Record turnout for CCMA’s awards banquet

This year’s California College Media Association Awards Banquet featured dozens of winners from across the state and a record turn out. The event, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California, honored the best in the state’s student media and also recognized CNPA Legal Counsel JimEwert as a champion of First Amendment rights and CAL-JEC’s Educator of the Year Melissa Lalum, of California State University Northridge.

For a complete list of the 2010 winners, click here. To see past year’s winners, click here.

Check back in the fall for information about next year’s competition and banquet.

Each year the California College Media Association holds a competition to honor excellence in student media at junior college and university publications throughout the state. The competition typically draws hundreds of entries from both large and small schools. The contest is free for member publications.


Excellence in Student Media Banquet set for March 5

Mark your calendar for the California College Media Association’s annual Excellence in Student Media banquet on March 5 to honor the winners of this year’s competition.

Last year’s event drew more than 150 participants from both junior college and university publications. It’s a great chance to meet some of your peers, see what they’ve created and find out who’s the best in the state.

This year’s event will be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in conjunction with the Associated Collegiate Press’s National College Journalism Convention March 3-6.

If you are attending the ACP conference, you can register for the banquet through ACP either online or through their conference brochure. If you are not attending ACP but plan to come to the banquet, fill out this registration form and e-mail it to We’ll be notifying schools of which categories they placed in early February. Final awards will be given out at the banquet.


Jennifer Aquino

President, California College Media Association.



WHEN: Saturday, March 5 @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Twist restaurant in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood and Highland

WHO: All junior and university publications in California

COST: $50

REGISTRATION: If you are attending the ACP conference, you can register for the banquet through the ACP either online or through their conference brochure. If you are not attending ACP but plan to come to the banquet, fill out the attached document and e-mail it

Here’s a list of past winners.


Join CCMA’s Annual Cutting-Edge Fall Training

The 2010 workshop, Editorial and Advertising Training Day, will take place at San Jose State University Sept. 10 and 11. California College Media Association supports journalism programs and collaborates with journalism educators by conducting editorial and advertising boot camps helping widen students’ knowledge and understanding of both the newsroom and advertising. These annual training workshops are open to both university and junior college students.

This year’s popular training offers unique opportunities for your staff:

•       A Friday hands-on video production course that will feature a competition and newsroom awards.
•       A panel discussion with Silicon Valley companies on job-hunting strategies.
•       Interactive sessions on the basics, from interviewing to graphic design.
•       Peer sharing sessions.
•       Professional ad sales training and tactics.

How to Register

Registration is available for university and junior college students. The early registration window is May 11-Aug. 9.

Click here to fill out the registration form.

Fee for CCMA members is $50 for early registration for 1 day and $75 for early registration for 2 days.

Fee for non-members is $60 for early registration for 1 day and $85 for early registration for 2 days.

Click Membership Form to learn how to become a CCMA member.

You may e-mail the registration form to OR fax to 310-206-0906 OR mail to the below address. Send checks made out to CCMA to:

Amy Emmert

UCLA Student Media

118 Kerckhoff Hall

308 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90024


Become a CCMA Student Board Member

The board governing the California College Media Association reserves three spaces for students to ensure the student perspective is represented in CCMA decisions. The student board members serve as liaisons between the board and the students it serves. As such, student board members are expected to be in tune with the needs and wishes of the schools they represent and relay those desires to the board. Beyond providing a voice for the students, the chief responsibility of student board members is to promote the CCMA and advance its goal of aiding responsible and professional journalism at collegiate journalistic institutions.


CCMA student board members are expected to fulfill numerous duties, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending and actively participating in all CCMA board conferences and teleconferences
  • Helping organize, schedule and book CCMA conventions and boot camps
  • Promoting attendance at CCMA conventions and boot camps at one’s respective school and at surrounding universities and colleges
  • Improving intercollegiate communication in regard to issues affecting college newspapers, magazines and websites so that students can exchange and advance ideas on how to best achieve professional-style collegiate journalism
  • Evaluating guidelines for CCMA’s annual contest and providing suggestions on how the contest can best recognize great student journalism


CCMA student board members represent the student journalists at California’s four-year and two-year institutions of higher learning and must be able to fulfill the following obligations to ensure the students are well-served. Student board memberships are for one-year terms, and student board members must serve for one year, beginning at the time of election. Throughout one’s membership, a student board member must maintain membership within his/her respective collegiate journalistic institution. If the student quits the staff or is removed for any reason, he/she may be removed as a CCMA student board member.

To apply, click here.


CCMA Honors Leland Yee

The California College Media Association honored  Sen. Leland Yee Saturday, April 17 at its annual awards banquet for his years of service toward maintaining a free student press.

Yee has sponsored and passed two remarkable bills in his eight years as an assemblyman and senator. Both laws protect student media at high schools, and public and private universities, elevating this state’s free speech protections to some of the toughest in the nation.

Yee was most recently selected to oversee the state’s public records and open-meeting laws. After serving four years in the Assembly, Yee was elected to the Senate in November 2006. This award, named after Yee, will be given out annually to an educator, student, politician or citizen who fights on behalf of student media.


CNPA offering equipment grants to college campuses

Just over one month remains until application deadlines for the CNPA Foundation’s equipment grants and high school adviser grants. Only CNPA’s campus members may apply for equipment grants, while adviser grants are open to any California high school newspaper adviser. Could a newer high school adviser in your area use a $200 training stipend? The Foundation can help. Details Questions? Contact Joe Wirt at CNPA, (916) 288-6021.

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