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Annual Contest Categories

 What’s new about the 2018 Annual Contest:

  • The Online category is now Digital Media
  • New Video/Broadcast category
  • Press Freedom entries will need a paragraph explaining the relevance to the category
  • New Yearbook endsheet/divider/colophon category

PRESS FREEDOM  

Stories in this category will qualify for the Nick Ferentinos Memorial Student Press Freedom Award. The award will go to the story — from any journalistic story type (feature, editorial, news, etc.) and any student media platform (print, broadcast, digital media) — that best focuses attention on First Amendment issues, embodying or highlighting the actions of a student or students who show determination, despite difficulty or resistance, in lawfully exercising their First Amendment press rights.”

Please include a paragraph describing why your entry fits into this category. If you are uploading a digital link, you can also upload a PDF of the explanation. If you are uploading a PDF file, please include the explanation in that file.

The award criteria are modeled deliberately after the “Courage in Student Journalism Award” offered each year by the Student Press Law Center and the National Scholastic Press Association.  Ferentinos was a lifelong supporter of both organizations.

Students with winning entries will receive a certificate as well as a $250 award.


DIGITAL MEDIA categories

DIGITAL MEDIA audio story

This entry should consist of a student-produced audio story of any type created by digital media staff. Judges will focus on professional production values.

DIGITAL MEDIA breaking news story

This entry should consist of a story published online within 12 hours of a developing news event on or near your campus. Judges will focus on accuracy, fairness, depth, form and clarity, and may give extra consideration to the speed with which a story was reported and posted.

DIGITAL MEDIA breaking news stream

This entry should consist of a series of online stories or story elements that grow out of a single breaking news event or series of related events in your community. The entry may include text, photos, infographics, sidebars, video, maps, staff opinion, microblogging — anything and everything that shows your staff fully engaged in exploring an event and its aftermath. Coverage should be immediate, but may continue online over an extended period after the event.

DIGITAL MEDIA live coverage

This entry should consist of coverage of an event through video, liveblogging or social media in real time. Unlike breaking news, this coverage is usually planned and centers around a big event or game. Judges will consider the depth and diversity of coverage, as well as the adherence to a professional journalistic style.

DIGITAL MEDIA feature package

This entry should consist of a series of stories or story elements that grow out of a single feature idea unlinked to a specific timely event. May include text, photos, infographics, sidebars, video, maps, staff opinion, microblogging — anything and everything that shows your staff fully engaged using all that digital media can offer to flesh out your story.

DIGITAL MEDIA feature video

This entry should consist of a journalistic feature video produced for your high school audience and accessed online. Judges will focus on accuracy, fairness, depth, form and clarity, and may give extra consideration to professional production values.

DIGITAL MEDIA news video

This entry should consist of a journalistic news video produced for your high school audience and accessed online. Judges will focus on accuracy, fairness, depth, form and clarity, and may give extra consideration to professional production values.

DIGITAL MEDIA news website design

Submit the URL of the home page of your digital media publication. Strong websites will adhere to the basic principles of design, will be clearly organized and easy to navigate, and will be customized beyond a template.

DIGITAL MEDIA opinion video

This entry should consist of a journalistic opinion video produced for your high school audience and accessed online. Judges will focus on accuracy, fairness, depth, form and clarity, and may give extra consideration to professional production values.

DIGITAL MEDIA photo slideshow

This entry should consist of a slideshow with photos, which may be accompanied by audio of interviews or relevant sounds. Captions are a bonus, as are professional production values.

DIGITAL MEDIA sports video

This entry should consist of a journalistic sports video produced for your high school audience and accessed online. Judges will focus on accuracy, fairness, depth, form and clarity, and may give extra consideration to professional production values.

DIGITAL MEDIA multi-platform coverage

A single topic, issue or event of significance is covered in a coordinated fashion on AT LEAST three different media platforms (including print newspaper, yearbook, video/broadcast program, social media and website). This category may be entered by a single staff equipped to publish on various platforms or by the staffs of different student media outlets at the same school, who partner to cover this story in depth across their platforms.


NEWSPUB categories

For this category, digital and print media entries are eligible. Please either upload the PDF of the entry or the digital link.

