All contest entries are due March 16, 2018.
Posted here now are the contest rules and category info for yearbooks, newspapers, online and broadcast. Please read the rules. They will answer most if not all of your questions.
The rest of the contest entry materials will be posted on www.khsja.org in a few days.
2017-2018 KHSJA Contest Rules
• Schools must be current KHSJA members to enter. The contest is open to schools that paid KHSJA membership dues or were sponsored and are in good standing with the association.
• Attach a category entry form to EVERY entry. No loose entry forms. Each form must be filled out completely. Information must be typed or printed neatly. Incomplete forms will lead to disqualification. Write out your school’s name – do not abbreviate or use initials. Use only the supplied entry forms; do not make your own. No post-it notes. Please have students use category numbers and accurate category names on the entry forms. This greatly aids the sorting process. Prepare a typed sheet listing the names of all your students entering the contest. This will help eliminate misspelled names on plaques, certificates and in our contest tab.
For Newspaper: Staple the form to the right hand corner of the tearsheet or photocopy. Photocopied newspaper entries are permissible for the 2017-2018 contest.
For Broadcast: Attach the entry form securely to each DVD case.
• Clearly mark each entry
For Newspaper: The story, photograph, editorial, etc., entered should be clearly marked on the tearsheet or photocopy with a red marker. Send only full tearsheets. Do not cut out entries from tearsheets.
For Broadcast: DVDs must contain only the entry being submitted.
For Yearbook: Yearbooks should have an entry form attached and the categories to be judged clearly marked.
• Each student can submit up to two entries per category in the Newspaper and Broadcast Divisions.
Note: The deadline for all contest entries is March 16, 2018. This is the date entries must be postmarked or shipped by.
• Contest entries must have been published or broadcast between March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2018, right at 52 weeks. (Note: These periods include the spring of the last school year. This overlap allows work done after the last contest to be entered in this contest.) Yearbooks entered must be the book most recently published by your school. In most cases this will be the book from the previous school year.
• Designate your school’s class on the entry forms. Class A, 700 students enrolled and fewer; Class 2A, 701-1200 students enrolled; Class 3A, 1201 students or more. Teachers: Make sure all entries from your school are in the same class. If not, your entries will be judged in the higher class.
• An entry fee of $1 per newspaper or broadcast entry MUST be included along with a $5 entry fee per division. The yearbook fee is $20 per book — that includes $15 for the book ad $5 for the yearbook division. The divisions are: Newspaper, Broadcast or Yearbook. The fees go toward purchase of plaques, certificates and judging expenses. For example, if your school submitted 5 newspaper entries and 5 broadcast entries and your yearbook, the total fee would be $40 — that’s $10 for the newspaper entries ($5 for the entries and $5 for the division); $10 for the broadcast entries ($5 for the entries and $5 for the division) and $15 for the yearbook plus $5 for the yearbook division for the $40 total.
• Point tabulation: First-place awards receive 3 points; second-place awards 2 points; third-place awards 1 point, and then will be tallied by division. The school with the most points in each division will be awarded General Excellence. The next two finishers in each division receive General Excellence certificates. Also, points are tallied by school, including all the journalism programs, for a Grand Champion award. Schools must compete in at least two divisions to qualify.
2017-2018 KHSJA State Competition Yearbook Category Descriptions Descriptive Narrative
Advisers, in a paragraph of less than 100 words, describe your yearbook process, including technology used (disk submission, paste-up, etc.), budget including cost of book to students and number of books sold, spring or fall delivery, unusual circumstances affecting the success of your publication, professional photographer contribution, and in general, your and your staff’s experience in getting the yearbook to the publisher. Year-books will be judged in the categories listed below. Include as your entry your latest yearbook with an entry form attached that lists categories in which you want the entry judged.
Category 1: Cover Design
A cover design should be practical as well as beautiful, with the school name, year, volume number as well as a design that states and is an extension of the theme.
Category 2: Writing Style
Yearbook writing style is feature/news writing at its best, with headline, caption and body copy all focused on telling the story of the school year without bias but with interesting quotes and researched information.
Category 3: Overall Design
Layout and design of a yearbook includes the arrangement and size of photos, clipart, tool lines, boxes, screens, spot and process color, graphics including use of headline and body copy type, and the design of the folio. All should combine to create a unified, harmonious two-page magazine-style layout.
Category 4: Theme Development
Every yearbook should have a unifying concept that is clear, well conceived, easily identifiable and relative to student readers. The theme should work as a unifying concept throughout the entire publication.
Category 5: Use of Graphics
Graphics should be effectively used throughout the entire publication, but not take away from the readability of a spread. They should be consistent within the section and compliment the words and photographs.
Category 6: Photography
Whether in black and white or color, yearbook photography is like still video, based on events of the school year. Candid photos should be unposed, capturing the action, emotions and the faces of a diversity of people and experiences of the school year.
