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Mustang Media Group Wins 28 National Awards

Cal Poly's Mustang Media Group won the awards at the virtual ceremony.

Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group took home 28 national awards at the 2021 virtual ceremonies of the Associated College Press (ACP) and the College Media Association (CMA).

Of the 28 total awards, 16 were individual, including advertising, video, digital, print and broadcast journalism. The organization received three first-place awards, four second-place, two third-place, five fourth-place, one sixth-place, one 10th-place, and three honorable mentions from ACP.  Among these awards, eight of the 16 were in the Best of Show Category.

Mustang Media Group also received one of the most prestigious awards of the ACP competition: the Online Pacemaker Award. Judged by coverage and content, Mustang Media Group is honored to have won an Online Pacemaker Award and to be recognized alongside some of the most talented journalism programs in the nation.

Meanwhile, Mustang Media Group took home eight total awards from CMA, including four first-place, two third-place, and two honorable mentions.

Omar Rashad, senior data and investigations editor at Mustang News, took fourth place for ACP’s Reporter of The Year. “I take journalism really seriously, and I’m humbled and honored to be recognized at the national level alongside other student journalists I deeply admire,” Rashad said.