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 2018-19. 

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

Winners will be announced at #collegemedia19, the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, held Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 in Washington DC.

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 Signal, Georgia State University

AMP, The University of Texas at Dallas

Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

Ibis, University of Miami

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University

Best Advertisement

The Signal, Georgia State University

Freshman Guide, Louisiana State University

The Standard, Missouri State University

Pepperdine Graphic, Pepperdine University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Best Comic Strip

The Banner, California Baptist University

The Connector, SCAD Atlanta

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Best Editorial Cartoon

The Connector, SCAD Atlanta

Setonian Student Magazine, Seton Hill University

The Collegian, Tarrant County College

The Crimson White, University of Alabama

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

Best Infographic

Mustang News/Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

SCAN Magazine, SCAD Atlanta

The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Ibis, University of Miami

Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread

The Blackprint, American University

Drake Magazine, Drake University

Baked, Syracuse University

Medley, Syracuse University

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

Best Magazine Cover

The Ke Alaka'i, BYU-Hawaii

Pursuit, California Baptist University

Miambiance Volume 29, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus

Zipped, Syracuse University

Medley, Syracuse University

Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread

Drake Magazine, Drake University

EMERGE Print Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber

KRNL, University of Kentucky

Best Magazine Feature Page/Spread

Focus Magazine, Baylor University

Drake Magazine, Drake University

Medley, Syracuse University

Baked, Syracuse University

El Espejo magazine, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Best Magazine News Page/Spread

Focus Magazine, Baylor University

Xpress Magazine, San Francisco State University

Alice Magazine, University of Alabama

Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

Best Magazine Sports Page/Spread

Swinging Bridge Magazine, Messiah College

PULSE magazine, Central Washington University

Manhappenin' magazine, Kansas State University/Collegian Media Group

Best Newspaper Entertainment Page/Spread

Elon News Network, Elon University

The Voice, Langara College

The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread

The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

The Signal, Georgia State University

Griffon News, Missouri Western State University

el Don, Santa Ana College

Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University

Best Newspaper Front Page

The Battalion, Texas A&M University

The Reveille, Louisiana State University

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University

Best Newspaper Nameplate

The Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University

el Don, Santa Ana College

The Collegian, Tarrant County College

The Mercury, The University of Texas at Dallas

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Best Newspaper News Page/Spread

The Banner, California Baptist University

The Advocate, Contra Costa College

Elon News Network, Elon University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

Best Newspaper Opinion Page/Spread

The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University

The DePaulia, DePaul University

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread

Mustang News/Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The Banner, California Baptist University

F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles

Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread

The Appalachian, Appalachian State University

Mustang News/Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University

Best Online Infographic

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

TCU360.com, Texas Christian University

The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake

The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Talisman, Western Kentucky University

Best Online Main Page

Ball Bearings, Ball State University

Mustang News/Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Nubian Message, North Carolina State University

el Don, Santa Ana College

NEHA, Syracuse University

Best Social Media Main Page

Ball Bearings, Ball State University

The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

Emerge TO, University of Guelph-Humber

The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington

Best Special Section Cover

Mustang News/Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Spring Living Guide, Louisiana State University

Pepperdine Graphic, Pepperdine University

The Daily Beacon, The University of Tennessee Knoxville

The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

Best Yearbook Cover

Aggieland, Texas A&M University

Tower, Loyola Marymount University

The Royal Purple, Kansas State University/Collegian Media Group

The Campanile, Rice University

Michiganensian, University of Michigan

Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Angelos, California Baptist University

The Griffon, Missouri Western State University

The Campanile, Rice University

Kentucky Kernel Year in Photos, University of Kentucky

Best Yearbook Entertainment Page/Spread

Baylor Roundup, Baylor University

Angelos, California Baptist University

Arbutus, Indiana University

The Royal Purple, Kansas State University/Collegian Media Group

The Horned Frog, Texas Christian University

Best Yearbook Feature Page/Spread

La Ventana, Texas Tech University

Arbutus, Indiana University

The Campanile, Rice University

Best Yearbook News Page/Spread

Baylor Roundup, Baylor University

Angelos, California Baptist University

Phi Psi Cli, Elon University

The Campanile, Rice University

Ibis, University of Miami

Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread

Angelos, California Baptist University

The Royal Purple, Kansas State University/Collegian Media Group

The Tower, Loyola Marymount University