NEWSPUB advertising design

Include the PDF of the entire page on which the advertisement appears, clearly indicating which ad should be judged. Do not submit advertisements provided camera-ready by outside sources. Superior entries will appeal to a teenage audience, providing clear contact information for the business and incorporating photos and/or graphic elements to enhance presentation.

NEWSPUB column writing

Entries in this category should include two columns from the same columnist. Include the PDF of the entire page on which each column appears or the link to the digital story. If multiple columns appear on the PDF, indicate which should be judged. Superior entries in this category will address timely, reader-relevant topics, conveying writer’s personal opinion.

NEWSPUB editorial writing

Include the PDF of the entire page on which the editorial appears or the link to the digital story. Superior entries will be clearly articulated positions, without a byline, written on behalf of the entire staff in regard to a timely, newsworthy topic.

NEWSPUB editorial cartoon

Include the PDF of the entire page on which the editorial cartoon appears or the link to the digital version. Superior entries will demonstrate a high quality illustration or comic strip containing a timely, reader-relevant political or social message.

NEWSPUB feature photo

For photo entries, include the PDF of the entire page or link to the digital story and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged. Superior feature photos will offer interesting angles and composition techniques to tell a visual story.

NEWSPUB general feature story

A feature article is an article that clarifies news issues and provides entertainment and/or insight about events. For each entry, include the PDF of the entire page on which the story appears, clearly indicating which story should be judged, or the link to the digital story. If a story jumps, be sure to include all pages in the PDF. Superior entries will engage readers with a strong lead, clear human interest angle, detailed reporting, colorful description and meaningful quotes from a variety of sources.

NEWSPUB infographic design

Include the PDF of the entire page or link to webpage on which the informational graphic appears. If more than one infographic appears on the page, indicate which is to be judged. Superior entries will add meaningful details to the topic with a nicely packaged graphic that includes a source for information collected and blends with the newspaper’s overall visual style. Infographics can be standalone or part of a story.  

NEWSPUB news photo

For photo entries, include the PDF of the entire page or link to the digital story and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged. Superior news photos will offer interesting angles and composition techniques to capture the atmosphere of a breaking news event.

NEWSPUB news story

A news article is an article that presents new information. The subject/source may either be on-campus or off-campus. If the news source is off-campus, the story must affect members of the school community in their on-campus roles and/or their off-campus roles as citizens. For each entry, include the PDF of the entire page on which the story appears, clearly indicating which story should be judged, or link to the digital story. If a story jumps, be sure to include all pages in the PDF. Superior entries will engage readers with a strong lead, detailed reporting, appropriateness and significance of topic, conciseness, factual support, fairness and use of appropriate sources.

NEWSPUB newsmagazine cover design

Include the PDF of the entire front cover. Superior entries will use strong packaging for visual impact, offering a strong first impression to the issue as a whole.

NEWSPUB spread design (newspaper or newsmagazine)

Include the PDF of the entire spread design. Superior entries will cover a reader-relevant topic worthy of emphasis by using strong packaging for visual impact. The pages should appear as one unified spread in presentation.

NEWSPUB newspaper front page design

Include the PDF of the entire front page. Superior entries will use strong packaging for visual impact, prioritizing news value by story placement and offering a strong first impression to the issue as a whole.

NEWSPUB photo illustration

Entries in this category should be images that have been manipulated, including (but not limited to) techniques with blur, color, background or filter effects, and cutouts. Include the PDF of the spread that includes the photo illustration and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged.

NEWSPUB profile feature story

A profile feature story profiles personality figures of interest to the campus community. For each entry, include the PDF of the entire page on which the story appears, clearly indicating which story should be judged, or the link to the digital story. If a story jumps, be sure to include all pages in the PDF. Superior entries will engage readers with a strong lead, clear focus on the personality being profiled, detailed reporting, colorful description and meaningful quotes from a variety of sources.

NEWSPUB review writing

Include the PDF of the entire page on which the review appears, or the link to the digital story. Reviews may address a concert, restaurant, theatrical performance, album release, book, film, video game, website or other medium. Superior entries will offer teen consumers insight and essential background information through analysis and credible personal opinion.

