Nominations open for CCMA board of directors

ballot box graphicElections for positions on the 12-member California College Media Association board will take place online May 12-14. This is the group that plans and presents the annual CCMA better college newspaper contest and banquet and provides information and support for California college media advisers and student journalists. We pretty much share the work of running the organization and meet by phone roughly once a month during the academic year. Board terms are one year, and members can seek re-election.
If you are interested in adding your talent and ideas to the group as a board member or officer, please reply to this email with your:
School or media company affiliation
A two- or three-sentence bio
Please also indicate your interest in one of the following roles:
At-large board member, President, VP for Membership, VP Training and Conference, VP for Contests, Treasurer, Secretary, Student Representative (northern California), Student Representative (southern California), professional media representative.
Nominations will close May 10 at midnight. We will post information about nominees on the CCMA website ( the next day and provide a link to the page and the online ballot. Each California college or university is entitled to one vote in the election.
If you have questions about nominations or the election process, please email us at

2017 CCMA Award Winners

Students from Fresno State took home more than a dozen awards at this year’s CCMA awards ceremony in San Francisco.

More than 200 California college journalists, their families and advisers packed the Waterfront room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday night to celebrate CCMA’s 2017 contest winners.

In all, students from 37 association schools submitted 1,138 entries in the contest, which covered journalism and advertising produced in 2016. Professionals from across the country volunteered as judges.

The complete list of winners, complete with judges comments, is available here.

Tonight’s the Night!

tonightThe CCMA awards banquet starts at 6 p.m. tonight (March 4) in the Waterfront CDE room at the Hyatt in San Francisco. We’re starting earlier than usual because we have lots more award winners this year. (Early-bird tickets might have inadvertently had a later start time.)

If you have already paid, come with your printed or digital version of the tickets and you will be able to be scanned in quickly.  The box office will be set up at a table for anyone who needs to pay for their tickets or buy more. They’re $80 at the door — cash or check accepted.

See you tonight!

Reserve your place at the 2017 CCMA awards ceremony

Join CCMA for our annual awards banquet dinner honoring California’s best in college media at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. We are teaming up with the Associated Collegiate Press at its 33rd National College Journalism Convention, March 2-5.

Banquet ticket prices:
  $65 before March 1. The price at the door will be $80. Tickets are non-refundable.

DEADLINE to pre-register for CCMA banquet: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

sf-logoFor a full schedule, travel and hotel details, and to sign up to attend the ACP conference, visit the ACP convention site at

To sign up for Saturday night’s CCMA awards banquet, please click this “Buy Tickets” link.

Buy Tickets

To pay by check, click the link above to make a reservation and bring your check to the banquet March 4.

NOTE: This registration only covers the CCMA banquet.

Questions? Problems? Email us at

2017 CCMA Contest Rules Available

Rules for this year’s California College Media Association contest are now posted on the CCMA website. Find them here.

Significant rule changes from last year’s contest include:
• New divisions. Contestants will now compete in three groups: four-year schools with enrollments of 10,000 or more, four-year schools with enrollments under 10,000 and community colleges.
• Schools may submit two entries per contest category; only one of those entries can place in the category.
• Newspaper and online categories have been combined.

The deadline for the 2017 contest submissions is 9 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2017. The submission portal will open Dec. 7.

Directions for submitting entries is available here.

2017 CCMA Contest Under Construction

Our apologies for the delay in getting the 2017 California College Media Association Contest ready for entries. We’re hoping to have entry information, contest rules and a link to the entry port in the next day or so.

In the meantime, please enter or update your school’s contact information so we can be sure you receive contest information.