Castleton University’s student-run newspaper is the recipient of a 2020 David L. Adams Apple Award.
Castleton Spartan was awarded second place for Best Newspaper at a four-year institution with less than 5,000 undergraduate students enrolled. This award is given annually by the College Media Association at its Spring National College Media Convention in New York City.
Castleton Spartan editors include Managing Editor Brendan Crowley, Copy Editor Caton Deuso, Online Editor Leo Richardson, and Sports Editor Jay Mullen. The Spartan is populated by stories from Spartan reporters and students in Media & Communication Professor David Blow’s journalism courses. Blow, a 1989 graduate of Castleton, serves as the paper’s advisor.
“Everyone at Castleton is so proud of our student newspaper, and we are grateful that others are recognizing the incredible talent and hard work of our students who participate as well,” said Castleton University President Dr. Karen M. Scolforo. “The Spartan highlights what’s happening on our campus and provides an excellent opportunity for our Media & Communication students to gain hands-on experience that will prepare them for their future careers.”
Castleton University is the only college in Vermont to be recognized at the conference. Other award winners include Georgia State University, Ithaca College, University of Kentucky, and Coastal Carolina University.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Castleton’s Media & Communication students who work on the newspaper were unable to attend this year’s CMA conference, which offers more than 200 workshops and sessions for students and advisors in print, online, and broadcast.
The College Media Association also recognizes students’ work with awards for best two-year college newspaper, best podcast, best TV newscast, best Facebook page, best magazine spread, and more. Approximately 700 colleges and universities are represented through CMA membership.