NEWSPUB sports story

This category is for sports coverage other than a sports feature or sports column. For each entry, include the PDF of the entire page on which the story appears, clearly indicating which story should be judged, or the link to the digital story. If a story jumps, be sure to include all pages in the PDF. Superior entries will engage readers with a strong lead, clear coverage, detailed reporting, colorful description and meaningful quotes from a variety of sources.

NEWSPUB sports photo

For photo entries, include the PDF of the entire page or the link to the digital story and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged. Superior feature photos will offer interesting angles and composition techniques to tell a visual story. Superior sports photos will capture action or reaction in an athletic setting.


VIDEO/BROADCAST CATEGORIES: NEW FOR 2018

VIDEO Commercial

For this entry, commercials should be exactly 30 seconds or 60 seconds, as required by television. Commercials should advertise products, businesses or events that are appropriate to students or their community. Commercials may also promote school clubs, events and money-making projects. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO Human Interest Story

This entry includes stories that can be a personality profile or a profile focused on groups, issues, events or experiences. They may appeal to emotions of the viewer with inspiration, motivation, pathos or humor. They may emphasize a new element or fresh angle. The stories should capture the viewer’s attention and arouse curiosity. These stories may include interviews, sound bites, voice-overs, dramatizations, graphics, b-roll and stand-ups. Lower thirds are important for identification. Sports-related feature stories must be submitted into the Sports Feature Story category. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO News story/package

This entry includes news stories that report on a single event/occurrence. They focus on the 5 Ws and other factual information and give a balanced, unbiased overview. These stories may include interviews, voice-overs, dramatizations, graphics, b-roll and stand-ups. Lower thirds are important for identification. Sports-related news stories must be submitted in Sports News Story. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO On Camera Talent newscast anchor

This category is for compiled airchecks of the work of an individual person. Entries should include at least two examples of the anchor’s best work, but can include several selections from different newscasts. The compilation should focus on the traditional news anchor, not examples from a sports or feature segment within a newscast – those would go in the Studio Talent category instead. Attire and professionalism are factors in this category. Judges will assume that the airchecks included in the submission reflect the entrant’s BEST work; think of this as a demo reel to become a traditional news anchor at a news station. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO On Camera Talent field reporter

This category is for compiled airchecks of the work of a single field reporter. Entries should include at least two examples of the reporter’s best work, but can include several selections from different newscasts and different stories. No studio work should be included; this is a compilation of “field” work only. The entry can include stand-ups, look-lives, field interviews and live spot reports, as well as other field reports. This category does not include live sports announcers, but it can include reporter work from sports news (e.g. game highlights and interviews). Attire and professionalism are factors in this category. Judges will assume that the airchecks included in the submission reflect the entrant’s BEST work; think of this as a demo reel to become a field reporter at a news station. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO On Camera Talent sports announcer

This entry should be a compilation of a talent’s best on-air work as play-by-play, color commentator or sideline reporter. The airchecks should be recorded at a live sports event in real time. The announcer does not have to always appear on-camera, and the entry may be limited to announcer speaking over video of game action. Attire is a factor in the judging. Judges will assume the airchecks represent only your best work; think of this as a demo reel to become a sports play-by-play or color commentator. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO PSA

This entry should be exactly 30 seconds or 60 seconds, as required by television. PSAs should give information about an upcoming event or shed light on an issue or situation which affects teens, the school or the community. It may not sell a product or service. It may not promote a fundraiser unless it is truly to promote a charity. The treatment of the topic must be appropriate for a school or community audience. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO Sports news story/package

This entry is similar to the “News Story/Package” category, but has a strong athletics component. For example, coverage of game(s) or a season summary, or coverage of important news in sports. Good interviews and sound bites are encouraged. The reporter should give the who, what, when, where, why and how. Lower thirds are important for identification. Submit a link to the entry.

VIDEO School Promo

This entry is a promotional video highlighting a school. Think of it as a commercial (rather than a news/feature story) for a school, although the commercial time restraints do not apply. Promos of your school’s video news program must be submitted in the Commercial category. Submit a link to the entry.