Category 7: Advertising Section
Last but not least, the advertising section of a yearbook should have reader appeal, too. Ads should be above all, readable and attractive, creative and accurate with an emphasis on photos and appropriate art. Ads should also follow basic rules of design.
Category 8: Overall Coverage
The yearbook should include diversity of all kinds: activities representing all aspects of student life and the student body.
2017-2018 KHSJA State Competition Broadcast Category Descriptions
Category 1: Spot production Length: 15 to 60 seconds
A DVD of an original commercial, public service announcement or promotional announcement. This category also includes animation. Animated productions may run longer than 60 seconds but should not exceed 5 minutes. Include script, name of client and client’s specifications where appropriate.
Criteria: Judges will be looking for creativity, original materials, and clean production. Writing will be appropriate to product or concept. Material should be tailored to target audience.
Category 2: Newscast
A DVD of a live or pre-recorded school newscast. Length: Under 10 minutes (condensed.)
Criteria: Judges will be looking at packaging, formatting, writing, producing and anchoring skills. Stories should be timely, relevant to the audience and an appropriate length. The broadcasts as a whole should be well paced and show a variety of readers, vos, vo/sots and packages. When condensing, leave out any spots, promos or PSAs, but include bumps and teases. Include the beginning and end of sports and/or weather, but omit the bulk of those segments.
Category 3: Music Video or short video
A DVD using original or pre-recorded music, and all original video. May also include videos without music.
Length: 3-5 minutes.
Category 4: Humorous Feature
Category includes humorous skit, parody, etc. Judges will look for
creativity, originality, appropriateness. Length: No more than 4 minutes.
Category 5: Newsmagazine
TV: The newsmagazine can be a public affairs, issues-oriented program or a magazine-format program. Topics can be informational or entertaining. On-air guests may be included as well as on-location video packages.
Criteria: Judges will be looking at pace and flow of material, variety of shots and production techniques. Program should include a mix of video and on-camera materials. The theme should be apparent. A well-produced newsmagazine will support the theme throughout the broadcast with a variety of story forms.
Length: 5 to 15 minutes (condensed.)
Category 6: Documentary
The documentary should focus on one theme or issue. Judges are looking for evidence of research, proper editing. Documentary could be a multiple-part series.
Length: Under 10 minutes.
Packages (This is a definition for categories below.)
A package is a complete story, introduced by an anchor and voiced by a reporter. It includes sound bites from sources. The reporter is seen during a bridge or during the stand-up close, usually not both. It is hardly ever necessary for the reporter to do a stand-up open unless it is a bench package — meaning the anchor throws to the reporter on set, and the reporter then uses material pre-recorded in the field. An anchor may tag a story if needed, but the tag should not contain essential material. Packages will be judged on their accuracy, timeliness, relevance and completeness. Intros should help the viewer into the story, but not repeat what the reporter will cover. Tags should be used sparingly, only when necessary. Sometimes an adviser will ask what’s the difference between a news or sports
package and a news feature or sports feature package, for example. Here’s an adviser’s explanation: “I am using ‘timeliness’ as a guide. All packages would have b-roll, voiceover, soundbites and standups. A sports package would be about one important recent game and a sports feature would be about the new boys on the cheerleader squad. A news package would be about a small fire that emptied the classrooms recently while a news feature package would be about what the school is doing about safety in general.”
Length: Most packages are between 45 seconds and 2 minutes. Max length is no more than 4 minutes.
Category 7: Best News Feature Package
A DVD of a short feature piece. A feature is not hard news. It may be a personality profile, an exploration of a topic, a look at the lighter side of life or a sidebar to a hard news story.
Category 8: Best Sports Feature Package
A DVD of a short sports feature piece. A feature is not hard news. It may be a sports personality profile, an exploration of a topic, a look at the lighter side of life (sports) or a sidebar to a hard sports news story.
Category 9: News package
A DVD of short hard or breaking news piece.
Category 10: Sports package
A DVD of a short hard or breaking sports piece.
Category 11: Vo or Vo/sot
Voice over story or voice over/sound on DVD. Not a package, but a solid story, news, feature or sports, that shows quality writing, reporting and videography. Vo and vo/sots run between 30 and 60 seconds.
Category 12: Videography
Best use of video in sports, news or features. Shots are well-framed, sequenced and in focus. The video is balanced. The pictures and script — if there is one — match. The script does not overwhelm the video. If music is used, it matches mood and tone of video. Videographer has conveyed emotion through pictures.
The radio-only categories are:
Category 13: Best newscast
An entry consists of 3-5 minutes of one or two students reading news – preferably from their school or community. Contestants will be judged on delivery, pronunciation and voice quality. Entries must be submitted on DVD. Entries must observe the time limit.
Category 14: Best DJ show
An entry consists of 3-5 minutes of an edited DJ show with one or two DJs. The entry must be edited so that most of the music has been removed and judges mainly hear the DJ(s) talking before and after music. Contestants will be judged on delivery, pronunciation, clarity and voice quality. Entries must be submitted on DVD. Entries must observe the time limit.
