2020 Best of Show / fall convention

ACP salutes the winners of the Best of Show competition for Virtual 2020, the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, presented Oct. 22-24.

The convention was previously scheduled in Atlanta.

ACP’s Best of Show competitions honor both organizational and individual work among collegiate media who register for the convention and enter the competition.

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Organizational recognition

Feature Magazine    

1. Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2. KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

3. Currents, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

4. The Reporter, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

5. Stephens Life, Stevens College, Columbia, Missouri

6. Nineteen Fifty-Six, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

7. Blot, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

8. El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California

9. Warrior Life, El Camino College, Torrance, California

10. WORD Magazine, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

Literary Arts Magazine              

1. Urbana Literary & Arts, Miami Dade College, Eduardo J. Padrón Campus, Miami, Florida

2. Polaris, Ohio Northern Univresity, Ada, Ohio

3. Underground, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

4. Yahara Journal, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

5. Touchstone Literary and Arts Journal, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

6. Rifle, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

7. Hawaii Review, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Newspaper (Two-year campus)              

1. The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California

2. The Collegian, Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas

3. The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

4. Collegian, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California

5. The Et Cetera, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

6. The Montage, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, Missouri

Newspaper (Less than weekly)              

1. The Rocket, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

2. The Arbiter, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

3. Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

4. The Reflector, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

5. Augustana Mirror, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

6. The Patriot, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky

7. The Bison, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas

8. Griffon News, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri

9. VanCougar, Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington

Newspaper (Weekly)              

1. The Sunflower, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

2. The Pendulum, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

3. The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

4. Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

5. Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

6. The Signal, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

7. The Battalion, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

8. The Post, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

9. The Mustang, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California

10. The Rice Thresher, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Newspaper (More than weekly)              

1. Spartan Daily, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

2. Daily Titan, University of California, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

3. Muleskinner, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

4. The Mercury, University of Dallas, Richardson, Texas

5. The Kansas State Collegian, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Newspaper Special Edition/Editorial              

1. Pendulum, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

2. Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, Caifornia

3. Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

4. The Collegian, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

5. The Appalachian, Appalachin State University, Boone, North Carolina

6. The Patriot, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky

7. The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California

8. The Post, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

9. The Crimson White, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Website (Two-year campus)              

1. The Collegian, Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas

2. The Union, El Camino College, Torrance, California

3. The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California

4. The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

5. Urbana Literary & Arts, Miami Dade College,  Eduardo J. Padrón Campus, Miami, Florida

6. The Et Cetera, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

Website (10,000 students or less)              

1. The Rice Thresher, Rice University, Houston, Texas

2. The Ithacan, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

3. Graphic, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

4. Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

5.  The Reflector, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

6. The Equinox, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire

7. Muleskinner, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

8. Griffon News, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri

9. The Pine Needle, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Pembroke, North Carolina

10. The Gothic Times, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, New Jersey

Website (more than 10,000 students)              

1. The Sunflower, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

2. The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

3. Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

4. The Post, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

5. Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

6. The Mustang, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California

7. The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

8. Ka Leo, University of Hawai’i Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

10. The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

Yearbook                  

1. Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

2. Royal Purple, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

3. Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

4. The Campanile, Rice University, Houston, Texas

5. Tower, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

6. Kentucky Kernel: The Year in Photos, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

7. Crossings, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

8. Edda, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

9. Natsihi, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington

10. Northern, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio      


Individual recognition

Blog

1. Aaron Bissoondial
What are you listening to?
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2. Cassie Conklin
Is There Room for Us At the Table?
The Bottom Line, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland

3. Christian Medina
PlayStation versus Xbox
The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California

Podcast

1. Max Connor, Robbie Pierce
Max’s Table #4: Starting a home vegetable garden
The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

2. Timo Clark
The Signal Sound
The Signal, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

3. Arleigh Rodgers
Re:Mixing
The Ithacan, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

4. Max Connor, Robbie Pierce
PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: President Nelsen talks campus reopening, student fees, future commencements
The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

