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 writing category!

Best Arts and Entertainment Story

Jet Fuel Review, Lewis University

Currents Magazine, Pepperdine University

The Rice Thresher, Rice University

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta

The Miami Hurricane, The Miami Hurricane

Best Breaking News Story

The Reporter, Miami Dade College

The Northerner, Northern Kentucky University

The Miami Hurricane, The Miami Hurricane

The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University

The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University

Best Column

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans

The Graphic, Pepperdine University

The Defender, Saint Michael's College

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Best Editorial 

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton

The Crimson White, University of Alabama

The Beacon, University of Portland

Best General News Story

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

The Signal, Georgia State University

The State Hornet, Sacramento State

The Prospector, The University of Texas at El Paso

Best Feature Story

Ball Bearings, Ball State University

Echo Magazine, Columbia College Chicago

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

The Temple News, Temple University

Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

Best Investigative Story

BYU Daily Universe, Brigham Young University

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Elon News Network, Elon University

The Collegian, Tarrant County College

Best News Package

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

The DePaulia, DePaul University

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

The Graphic, Pepperdine University

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

Best Profile

Echo Magazine, Columbia College Chicago

Warrior Life, El Camino College

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

Crusader News, Seward County Community College

Best Special Section: Four Pages or Less

The Rice Thresher, Rice University

Richland Chronicle, Richland College

The Miami Hurricane, The Miami Hurricane

The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

Best Special Section: More than Four Pages 

The Orion, California State University, Chico

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

The Et Cetera, Eastfield College

The NewsHouse, Syracuse University

The Washtenaw Voice, Washtenaw Community College