Orange Media Network has received two Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association, making it one of the top student media outlets in the country.
Oregon State University students participating in Prism Art & Literary Journal and KBVR-FM were awarded for Best Magazine Cover and Best Audio Talk/Entertainment Program, respectively. The awards were announced Oct. 23.
Orange Media Network is the student media program at Oregon State. All content is created and decided by students. OMN includes The Daily Barometer newspaper, Prism Art & Literary Journal, DAMchic fashion magazine, Beaver’s Digest magazine, KBVR-FM, and KBVR-TV.
“These awards show the dedication and hard work of our amazing students, who have continued to create powerful content and serve their communities, even from home during a global pandemic,” said Steven Sandberg, OMN assistant director.
Prism won Best Magazine Cover, for the cover featured in Volume 140: Displacement, released in May 2020. The cover art was created by OSU student Shae Nguyen and features a subject wearing a plague mask. The cover was designed and laid out by designer Jae Hyun Kim, Editor Ardea Eichner, and Assistant Editor Lauren Miller. All design work was completed remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don't have the words to express my pride and gratitude that Displacement has won the CMA Pinnacle award for best magazine cover,” Eichner said. “I believe the cover of this magazine represents Prism in a way I am very proud to have helped make happen, and I would like to thank everyone who made the edition possible.”
“The cover of this magazine represents something that, during the time of selection, we had no idea it would represent,” Miller said. “I am grateful to everyone who was a part of making and selecting this year’s cover, and to the wonderful artist who captured the moment.”
KBVR-FM was awarded Best Audio Talk/Entertainment Program for “Through the Multi Lens,” a show created by student Kase Allouzi. The show features topics and interviews around identity, culture and experience. It can be heard daily at 11 a.m. on KBVR 88.7 FM.
“I am super honored and grateful for winning the CMA Pinnacle Award,” Allouzi said. “Shout out to KBVR and the team for all the support and resources.”
OMN was also a finalist in several other categories. Prism was a finalist for Best Four-Year Literary Magazine. DAMchic was a finalist for Best Four-Year Feature Magazine. And KBVR-TV videos “Does it Toot?” and the 2020 ASOSU Debate were finalists for Best Viral Video and Best Video Special Event Coverage, respectively.