5. Zach Ayres
Tundra Talk
Northern Review, Ohio Northern Univresity, Ada, Ohio

6. Ivy Moore, Lindsey Sullivan
Uproot: A Face to Face Podcast Series (Part 2)
Graphic, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

7. Moss Brennan, Abi Pepin
Political Peaks
The Appalachian, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

8. John McGowan
Alestle After Hours Episode 44: The Black Plague, The Spanish Flu and the Coronavirus
The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

9. Miranda Ferrante, Caitlin Rundle, Anna Terry
ENN Radio Sept. 11, 2020
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

10. Alejandra Almada, Jimena Romero
Urbanites Podcast Season 2, Episode 1: The Remote Return
Urbana Literary & Arts, Miami Dade College,  Eduardo J. Padrón Campus, Miami, Florida

Print Design

1. Giselle Spicer
On Tap
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2. Caroline Bunder, Olivia Parks, Nyah Phengsitthy, Grace Terry
Page 1, Oct. 14, 2020
The Pendulum, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

3. Chelsea Nguyen-Fleige
Gregory Johnson protest coverage
Spartan Daily, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

4. Karina Sloan
Football: Fight to the Last Second
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

5. Chelsea Akpan, Shay Cohen, Claudia Humphrey, Vivian Santillan
Election A to Z
The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

6. Sara Roach
Cover Summer 2020 Issue
Pulse, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

7. Monica Melber
Plant Plant Revolution
Manhappenin’, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

8. Ivan Becerril-Gutierrez
Continuing to make music
The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

9. Avani Choudhary
Carlos Machado
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

10. Carson TerBush
Break out the books
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Photojournalism

1. Blue Nguyen
Justice for Gregory Johnson Jr.
Spartan Daily, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

2. Shafkat Anowar
Navy officers pay their respect as WWII veterans make their way towards the main area of the 75th commemoration of WWII on September 2, 2020.
Ka Leo, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

3. Heesoo Yang
Game day in Fort Worth
TCU 360, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

4. Ash Thye
Pool Boys
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

5. Frankie Herrera
SD District 7 House candidate, Louise Snodgrass
The Collegian, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

6. Shafkat Anowar
Hawaiʻi Celebrates and Honors “Juneteenth”
Ka Leo, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

7. Jakob Reuter
Beekeeping
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

8. Jon Sarver
Protest
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

9. Shafkat Anowar
Kumu
Ka Leo, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

10. Mari Inagaki
Warrior Pantry volunteer gathers food for student in need
The Union, El Camino College, Torrance, California

Broadcast News Story

1. Brian Rea
Hundreds march in Graham, calling for end to racism
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

2. Abby Wilt
Environment During COVID-19
NewsWaves, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

3. David Snyder
Political Rallies in Ellensburg
CentralNewsWatch, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

4. Elisheva Wimberly
Panthers Return to Campus with New Living Conditions
PRN, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

5. Sara Nevis, Gerry Singh
The WELL opens with outdoor fitness options by reservation
The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

6. Jessica Stallard
Sugar Whipped Bakery
Griffon Media, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri

7. Jordan Latimore, Sara Nevis
Sac State men’s basketball team remains prepared despite uncertain start date
The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

8. Isabel Martin, Anna Muckenfuss, Saniye Wilson
The Appalachian Weekly News, season 4, episode 9
The Appalachian, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Multimedia News or Feature Presentation

1. Alexis Bowlby, Brady Caskey, Amanda Wernik
Multimedia News
Mustang News, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California

2. Emily Broyles, Jackie Park
The Appalachian: “Sheri, wake up”
The Appalachian, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

3. Diya Basima, Anica Graney, Hailey Griffin
Art as a medium of change
The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

4. Jacob deCastro, Haley Klezmer
Will your mail-in ballot arrive in time to count?
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

COVID-19 Reporting

1. Staff
Stories from our communities: Part One
The Union, El Camino College, Torrance, California

2. David Silva Ramirez
COVID-19 has some students skipping fall semester
The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

