Over the next week, 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 2015-16. 

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

Winners will be announced at #CMAATL16, the National College Media Convention, Oct. 26-30 in Atlanta.

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 Kent Stater, Kent State University

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin

The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas

Best Advertisement

Arches, Mount Mary University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Comic Strip

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania

Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin

Best Editorial Cartoon

The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University

Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Prospector, The University of Texas at El Paso

Best Infographic

The Pioneer, California State University, East Bay

Daily Bruin, UCLA

Talisman, Western Kentucky University

Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread

Pursuit Magazine, California Baptist University

Alice Magazine, The University of Alabama

34th Street Magazine, University of Pennsylvania

Best Magazine Cover

Drake Magazine, Drake University

Reflector, Georgia Southern University

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread

The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College

Stephens Life, Stephens College

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine Feature Page/Spread

Bonfire, Grand View University

The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine News Page/Spread

The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College

Stephens Life, Stephens College

Minero Magazine, The University of Texas at El Paso

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Spinnaker, University of North Florida

Best Magazine Sports Page/Spread

Bonfire, Grand View University

The Campanile, Rice University

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Newspaper Entertainment Page/Spread

The Advocate, Contra Costa College

The Oakland Post - Bill Nye the Science Guy, Oakland University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread

The Pendulum, Elon University

The Signal, Georgia State University

Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin

Best Newspaper Front Page

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University

Technician, NC State University

Loquitur, Cabrini College

Best Newspaper Nameplate

The Prospector, The University of Texas at El Paso

The Flor-Ala, University of North Alabama

The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas

Best Newspaper News Page/Spread

The Pendulum, Elon University

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University

Best Newspaper Opinion Page/Spread

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans

Daily Bruin, UCLA

The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas

Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread

The Pendulum, Elon University

Kansas State Collegian, Kansas State University

The Daily Collegian, Penn State University

Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread

The All State, Austin Peay State University

The Daily Universe, BYU

The Battalion, Texas A&M University

Best Online Infographic

Mustang News, Cal Poly

RMU Sentry Media, Robert Morris University

The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania

Best Online Main Page

Urban Plains, Drake University

Mosaic Magazine, The University of Alabama

The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas

Best Social Media Main Page

EMERGE Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber

Student Niner Media, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Daily Collegian, Penn State University

Best Special Section Cover

Ke Alaka'i, BYU-Hawaii

Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University

The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami

Best Yearbook Cover

The Campanile, Rice University

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Agromeck, NC State University

Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread

Angelos Yearbook, California Baptist University

The Campanile, Rice University

Ibis Yearbook, Univeristy of Miami

Best Yearbook Entertainment Page/Spread

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University

The Campanile, Rice University

Ibis Yearbook, Univeristy of Miami

Spinnaker, University of North Florida

Talisman, Western Kentucky University

Best Yearbook Feature Page/Spread

Roundup, Baylor University

Warbler, Eastern Illinois University

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami

Best Yearbook News Page/Spread

Angelos Yearbook, California Baptist University

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University

The Campanile, Rice University

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami

Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread

Roundup, Baylor University

Tower, Northwest Missouri State University

Agromeck, NC State University