago.
The Ibis along with yearbooks from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; Michigan State University; North Carolina State University; University of Texas at Austin; and Western Kentucky University all received Gold Crown awards.
“I am very proud of our students. This is great news for two hard working staff that produce Distraction and the Ibis," said Randy Stano, editorial adviser for both student publications. "It is outstanding news that they are recognized in national competition for their work."
Roughly 1,351 publications competed in the CSPA competition.
Carney, the former Distraction editor, was thrilled with the award and said it was the highlight of a long year and wonderful work by the staff.
“It is such an honor and I'm so proud of the work that we have accomplished together," added 2011 yearbook editor Oyrazun. "I can only expect even greater things for the Ibis in the future."