3. Mackenzie Wilkes
COVID-19 disproportionately hits Alamance County Latino community
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

4. Tiffany Maloney-Rames
Face coverings pose a challenge for people hard-of-hearing
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

5. Shafkat Anowar
UHM based free grocery deice meets rising demand
Ka Leo, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

6. Haeven Gibbons
Food Insecurity in Austin Amid COVID-19
Texas Christian University Student Media, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

7. Matt Cohen
Quarantined with dozens of sorority members
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

8. Chantilette Franklin, Jordan Lackey
COVID-19 nurse, Eastfield student, gives back to community
The Et Cetera, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

9. Peighton Bortle, Itzel Montoya, Jessica Perez, Sara Roach, David Snyder
Living in the Year 2020: PULSE Perspectives
Pulse, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

10. Isabelle Juarez
Jewish Sac State students celebrate High Holidays at home during pandemic
The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California

Election Reporting

1. Staff
Election 2020 Guide
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

2. Moss Brennan
The Appalachian, Watauga County expects up to 12,000 absentee ballots as post office warns of delays
The Appalachian, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

3. Blake Hunter
The political impact of Gen Z: America’s youngest voters are preparing to make a change
The Arbiter, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

4. Gracie Terrall
Snodgrass embraces TikTok on campaign trail
The Collegian, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

5. Andrew Wegley
Darren White is running on the issues. He won’t try to outrun his past
Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

6. Jordan Mendoza
Men’s basketball prepares for newest battle: Voting
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

7. David Detrick, Claudia Humphrey
An Overview of President Trump’s Immigration Policies
The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

8. Eric Dionne
District governing board faces backlash over search for new chancellor
The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California

9. Anthony Robledo
Political clubs adapt to a virtual campaign season
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

10. Kathryn Ford
Election
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Social Justice Reporting

1. Vivek Rao, Kaitlyn Radde
Activists want to defund police departments. What could that look like in Bloomington?
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2. Isalia Gallo, Ruth Noemi Aguilar
Protesters Occupy City Hall
Spartan Daily, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

3. Lauren Singles
Breaking down bias reporting at Elon University
Elon News Network, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

4. Noah Oldham, Jelyn Washington-Mays
Campus Voices- Black at UK
WRFL 88.1FM, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

5. Jessica Benda and Kim Pham
Over 10,300 CSU students face uncertain futures after ICE announcement
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

6. Cecilia Lenzen,
Protesters Sing and March for Social Justice
The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

7. Staff
The University Star social justice reporting
The University Star, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

8. Emily Broyles, Jackie Park
“Sheri, wake up”
The Appalachian, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

9. Jenna Mollerus
Best Social Justice Reporting
Mustang News, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California

10. Abigail Starr
Title IX policy revisions alarm VP of affairs, change the dynamic for complainants
Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Misssouri

Print Advertising Design

1. Avani Choudhary
Mint to Be
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2. Makenzie Van Vooren
Welcome Back Titans (print ad)
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

3. Giselle Spicer
Ring Ring
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

4. Steven Andriantsiratahina
Scary Story Contest
The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

5. Michael Mac Harg II, Ashley Stand
Senior Portrait Ad
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

6. Grace Franke
Game Day Eats!
The Kansas State Collegian, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

7. Sarah Fong
Winter Session (Instagram version)
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

Rate Card

1. Hadley Biggs, Patrick Harley, Melissa Locke
Pepperdine Graphic Media, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

2. Maddie Ceglecki, Mackenzie Hudson, Taylor Humby, Anna Noto
Boise State University Student Media, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

3. Sarah Fong
Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

4. Staff
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

5. Holly Delay
Collegian Media Group, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

6. Shelly Banz, Jessica Kimes
The Appalachian, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

7. Staff
The University Star, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

8. Taylor Strnad
The Reflector, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

Newspaper Special Section/Advertising

1. Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2. Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

3. The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

4. The Crimson White, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

5. Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California