By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's student-run newspaper, The Bucknellian, was awarded Gold Medal status for the fall 2009 run and the spring 2010 run by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).
"Based on a critique by an outside evaluator, gold is the highest status awarded," said James Lee, adviser to the newspaper and assistant to the director of international education at Bucknell.
The evaluator looks at three categories - concept, presentation, and general operations - and grants points based on his or her observations. Of a maximum score of 1,000, The Bucknellian received 947 and 953, respectively.
In addition, the newspaper also received two Gold Circle Awards from CSPA. The winners were Erica Schiffres for first-person experience, and Greg Stevenson for sports page design.
"It's great when our students get outside recognition for all their hard work," said Lee.
Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media. These media are published in schools or colleges throughout the United States and in overseas schools following an American plan of education.
There were 9,460 Gold Circle Awards entries from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. Begun in 1984, these awards celebrate individual achievement by student writers, editors, designers and photographers. These entries are work produced from June 16, 2009, through June 15, 2010.
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