UCA student media outlets take home multiple awards in ACMA contest

UCA’s The Scroll yearbook staff pose with stacks of award certificates after the Arkansas College Media Association’s 90th annual convention and awards ceremony April 5, 2019. Although this year's award ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic, ACMA announced its contest results virtually.

Each year, the student media outlets at UCA enter pieces into Arkansas College Media Association’s College Media Awards contest. Though the original 2020 conference and awards luncheon scheduled to be held at Arkansas State University on April 3 was canceled due to the coronavirus, the results were available online April 4 with UCA’s student broadcast outlet News6 winning in 5 categories, UCA’s yearbook The Scroll winning in 4 categories, UCA’s student newspaper The Echo winning in 5 categories, and UCA’s fine art and literarature magazine The Vortex winning in 7 categories.

News6 took home first place for Television Outlet of the Year. The media outlet also won first place in Weather, Feature, News Reporting, Sports Feature, as well as placing in Sports Reporting and the online category for Breaking News.

The Scroll won third place for Yearbook of the Year. The publication took home first place in the categories of Feature Photo, Academics Photo, Student Life Photo, and Academic Layout, while also placing in the categories of Cover, Portrait Layout, Typographic Presentation, Art/Illustration, Sports Layout, Introduction Theme Page/Opening, Feature Layout, Special Features Writing, Writing-Organization/Greek, Academics Writing, and Student Life Layout.

The Echo received third place for Newspaper of the Year. The newspaper won in the categories of Personality Profile, Editorial Writing, Newswriting, Sports Feature, and the online category for Breaking News, as well as placing in Sports Column and Editorial Cartoon. 

The Vortex won in the categories of Cover Design, Art/Illustration, Contents Page Design, Fiction Writing, Scriptwriting, Nonfiction Writing, and placed in Audio Podcast.

Founded in 1929, The Arkansas College Media Association (ACMA) convenes annually to recognize the state’s most excellent collegiate media output. The event, which consists of a conference including special guest speakers from the industry, break-out sessions of specialized content areas and a luncheon is usually held on the first Friday of April and participating universities and colleges within the state rotate hosting duties to allow students to visit different areas of Arkansas.

More information about ACMA can be located on Facebook @ArkCMA.

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