Individual Contests

The 2016 to 2017 contest season is officially open! We hope you are having a great year with your publications. The Board of Directors hope you find this updated online entry process efficient and user friendly. For a complete set of instructions and size classifications, read here.

mipa48The purpose of our state contest is to honor the work of Missouri’s student journalists and advisers and to provide professional critiques and services to support and enhance journalism education. We hope you find the feedback on entries useful to help improve your publications.

 

 

 

 

HOW TO ENTER: Please read these instructions and rules carefully.   

STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: – Jan. 13, 2017

JOURNALISM TEACHER OF THE YEAR: – due Feb. 15, 2017

EMERGING JOURNALISM EDUCATOR: – due Feb. 15, 2017

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR: – due Feb. 15, 2017

CONTRIBUTING MEDIUM: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Nominate using this form.
  • This form is also available with an explanation of the award on the MIPA webpage for Contributing Medium.

TAFT AWARD: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Nominate using this form.
  • This form is also available with an explanation of the award on the MIPA webpage for the Taft.

KNIGHT AWARD: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Nominate using this form.
  • This form is also available with an explanation of the award on the MIPA webpage for the Knight.

BROADCAST OVERALL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Complete the entry form once for each type of show your school produces. Each paid membership publication may enter up to two of the three the categories below. Types of publications:
    • Announcements Only – student anchors read announcements.
    • Announcements/Video – student anchors read announcements mixed with video coverage.
    • Newsmagazine – student anchors introduce video coverage; no announcements are read.

BROADCAST INDIVIDUAL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each paid publication may enter up to eight videos in any combination of the categories.
  • Entry categories:
    • News Story – max length two minutes
    • News Feature max length three minutes
    • Human Interest Feature – max length three minutes
    • Mini-Documentary: A program focused on a single topic. Length submitted for judging not to exceed 10 minutes in length.
    • Sports News Story: Maximum length of two minutes.
    • Sports Feature Story: Maximum length of three minutes.
    • Commercial/PSA: Maximum length of 30 seconds of original material.
    • Live Sports Broadcast: Maximum length of five minutes.

ONLINE OVERALL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Complete the entry form for your school’s news website.
  • Each paid membership publication may enter one overall news website for critique.

ONLINE INDIVIDUAL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each paid publication may enter up to eight online pieces in any combination of the categories.
  • Entry categories:
    • Online Packages – Enter a link a specific page containing coverage of a topic using more than one specific media. For example, the link cannot contain a written piece only, it must be a multimedia package covering varying aspects of the topic. It should not be a piece that was printed in the publication and was merely copied and pasted to the website. There must be added value to the story such as infographics, video interviews, photo essays or series or illustrations. Online packages must be classified as one of the following sub-categories:
      • Feature package
      • Sports package
      • Breaking news
      • Op-Ed
    • Social Media Reporting – Enter by submitting a social media outlet, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Judge will choose a time block of up to a week in the judging period, Feb. 17 to March 9, to look at the media feed for content.
    • Blogging – Enter a link to a blog related to and under the umbrella of a student publication or production and not a personal blog.

RADIO/PODCAST INDIVIDUAL & OVERALL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each paid membership publication may enter up to eight total radio broadcasts or podcasts in any combination of the categories.
  • Entry categories:
    • Newscast/News Feature– A newscast or news feature that is no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • Radio News Package– Current events program that is no more than 10 minutes in length. Content should include current events, political events, sporting events and/or highlighting a local event affecting the community.
    • Sportscast/Sports Feature– A sportscast or feature that is no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • Public Service Announcement – An announcement of general public interest not more than 60 seconds in length. Must be written, produced and aired on your station.
    • Promotional Announcement– A single spot promoting school, station, programs or community events that is no more than three minutes in length.
    • Sports Play-by-Play– Play-by-play of a sports event that is no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • Overall Show– A talk show program (radio/podcast) that is no more than 10 minutes in length featuring issues of social importance, how-to programming or sports talk. (limit: one entry in this category).

