Best of Show

Will your staff claim the title “Best of Show” and leave Minneapolis with an award?

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. 22. Hardcopies are required for the print newspaper categories. Links or hardcopies are welcome for the individual categories.

There is a $5 entry fee for each general-excellence and individual category.

General Excellence categories
Four-year Daily Newspaper
Four-year Weekly Newspaper
Four-year Non-weekly Newspaper
Newspaper Special Edition
Two-year College Newspaper

Individual categories
News Story
Feature Story
Sports Story
Multimedia Package
News Photo
Single Page Design

What to enter
Newspaper: A single issue (one or more sections) published Feb. 1, 2019, or later.
Websites: Updated since Jan. 1, 2020.
Individual story: Story published Feb. 1, 2019, or later.
Multimedia package: Submitted via a web link of package published Feb. 1, 2019, or later.
Photo: Photo published Feb. 1, 2019, or later.
Design: Design published Feb. 1, 2019, or later.