Frequently asked questions

The JEA National Student Media Contests (NSMC) will be opened for registration and online entry uploading approximately eight weeks before each convention and will close about three weeks prior to the convention.

If a student enters an online contest can he/she also enter an on-site contest?

No. As part of the contest learning experience, students in the online contests must attend a critique session at the same time as the on-site contests. He/she can't be two places at the same time.

I have more newspaper students coming to the convention than there are newspaper categories but I want all my students to have the NSMC experience. What should I do?

As long as other staffs from your school won't be filling the slots, your staff members may enter any literary magazine, yearbook, photography, graphic design, law, online news or broadcast category.

What happens if my student doesn't get his/her photo/layout/broadcast uploaded by the deadline?

Unfortunately, the student will be disqualified. He/she may still attend the critique session to see what others have done, but he/she will not be eligible for awards. Before the deadline, if you see the student will not meet the uploading deadline, that student may be switched to an on-site contest if no other student from the school is registered in that category.

I can't get the payment processed before the NSMC deadline. Can I still register my students?

Yes, as long as your students are registered by the NSMC deadline, payment may come later. While it is better for you to mail the check to JEA headquarters, you may bring a check to the convention and pay at the NSMC desk, if necessary. Payment must be received by the day of the contest.

Do I need to have working emails, usernames and passwords for all my registered students?

Yes. This is particularly crucial for students doing online submissions. You might want to write them down as you register them since this is how they will login to get their photography, broadcast, graphic design and layout critiques.

I can log in to but can't seem to get into the NSMC system. What do I do?

You will have the same username as the JEA members area but a different password for the NSMC system. You may set it up as the same as your member password but the membership and NSMC systems will not automatically work on the same username and password.

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