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Rubicon and Iris: Art + Lit magazine named CSPA Crown Finalists

At the end of October, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced the 2020 Crown Award Finalists and we are proud to congratulate SPA's Iris: Art + Lit magazine and The Rubicon/rubiconline.com!

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing.

Overall, Iris: Art + Lit is the only Minnesota magazine to be named a finalist and is 1 of 63 magazine finalists. The Rubicon is 1 of 97 news finalists out of 1,145 entries, and 1 of 2 student newspapers recognized from Minnesota.

Crown Finalists are winners, not nominees. Some finalists will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2020.

The Rubicon Judge’s selections (print):

  • Page One - November 2018. Designed by Maren Ostrem, w/Infographic Design from Quinn Christensen, Maren Ostrem and Lucy Sandeen. Writing from Salah Abdulkarim and Elizabeth Trevathan

  • In-Depth pp. 8-9 December 2018. Designed by Jasper Green and Quinn Christensen. Writing by Eloise Duncan and Julia Baron

  • In-Depth pp. 8-9 May 2019. Designed by Lizzie Kristal. Writing from Meagan Massie and Quinn Christensen

Iris: Art + Lit Judge's selections:

  • Cover - featuring artwork by Celeste Parke-Reimer and design by Quinn Christensen

  • pp. 26-27 - featuring poetry by Melissa Nie and pottery by Iris Shaker-Check

  • pp. 50-51 - featuring poetry by Nora Povejsil and photography by Claire Hallaway

  • pp. 58-59 - featuring poetry by Ben Atmore and painting by Celeste Parke-Reimer

Please join us in congratulating our student-journalists, writers, and artists!