Three contests are announced each year at the convention – the Pacemaker and Best of Show awards, organized by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and the Individual Pinnacle Awards, organized by the College Media Association (CMA).
The Daily Illini at University of Illinois and The Daily Collegian at Penn State were two of the five Pacemaker winners in the category for publications at colleges with enrollment above 20,000 students.
The Columbia Chronicle at Columbia College in Chicago was one of six Pacemaker finalists at colleges with enrollment between 10,001 and 20,000 students. The Los Angeles Loyolan at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles was one seven finalists for colleges with between 5,001 and 10,000 students.
In the Best of Show Awards, The Shorthorn at University of Texas-Arlington placed first in the Website Large School category. The Ka Leo O Hawai’i at University of Hawaii placed fifth and The Arkansas Traveler at the University of Arkansas placed eighth. In the Website Small School category, The Tulane Hullabaloo placed sixth.
In the Individual Pinnacle Awards, The Shorthorn won for best online ad, followed by The University Daily Kansan (second) and The Standard at Missouri State University. The Shorthorn also placed second in the Best Online Infographic category and The Chart at Missouri Southern State finished third in the Best Multimedia Feature Story category.
LSU Student Media finished first in the Best Sports Multimedia category, followed by The College Heights Herald at Western Kentucky. Those two publications also finished first and second in the Best Online Sports Section category.
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