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The Daily Forty-Niner staff and advisers celebrate their 22 awards last weekend in the Hyatt Regency hotel lobby in San Francisco.

Cal State Long Beach's Daily Forty-Niner and DIG MAG collected 22 awards, including four first-place honors, at the ACP/CMBAM College Journalism Convention and California College Media Awards banquet last Saturday, Feb. 29, in San Francisco.

The newspaper also took home the top People’s Choice Best of Show awards in both the newspaper and overall categories at the conference.

The People’s Choice awards were decided by more than 600 student journalists from 103 schools who attended the three-day event. The Forty-Niner also won first in the multimedia Best of Show category for its Out of the Closet coming-out stories.

“I’m really proud of our staff,” Forty-Niner editor-in-chief Austin Brumblay said. “It was a rewarding experience to show what this team can do in such a short amount of time. They are the hardest working group I have ever been around. Well deserved.”

At the CCMA awards, the Daily Forty-Niner took first place for Best Interactive Graphic for Richard Grant’s stop-by-stop photo story map on the re-opened Long Beach A Line. The staff also won for Best Special Section/Issue for the OUTober issue. Rachel Barnes and Perry Continente’s coverage of the October 2019 shelter-in-place incident won first for Best News Series.

The newspaper and magazine also placed in numerous other categories, including Best Multimedia Package, Best Podcast, Best Sports Story, Best News Photo and Best Feature Photo.

Diana Martinez, Niyah Maldonado of DIG MAG won the top prize for Best Magazine Cover. The magazine also placed for Best Magazine Photo, Best Digital Magazine and Best Print Magazine.

“Winning these awards only reinforces what I have known for a long time — and that is the quality of our publications are as good, if not better, than the nation’s top journalism schools,” said Gary Metzker, design adviser for the Daily Forty-Niner and Dig MAG. Metzker is also a contributor to the Grunion Gazette.

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