The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has honored The Index, The Haverford School's student newspaper, with a 2017 silver medal. Nine-hundred-fifty high schools submitted to CSPA for critique and review in the newspaper category.
Additionally, VI Former and Student Body President Robb Soslow won second place in the CSPA Gold Circle Awards in the Entertainment Reviews category for "'It's Me vs. Me,' Kendrick Lamar is the Best of All Time." Nationwide, there were more than 7,000 print news and magazine entries from students at colleges, universities, and secondary schools.
"Beyond the affirmation of our editors' hard work last year, CSPA's recognition is an encouraging sign of our school's evolving writing culture," says Tom Stambaugh, English Department Chair and Index advisor. "Our Index writers aspire towards strong, clear informative writing grounded in journalistic fundamentals. Our boys are eager to continue to push a venerable piece of student life toward 21st century journalistic excellence."
The 2016-17 Index was helmed by Editors in Chief Connor Lees '17, George Rubin '17, and VI Former Samuel Turner.
In an age where many question the relevancy of journalism, we see our civic duty to cover issues important to Haverford students. The level of journalism was remarkable thanks to a talented crop of writers, and we complemented that by improving the paper's aesthetic. VI Former Samuel Turner
VI Former Samuel Turner noted that production of The Index recently doubled to nine issues per year, and expressed pride in maintaining the quality of journalism and design with the increased workload. "In an age where many question the relevancy of journalism, we see our civic duty to cover issues important to Haverford students," says Turner. "The level of journalism was remarkable thanks to a talented crop of writers, and we complemented that by improving the paper's aesthetic. We changed the format, increased the size of photographs, standardized the fonts, and implemented other design techniques, including infographics."
Connor Lees '17, a freshman at Duke University, wrote for The Index all four years of high school. "I've never been inside a real newsroom, but I imagine it would look something like Mr. Stambaugh's room on a Sunday night, with the paper outlined in red Dry Erase marker on his whiteboards, and past Index issues and the latest New York Times spread out across the desks," says Lees. "I believe that a big part of the reason we won the silver medal is the relaunch of The Index's website. In today's news landscape, having a website is essential, even for high school. The integration between our Facebook page and the website allowed extended our reach to nearly 5,000 people."
"This award is gratifying, considering we tried to get the paper out on a consistent basis and to make sure every aspect, including photo quality, formatting, editing, was of the highest quality," says George Rubin, a freshman at Swarthmore College. "Much of our success was due to help we had from Mr. Stambaugh and Ms. Evans, who imparted not only a fantastic knowledge of journalism but also a work ethic - they spent many Sundays editing and re-editing The Index."
The CSPA judge commented that the print and web editions have "taken big strides towards improving publication and journalistic capabilities." He continued, "There's a strong sense of tradition through the design that unites alumni and students. Your staff is full of smart young men who can push this paper to the next level."
To browse the latest issue of The Index, visit havindex.com.
About 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. Students come from public, private and church-related schools and colleges throughout the United States and from overseas schools following an American plan of education. The Association is owned and operated by Columbia University.