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2016 CCMA Student Media Awards Deadline is Dec. 7
November 6, 2015

Welcome to another year rewarding students’ hard work covering their campuses and communities. Below you will find your login information for the 2016 CCMA Excellence in Student Media Awards.

Entries are due by Dec. 7, 2015, at 9 p.m. Student finalists will be recognized at the Excellence in Student Media Awards reception at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 2016. The reception is part of the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Convention, Feb. 18-20, 2016.

A couple of rules to note: News organizations may enter work only once per category, but they may enter several categories of the contest. Also, the Best Newspaper Website category has been broken into dailies, weeklies and non-weeklies (which includes online-only news organizations.)

Please follow the instructions below to enter the contest. The $150 fee pays for your contest and a year’s membership in the California College Media Association. The fee is payable when you check out. You may also write a check payable to CCMA, so long as it is received by Dec. 7, 2015.

Please read the updated rules on the contest main page. Each school may submit one entry per category. The judges will award students for first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention.

  1. Go to the following link:   http://betternewspapercontest.com/ccma2016
  1. Select “Login to this Contest” in the top right or “Enter Here” on the right side of the page
  1. Select your media organization in the “Media Organization” drop down
  1. Enter ‘bnc’ as the password
  1. Click “Login”

The first time you login, you will be asked to update your account information and change your password.

Once you have updated your account information, you will be taken to the “Manage Entries” page. On this page, click on the “Submit Entry” button to begin submitting entries.

On the entry form, select the division, and the category into which you would like to submit the entry.

Fill out the rest of the fields on the form and click “Submit Entry” at the bottom of the page. See contest rules on the main page for more information.

Payment instructions:

Once you have submitted all of your entries and are ready to pay the entry fee, click “Calculate Entry Fees” on the Manage Entries page of your account.

If you are paying by a mailed-in check, click “Pay by Check”, enter the check number and click “Submit.”

If you are using a credit card or debit card, click “Pay by Card,” then enter your card number and expiration date, and then click “Pay Now.”

To use a PayPal account, click “Pay by Card,” then click “Check out with PayPal,” fill out the form, then click “Pay Now.” Follow the prompts to generate a receipt that you can print out and submit to your college or news organization.

Questions on rules and eligibility? Contact Michael Chute at mchute@calbaptist.edu or (951) 552-8721. You can also contact me at barbara.kingsley@gmail.com or (562) 985-5779. For questions on the site itself, Contact Better BNC on the contest page. Better BNC has been very responsive.

We are excited to have you joining CCMA! Thank you for participating and good luck to all.

Barbara Kingsley-Wilson
President, California College Media Association
Lecturer/Media Adviser
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
California State University, Long Beach
(562) 985-5779


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Complete List of 2015 CCMA Winners
February 28, 2015

Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s California College Media Association Contest.

The complete list of awards and judges’ comments is available at bit.ly/1AHkzEw

Here’s an award-by-award Storify re-enactment of the ceremony, https://storify.com/MPlenke/2015-ccma-awards-reception

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Entries Open for CCMA Contest
November 13, 2014

It’s here!

Emails have been sent inviting college media editors and advisers to enter the 2015 California College Media Association Excellence in Student Media Contest.

The contest is entirely online this year, so entries must be uploaded through the Better Newspaper Contest website at   http://betternewspapercontest.com/ccma2015

A password, directions for logging in and step-by-step uploading instructions are included in the email notification.

Student finalists will be recognized at the Excellence in Student Media Awards reception at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles on Feb. 28. The reception is part of the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Convention Feb. 26 to March 1.

The deadline for entries and for paying the $150 CCMA annual membership and contest entry fee is Dec. 8.

Contest categories and rules are available on the CCMA website.

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2014 CCMA Contest Info
November 10, 2014

Contest time is almost upon us. Check out the following CCMA website pages for rules and entry information:
• New rules for this year
• The contest moves online

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Summer scholarship winner is Risa Johnson from Chico State
May 23, 2014

Risa Johnson, features editor at The Orion, has been awarded the California College Media Association Career Development Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is designed to give financial assistance to a student who needs support in order to pursue studies or practical experience. Risa will use the money to support her summer internship at Venues Today.  CCMA received only one scholarship application, so only one grant was awarded.

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CCMA 2013-2014 Contest Winners
March 16, 2014

Here’s a PDF of the CCMA Contest Results 2013-14

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CCMA Excellence in College Media Awards Banquet: March 1 in San Diego
February 27, 2014

More than 150 students and advisers have signed up to attend the CCMA awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 in the Kon Tiki Ballroom of the Catamaran Hotel.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at cacollegemedia@gmail.com with any last minute questions.

See you soon!

