October 4, 2007
The 2007 volume of The Kiosk, the literary magazine published by the Morningside College English and Art Departments, received a gold medalist certificate for college literary-art publications from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) during its annual Medalist Critique. In 2006, The Kiosk received a silver medalist certificate.
To earn the gold medalist certificate, The Kiosk scored 942 out of 1,000 possible points. Among the judging comments were: “Nice touch with covers of past issues with Editor’s Letter; they help reinforce growth and diversity of the publication” and “Verbal content is well balanced with both poetry and prose.” Emily Kesten of Oakland, Iowa, and a 2007 graduate of Morningside College, served as the editor.
Each year, CSPA invites student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, or online media to submit issues or hyperlinks for review and judging in its Medalist Critiques. The critiques contain a written set of standards developed by CSPA to itemize the best practices for student media, provide detailed guidance on how well a student print or online media is currently progressing, and how it could improve during the following year. The Kiosk was evaluated for its literary content, including prose fiction and narrative, prose non-fiction, and poetry, as well as for its organization, visual content, and design.
The Kiosk has been produced nearly each year since 1938 and includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork composed by students, alumni, and members of the Morningside College faculty and staff. The publication is edited and designed by students of the college. Faculty advisors for The Kiosk include Stephen Coyne, professor of English, John Kolbo, instructor of art, and Terri McGaffin, assistant professor of art.
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.