April 9 is entry deadline for Student Media Ohh-lympics
Entry form, instructions ready to download for 2014 Student Media Olympics. Entries must be emailed by April 9, 2014. We now accept credit cards for payment.
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Make sure your journalism students receive the statewide recognition they deserve. It’s time to enter your staff’s best work of the year in the 2014 Student Media O-lympics. Review your newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, videos, podcasts, and websites for your best journalistic work this year and mail your entries by April 9.
Student Media O-lympics is an opportunity for your students to have their work objectivity evaluated and rated by media professionals, receive statewide recognition for their work, and recognition for your school’s journalism media program. Work from March 1 of last year through the deadline, April 9 of this year, is eligible for consideration. Please follow the “How To Enter” instructions below.
The cost is $3 per entry and you must be a NWSP member to participate. No worries. It’s not too late to join and enter! First download and fill out the NWSP Membership Form; then download and fill out the Student Media O-lympics invoice and return them with your total payment. Due to popular demand, NWSP now accepts credit card payments, too. Then follow the instructions for submitting your entries by the deadline. Membership runs from October 1 through Aug. 31 of each school year. You may submit up to three entries per category per medium (V-Video broadcast, A-Audio broadcast, W-Website, N-Newspaper, M-Magazine, Y-Yearbook) based on your membership. Click on the link to download the Student Media O-lympics Entry Form Spreadsheet. Use a separate for each medium.
In addition to submitting the Student Media O-lympics Entry Form Spreadsheet by email as schools have done in the past, all entries are now required to be submitted electronically as email attachments, either as a PDF document, JPEG photograph, or URL web link.
“This will greatly simplify the process of sorting, forwarding, and resorting contest categories to and from our professional judges,” said NWSP’s Executive Director Karla Kennedy, “as well as give us accurate information for the award certificates.”
Documents will be viewed on a computer screen by our judges beginning this year. Most PDFs and pictures use a far higher resolution than will ever be useful for a computer screen. When you print to PDF, set the resolution for the viewing documents on the web setting, or 72 dpi, to reduce your file size. Always save your JPEG photos in RGB color mode. Color photos and pages for print require CMYK mode, but CMYK mode doesn’t work consistently on all browsers
Electronic submission means you will no longer have to fill out each entry form by hand for each item you submit to Student Media O-lympics. This year’s entries must be printed and saved as a PDF, JPEG or URL, and each entry must be labeled with the school name, category, and entry number which matches the information on the official Student Media O-lympics Entry Form Spreadsheet.
For example, if you are from Marshfield High School Newspaper and are entering Category 1, Entry 1 (from the spreadsheet), you will name your scanned file “MARSHFIELDHSN1.1” and your second entry in the same category as “MARSHFIELDHSN1.2” and so on.
Email entries to: Dr. Karla D. Kennedy at email@example.com. For questions, either email Dr. Kennedy or contact her by phone at 503-412-3664 (office).
We recommend setting aside time each day over a week to allow students to reflect, debate and discuss and decide which pieces represent the staff’s best work of the year. Reflection is one of the most important growth activities for writers and creators of content. You may want each student to keep a string book of their work to review or submit for the Student Media O-lympics. Deciding the top three in each category — and the discussion that gets you there — is another valuable process that helps you and your students articulate what’s important and what is good and what is valued in the work your staff does.
What is this contest? Student Media O-lympics is an email-in contest of student journalists’ work published since March 1 of last year. Entries in 33 categories include web-based journalism, video-based journalism, audio-based journalism, and print-based journalism, including news, feature, sports and opinion writing, photography, design, advertising, art, single issues, video and podcast.
How much does it cost? You must be a member to enter. The cost is $3 per entry with a maximum of three entries per category per medium.
DOWNLOAD THE NWSP MEMBERSHIP INVOICE HERE
DOWNLOAD THE STUDENT MEDIA O-LYMPICS INVOICE HERE
How many entries may each school submit? Up to three entries in most categories. The single issue category (on-line and print) is limited to one entry per editorial staff, three maximum per school.
Who judges the contest? Journalism professionals, college-level advisers, and award-winning student media advisers who are retired or work in other states.
What feedback is provided? All entries receive critiques listing strengths and areas needing improvement. Award certificates for Superior, Excellent or Honorable Mention entries will be mailed to schools by mid-May. Certificate winners are announced in May on the NW Scholastic Press website and in our email newsletter. Principals of schools earning certificates receive a letter commending their journalism program. Press releases will be send to school boards and professional educator organizations.
Entries must be emailed by April 9, 2014.
