Missouri Interscholastic Press Association

J Challenges

Welcome to year six of the MIPA Journalism Challenges. We are excited to provide this opportunity for your staffs. Please read carefully, as the challenges have a new “look” this year! 

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES/RULES: 

  • Publications must be current 2019-2020 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 be able to use the products created for the challenge in 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).
  • Time spans for production of the challenges vary. Pay close attention to deadline dates.
  • 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 J-Day slideshow.
  • Upon winning, email [email protected] with a cc to [email protected] a photo of your winning team(s) with their certificate(s) upon their arrival via the US Postal Service. 
  • This is one of the few contests that will not provide written feedback due to the fast turnaround 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.
  • Submissions uploaded to the MIPA challenges should be made according to these specifications:
    • Stories should be saved as a PDF file of 2 MB of less.
    • Designs should be saved as a PDF file of 25 MB or less.
    • Broadcast and web entries will be submitted as a URL.
    • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.
  • 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.

 

Challenge #1 

*NEW* STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS CHALLENGE 

  • Students may enter in teams of two, three, or four people. 
  • Schools may enter up to three entries from three different teams. 
  • Schools may enter a team that consists of all members hailing from one staff, but due to the nature of this challenge, some schools with multiple staffs may want to team up. For example, perhaps you have one team member from newspaper, two from broadcast, and one from yearbook. In this challenge, you MAY cross staffs!  
  • Due to the nature of this challenge, you will be given a longer time frame to create the work in comparison to other challenges. Also, it is CRITICAL that the directions are followed. 

Step One: Form a team on or before Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. 

Step Two: On Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, a list of 3 to 5 topics/themes will be sent via the listserv for your team to choose from to focus your Strategic Communications Package. 

Step Three: Your team must choose to create at least three (minimum) or four (maximum) items from this list in order to best promote the topic/theme your team selected. 

CHOICES: 

  • Create a :30 TRT PSA/Promotional Video. YouTube or Vimeo link submitted.
  • Create a :30 TRT PSA/Promotional Podcast/Radio spot. Link Submitted. 
  • Create a square social media card/graphic. A .JPG or .PNG file submitted.
  • Write a blog post and/or editorial. File Upload or Link to where it is published online. 
  • Create a broadcast feature story. YouTube or Vimeo link submitted.
  • Write a feature article. File Upload or Link to where it is published online. 
  • Create an editorial cartoon. Note: If this is not created digitally, you will need to scan it or take a quality photo of it for it to be submitted. .JPG or .PNG file uploaded.

Submit your entry using this link.

Entries must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. 

 

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Challenge #2  Broadcast (radio, podcast, or video) PSA and/or Feature (yearbook, newspaper, or online) Story

Topics will be emailed to the listserv by midnight Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Entries must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. 

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

THE LINK TO THE ENTRY FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE CHALLENGE.

Feature (yearbook, newspaper, or online) Story Challenge: Students may enter as an individual or in teams of two people. Each publication staff may enter two entries from two teams per publication (Limit 6 max per school). Students will write a feature story that fits the topic/theme provided.   

Submit your entry using this link.

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Challenge #3 Broadcast Story 

Topics will be emailed to the listserv by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Entries must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. 

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 provided. Any use of graphics is encouraged, but not required. Tag may include your broadcast’s show name or station identifier.

Submit your entry using this link.

 

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Challenge #4 Newspaper/Newsmagazine and/or Yearbook 

Topics will be emailed to the listserv by midnight Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Entries must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, January 29, 2020. 

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 provided. Page dimensions should fit what the school uses for its publication. Any additional photos, graphics, secondary coverager, etc. are encouraged, but not required. 

THE LINK TO THE ENTRY FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE CHALLENGE.

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 or two or more mods, 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. 

Submit your entry using this link.

 

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Past Challenge Winners will be featured on the Student Exemplars webpage.

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To see prompts from past Challenges, visit this page. These are great ideas you could use for in-class exercises, or to practice with your beginning students for the next round of challenges.

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