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CCMA call for entries for 2013 Excellence in Student Media Awards
October 30, 2013

The CCMA is seeking entries for the 2013  California College Media Competition. All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 6, 2013. Follow these instructions to enter the contest:

1. Download the forms and read the rules and details about the competition.

2. Complete the membership form below:

3. Renew your membership with a check payable to CCMA or submit your $125 payment via PayPal below.

4. Compile your entries. Follow the guidelines in the video below:


5. Mail payment (if necessary), entry form(s), adviser signature page, one disk with visual entries and actual entries to:
California College Media Competition
c/o Barbara Kingsley
Dept. of Journalism
1250 Bellflower Blvd. SSPA 024
Long Beach, Calif. 90840-4601

Questions? Contact Barbara Kingsley, bkingsle@csulb.edu, or call 562-985-5779.

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CCMA 2012 Excellence in Student Media Award Winners
April 21, 2013

Congratulations to all the winners at CCMA’s Excellence in Student Media Awards Banquet held Saturday night at San Jose State. More than 150 students and advisers attended the event. Earlier in the day CCMA held a career workshop in which students got to network with professionals from the Bay Area and receive advice on jump starting their careers.

The Daily Californian at UC Berkeley won general excellence in both the print and online categories for daily newspapers. The UC San Diego Guardian took home general excellence in print for weeklies and the El Don at Santa Ana College was the general excellence winner in print for publications that publish less than once a week. In the magazine category, CSU Fullerton’s Tusk Magazine won first place for genreal excellence.

The following are the lists of winners with comments provided by the judges (some judges did not provide comments). If there any any mistakes here or on a certificate/plaque you received, please email: cacollegemedia@gmail.com and we will send you  a correct document. If your school did not attend the event, CCMA will mail your awards in the coming weeks.


CCMA Contest Results 2012-Print


CCMA Contest Results 2012-Online


CCMA Contest Results 2012-Magazine


CCMA Contest Results 2012-Advertising

Special thanks to the judges at news outlets throughout California for their time and effort in reviewing the hundreds of entries from nearly 40 colleges.

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CCMA 2013 Career Workshop & Awards Banquet Schedule of Events and Information
April 16, 2013

April 19-20, 2013 @ San Jose State University

Thank you for registering for our CCMA event. We have a full weekend planned for students, advisers and some families attending to see their students win.

The following are some key details to know in advance and a link to a map of the general area around campus.

>> San Jose State map;  Student Union information, directions and parking information

>> Map of the Student Union

Friday, April 19 — Student mixer at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge and Restaurant

6-8 p.m., 99 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Mingle with your fellow student  journalists before the conference.  Fahrenheit is located in the heart of Downtown San Jose.  There is special happy hour pricing on appetizers and beverages.

Saturday, April 20

8 -9 a.m.: Registration and welcome — Career workshop

All sessions in Loma Prieta Room at the Student Union

9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. : Resume, cover letter and portfolio critiques

Umunhum Room, Student Union

Get your materials reviewed by experienced media professionals.

  • Kim Komenich, assistant photography professor, San Jose State
  • Dave Smith, digital advertising and media expert

For details on the workshop’s presenters, critiquers and recruiters, click here.

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: The real world

Lean what it’s like to work in journalism today from recent grads:

  • Cate Cauguiran, reporter, KPIX 5
  • Julio Lara, sports writer, San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Suzanne Yada, senior web producer, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Donovan Farnham, web producer, San Jose Mercury News

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: Linking up

Social media tips and tricks to help land a job with Luther Jackson, a program manager at NOVA, the non-profit, federally-funded employment and training agency in Sunnyvale that provides customer-focused workforce development services

12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote with Ken Kobre, photojournalist

Boxed lunch provided in Loma Prieta Room, Student Union

Professor Ken Kobré directs the photojournalism sequence at San Francisco State University. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, the San Francisco Examiner and numerous other publications. Kobre also is the producer of the hour-long documentary “Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists.”

1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.: Perfecting the interview

Learn how to present your best self so that you can land the job, led by Jennifer Aquino, CCMA board member, NDNU lecturer, writer and editor.

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Speed meet and greet with recruiters

Heard of speed dating? Well, this is our twist on it. Get a chance to meet with a variety of professionals and hear what they are looking for when hiring new employees and recent college grads.

3:15 p.m: Closing remarks

6 p.m.: CCMA Excellence in Student Media Awards Dinner & Banquet

Loma Prieta Room, Student Union

Join student media throughout the state in celebrating exemplary work at our annual awards ceremony.

Dress: We leave that up to you. In the past some students have dressed up. That said, we recommend casual to semi-formal. This is California, so anything goes!

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