Austin, Texas, a city known for keeping it hip, welcomed the nation’s leading college media outlets to the annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in November. University of Miami’s yearbook, Ibis, magazine, Distraction, and newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, received awards at this year’s convention.

The 2014 Ibis yearbook won a Pinnacle College Media Award for College Yearbook of the Year for 2015 from the College Media Association (CMA) and their ninth Pacemaker from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP).

“UM is very lucky to have a dedicated Ibis yearbook staff that wants to do the best for UM,” said the School of Communication’s Randy Stano, Ibis editorial adviser. “The Ibis has grown into one of the premier collegiate yearbooks in the country and is used often in college and professional media design/content sessions as examples of what you should be creating in a yearbook.”

CMA’s Pinnacle Awards recognize the best college media and individual work produced in an academic year through a highly competitive juried process. ACP’s Pacemakers are awarded to the nation’s top college publications and are regarded as the most elite recognition in college media.

“This is the second year for the Pinnacle Awards and it is great that the Ibis was named College Yearbook of the Year by CMA,” Stano said. “I am thrilled that we have a hard working staff whose primary goal is to record the history of the University of Miami, students, faculty, and administration, and the activities related to UM each year.”

Ibis staffers also received individual first place Pinnacle Awards in the categories of Best Yearbook Cover, Best Editorial Illustration, and Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread. The Ibis received individual second place Pinnacle Awards for Best Yearbook Entertainment Page/Spread and third for Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread in the CMA competition. In the ACP individual awards competition, the Ibis placed second in informational graphics.

“This is an accomplishment for the staff and wonderful recognition for the Ibis yearbook. I am also proud of the ninth Pacemaker Award from ACP,” said Stano.

The Miami Hurricane earned a third place Pinnacle Award for Newspaper of the Year, an individual second place Pinnacle for Best Newspaper Front Page, and a third place individual Pinnacle for Best Special Section. 

In the Best of Show competition, the October 2015 issue of Distraction magazine placed second among feature magazines and the 2015 Ibis yearbook finished fifth. The online edition of The Miami Hurricane,, finished ninth.

Distraction magazine placed second in page design, second in illustration, fourth in advertising campaigns, and earned honorable mentions for informational graphics, and display ads, and won an honorable mention for photo slideshow from ACP.