College media Business & Advertising Managers


Our Mission

CMBAM is committed to providing learning and career opportunities through member engagement and communications. It also fosters leadership development and education that teaches industry best practices and will continue to be an advocate for its members.



College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers began in 1972 with a small group of schools meeting in Chicago each spring to share their knowledge of the college newspaper business. Since its inception, the CNBAM annual convention has welcomed and aimed to assist both students and advisers involved in the business and advertising operations of student newspapers. After eight years in Chicago, with membership growing, in 1980 the annual conference was held in New Orleans. From then on, the convention has moved around the country; from San Diego to Boston, Seattle to Miami, San Antonio to Minneapolis, and almost everywhere in between, the growing convention has moved around the country to accommodate and attract new newspapers.

In 1982, CNBAM incorporated in Texas and membership had continued to rise steadily since then. Today, CNBAM has over 125 member schools nationwide.

The annual convention features dozens of sessions led by national industry experts, newspaper and advertising industry professionals in the host city, and students and advisers from CNBAM member newspapers. For communication, information-sharing and idea exploration throughout the year, CNBAM publishes a newsletter, hosts this website, and maintains an active email discussion list. CNBAM runs the premier national awards competition for excellence in business and advertising operations; the prestigious awards presentation is the culmination of each year’s conference.

The organization is run by an all-volunteer Board of students and advisers from member newspapers who serve staggered terms. People from more than 75 college papers have served on the CNBAM Board through the organization’s history. Elections for vacant positions are held at the annual convention each year.

The 48th annual, 2020 convention was in San Francisco, CA.