The Mirror Recognized by Columbia Scholastic Press Assn

cspa-sealRecently, Northwood School’s The Mirror earned the Silver Medalist recognition in its annual critique from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in the annual Digital Publications Critique for the 2016-2017 school year.

“This recognition is both an honor and an achievement for The Mirror’s staff,” said Mr. John Spear ‘88, The Mirror’s advisor. “The critique and evaluation, based on the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s standards, is a thorough process and provides helpful advice about items on which we can improve and also commendation for things we do well. It allows us, as a staff, to reflect on what we have learned, review and set goals for The Mirror for this year, and also see how our publication measures up within the nation in terms of scholastic journalism.”

The Mirror was re-formed during the 2015-16 school year by Nikita Tafazoli ‘16 as an independent study. When Tafazoli, currently a first-year student at McGill University in Montreal, learned of the recognition by CSPA, she said, “Upon receiving the news, I felt a rush of joy coupled with satisfaction. It seemed as if my hard work along with that of my successors had finally come to fruition. I was overwhelmed with excitement. I am proud of this incredible team!”

According to Edmund J. Sullivan, the Executive Director of the CSPA, there were 1,100 schools/publications evaluated for the 2016-2017 critiques.

The CSPA has three levels by which they recognize their publications including Gold Medalist, Silver Medalist and Bronze Medalist. The Mirror was a member of the CSPA earlier in its history, but only became a member again in the fall of 2016.

For more information on the CSPA, please visit www.cspa.columbia.edu.

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