Junior High/Middle School National Media Contest

General Procedures / Rules

CONTEST ENTRY FORM

CONTEST DATES

  • Spring 2020 entry window is March 25 to April 22, 2020.
  • All entries must be uploaded no later than 7 p.m. EASTERN TIME, April 22, 2020. Registrations and uploads may be done at any time between March 25 and the deadline.
  • NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • Awards will be mailed to schools in May and after the school's entry fees have been paid.

CONTEST COST

  • Each entry is $8.
  • Advisers will be invoiced for the entirety of their submissions after the contest deadline.

CONTEST ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • The adviser to entrants must be a current JEA member.
  • All entries must be from students in grades 6-8 ONLY.
  • Content must have been published in a school publication during the 2019-2020 academic year or must be set to be published in the yearbook that covers the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • If more than five students worked on a particular entry, it should be submitted under the name of the publication staff.
  • Due to federal internet regulations, ONLY advisers may upload the material on behalf of their students.
  • See each category for specific instructions. It is no longer four entries per category.
  • NEW FOR 2020: Please see the individual category for the limit on the file sizes and the number of entries per that category.

AWARDS

  • The ratings are Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention. Winners will receive certificates.
  • Superior ratings, which also are awarded with a medal, may be given to no more than 10 percent of the entries in any contest. Judges may give as many ratings in Excellent and Honorable Mention as appropriate.

Contest Categories

Photography & Caption Writing

For each entry, submit a photo with a complete, published caption as a JPG with an image size of no more than 2 MB (Example: 1000 pixels width x 665 pixels height x 300 pixels/inch resolution = 1.995 MB). If using Photoshop, these measurements can be adjusted under Image > Image Size. Instructions on photo preparation may be found at http://jea.org/wp/home/awards-honors/write-off-contests/write-contests-instructions-online-submission-photos/. Photographs submitted without corresponding captions will be disqualified from award contention.

  • P1 -  News/Academic Photo and Caption (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): The picture captures a person or event at a decisive moment, is dramatic and makes readers think; technical quality — contrast, focus, effective cropping are important too. Caption should explain the photo, identify all the important people and be written in proper journalistic style.
  • P2 - Sports Action or Reaction Photo and Caption (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Like a news photo, the picture should capture a decisive moment, show action, tension or emotion; technical quality is important too. Caption should identify players, jersey numbers and what is happening in the photo.
  • P3 - Student Life Photo and Caption (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Superior student life photos will offer interesting angles and composition techniques to tell a visual story. Focus, effective cropping and technical quality are important too. Caption should explain the photo, identify important people and be written in proper journalistic style.
  • P4 - Feature/Environmental Portrait Photo and Caption(LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES  PER SCHOOL): This is a human interest or humorous photo with emotional impact. It uses elements of good composition, is artistic and has high technical quality. Captions support the photo by providing extra information that you cannot tell by looking at the photo. Writing supports good journalistic style. Please note: This contest is not designed to honor great photos of the mountains, nature, etc.

Yearbook

Entries will be submitted as PDF files no larger than 20 MB. Items must be submitted as one PDF file in spreads where appropriate. Entries that are double-page spreads should be saved as such (not as two separate pages). For instructions, please visit http://jea.org/wp/home/awards-honors/write-off-contests/preparing-layout-entries/.

  • Y1 - Theme Package (LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER SCHOOL): Include 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 document explaining the development of the theme (optional). Superior entries in this category will show a contemporary idea fitting to the school population for the current year and development with visual unifiers and/or wordplay or verbal spinoffs.

YEARBOOK DESIGN CATEGORIES: For each entry, include a complete double-page spread as one PDF file. Entries with two separate pages will be disqualified from awards contention. Superior entries in this category will include complete coverage of appropriate section-specific topics with storytelling photos in addition to supporting coverage all while following solid design principles.

  • Y2A - Traditional Spread Design (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Student Life spread (event or lifestyle), Academics, Clubs/Organizations spread, or Sports spread  – verbal and visual presentation – judges consider the entire spread holistically.
  • Y2B - People Spread Design (LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER SCHOOL): Verbal and visual presentation – must include portraits somewhere on the spread.
  • Y2C - Chronological Spread Design (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Verbal and visual presentation that includes a chronological combination of coverage in more than one area over a specified time period.
  • Y2D - Umbrella/Blended Coverage Spread (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Verbal and visual presentation that includes umbrella combination of coverage in multiple areas unified by a concept. This should blend several traditional areas of coverage like academics, clubs, student life, sports etc.
  • Y2E - Design Portfolio (LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER SCHOOL): Select four to six spreads and place into ONE combined PDF of ONE student’s work that reflects his or her ability to create visual impact within a story package and a sense of purpose for the best design to display coverage.

YEARBOOK WRITING CATEGORIES: Submit the PDF of the actual spread on which the copy appears. If needed, indicate which copy is to be judged.

  • Y3A - Opening Copy Writing (LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER SCHOOL): Writing throughout the opening spreads that establishes the theme with specific examples as to why the theme is relevant to the year and to your school. Copy should have a clear voice and tone. Entry must include a PDF of the page(s) where the opening copy appears. If needed, clearly indicate the copy that is intended to be judged.
  • Y3B - Personality Profile Writing (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Writing that covers personalities in the school community.
  • Y3C - Yearbook Writing (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Student Life, Clubs/Organizations, Sports, Academics, People, Chronological or Umbrella coverage spreads. For each entry, include a story with its accompanying double-page spread. Judges will evaluate all the copy on the spread including supporting secondary coverage and captions that follow solid journalism principles.

