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Baruch College Student Magazine Wins 2018 Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Dollars & Sense is sole winner in nationwide competition for digital category

Benjamin Long (L), senior and the editor-in-chief of Dollars & Sense being presented The Gold Crown Award

Benjamin Long (L), senior and the editor-in-chief of Dollars & Sense being presented The Gold Crown Award


Baruch College’s student magazine, Dollars & Sense, won the 2018 Gold Crown Award for Digital General Magazine from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), becoming the single recipient of this top honor. The Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.

More than 1,000 student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and digital publications throughout the country are judged in the annual competition. This year, the Crown Awards were announced at CSPA’s 2018 College Media Convention held on March 22.

For Aldemaro Romero Jr., PhD, dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, noted that the prestigious Gold Crown Award represents what Baruch College is all about.

 “Dollars & Sense allows our students to practice real-life, hands-on journalism skills, and we are extremely delighted and honored for them to receive this outstanding recognition.”

Andrea Gabor, PhD. and Joshua Mills, PhD, professors of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and faculty advisors for the magazine, feel very proud to add this award to the increasing number of Crown Awards the magazine has collected in the past.

“Dollars & Sense is a showcase for our best student work, and its many awards have helped build a national and international reputation for Baruch’s journalism program,” Professor Mills said. “The magazine, now online, helps students create professional-level writing and reporting, photography, video and podcasts. We’re very proud of how hard D&S students work.”

Professor Gabor added, “For our students at this large urban university, Dollars & Sense is also an opportunity for undergraduates from different backgrounds and majors to connect around a shared interest in the news and in journalism.”

Growing List of National Awards

This top win marks the 12th Gold Crown Award for Dollars & Sense. Previously the award-winning magazine won CSPA Silver Crowns for placing in the top three slots. In 2015, the magazine’s coverage of nascent entrepreneurism in Cuba was named the best student business journalism of the year by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. 

High Accolades for Editorial Staff

According to Gabor and Mills, much of the credit for this year’s award goes to Benjamin Long (’18), the magazine’s editor-in-chief, along with his staff. Long has tirelessly worked with student writers, editors, photographers and multimedia journalists to drive the coverage forward and to keep it timely. James Campagna, Anne Ehart, Nicholas Marrera, Poonam Patel, Dorothy Pitti, and Yulia Rock were the core staff members. A list of the dozens of contributors is too long to publish here, but both faculty advisors encourage readers to browse through

About Dollars & Sense

Dollars & Sense is an award-winning online magazine reported and edited by students and published by the journalism department at Baruch College. After three decades as a print magazine, it was reinvented as a web-based, multimedia publication, with the first articles published online in 2009.

Dollars & Sense’s first-year as a digital issue won a Gold Crown Award from CSPA. 

Read the latest issue of Dollars & Sense.

About the Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.


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