The Ampersand Wins Gold in Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards

| March 17, 2015
Ampersand alumni in New York

Award-Winning Tradition: While in New York to accept the Gold Crown Award for 2013-14, Ampersand faculty adviser Karen Burch (left) and current students Matt Duchesne and Julie Bonk (center) met with Webster and Ampersand alumni Devin Vogel ’12, Ben Farrar ’11, and Anthony Hagan ’09.

Ampersand receives the Gold Crown

Duchesne and Bonk accepted the Gold Crown award on behalf of the entire Ampersand 2013-14 staff. [photo by Rebecca Castillo,]

Webster University has taken home gold.

The Ampersand, a magazine produced by students in Webster’s School of Communications, received the Gold Crown Award in the College Magazine Category at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2015 Crown Awards.

Winners were selected from 1,203 eligible digital, print newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2013-2014 academic year. They were honored at the College Media Convention on Friday, March 13, at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City.

School of Communications students Julie Bonk (art director) and Matt Duchesne (editor-in-chief) were present to receive the award on behalf of the entire staff from the 2013-14 year.

They were accompanied by longtime Ampersand faculty adviser Karen Burch, interactive media manager in Webster’s Global Marketing & Communications, who teaches the Magazine Production course in the School of Communications.

Burch, Ampersand Gold Crown Award

Burch, Ampersand faculty adviser, is interactive media manager in Webster’s Global Marketing & Communications. [photo by Rebecca Castillo,]

Ampersand Past and Present in NYC

While in New York, the trio also caught up with Webster and Ampersand staff alumni currently working in the region. Devin Vogel ’12, Ben Farrar ’11, and Anthony Hagan ’09 met with their former teacher to enjoy an evening talking about their Ampersand days and meeting current students Duchesne and Bonk, who follow in their footsteps.

For the awards, both print and digital publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.  In 2014-15, the Ampersand has ramped up its efforts in digital: The publication is now available digitally with its own app on iTunes (for iPads) and Google Play (Android)

CSPA is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs.

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