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Nubian Message, WKNC Finalists for National College Journalism Awards

Two of NC State's student-run media outlets are in the spotlight by the College Media Association.

The NC State Nubian Message staff gathers to celebrate the publication's 30th anniversary.
The NC State Nubian Message staff gathers to celebrate the publication's 30th anniversary.

Nubian Message and WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1/HD-2 are up for major national collegiate journalism awards. 

The College Media Association announced Aug. 24 that NC State’s Black student newspaper is a finalist for a Pinnacle Award for periodic newspaper of the year, and the student-run station is a finalist for radio station of the year.

The Pinnacle Awards recognizes excellence in college journalism, both on the individual and organizational level. Both Nubian Message and WKNC are finalists in the 10,000+ enrollment categories.

The nomination for Nubian Message comes as the publication celebrates its 30th year in print. 

Other finalists for periodic newspaper of the year include newspapers at Appalachian State University, Baylor University, Cal State Long Beach, Central Michigan University, and Texas Tech. 

This is WKNC’s seventh year as a finalist for the award. 

Other finalists for radio station of the year include stations at Michigan State University, Oregon State University, and Rowan University.

The winners will be announced at College Media Association’s fall national conference in Atlanta, Ga. on Oct. 31. 

Nubian Message’s mission is to be a voice for the Black community and underrepresented students at NC State, through news, commentary, and an emphasis on intersectional ideals. The newspaper publishes every other Thursday during the school year.

Read the latest news at and read the 30th anniversary edition. 

As a student-run, non-commercial radio station, WKNC is locally and nationally recognized for its unique programming, emphasizing indie rock, electronic, underground hip-hop and metal. 

Listen to WKNC HD-1 and HD-2 online and on the Live365 app.