MTSU’s Collage student magazine awarded 18th top a...

MTSU’s Collage student magazine awarded 18th top award, special honor by scholastic press org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression again received high honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association

The student-run magazine featuring submitted work such as poetry, art, photos, video, nonfiction, audio, and more, was recently awarded its 18th gold medalist certificate from the CSPA and was also recognized with All-Columbian Honors for the verbal category of the review process.

These awards are given based on the numerical scores earned. All-Columbian Honors is an additional citation for special merit, awarded to those publications that receive very high point totals, usually within the 95th percentile or higher.

Kera Reynolds, business major, Collage editor
Kera Reynolds

“This award recognizes the great work of the all-volunteer staff. We are truly grateful for those who have been part of Collage over the years,” said Kera Reynolds, the current editor-in-chief who has been a member of staff for five semesters. Reynolds is majoring in business administration at MTSU. 

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The bi-annual Collage publication serves as a forum for students and alumni to share their creative projects. The magazine has received 27 awards from CSPA since 2006, including six Silver Crown Awards and three Gold Crown Awards, which are presented to the top publications entered in the annual contest.

Collage began as a companion piece to student newspaper Sidelines in 1968 and for many years was housed under MTSU Student Publications along with yearbook Midlander and Sidelines. In 2004, the Student Publications division dissolved, and the University Honors College began sponsoring Collage.

Robin E. Lee, strategic communications manager, Honors College
Robin E. Lee

“For more than 50 years, this publication has been a fixture on campus,” said Robin E. Lee, “Collage” advisor and strategic communication specialist for the University Honors College. “Submissions are very competitive, providing notable peer validation for entrants’ creative efforts. Not only does it look good on a resume, it helps build on leadership, teamwork and organizational soft skills as well as be a step toward publication in other journals.”

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An international student press association, CSPA seeks to unite student journalists and faculty advisors at higher education institutions nationwide. Members can submit publications for critique through the organization’s Medalist Critique program, where a panel of experienced judges review each submission against a set of standards and offer feedback based on the publication’s strengths and weaknesses. Submissions are given scores up to 1,000 and must achieve a score of at least 800 to be included in the gold medal category.

Check out the latest issue of “Collage,” as well as previous issues. Those interested in submitting entries for the next issue should visit

— Robin E. Lee (