Student Media Publications Win Prestigious Awards

The Department of Student Mediaphoto of four students posing with an award in front of a sign that reads the washington post at The University of Alabama provides experiential learning for student journalists as they practice their communication skills and produce quality content, learning to lead the next generation of media professionals. Student Media supports six student-run media enterprises, along with a sales and marketing team.

This year, The Crimson White (The CW), Nineteen Fifty-Six and Alice were each nominated for Associate Collegiate Press (ACP) Individual Pacemaker Awards; additionally, students of The CW and Nineteen Fifty-Six were also nominated for College Media Association (CMA) Pinnacle Awards. These awards represent some of the highest honors available in the world of college media, and the Division of Student Life is incredibly proud of these students and their accomplishments. The winners for these awards were announced at MediaFest 22, the fall National College Media Convention.

The Crimson White is the University’s student-run newspaper that has been running since it began in 1894. Alice is a student-run women’s magazine that began in 2015. Nineteen Fifty-Six is a Black student-led magazine. The full list of awards is as follows:

The Crimson White

  • CMA Pinnacle Awards
    • Honorable Mention – Four-Year Best College Media Outlet of the Year
    • Second Place – Four-Year Less-Than-Weekly Newspaper of the Year
    • Second Place – Best Editorial (CW Editorial Board)
    • Second Place – Best Portrait (David Gray)
  • ACP Pacemakers
    • Honorable Mention – 2022 Story of the Year, Editorial, CW Editorial Board
    • Fourth Place – 2022 Story of the Year, Sports Game Story (Ashlee Woods)
    • Honorable Mention – 2022 Photo of the Year, Environmental Portrait (David Gray)
    • Honorable Mention – 2022 Photo of the Year, Sports Feature Photo (David Gray)

Nineteen Fifty-Six

  • CMA Pinnacle Awards
    • Honorable Mention – Four-Year Feature Magazine of the Year
  • ACP Pacemakers
    • Honorable Mention – 2022 Design of the Year, Magazine Cover (Ashton Jah, Tyler Hogan and Tionna Taite)
    • 2022 Magazine Pacemaker Finalist Award in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement in a national competition for collegiate media


  • ACP Pacemakers
    • Honorable Mention – 2022 Story of the Year, Feature Story (Ta’Kyla Bates and Jeffrey Kelly)

In addition to these outstanding achievements, both The Crimson White and the retired UA yearbook, The Corolla, were inducted into the ACP Pacemaker 100 – the 100 college publications with the most Pacemaker award winners and finalists since the ACP’s founding in 1922.

The Crimson White’s news editor and UA student Ainsley Platt represented the paper at MediaFest 22. She expressed gratitude for the opportunity and the knowledge to better serve their readership.

            “I absolutely loved getting to represent The CW and UA at MediaFest this year. I learned so much from the fantastic panelists, and I’ve come away from the experience with more ideas on how we can better serve our audience and create high-quality content that furthers The CW’s reputation as a preeminent student publication.”

Student Life and Student Media are incredibly proud of each of these students, their accomplishments and the hard work they contribute to make these publications worthy of these prestigious awards.