Newspaper

NEWSPAPER DESIGN CATEGORIES: Entry limit varies per category. For Front Page Layout, select N1A or N1B depending on your publication's format.

  • N1A - Newspaper Front Page Layout (LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER SCHOOL):  The newspaper uses clean design to grab readers’ attention and guide them from story to story. Superior entries convey the publication’s mood through nameplate and graphic devices; editors emphasize stories important to readers.
    N1B - Newsmagazine Front Page Layout (LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER SCHOOL): The newsmagazine uses clean design to grab readers’ attention. Features a dynamic nameplate and compelling verbal and visual content. Superior entries convey the publication mood through nameplate and graphic devices; editors emphasize content important to readers.
  • N2 - Single Inside Page Layout Design (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Single Feature/Opinion/Sports page layout. Design has a strong center of visual interest, attractive graphs/photos to help tell the stories (when appropriate) and a layout that helps readers understand content. These are intended to be viewed without a facing page.
  • N3 - Doubletruck Layout Design (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Normally the center spread of a newsmagazine or newspaper. Facing pages designed as one unit. Design has a strong center of visual interest, attractive graphs/photos to help tell the stories (when appropriate) and a layout that helps readers understand content.

NEWS WRITING CATEGORIES

  • N4 - News Writing (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): This story may focus on timely news matters. Combines news-gathering skills and presents the latest and most complete information in a logical sequence. Story uses expert sources when possible, avoids reporter opinion and leaves no unanswered questions. If needed, clearly indicate which story is to be judged.
  • N5 - Feature Writing (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): This story may be a personality profile, human interest piece or general feature story. Story uses expert sources when possible, avoids reporter opinion and leaves no unanswered questions. Features focus more on the personal, and sometimes they are less timely than traditional news stories. Features can reveal trends, discuss relationships and provide entertainment, advice, ideas and emotions. If needed, clearly indicate which story is to be judged.
  • N6 - Other Writing (Critical Review, Editorial, Column) (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Pieces may contain reporter opinion but facts help support the stand. A consistent tone unifies the piece and sufficient background is provided if necessary. Superior entries for Columns show a consistent “voice”; therefore, entries must include TWO COLUMNS by the same writer. Combine the two columns into ONE PDF. If needed, clearly indicate which story is to be judged.
  • N7 - Sports Writing (LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL): Sports coverage pieces cover a RECENT sporting event or one that will occur soon. The reporter does so without using reporter opinion; coach and player quotes add necessary insight. Sports features go behind the scenes or otherwise find out the “why,” and the reporter conveys a sport’s background or mood, either scholastic, intramural or life sport, using sources, not author opinion. If needed, clearly indicate which story is to be judged.

Broadcast

Entries must have been broadcast at school or in the community or on the web. Entries will be via a link to the video on YouTube or Vimeo in a Google Form. Details are in the Broadcast Submission Section.

Video, Music and Image integration into Contests: Students may use portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works (not bootlegged) in their contest entries provided the material is no more than 10 percent of their overall project and they can provide documented proof at time of upload. Scanned permission letters and emails will be considered as acceptable proof. Works submitted with copyrighted material without permission from the original creator will be disqualified from award contention.

  • B1 - Broadcast package (News story) (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL):  Total running time no longer than 1:30. Pre-recorded stories contain reporter’s voice-overs, videotaped shots and sound bites. Must adhere to broadcast style (short sentences, present tense, conversational) and contain all necessary info. Sound bites are well shot, varied and relevant. Editing is free of glitches and jump cuts. Natural sound is used effectively. Superior entries have video and script, which complement each other. Broadcast packages should be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.
  • B2 - Broadcast package (Feature story) (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL):  Total running time no longer than 1:30. Pre-recorded stories contain reporter’s voice-overs, videotaped shots and sound bites. Must adhere to broadcast style (short sentences, present tense, conversational) and contain all necessary info. Sound bites are well shot, varied and relevant. Editing is free of glitches and jump cuts. Natural sound is used effectively. Superior entries have video and script, which complement each other. Broadcast packages should be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.
  • B3 - Broadcast package (Sports story) (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL):  Total running time no longer than 1:30. Pre-recorded stories contain reporter’s voice-overs, videotaped shots and sound bites. Must adhere to broadcast style (short sentences, present tense, conversational) and contain all necessary info. Sound bites are well shot, varied and relevant. Editing is free of glitches and jump cuts. Natural sound is used effectively. Superior entries have video and script, which complement each other. Broadcast packages should be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.
  • B4 - Short Documentary/PSA (LIMIT FOUR ENTRIES PER SCHOOL):  Documentaries are in-depth educational studies up to 5 minutes in length about classroom curriculum topics, issues or people in current events or history. PSA entries are promotional pieces not to exceed 60 seconds in length about an educational topic or community concern. Credits are not included in the 60 seconds. Superior entries use videotaped shots, voiceovers, sound bites and graphics as appropriate. Video and script complement each other. Broadcast packages should be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.

Please direct all questions to:

Contest Chair
Allie Staub
stauba@wws.k12.in.us

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