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CSU Student-Run Newspapers and Magazines Win 67 Awards

Christianne Salvador


​Fresno State student journalists at the 2017 Excellence in Student Media Awards. (Photo courtesy of The Collegian)


California State University's student-run newspapers and magazines received 67 awards from the California College Media Association (CCMA) at the 2017 Excellence in Student Media competition. The annual ceremony recognizes outstanding work in journalism and advertising across the state's public and private colleges and universities.

"The CCMA awards is like our version of the Oscars or Grammys," said Diana Giraldo, editor in chief of The Collegian (Fresno State). "We work hard to gain recognition because these awards are well-respected in the industry. More than 90 percent of our writers and editors get hired to work for a paper after graduation because of the work they did on The Collegian and the CCMA awards they received."

Spanning work across categories in magazine, newspaper, advertisement and social media, the CCMA received more than 1,100 entries from students at 37 schools. All entries were judged by professionals from across the country and the winners were announced at a San Francisco ceremony on March 4.

Some of the CSU's biggest wins include The Orion (CSU, Chico) earning first place for Best Newspaper, Humboldt Magazine (Humboldt State) awarded first place for Best Magazine and Mustang News (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) receiving first place for Best Ad Campaign. For a complete list of CCMA winners, visit​