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Gold Crown Award winner

Marist’s annual fashion magazine FM/AM has won another Gold Crown Award from the prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) of Columbia University, an international student press organization.

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s
members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head
comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital
(online) formats are all-eligible.  During Crown consideration,
publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design,
photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,145
publications were eligible for judging. Crown Finalists are actual winners, not nominees.


Print General Magazine Finalists

FM|AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Hair Trigger #41, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
SCAN, Savannah College of Design – Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

From the Marist Website:

FM/AM is a fully student-produced publication. Professional Lecturer of Fashion, Merchandising, and Sustainability Melissa Halvorson serves as instructor and editor. FM/AM is built into the academic structure of the Fashion Program; Halvorson teaches the courses “Writing for Fashion” every fall and “Magazine Production” in the spring. The magazine’s mission is to present fashion thoughtfully. “Fashion is frequently misunderstood as being about ‘clothes,’ when in truth, it is about change, tension and innovation,” said Halvorson. “Students write about topics and people that can offer some insight into these complex ideas. Editorial decisions are made by consensus based on adherence to this mission.”  

All written and graphic content is student created, including illustrations, info-graphics and feature photography. Editorial photo shoots are conceived, art directed, and produced by students and utilize the thesis collections of the Fashion Program’s senior designers, but are shot by professional photographers. “This is an important opportunity for our students to work directly with industry professionals as peers, giving and getting direction; compromising, communicating the magazine’s mission; learning how to manage a photo shoot of 20-30 people. As complicated and exhausting as these shoot days are, I revel in watching students explode into the professionals they have become,” said Halvorson. 

Twenty-five hundred copies of FM/AM are produced with 1,500 distributed internationally by Pineapple Media. It is sold in France, the UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout the U.S. in major cities.