NEWSPAPER/NEWSMAGAZINE OVERALL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Submit one set of three different issues of your newspaper/newsmagazine for evaluation.
    • One issue must be an early issue (September or October), and the other two issues may be any you wish.
    • Newspapers will be judged independently of newsmagazines.

NEWSPAPER/NEWSMAGAZINE INDIVIDUAL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each paid publication may enter up to eight entries in any combination of the following categories:
      • News Writing: Coverage of an event or topic that is newsworthy at time of publication.
      • News Feature: Coverage of an event or topic that is not timely but represents newsworthiness.
      • Op-Ed: Opinion piece that represents the publication’s stand on a topic or one writer’s opinion about an event, topic or issue; reviews.
      • Sports Reporting: Includes events, season wrap-ups and sports feature stories.
      • Editorial Cartoon – Student-produced illustration containing a political or social message that usually relates to current events or personalities.
      • Infographic – a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data, may include a photo illustration that relays information.
      • Newsmagazine Page Design: Submit one page or more (double-page spread, or a magazine feature package design)
      • Newspaper Page Design: Submit one page or more (double-page spread, or a newspaper package design)

YEARBOOK OVERALL:

  • Overall Yearbooks are critiqued after they are published.
  • 2016 yearbooks should have been submitted by the deadlines outlined on the MIPA webpage.

YEARBOOK INDIVIDUAL: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each school may enter up to eight yearbook entries in any combination of the categories.
  • Entry categories:
      • Overall theme/concept: Please choose four of the following to submit in a single PDF:  cover, endsheet(s), title page, opening and/or closing spread, divider spread or graphic treatment(s) that help to explain theme or concept of the yearbook. Theme copy is expected to be on these pages.
      • Packages/Yearbook writing – Limit of seven per school in any combination:
        • Package is defined as design, writing, photography in one completed spread.
        • Yearbook writing is defined as writing that exemplified excellence but cannot be entered in the package category because it is not yet on a spread or the spread is incomplete.
        • Modsis defined as the yearbook equivalent of a sidebar but they are not necessarily a sidebar. They’re a smaller amount of text with accompanying photos that support a page’s main story.

PHOTOGRAPHY: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each paid membership publication may enter no more than eight entries in any combination of the categories; each paid membership publication may enter one additional photo into the Photo of the Year category.  Publications that may enter include newspapers/newsmagazines, yearbooks and online, meaning each paid membership publication may enter up to eight photos plus their one entry into the Photo of the Year category should they choose to enter it.
  • Entry categories:
    • Photo of the Year – one entry per paid publication; cannot be entered into any other category.
    • News Photo – Photograph of a school, community or national news event.
    • Academic Photo – Taken in class or covering activity of the curriculum.
    • Student Life/Organization Photo (not sports) – Taken of the activity of a club or other organized group. Photo that covers activities that do not occur during the traditional academic day (i.e., club activities, school play, dances, homecoming, outside of school, off campus, trends, etc.).
    • Sports – Active photo of an athletic competition that captures motion, emotion and the competitive spirit of the athlete.
    • Sports Feature/Reaction Photo – Photograph of emotional response to athletic competition by fans, athletes, coaches or other people involved.
    • PortraitPhotograph, either posed or candid, showcasing the personality or newsworthy aspect of a person or group of people.
    • Photo Illustration – Digital or darkroom manipulation of an image or a group of images to illustrate a concept.

DIVERSITY AWARENESS: – due Feb. 15, 2017

  • Each paid membership publication may enter no more than two entries. Each school may enter no more than eight entries for consideration.
    • Yearbook
    • Newspaper/newsmagazine
    • Online
    • Broadcast
    • Radio/Podcast
  • Double entries are not allowed between Diversity Awareness and any other category of the contest.
  • Use our online submission form.

QUESTIONS:

Please contact the MIPA office at mipajourno@gmail.com or 573-882-6031 with any questions.