J Challenges

This is our fifth year for the MIPA Journalism Challenges. We are excited to provide this opportunity for your staffs.

Here are the directions and schedule for the 2018-2019 school year:

Publications must be current MIPA members. There is, as with all MIPA contests, no entry fee to enter. MIPA dues cover this contest.

Topics will be e-mailed to the MIPA listserv on the dates included for each challenge. Teachers are to share this information with their students. Topics will be of a nature that students will ideally be able to use the products created for the challenge on their student publication(s) in the future.

Students will have until midnight, on the dates included for each challenge, to complete the task(s) assigned in their chosen category on their own with minimal assistance from their adviser(s).

Each category will be judged; and a First, Second, and Third place will be given, unless the judge decides otherwise. Certificates will be mailed to winning schools, recognized online by MIPA, and featured in the opening J-Day slideshow.

This is one of the few contests that will not provide written feedback due to the fast turn-around time involved with the judging, however the judge(s) will explain what works well in the First Place submission and this will be shared with MIPA Members as an example they can use for their student publications.

Students will be disqualified if copyright is violated, category requirements are not met, or it is found out that content used was not written, recorded, created, etc. during the time period. Content should be original and adhere to those dates.

2018-19 CHALLENGE #1

Topics will be emailed to the list serve by midnight October 10, 2018. Entries must be submitted by midnight October 24, 2018. 

  • Broadcast (radio, podcast, or video) Public Service Announcement Challenge: Students may enter in teams of two, three, or four people. Staffs may enter two entries from two different teams. Students will create a :30 TRT PSA. Any use of graphics is encouraged, but not required. Students will produce a PSA that fits the theme/topic provided. Use our online form to submit entries.
  • Feature (not broadcast) Story Challenge: Students may enter as an individual or in in teams of two people. Yearbook, Newspaper, and/or Online Staffs may enter one entry from one team per publication (NOT one per school). Students will write a feature story that fits the topic/theme given. Use our online form to submit entries.

 

2018-19 CHALLENGE #2

Topics will be emailed to the list serve by midnight October 31, 2018. Entries must be submitted by midnight November 14, 2018. 

  • Broadcast Story Challenge: Students may enter in teams of two, three, or four people. Staffs may enter two entries from two different teams. Students will create a 1:15 to 2:15 TRT story with soundbites, B-roll, reporter voiceover and/or stand up over the topic. Any use of graphics is encouraged, but not required. Tag out line may include your broadcast’s show name or station identifier. Use our online form to submit entries.
  • Editorial Challenge:  Online or print newspaper/newsmagazine publications will submit one staff editorial on the topic provided. Staff editorials are editorials representative of the publication staff, not of one staff member. Use our online form to submit entries.


2018-19 CHALLENGE #3

Topics will be emailed to the list serve by midnight January 16, 2019. Entries must be submitted by midnight January 30, 2019. 

  1. Newspaper/Newsmagazine Challenge: Students may enter in teams of two, three, or four people. Staffs may enter two entries from two different teams. Students will create a final layout (one or two pages) that includes at least: one article, one headline, one photo, one caption, and one infographic over the topic. Page dimensions should fit what the school uses for its publication. Any additional photos, graphic, advertisements, etc. are encouraged, but not required. Use our online form to submit entries.
  2. Yearbook Challenge: Students may enter in teams of two, three, or four people. Staffs may enter two entries from two different teams. Students will create a two-page spread that includes at least one article, one headline, three photos and three captions over the topic provided. Page dimensions should fit what your school uses for its publication. Any additional photos, captions, graphics, etc. are encouraged, but not required. Use our online form to submit entries.

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2017-2018 Challenge winners:

Challenge #1

Feature Story

PSA (Broadcast)

  • First Place: “Think Before You Act” by Jaden Heien, Colleen Kuchem, Jon Amlong, and Kate Freitag of Washington High School.

Challenge #2

Editorial

  • First Place: Editorial by Daniel Harper of Liberty North HS

Broadcast Story

Challenge #3

Yearbook

Newspaper/Newsmagazine

  • First Place: Kayl Auch, Kari Tott, Kaylen Alridge, Lydia Bolinof Liberty North High School for “Giving Life”

2016-2017 First Place winners:

2016 First Place winners:

2015 First Place winners:

  • Yearbook: Festus High School – Taylor Price, Renee Lemons, Brittany Blechle and Calie Frazier
  • Newspaper: Liberty North High School – Becca Saffler, Hannah Richardson and Kendall Steinmetz
  • Broadcast: Washington High School – Shannon Belsher, Ellie Scheer, Rose Struttmann, and Taylor Ritson

 

 

To see prompts from past Challenges, visit this page.