OU Daily Website and Crimson Quarterly Magazine Win CMA Pinnacle Awards as Best College Media | Our student media


The OU Daily website and its Crimson Quarterly magazine were named the best in their respective college media categories on Thursday at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards presented in Washington, D.C.

The Daily finished second in the category of college media of the year.

In the four-year website category, second place went to KentWired of Kent State, third place to The Daily Texan, and honorable mentions to College Heights Herald of Western Kentucky and Daily Gamecock of South Carolina. . The category recognizes excellence in global coverage, content and content delivery, design, reporting, writing and editing, multimedia, special projects, cross-platform integration, service to the campus and interactivity.

In the four-year magazine category, second place went to Ball State’s Ball Bearings magazine, third place to North Florida’s Spinnaker, and honorable mentions to Alabama’s Nineteen Fifty-Six and Drake’s Political Review. The category recognizes excellence in coverage and content; design, graphics and illustrations; photography; and reporting, writing and editing.

In the college media category, first place went to Indiana’s Daily Student, third place to Penn State’s Daily Collegian, and honorable mentions to Alabama’s Crimson White and Calvin University’s Chimes. The category recognizes outlets that provide exceptional information to the public through multiple channels: the written word, spoken word, photography and video. Judges consider both print and web design, use of web technology and even apps, integration of social media into news coverage, and quality and daily amount of coverage. Judges evaluated entries based on quality of reporting, distribution (multiple mediums/platforms), frequency of updates, and reach/interaction.

All works judged lasted from June 2021 to June 2022, covering the terms of Daily editors Jillian Taylor (summer 2021), Blake Douglas (fall 2021-spring 2022) and Jazz Wolfe (summer 2022).

The win marks Crimson Quarterly’s first overall ranking in the magazine category. Founded in 2015, CQ became the long-running journalism successor to the Sooner yearbook, which ceased operations in 2019 after publishing its 110th edition. The Daily website also finished first in 2019 and second in 2018. The Daily, as a media, has been named among the top five media in the country for the past six years, finishing first in 2019 and second in 2017, 2018, 2020 and this year.


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