Student media staffs attending the convention can enter general excellence categories specific to their medium and individual categories. All staffs may enter the website category.
Only delegations that include students are eligible. Entries are brought to the convention for on-site judging and winners are announced during the closing keynote on Sunday morning.
Newspaper staffs can enter two categories: One paper can be entered into the college format/frequency category and one in the special edition category.
Special edition newspapers include commemorative events, anniversaries, sports championships, retirements, installations of new college presidents and those that do multi-page reporting of a single story or related stories. Not eligible: Back-to-school and orientation week/welcome back editions.
Submit entries to the registration desk no later than 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Hardcopies are required for the print newspaper categories, links or hardcopies are welcome for the individual categories.
There is no entry fee for this contest but no more than two entries from the same publication will be allowed to enter the same individual category.
General excellence categories are:
• Four-year Daily Newspaper
• Four-year Weekly Newspaper
• Four-year Non-weekly Newspaper
• Two-year College Newspaper
• Publication Website
• Special Edition
Individual categories are:
• News Story
• Feature Story
• Sports Story
• Multimedia Package
• News Photo
• Single Page Design
Newspaper: A single issue (one or more sections) published Feb. 1, 2017 or later.
Websites: Updated since Jan. 1, 2018.
Individual story: Story published Feb. 1, 2017 or later.
Multimedia package: Submitted via a web link of package published Feb. 1, 2017 or later.
Photo: Photo published Feb. 1, 2017 or later.
Design: Design published Feb. 1, 2017 or later.
Photo credit: Yunuen Bonaparte, California State University, Fullerton