Past J Challenge prompts

Here are the Journalism Challenges for 2016-2017:

 

MIPA Journalism Challenge #1.

SPECIFICATIONS: 

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 by noon Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 for teachers to share 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, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 to complete the task 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. Certificates will be mailed to winning schools, recognized online by MIPA, and featured in the opening J-Day slideshow on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

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 judges will explain what works well in the First Place submission and this will be shared online 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 of Sept. 21 – Oct. 5. Content should be original and adhere to those dates.

  • 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. To submit their entry, students will need to fill out the online submission form to submit a link to finished story on Vimeo, YouTube, SchoolTube, or other third party, public video website.
  • Editorial Challenge: Online or print newspaper/newsmagazine publications will submit one staff editorial on the topic provided. Students need to fill out the online submission form to submit a link to the finished online editorial or upload a PDF, if a print publication.

 

MIPA Journalism Challenge #2.

 

SPECIFICATIONS: 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 by noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 for teachers to share 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, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 to complete the task 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. Certificates will be mailed to winning schools, recognized online by MIPA, and featured in the opening J-Day slideshow on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

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 judges 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 of Oct. 19 – Nov. 2. Content should be original and adhere to those dates.

  • 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. Students should export/save the file as a PDF document of no more than 25 MB in size. To submit, fill out the online submission form and upload your PDF file.
  • 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. Students should export the file as a PDF document of no more than 25 MB in size. To submit, fill out the online submission form and upload your PDF file.
  • Staff Editorial Challenge: Online or print newspaper/newsmagazine publications will submit one staff editorial on the topic provided. Students need to fill out the online submission form to submit a link to the finished online editorial or upload a PDF, if a print publication.

 

MIPA Journalism Challenge #3.

  • Broadcast or Radio 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. Students will produce a PSA that fits the theme/topic provided. For television: Any use of graphics is encouraged, but not required. To submit their entry, students will need to fill out the online submission form to submit a link to finished story on Vimeo, YouTube, SchoolTube, SoundCloud, or other third party, public video website.
  • 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. Students need to fill out the online submission form to submit a link to the finished online feature or upload a PDF, if a print publication.
  • Editorial Challenge: Online or print newspaper/newsmagazine publications will submit one staff editorial on the topic provided. Students need to fill out the online submission form to submit a link to the finished online editorial or upload a PDF, if a print publication.