Colorado Student Media Association

CSMA

Best of Colorado – History

A quick recap

The Best of Colorado awards began in 2010-11, replacing the previous Sweepstakes competitions (which totaled points from the various individual competitions to award first, second, and third in each enrollment classification). Sweepstakes winners were announced during the awards ceremony that closed J-Day each fall.

The concept of Best of Colorado was to be more focused on the individual students, and to make sure everyone received their awards in May, prior to graduation. To provide more of a school medium award system, the All-Colorado critiques and ratings were also begun in the 2010-11 school year.

During the first two years of Best of Colorado, a complex system was used for schools to submit electronic versions of pages, and we are still working to organize the results in an Excel format. In 2012-13, we partnered with BetterNewspaperContests.com to make use of their online contest submission system, which is searchable, easy to use for schools, judges, and the contest administrator.

Downloadable Excel spreadsheets of winners

2016-17 Best of Colorado awards, sorted by school and medium

2015-16 Best of Colorado awards, sorted by school and medium

2014-15 Best of Colorado awards, sorted by school and medium

2013-14 Best of Colorado awards, sorted by school and medium

2012-13 Best of Colorado awards, sorted by school and medium

NOTE: You may download these spreadsheets, rename them, and then conduct whatever sorting you desire. CSMA encourages you to create your own spreadsheet of awards, for historical and research purposes, but also as a source of pride in student media program.

Colorado Student Media Association
Best of Colorado – History