The Arkansas College Media Association (ACMA) was founded in 1929 and annually convenes to recognize the best of the state’s collegiate media output. The name Arkansas College Media Association recognizes that students are involved in not only print journalism, like newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks but also broadcast stations, websites, social media, and podcasts.

This organization conducts the conference which includes special guest speakers from the industry, break-out sessions of specialized content areas provide cutting-edge information for student journalists preparing to enter the media profession and provides a luncheon before the awards are issued.  This event is held on the first Friday of April and participating universities and colleges within the state rotate hosting duties to allow students to visit many areas of the Natural State.

We also provide a separate Listserve for email discussions among the faculty advisers of member organizations and Facebook Groups for members.  You may also follow ACMA on Facebook @ArkCMA.

Membership in ACMA is open to any Arkansas educational institution offering two or more years of academic work accepted for a college degree. 

  • All Arkansas Colleges, universities media outlets are eligible as long as the media was produced by students.
  • Judging for the ACMA contest is done through a third-party service and consists of media professionals, both academic and professional.
  • The ACMA board consists of collegiate media advisers from around the state.

The 2021 conference has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. 

Awards will be announced by Friday, April 9, 2021. 

The host school for the 2022 ACMA conference and awards Luncheon is:

Arkansas State University
Sandra Combs, associate professor, adviser to The Herald
Larz Roberts, instructor, adviser to Red Wolf Radio & ASUTV News
Ronald Sitton, assistant professor
State University, AR 72467
(870) 972-3070

Have questions about ACMA?



Denise Nemec
Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 619-2212

Contest Director

Will Oldham, woldham@uca.edu
Adjunct Instructor in Journalism/Scroll Adviser
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
(501) 682-4159 (office at Arkansas PBS)


Send conference registration and entry fees to

ACMA Competition

Arkansas College Media Association
c/o Mattie Bailey, Treasurer
P.O. Box 7894
Springdale, AR 72766

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