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Arrow takes home six national awards at College Media Association conference

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Madison Stuerman (left), Jelani Days, Karis Gamble, Nicolette Baker, Brooke Holford and Tamara Zellars Buck pose with the six awards the Arrow won at the Fall National College Media Convention in Washington D.C.
Photo submitted by Rachael Long

The Arrow earned six national awards from both the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Association (CMA) at the Fall National College Media Convention held in Washington D.C. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

The Arrow took home a first-place Advertising Pinnacle award from CMA for best social media strategy, for the weekly “What’s Up SEMO” video that airs Wednesdays on Facebook.

A third-place Design Pinnacle was awarded to the Arrow for best newspaper feature page/spread.

To wrap up the awards from CMA, the Arrow received an honorable mention for a Organizational Pinnacle for best four-year less-than-weekly newspaper of the year.

The other three awards came from ACP, and its first award was a fourth-place finish for the Design of the Year Pacemaker for a newspaper front page.

The Arrow received an honorable mention for another Design of the Year Pacemaker, this time for an inside page/spread.

The Arrow finished ninth in the nation for the conference’s overall Best in Show awards for a four-year less than weekly newspaper.

Arrow Faculty Adviser and professor of Mass Media Tamara Zellars Buck attended the conference with five students as well as Content Adviser and Southeast alumna Rachael Long. Buck was installed as the CMA vice president for membership support during the conference and served as a panelist for the “Why can’t we just call it racism?” session and a featured presenter for a session on media microaggressions.

Organizers informed attendees competition was “especially steep” in all categories and competitions this year, and Buck said the recognition among skilled peers meant even more to Arrow staffers.

“The fact that our students were recognized heavily in the design categories as well as in the overall categories this year indicates that we are developing as a student media organization,” Buck said. “It also demonstrates the Arrow’s ability to showcase non-journalism majors who want opportunities to build their portfolios.”