Missouri Interscholastic Press Association

J Challenges

Welcome to year seven 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: 

  • Each J-Challenge contest will run during a two month time-span. Educational materials related to the topic will be released by the first week of the category’s first month. The topic for the contest will be released the first week of the category’s second month (i.e, the photography and caption writing educational videos will be released the first week of September; the contest topic will be released the first week of October). The contest is due by the end of the category’s second month (i.e, the photography and caption writing contest would be due October 31).
  • Most J-Challenge contests will have an attached rubric students can review to determine how they will
    be scored. For challenges that do not include a rubric, information will be provided as to key ideas the judge is looking for when scoring.
  • Publications must be current 2020-2021 MIPA members. There is, as with all MIPA contests, no entry fee to enter. MIPA dues cover this contest.
  • 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.
  • Winners will be recognized online through the MIPA ListServe, MIPA website and featured in the J-Day Slideshow.
  • Upon winning, email a picture of the winners to Leigh Rogers at [email protected]
  • 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.

20-21 J-CHALLENGE SCHEDULE

September/October, J-Challenge 1: (1) Photography and Caption Writing, (2) Marketing: Social Media Design. See the 20-21 winners, their submissions, and feedback on the winning submissions here.

November/December, J-Challenge 2: (1) Audio and Podcast Feature Stories, (2) Feature Article Writing, (3) Editorial Article Writing, (4) Broadcast Feature Story

January/February, J-Challenge 3: (1) Video – PSA Video, (2) Marketing: Video or Audio Commercial

March/April, J-Challenge 4: (1) Newspaper and Yearbook Design/Online Package, (2) Recruitment Strategies


J-Challenge 1 Additional Guidelines

Photography and Caption Writing (Deadline: October 31, 2020)

  • Category will be emailed through the MIPA ListServ.
  • Each publication from a school may submit up to three entries.
  • Feedback will be available for the first, second, and third place winners.
  • The photo should demonstrate a candid, photojournalistic moment.
  • See the rubric by which entries will be scored here:
  • Maximum file size: 10 MB
  • Submit entries here.

Marketing – Social Media Design (Deadline: October 31, 2020)

  • Category will be emailed through the MIPA ListServ
  • Each publication from a school may submit one entry. Students may compete in teams of two, three, four, or five students. If a school has multiple publications, but only one student from each publication is interested in the competition, teams may cross staffs to complete a marketing design for both publications, but it will still follow the 30-second audio and visual guidelines or one square social media graphic entry.
  • Feedback will be available for the first, second, and third place winners.
  • A rubric will not be provided for this challenge, but the judge will take the following into consideration when scoring: professional quality of the submission, adherence to the guidelines, target audience detectability, reflection of this year’s product (yearbook theme) or program’s guiding mission (all programs apply).
  • Submission formats: 30-second video or audio YouTube link (be sure to review your privacy settings: make sure they are open to the public); jpeg, gif, or png (maximum file size: 10 MB).
  • Submit entries here.

For questions, email Leigh Rogers at [email protected]

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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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