Over the next few weeks, CMA will announce the Pinnacle Award finalists, beginning with individual work (in advertising, broadcast, design, online, photo, sports and writing categories) and leading up to organizational Pinnacles: the best newspapers, stations, magazines, websites and yearbooks of 2019-20. 

Finalists: Tweet about your success and tag CMA: @collegemedia! All: Share the finalists’ work as best-of examples.

Winners will be announced at #collegemedia20, the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, held virtually from Oct. 22-24. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6:00 pm ET. Registration for the convention is now open.

Watch collegemedia.org and follow CMA on Twitter and Facebook for finalist announcements and links to the award-winning work.


College Media Association is excited to announce individual Pinnacle Award finalists in the design category!

Best Editorial Illustration

Drake Magazine, Drake University

el Don, Santa Ana College

The Connector, SCAD Atlanta

Jerk, Syracuse University

AMP, The University of Texas at Dallas

Best Advertisement

The Et Cetera, Eastfield College

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

Rotunda, Southern Methodist University

Distraction, University of Miami

The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

Best Comic Strip

Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton

The Et Cetera, Eastfield College

MATC Times, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Best Editorial Cartoon

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

Best Infographic

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Rotunda, Southern Methodist University

Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread

The Sentinel, North Idaho College    

Ball Bearings, Ball State University

Drake Magazine, Drake University

Jerk, Syracuse University

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine Cover

Pursuit, California Baptist University

Expressions, East Carolina University

Jet Fuel Review, Lewis University

Prism, "Displacement", Oregon State University

Legend, San Diego City College

Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread

Drake Magazine, Drake University

Owl Magazine, Harford Community College

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion, University of Kentucky

Best Magazine Feature Page/Spread

Ball Bearings, Ball State University

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine News Page/Spread

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jerk, Syracuse University

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine Sports Page/Spread

Maroon Life, Texas A&M University

The Sentinel, North Idaho College

Alice, University of Alabama

KRNL Fashion + Lifestyle, University of Kentucky

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Newspaper Entertainment Page/Spread

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University

Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread

The Observer, Central Washington University

Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University

Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University

The Collegian, Tarrant County College

Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

Best Newspaper Front Page

Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

The Rice Thresher, Rice University

Spartan Daily, San Jose State University

Daily Bruin, UCLA

Best Newspaper Nameplate

Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University

The Banner, California Baptist University

The Et Cetera, Eastfield College

el Don, Santa Ana College

The Collegian, Tarrant County College

Best Newspaper News Page/Spread

Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University

The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania

The Vermont Cynic, University of Vermont

Best Newspaper Opinion Page/Spread

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

The George-Anne, Georgia Southern University

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread

Mustang News, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Daily Forty-Niner, California State University, Long Beach

Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University

The Reveille, Louisiana State University

The Corsair, Santa Monica College

Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread

Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University

The Observer, Central Washington University

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

el Don, Santa Ana College

Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

Best Online Infographic

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania

Best Online Main Page

The Et Cetera, Eastfield College

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The NewsHouse, Syracuse University

KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion, University of Kentucky

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University

Best Social Media Main Page

The Eagle, American University

The Appalachian, Appalachian State University

Ball State Daily, Ball State University

RMU Sentry Media, Robert Morris University

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

Best Special Section Cover

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

EMERGE Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber

Best Yearbook Cover

Arbutus, Indiana University

The Griffon Yearbook, Missouri Western State University

The Campanile, Rice University

Rotunda, Southern Methodist University

Kentucky Kernel Year In Photos, University of Kentucky

Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread

Kentucky Kernel Year In Photos, University of Kentucky

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami

Michiganensian Yearbook, University of Michigan

Best Yearbook Entertainment Page/Spread

Arbutus, Indiana University

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami

Best Yearbook Feature Page/Spread

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Yonahian, Piedmont College

The Campanile, Rice University

Rotunda, Southern Methodist University

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami

Best Yearbook News Page/Spread

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami

Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Rotunda, Southern Methodist University

Kentucky Kernel Year In Photos, University of Kentucky

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami