Spring news contests accepting entries – Deadline March 5

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IHSPA’s 2016 Spring Journalism Contest seeks to recognize the best work of Iowa high school publications – online and in print.

IHSPA has new rules, categories and we are using the Better Newspaper Contest platform to streamline entries. It was utilized in the fall yearbook contest. Please review the rules and forms.

IHSPA contests offer awards for:

  • Writing, reporting & opinion
  • Photos
  • Art & illustrations & design
  • Web

Contest period: All work must have been published or posted between – March 14, 2015 and March 5, 2016 by current students at IHSPA member schools.

Deadlines: The entries must be submitted online by March 5 at 5 pm. No hard copy will be accepted.

When you submit entries, you will receive an emailed confirmation. Once you have submitted all your school’s entries you will need to complete the business form that tallies the entries.

 School size classification: The news contests have three major classifications – small, medium and large school ­– ­based on enrollment. In an effort to achieve similar-sized competition pools, IHSPA uses a system to classify enrollment. Please indicate your 9-12 official enrollment. When all the entries have arrived the classes will be determined by dividing those entered into thirds.

There is not a separate contest for those papers publishing in a magazine, newspaper, or one-page insert. All schools are put in classes by size only.

Entry fees:

$1.50 per entry.
Schools are allowed to enter up to five entries in each category.

News Team of the Year

Member schools entering the contests are automatically entered into this competition. If your students/school places in a contest your school is awarded points for first, second, third and Awards of Excellence in the categories of Writing, Photography and Art/Illustration/Design and Web.

Points are awarded in each of the school size classifications. Consider entering more to improve your chances.

One overall News Team of the Year in each size class will be named. Teams placing second and third will also be honored.

Here are the 25 categories. Do not overlook the Designer of the Year, Photographer of the Year, Writer of the Year and Videographer of the Year  competitions.

DisciplineCategoryDetails
Art & designEditorial Cartoon/comic stripStudent produced cartoons that work with a story or stand alone. It can be produced by hand or on a computer. All art must be original work by the artist.
Art & designIllustration or ArtStudent produced art or drawings that work with a story or stand alone. It can be produced by hand or on a computer. All art must be original work by the artist. Do not enter cartoons or comic strips in this category.
Art & designInfographicInformation presented in a graphic presentation that usually includes graphs, numbers, charts, and descriptions.
Art & designMagazine - Multiple Page DesignA multiple-page design from a magazine publication. Strong entries will use powerful graphics, images, and headlines to grab the audience’s attention.
Art & designMagazine – One Page DesignAny cover or single page design in a magazine publication. Strong entries will use powerful graphics, images, and headlines to grab the audience’s attention.
Art & designNewspaper – Multiple page DesignA multiple page design from a newspaper usually the double-truck or the two center pages. Strong entries will use powerful graphics, images, and headlines to grab the audience’s attention.
Art & designNewspaper – One Page DesignA single page design from a newspaper publication. Strong entries will use powerful graphics, images, and headlines to grab the audience’s attention.
GeneralAdsAny advertisement created by students to promote a business or event is eligible. Entries will be judged on creativity, professional and appropriate display or design and reader appeal. The advertisement must run in a student publication, and it may appear in broadcast, print or online.
GeneralEntertainmentVideo (url link) or print (pdf) entries that engage the audience creatively. Entries will be judged on production quality, originality, entertainment value, and audience engagement.
PhotoFeature PhotoA photo that is used with a feature story. These can be a variety of different shots, have Photoshop effects and possibly be staged environmental portraits. The story may appear in print or online.
PhotoNews PhotoA photo that is of a newsworthy event that captures the moment, emotion, or scene. The photo must not be staged or have any effects or alterations. The story may appear in print or online.
PhotoPhoto slide showJudges will be looking for slideshows where a photographer has used ten or fewer photos. Each photo needs to be captioned, and given photo credit. There should be a variety of close-up, medium, and wide angle shots. Photos are optimized for the web and the slideshow runs smoothly. Winning entries will have emotion, freeze action shots, and tell a powerful story in the slideshow. 
PhotoPhoto StoryA collection of photos that tell a story with well written captions. This collection of photos can stand on its own without a written story or accompany a story. The story may appear in print or online.
PhotoSports PhotoA photo of a sporting event. Great photos capture decisive moments with clarity and usually contain strong emotions. The story may appear in print or online.
WebMultimedia story - FeatureThe feature story should use a variety of elements including written text, photos, videos, audio, infographics and interactive elements. A great multimedia story should be well designed, have a wide range of content that could fall into the category of feature, in-depth news or long form journalism. Opinion stories will not be considered in this category. Judges will reward stories that demonstrate a spirit of experimentation by taking risks and trying new things.
WebMultimedia story - NewsThe in-depth story should use a variety of elements including written text, photos, videos, audio, infographics and interactive elements. A great multimedia story should be well designed, have a wide range of content that could fall into the category of feature, in-depth news or long form journalism. Opinion stories will not be considered in this category. Judges will reward stories that demonstrate a spirit of experimentation by taking risks and trying new things.
WebMultimedia story - SportsThe sports story should use a variety of elements including written text, photos, videos, audio, infographics and interactive elements. A great multimedia story should be well designed, have a wide range of content that could fall into the category of feature, in-depth news or long form journalism. Opinion stories will not be considered in this category. Judges will reward stories that demonstrate a spirit of experimentation by taking risks and trying new things.
WebPodcastingSubmit links to audio podcasts or internet radio shows. Podcasts should be from 5 to 30 minutes in length, and may contain interviews, non-copyrighted music, and strong student voices. Top podcast entries will be judged on originality, organization, quality interviews, and show graphics or branding.
WebSocial MediaThis category will be judged based on quantity and creativity of social media postings. To enter submit you a link to each of your social media offerings.
WebVideo News ShowFor this contest, digital entries only are accepted. Submit direct URLs to the online site or a video-sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo. The video news show includes a broadcast TV news show including anchors, a script and cuts to news, sports and/or feature package(s). Judges will focus on the following areas: scriptwriting and transitions, professional on-air presence, coverage and content, writing and reporting, leadership, editing and graphics.
WebVideo storyJudges will be looking for video stories that have high interest to high school students, contain more than two interviews where the audience can clearly hear the interviews, uses multiple camera angles, doesn’t have shaky camerawork, doesn’t use copyrighted material, uses natural sound, uses “b-roll” footage effectively, has good lighting, interesting backgrounds, uses narration by the reporter and effective editing that helps tell the story.
WebWeb DesignJudges will look for a clean design that has a unique image header, there is not any or little white space, images are sized to fit posts correctly, site has a customized favicon, images are original, and it is easy to navigate through the site. Top sites will be mobile friendly and try to reach the high school audience through interesting and effective design.
WritingColumnAn opinion piece that represents one writer’s stand on a local issue that the school or community is facing. The story may appear in print or online.
WritingFeature StoryExploration of a topic, event or person. It focuses on human interest, and has a high level emotional interest. The story may appear in print or online.
WritingIn-Depth NewsStories that probe beyond the normal five Ws and H that are based on research and extensive interviewing. The story may appear in print or online.
WritingNews StoryA story that uses straight, objective news reporting, while containing a very high level of newsworthiness, factual information, and relevance to high school students. The story may appear in print or online.
WritingPersonality ProfileA story that focuses on a single person and develops the story around their conflicts, successes and struggles. The story may appear in print or online.
WritingReviewsAn opinion piece that serves as a consumer guide for readers, addressing the question, “Is this thing worth my time and/or money?” in a creative and clear way. Reviews of books, movies, video games, restaurants, TV shows, music, etc. are eligible. Entries are judged on timeliness, evidence of topic knowledge, writing style, originality and reader interest. The piece may appear in print or online.
WritingSports StoryA story covering the news and events of a sports team, athlete or event. The story may appear in print or online.
WritingStaff EditorialAn opinion piece that represents the viewpoint of the staff on a current issue. Great pieces take a clear stand and provide solutions for change. The story may appear in print or online.