How to enter the 2014 Student Media O-lympics
Student Media: V-Video broadcast, A-Audio broadcast, W-Website, N-Newspaper, M-Magazine, Y-Yearbook
Numbers below are Contest Numbers. You will name each of your scanned files with your school name, the Contest number, and the matching Entry number from your Student Media Olympics Entry Form Spreadsheet. For example, if you are from Marshfield High School Newspaper and are entering Category 1, Entry 1, you will name your scanned file “MARSHFIELDHSN1.1” and your second scanned entry in the same category will be named “MARSHFIELDHSN1.2” and the third scanned entry in the same category will be named “MARSHFIELDHSN1.3” and so on. (You can only submit three entries per category.)
Use these category numbers preceded by one of the following:
V-Video broadcast, A-Audio broadcast, W-Website,
N-Newspaper, M-Magazine, Y-Yearbook
1. Straight news
2. In-depth/analysis news: single story
3. In-depth news package: multiple stories, artwork, graphics, video, audio
4. Personality profile
5. Human interest
6. News feature
7. Sports news
8. Sports feature
9. Sports opinion
10. Editorial–Staff opinion
11A. Column: single story
11B. Column, same author: set of 3
12. Editorial cartoon
14. News photo/Recorded Sound
15. Human Interest-Feature Photo/Recorded Sound
16. Sports photo/Recorded Sound
17. Photo Story/Recorded Sound
18. Front Page layout
19. Inside Page layout
20. Double Page/In-depth layout
(Professional logos okay; no agency slicks or prepared slicks)
21. Single ad, student-produced: single
22. Series ads, student-produced: set of 3
23. Illustration, with story
(One issue per editorial staff; maximum 3 issues per school)
25. Single issue (print)
26. Single issue (web page)
(Submit web links on entry form for services such as youtube.com, vimeo.com, or other hosting service our judges can access with the link.)
27. TV/Video: News broadcast program (submit web link on entry form)
28. TV/ Video: Human Interest Package (submit web link on entry form)
29. TV/ Video: Sports Package (submit web link on entry form)
30. Radio/Podcast: News broadcast program (submit web link on entry form)
31. Radio/Podcast: Human Interest Package (submit web link on entry form)
32. Radio/Podcast: Sports Package (submit web link on entry form)
(Submit web link on entry form)
33. Web: Blog/Wordpress/Other CMS
HOW TO ENTER:
➤ Select the best articles, photos, ads, cartoons, page layouts, illustrations and single issues from your school newspapers and magazines; best videos produced, shot, and edited; best radio podcasts; and best web site links that have been published since March 1 of last year.
➤ Submit no more than three entries per category.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ENTRIES:
➤ Print each entry as a PDF, including headline from each story, and label it as specified above. You may also scan clips in PDF format if you prefer.
For layout categories (18, 19, 20) and single issues, print a PDF of the page(s) you want judged; entries for all other categories must also be printed in PDF format.
➤ For Web categories: To enter, please print a PDF of your homepage and name it with the web address our judges should use. Also list the web address on the Entry Form. We will review the web sites multiple times over the course of three weeks following the April 9 deadline; therefore, be sure to keep it current.
➤ Name each of your scanned files with your school name, the contest number, and the matching entry number from your Student Media Olympics Entry Form Spreadsheet. For example, if you are from Marshfield High School and are entering Category 1 News: Straight News, Entry 1, you will name your scanned file “MARSHFIELDHSN1.1” and your second scanned entry in the same category will be named “MARSHFIELDHSN1.2” and the third scanned entry in the same category will be named “MARSHFIELDHSN1.3” and so on.
➤ The name on the certificate will be taken from the spreadsheet entry form. Type perfectly, then have each of your student entrants check the spelling of their name on the spreadsheet prior to sending it to Northwest Scholastic Press. We print the certificates from the keystrokes entered on the spreadsheet.
➤ Completely fill out the school Student Media Olympics Entry Form, attach it and your entries to your email, and email it immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a lot of entries and need to send them in several emails, please label them “MARSHFIELDHSN Part 1,” “MARSHFIELDHSN Part 2” and so on. Our IT department has increased the size of emails we can receive, but you may still need to break it into several parts.
➤ Documents will be viewed on a computer screen by our judges. PDFs and pictures use far higher resolution than will ever be useful for a computer screen. Set the resolution for viewing documents on the web, or 72 dpi, to reduce your file size. Always save your JPEG photos in RGB color mode. Color photos and pages for print require CMYK mode, but CMYK mode doesn’t work consistently on all browsers.
➤ Broadcast categories: All entries must be produced, shot/recorded and edited by students. Videos must be uploaded to an online site such as youtube.com or vimeo.com, and the links to each entry must be provided on the Student Media Olympics Entry Form listing student’s names and their role in the production of the video.
➤Question? Call 503-412-3664
AWARDS TO BE MADE:
➤ Judges will evaluate entries and award Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention certificates. All entries will receive comments, highlighting strengths and noting suggestions for improvement.
➤ Judges will select the best entry from each category to award a Best of the Northwest for each category in each division within each student media.
➤ All evaluations and certificates will be returned to your school in mid-May in time for presentation to students.