Category 15: Best sports play-by-play
An entry consists of 3-5 minutes of play-by-play, including color commentary if desired, by one or two students. Long pauses in the action should be edited out. Contestants will be judged on delivery, pronunciation, clarity and their ability to keep their audience informed as well as entertained. Entries must be submitted on DVD. Entries must observe the time limit.
There must be a minimum of 3 entries in each category in order for the judges to award a first, second or third place. Fewer than 3 entries in a category will give the judges the discretion to instead award certificates of merit.
Note: To help the judging process, please:
–Use only the provided KHSJA contest entry blanks. If additional
blanks are needed, download from www.khsja.org. Tape entry blanks to DVD cases. Do not put loose entry blanks inside DVD cases. All entry blanks must be attached with tape.
–Please spell out your school’s name on entry blanks. Do not use just your school’s initials. Many schools have the same or similar initials. Judges will be instructed they are to disqualify entries without the school’s name spelled out. Use of initials only confuses judges.
2017-2018 KHSJA State Competition Newspaper and Online Category Descriptions
Category 1: Newswriting
Entries can include coverage of scheduled and unscheduled news events (does not have to be school related.) Judges will look for thoroughness of reporting, sentence and paragraph structure. Stories should avoid reporter opinion and leave no unanswered questions.
Category 2: Feature writing
Entries should be feature-oriented stories that focus on people, places or things that are of interest to the paper’s readers.
Category 3: Editorial writing
Entries should be a statement of staff or editorial board opinion.
Category 4: Review
Entries should be a statement of personal opinion of the writer and can be a review of a variety of things: music, movies, games, etc.
Category 5: Sports Writing
Coverage of school sports functions or feature related to team or individual player(s) or recreational sports.
Category 6: Photography
Entries can be either news, feature or sports oriented. Judges will look for the best single photograph with the best composition, focus and overall quality.
Category 7: Advertising
Submit as your entry two ads from a single issue or two different issues that show the ad rep’s design skills and ability to sell an idea or product to a teen audience.
Category 8: Column
Submit as your entry a column clearly marked. The column should be personal opinion about a subject. The column may reflect research and/or expertise in or about the particular subject. Its purpose should be to entertain or inform.
Category 9: Editorial Cartoon
Submit as your entry a cartoon clearly marked. Judges will look for artistic merit, originality and the art’s relationship to the article(s) on the page the art accompanies.
Category 10: Single Page layout
Submit as your entry a full-page that best demonstrates the elements of good design. Judges will look at articles, headlines, photos, graphics and related material which are constructed as a clean, attractive visual image for the reader.
Category 11: Page One Design
Submit as your entry a front page. Judges will look at the impact of articles, headlines, photos and all other design elements that make a front page enticing to the reader.
Category 12: Two-Page Layout
Submit as your entry a two-page layout that best demonstrates the elements of good design. Judges will look at articles, headlines, photos, graphics and related material which are constructed as a clean, attractive visual image for the reader.
Category 13: Overall Design
Submit as your entry two complete issues that best demonstrate the elements of good design. Judges will look at articles, headlines, photos, graphics and related material which are constructed as a clean, attractive visual image for the reader.
Category 14: Illustrations/Graphics
Non-editorial cartoons that make use of outstanding self-created computer graphics or artists’ renderings that enhance the story.
Category 15: Best Student Online Publication
Submit as your entry two complete issues of an online student publication. Entries can consist of screen shots printed on paper OR the URL for your online publication. Make sure to enter your entire publication. If entering your UR,L, make sure it will be open to judges WITHOUT use of a password and that both of your issues are available online for judging purposes. Judges will consider your publication’s content, writing style, design and use of multi-media.
Note: To help the judging process for newspaper entries, please:
–Use only the provided KHSJA contest entry blanks. If additional blanks are needed, download from www.khsja.org. Please staple entry blanks to the upper right corner of each entry. DO NOT PAPER CLIP ENTRY BLANKS TO TEARSHEETS. PAPER CLIPS DO NOT STAY IN PLACE. LABELS BECOME SEPARATED FROM THEIR ENTRIES AND MUCH CONFUSION RESULTS! Staple only, please.
–Clearly mark your entry in red by either circling the item, drawing a red box around it or placing a large check mark beside it. Please leave no doubt in the judge’s mind as to what he or she should read or look at.
–Please spell out your school’s name on the entry blanks. Do not use just your school’s initials. Many schools across the state have the same or similar initials. Judges will be instructed they are to disqualify entries without the school’s name spelled out. Use of initials only creates much confusion among judges.
–Submit only tear sheets. (That is newspaper jargon for pages torn from issues of your school paper. You can use scissors to cut pages. They do not have to be torn although that’s what many papers did for years and that’s where the name comes
from.) Please do not cut entries out of pages or decorate entries or paste onto backing.