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 2020-21.  

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 from Oct. 14-17. 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  

The DePaulia, DePaul University 

The ET Cetera, Eastfield College 

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans 

DAMchic “Puppets for Sale, Oregon State University 

The Collegian, Tarrant County College 

Best Advertisement  

Square95, SCAD Savannah

Garnet & Black, University of South Carolina 

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

Best Comic Strip  

The Banner, California Baptist University 

Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton 

The Pendulum, Elon University 

Student Proved, Oregon State University 

F NewsMagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Best Editorial Cartoon  

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University 

The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University 

F NewsMagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

The Vermont Cynic, University of Vermont 

Best Infographic  

Angelos, California Baptist University 

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Daily Bruin, UCLA 

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread  

Manhappenin’ Magazine, Kansas State University 

SALT, Syracuse University 

EST Magazine, The King’s College 

Daily Bruin, UCLA 

Alice, University of Alabama 

Best Magazine Cover  

Urbana Literary & Arts, Miami Dade College/ Eduardo J. Padron Campus 

Ball Bearings Magazine, Ball State University

Beaver's Digest, "The American Dream", Oregon State University 

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta 

Nineteen Fifty-Six, University of Alabama 

Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread  

Pursuit, California Baptist University 

Drake Magazine, Drake University 

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta 

F NewsMagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Minero Magazine, The University of Texas at EL Paso 

Best Magazine Feature Page/Spread  

Manhappenin Magazine, Kansas State University 

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta 

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami 

Best Magazine News Page/Spread  

Pursuit, California Baptist University 

Collegian Times, Los Angeles City College 

SALT, Syracuse 

Alice, University of Alabama 

Garnet & Black, University of South Carolina 

Best Magazine Sports Page/Spread  

Ke’ Alaka’i, BYU-Hawaii 

Manhappenin’ Magazine, Kansas State University 

El Sol, Southwestern College 

Best Newspaper Entertainment Page/Spread  

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 

Daily Bruin, UCLA 

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread  

The Observer, Central Washington University 

The Pendulum, Elon University 

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University 

Eagle Eye, Tennessee Tech University 

Daily Bruin, UCLA 

Best Newspaper Front Page  

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University 

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin 

The Vermont Cynic, University of Vermont 

Best Newspaper Nameplate  

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans 

The Graphic, Pepperdine University 

The Rice Thresher, Rice University  

The Corsair, Santa Monica College 

Daily Bruin, UCLA 

Best Newspaper News Page/Spread 

Mustang News, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

Collegian, Los Angeles City College 

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

Best Newspaper Opinion Page/Spread  

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans 

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread 

Rocky Mountain Collegiate, Colorado State University 

The Pendulum, Elon University 

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington 

Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread  

The Pendulum, Elon University 

The Equinox, Keene State College 

Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan 

Best Online Infographic  

The Appalachian, Appalachian State University 

The University Star, Texas State University 

The Reflector, University of Indianapolis 

Best Online Main Page 

The 61% Project, Syracuse University 

The NewsHouse, Syracuse University 

Emerge FLUX Multimedia Project, University of Guelph-Humber 

Best Social Media Main Page  

The Appalachian, Appalachian State University 

Tower, Northwest Missouri State University

District, SCAD Savannah

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

The Reflector, University of Indianapolis 

Best Special Section Cover  

The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University 

Mustang News, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

The Battalion, Texas A&M University

Spartan Daily, San Jose State University 

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan 

Best Yearbook Cover  

Baylor Roundup, Baylor University 

Angelos, California Baptist University 

Royal Purple, Kansas State University 

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University 

The Campanile, Rice University 

Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread  

Angelos, California Baptist University 

Royal Purple, Kansas State University 

The Griffon, Missouri Western State University 

The Horned Frog, Texas Christian University 

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami 

Best Yearbook Entertainment Page/Spread  

Baylor Roundup, Baylor University 

Aggieland, Texas A&M University

The Horned Frog, Texas Christian University 

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami 

The Michiganensian, University of Michigan 

Best Yearbook Feature Page/Spread  

Angelos, California Baptist University 

Royal Purple, Kansas State University 

Tower, Northwest Missouri State University

The Campanile, Rice University 

The Michiganensian, University of Michigan 

Best Yearbook News Page/Spread  

Angelos, California Baptist University 

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University 

The Michiganensian, University of Michigan

Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread  

Baylor Roundup, Baylor University 

Royal Purple, Kansas State University 

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University 

Tower, Northwest Missouri State University

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami