College media Business & Advertising Managers





Entry Deadline: (Uploaded by) Monday, January 13, 2020 by 7 p.m. Central Time

Please read all the information regarding this competition. The VP/Awards will review all entries received and will attempt to correct any minor errors if possible.



All entries will be judged prior to the start of the convention by qualified media and advertising professionals. No member of the CMBAM board or any CMBAM member school will assist in judging.



For all categories, at least three winners will be awarded. There will be a first, second and third place winner for each category. Judges may decide to award honorable mentions.

Points are awarded to a school in each category following this scale:

  • Honorable Mention: 1 point
  • 3rd place: 3 points
  • 2nd place: 5 points
  • 1st place: 10 points


The school with the most divisional points will get an award for the following:

  • Best College Media Design Program
  • Best College Media Sales Program
  • Best College Media PR/Marketing Program
  • Best College Multimedia Program

Divisional winners are awarded bonus points toward the “College Media Company of the Year” category.

Bonus points are awarded to a school in each division following this scale:

3rd place: 3 bonus point

2nd place: 5 bonus points
Division Winner: 10 bonus points



Ties will be decided by the most first-place awards followed by total awards in the category.



Entries improperly or incompletely prepared or uploaded will be reviewed for errors. The Member Recognition and Awards Director will attempt to correct any minor errors, but rules will be strictly enforced, without exception. Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification from the category for which it was submitted.

Please refer to the individual category descriptions and rules for detailed explanations of requirements.



Categories, rules, judging criteria and entry instructions for each category are outlined in this document. If after reading the entry instructions, you still have questions about the contest or your entries, please contact CMBAM Member Recognition and Awards Director, Heather Howard, by email at [email protected].



All entries must have been published or used by the member media company between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019.

All entries must have been originally developed by a current CMBAM member with contest and membership dues paid before Oct. 31, 2019. All entries must be wholly designed and produced by student staff members of the publication.

For personnel awards, nominees must have been full-time students during the time represented in their entries. Accomplishments cited in the nomination materials must emphasize the impact of the person’s work at the CMBAM member media company on or between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019. Nominees must have worked at the member media company for at least three months during that time.



Each category will list the number of submissions possible directly after the title of the category. If there are more submissions than the category allows, the first entries in those categories will be the submissions judged. All subsequent submissions will be discarded.


Please direct all questions regarding the contest website to Heather Howard, VP awards, at [email protected].


To submit your 2020 CMBAM award entries, you will need to log into your account on the ACP/CMBAM member portal. Once you’ve logged in, click on the “Contests” tab in the menu bar (fourth from the left) at the top of the page.

There are five potential categories CMBAM members can enter.

You may enter each individual category at different times, if needed.  However, you will need to have ALL of your entries ready for each individual category before submitting them collectively.