FAQ:

  • Can there be more than one author be listed for a story?
    Yes
  • How many entries per category are allowed?
    Five with the exception of the Social Media category where the effectiveness of your social is being judged as group. Submit all social media sites that you utilize.

IHSPA is using the Better Newspaper Contest platform. Use this link to access the website. Select the 2016 IHSPA Spring News Contests.

Here are instructions for first time users of the Better BNC platform for entries.

Photographer, Writer, Videographer and Designer of the year awards

Year

Last year IHSPA has added three awards to accompany the long-standing Hawkeye photographer of the year.

  • Writer of the Year
  • Designer of the Year
  • Videographer of the Year
  • Hawkeye Photographer of the Year

To enter this IHSPA contest, the student must have created their work for a school newspaper, magazine, website or yearbook between March 10, 2015 and March 5, 2016.

To submit your work – create an online portfolio that includes five work samples and date of publication and name of the publication where the work appeared or will appear for yearbooks contestants.

Contestant’s school must be an IHSPA member.

Judges will evaluate the effectiveness of the student’s coverage of an event or people in a school or community.

We will honor up to five finalists in these competitions. There are no school size classes in these contests.

Instructions
Photographer of the YearCreate an online portfolio that includes five photos including caption and date of publication and name of the publication in which the photo appeared.
Writer of the yearCreate an online portfolio that includes five writing samples, indicate date of publication and name of the publication in which the article appeared. Only student publications are allowed.
Videographer of the yearCreate an online portfolio that includes five news video samples, indicate date of publication and name of the publication in which the article appeared. Only student publications are allowed.
Designer of the yearCreate an online portfolio that includes five design samples, indicate date of publication and name of the publication in which the article appeared. Only student publications are allowed. Works for yearbooks are eligible.

How to enter

The applicant must create a website that hosts the portfolio. Most questions can be answered by viewing the JEA website. This is similar to the Journalist of the Year entry. Specific instructions about how to do this can be found at this link.

While this is not a JEA contest we are following their strategy.

Tips on how to build the WordPress site can be found here.

Once the website has been built use this link use the Better Newspaper Contest platform to enter.

Deadline: March  5, 2016

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