Become a Member

California colleges and universities that support student newspapers, yearbooks, radio, television, magazines and online publications are welcome to join California College Media Association. To join, enter the current year’s CCMA contest. The entry fee is also your CCMA membership fee.

Here’s this year’s contest link:


Questions on rules and eligibility? Contact Michael Chute at or (951) 552-8721. You can also contact CCMA President Barb Kinsgley-Wilson at or (562) 985-5779. For questions on the site itself, Contact Better BNC on the contest page. Better BNC has been very responsive.

Also, contestants will note they are listed by school, not newspaper. All contestants are entered in the system like that. If more than one newspaper is entering for your school, let us know and we’ll make a change. If your school does not appear, contact us in the info provided below.

Membership benefits include:


Membership is equivalent to entering the annual California College Media Competition.

Each year, CCMA honors the work of students at four-year university and community college publications. This competition allows you to get your campus’ talented, dedicated newspaper, magazine and online publication staff members recognized. There are three divisions: published daily, weekly and less than weekly, and more than 20 categories.

Training opportunities

As a member, you’re invited to attend regional training workshops at a discount.

Past sessions have included editing and advertising boot camps. These are held at the start of the academic year and are a great way to prepare editorial and business staff for the work ahead.

Legislative representation

CCMA represents student media interests in Sacramento and follows legislation that impacts student media.

For example, California signed free-press bill AB 2581 into law making it the first state to specifically prohibit censorship of college newspapers.

CCMA was involved with educational outreach and lobbying efforts on behalf of this legislation.

Critique Trade

Advisers and student editors can have their newspapers critiqued by professional journalists and advisers from other schools who are also CCMA members.


CCMA works with representatives in high school, community college, university and professional communities to ensure that California’s journalism education needs are being met.

As a member of CCMA, you are supporting students and advisers statewide and will receive that same support in return.

Networking opportunities

You’ll get numerous opportunities to meet and learn from peers working at other California college newspapers and student media outlets. CCMA’s member schools are small, large, public and private.


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