Individual Contests

The 2017 to 2018 contest season is officially open! We hope you are having a great year with your publications. The volunteer advisers who serve on 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. [UPDATED COMING SOON]

The 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: [OVERALL AND CONTESTS WILL OPEN AFTER JAN. 2018. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT THROUGH THE LISTSERV AND A LINK PROVIDED HERE WITH COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS.]  

 

I. INDIVIDUAL STUDENT, ADULT AND BUSINESS RECOGNITIONS

 

II. OVERALL PUBLICATIONS CONTESTS

All overall contest categories are divided by four school enrollment sizes, so all publications compete with schools of similar size.

  • Broadcast – overall show – due Feb. 16, 2018
    • 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.
  • Online – overall website – due Feb. 16, 2018
    • Each paid membership publication may enter one overall news website for critique.
  • Radio/Podcast – overall – due Feb. 16, 2018
    • A talk show program (radio/podcast) that is no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Newspaper/Newsmagazine – overall – due Feb. 16, 2018
    • You will 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.
  • Yearbook – overall
    • Overall Yearbooks are critiqued after they are published.
    • 2016-2017 were due June-Sept. 15, 2017 and should have been submitted by the deadlines outlined on the MIPA webpage.
    • 2017-2018 will be due June-Sept. 2018, details will be announced in May 2018

 

III. INDIVIDUAL STUDENT CONTESTS

  • Broadcast Individual Entry Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

    • All submitted pieces must have been aired via the web, in-school system, etc., between August 2017 and the contest deadline.
    • NEW this year based on your feedback: Broadcast categories will be divided by school size like print categories!
    • Each paid publication may enter up to eight videos in any combination of the categories:
    • News Story – current or breaking news events or topics, maximum length 2 minutes
    • News Feature – feature package tied to a current news topic, maximum length 3 minutes
    • Human Interest Feature – feature package about an individual or topic of interest to viewers, maximum length 3 minutes
    • Mini-Documentary – program focused on a single topic, maximum length of 10 minutes
    • Sports News Story – current sports news or game package, not a highlight reel, maximum length of 2 minutes.
    • Sports Feature Story – feature package covering an athlete or sports program or sports-related topic, maximum length of 3 minutes.
    • Commercial/PSA – commercial for an actual sponsor or a public service announcement on any topic, maximum length of 30 seconds of original material.
    • Live Sports Broadcast – continuous coverage of a live broadcast or livestreamed sporting event, maximum length of 5 minutes.
  • Online Individual Entry Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

    • All submitted pieces must have been published to the entire school via web between August 2017 and the contest deadline. Online submissions must be part of a regularly occurring online publication, and not just loaded to a random site, for the purpose of entering state contest.
    • Each paid publication may enter up to eight online pieces in any combination of the categories:

      • Online Packages – A single link to a multimedia package covering varying aspects of the topic using story, infographics, video interviews, photo essays/slideshows or series or illustrations and submitted for online only (not print). 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. 16 to March 10, 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.
      • Use our online submission form. Only URLs will be accepted
    • Radio/Podcast Individual Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

    • All submitted pieces must have been aired between August 2017 and the contest deadline.
    • Each paid membership publication may enter up to eight total radio broadcasts or podcasts in any combination of the 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.
    • Newsmagazine/Newspaper Individual Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

      • All submitted pieces must have been published between August 2017 and the contest deadline.
      • 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 Individual Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

    • All submitted pieces must have been published or plan to be published in the current 2017 yearbook and they must have been produced between August 2017 and the contest deadline.
    • Each school may enter up to eight yearbook entries in any combination of the following 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 eight per school in any combination:
        • Traditional Package is defined as design, writing, mods, photography, illustrations in one completed spread on one topic.  Traditional packages must be classified as one of the following sub-categories:
          • Academic package
          • Sports package
          • Student Life package
          • Club/Organizations Package
          • Portrait/People package (should include mods as well portraits)
        • Themed Package is defined as the design, writing, mods, photography, illustrations in one completed spread on more than one topic as in chronological or umbrella coverage.
        • Yearbook Design is defined as the arrangement of photos, illustrations, type and text in a way that compels the reader to read.
        • Yearbook Writing is defined as writing that exemplifies excellence but cannot be entered in the package category because it is not yet on a spread or the spread is incomplete.
        • Yearbook Modsis defined as a smaller amount of text with accompanying photos or illustrations that support a page’s main story. It is often considered the yearbook equivalent of a sidebar.
  • Photography Individual Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

    • All submitted pieces must have been published or plan to be published in a publication, such as newspaper/newsmagazine, yearbook or online, between August 2017 and the contest deadline.
    • Each paid membership publication may enter no more than eight entries in any combination of the categories:
      • 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. A 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 Individual Categories – due Feb. 16, 2018

    • PURPOSE: To show journalistic excellence in the handling of topics including (but not limited to): ethnicity; gender; mental or physical disabilities; socioeconomic classes; LGBT; senior citizens; religions and nationalities. Some entries may create awareness, while others foster understanding. Winning entries should show how diverse topics are handled in sensitive, interesting ways and how stereotypes can be avoided in your school and/or community. Consideration will also be given to work involving non-mainstream groups.
    • All submitted pieces must have been published or plan to be published in a publication, such as broadcast, radio/podcast, newspaper/newsmagazine, yearbook or online, between August 2017 and the contest deadline.
    • Each entry must have been produced in a school setting (not an outside workshop or seminar, for example), but it may involve subject matter outside the school.
    • Double entries are not allowed between Diversity Awareness and any other category of the contest.
    • Each paid membership publication may enter no more than two entries. Each school may enter no more than ten entries for consideration.

 

QUESTIONS:

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