YEARBOOK categories

YEARBOOK academic spread

Each traditional yearbook section represents a separate category. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include complete coverage of appropriate section-specific topics with storytelling photos in addition to detailed and well-written copy, all while following solid design principles.

YEARBOOK advertising spread

Advertisement spreads may be submitted. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include consistent typography, effective use of graphics and photos, excellent layout and design quality.

YEARBOOK chronological spread

This category is for publications organized in chronological order rather than traditional sections. Entries may be based on a single day, week, month, season or other time period and may represent blended content from a variety of topics. Included in the PDF all pages that demonstrate a chronological section. Superior entries will utilize solid design principles to present well-written copy and strong storytelling photographs from the specified period of time.

YEARBOOK clubs/organizations spread

Each traditional yearbook section represents a separate category. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include complete coverage of appropriate section-specific topics with storytelling photos in addition to detailed and well-written copy, all while following solid design principles.

YEARBOOK cover design

Include the PDF of the complete cover. Superior entries in this category will show innovative use of photo or graphic techniques to establish a positive first impression and introduce theme/concept.

YEARBOOK endsheet/divider/colophon

For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include verbal and visual content and relevant connection to the theme. Storytelling photos will be supplemented with detailed and journalistic style captions, while the spread follows solid design principles.

YEARBOOK feature story

Include the PDF of entire double-page spread on which the story appears. If multiple stories appear, indicate clearly which is to be judged. Superior entries will engage readers with a strong lead, detailed reporting, colorful description and meaningful quotes.

YEARBOOK feature photo

For photo entries, include the PDF of complete double-page spread, and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged. Superior feature photos will offer interesting angles and composition techniques to tell a visual story.

YEARBOOK headline design

Include the PDF of entire double-page spread on which the headline package appears. Superior entries will include both primary and secondary headline to create a strong verbal/visual entry point to the spread with insightful details about the story.

YEARBOOK index spread

Each traditional yearbook section represents a separate category. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include complete coverage of appropriate section-specific topics with storytelling photos in addition to detailed and well-written copy, all while following solid design principles. Index spreads will display creative use of graphics, typography, photographs and/or sidebars to enhance the index presentation.

YEARBOOK infographic design

Include the PDF of entire double-page spread on which the informational graphic appears. Superior entries will add meaningful details to the topic with a nicely packaged graphic that includes a source for information collected and blends with the spread’s overall visual style.

YEARBOOK mini-mag or specialty/non-traditional spread

This category is for concept magazines, mini-mags or spreads that do not fall within the traditional sections. Include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will demonstrate innovative coverage and well-written copy in an interesting layout.

YEARBOOK people spread

Each traditional yearbook section represents a separate category. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include student, staff or faculty/administration portraits along with additional content which includes storytelling photos and well-written copy, all while following solid design principles.

YEARBOOK photo illustration

Entries in this category should be images that have been manipulated, including (but not limited to) techniques with blur, color, background or filter effects, cutouts and poster edges. Include the PDF of complete double-page spread, and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged.

YEARBOOK sports spread

Each traditional yearbook section represents a separate category. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include complete coverage of appropriate section-specific topics with storytelling photos in addition to detailed and well-written copy, all while following solid design principles.

YEARBOOK sports photo

For photo entries, include the PDF of complete double-page spread, and indicate clearly which photo is to be judged. Superior sports photos will capture action or reaction in an athletic setting.

YEARBOOK student life spread

Each traditional yearbook section represents a separate category. For each entry, include the PDF of complete double-page spread. Superior entries in this category will include complete coverage of appropriate section-specific topics with storytelling photos in addition to detailed and well written copy, all while following solid design principles.

YEARBOOK theme/concept development package

The following items must be included to represent a complete package in the PDF form: cover, endsheet (if printed), title page, opening spread, closing spread and one divider spread. You may choose to include one additional example demonstrating theme development elsewhere in the book (optional) and a one page PDF explaining the development of the theme (optional). Superior entries in this category will show contemporary idea fitting to school population for current year and development with visual unifiers and/or wordplay or verbal spinoffs.

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