Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

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Deadlines to submit

Spring publications/media: June 11, 2018
Fall yearbooks: October 1, 2018

 

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A NEW CONFIRMATION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU TO USE DURING THIS MEMBERSHIP YEAR.

 

Gold Circle Categories


The Gold Circle Awards are available to members as part of the Regular Membership, Associate Membership or Basic Membership.
 

Newspapers or Newsmagazine Verbal Categories

How to submit your entries:
• Include the COMPLETE page that your entry was printed as a PDF.
• If your entry is a two page spread, please put your pages together as one page; it will give the judges the same reading experience as your audience.
• If you are submitting multiple pages for one category please make one PDF.

Deadline is June 11, 2018. Judging will be done in August 2018 and announced in September 2018.

N1. News writing
Submit a PDF of an article that presents new information or a new angle on information about past events. The story should have ample background information and context with a crisp lead and a well-written nut graph.

N2. In-depth news/feature story
Submit a PDF of a detailed story with extensive research and several attributed sources designed to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

N3. Editorial writing
Submit a PDF of an editorial written as a statement of opinion by the staff, not a personal op-ed column. Editorials should be neither bylined nor initialed (enter those as opinion columns in categories #N4-N8).

N4. Personal opinion: On-campus issues
Submit a PDF of either a regularly appearing column or a one-time opinion piece that expresses a viewpoint regarding any issue or incident that affects your campus community. Judged on quality of writing and amount of research and insight provided.

N5. Personal opinion: Off-campus issues
Submit a PDF of either a regularly appearing column or a one-time opinion piece that expresses a viewpoint regarding any issue or trend that goes beyond your campus community. Judged on quality of writing and amount of research and insight provided.

N6. General or humor commentary
Submit a PDF of either a regularly appearing personal opinion column or a humorous column. All columns entered should be bylined by a single writer. Judged on quality of writing and the amount of research and insight provided. (Staff editorials should be entered in the editorial writing category #N3.)

N7. Sports commentary
Submit a PDF of personal opinion sports writing modeled after regular columnists for daily professional media. Judged on quality of writing and amount of research and insight provided. (Sports features should be entered in category #N10.)

N8. First person experience
Submit a PDF of either a regularly appearing column or a one-time opinion piece that describes a personal experience that shaped the viewpoint of the writer. Judged on quality of writing and insight provided. (Not for first person reporting of a news or sports event. Submit such stories in category #N1, #N2 or #N9.)

N9. Sports news (includes season summaries and game stories)
Submit a PDF of an article that emphasizes timely action such as season summaries and game stories.

N10. Sports features (includes profiles or season previews)
Submit a PDF of an article that uses lively details to clarify sports issues, to provide entertainment and insight about sports, or to profile the personality of sports figures, coaches or team members. Also includes season previews.

N11. News feature
Submit a PDF of an article that provides information supplementing a news story, usually by adding the human element behind a news event or by giving background through interpretation or explanation.

N12. Personality profile
Submit a PDF of a feature story about an individual’s life, interests or accomplishments.

N13. General feature
Submit a PDF of an article that entertains through material that is interesting but not necessarily news oriented. Emphasis should be on rich detail and liberal use of quotes.

N14. Cultural feature
Submit a PDF of an opinion piece that reviews entertainment, food, travel, lifestyle, or fashion.

N15. Entertainment reviews
Submit a PDF of an opinion piece that reviews movies, music, plays, concerts, books, exhibits, performances or other technical gadgets available to the public or to the student community.

N16. Headline writing
Submit a PDF of four headlines with the full story as one entry. Remember to submit the entire page the headline and story was published.

N17. Caption writing
Submit a PDF of page(s) with four captions with the photo as one entry. Remember to submit the entire page the photo and caption was published. More than one photo/caption may be on one page, indicate the titles of the photos on the entry form.

N18. Briefs writing
Submit a PDF of the complete pages from one issue that has at least three briefs. Maximum length of each story should be no longer than 200 words. Submit the entire page that the briefs are published.

N19. Sidebar writing
Sidebar is a supplemental story that further explains additional angles to the main story and furnishes new information. Submit a PDF of the page of the sidebar ALONG WITH THE MAIN ARTICLE to show the relationship to the main story.

N20. Alternative Story Form
Submit a PDF the full page published that contains info presented in a non-narrative format such as timelines, a list, story broken into segments, Q&A, use of info graphics or factoids. Submit the entire page where the story was published.
 

Newspapers or Newsmagazine Visual Categories

How to submit your entries:
• Include the COMPLETE page that your entry was printed as a PDF.
• If your entry is a two page spread, please put your pages together as one page, it will give the judges the same reading experience as your audience.
• If you are submitting multiple pages for one category please make one PDF.

Deadline is June 11, 2018. Judging will be done in August 2018 and announced in September 2018.

N21. Art/illustration: Hand-drawn
Submit a PDF of the page where an original hand drawn only illustration accompanies a news, sports or feature story (include the article as well). Judging is based on originality, ability to capture the content, tone or flavor of a story and artistic values. The illustration may have been created on a tablet (such as a Wacom with pen) has NO ENHANCEMENT with any software such as Photoshop. No photos, photo illustrations or information graphics should be entered in this category. Use categories N26 through N34 for those.

N22. Computer generated art/illustration
Submit a PDF of the page where an original illustration created with computer software or hand-drawn enhanced images that accompanies a news, sports or feature story (include the article as well). Judging is based on originality, ability to capture the content, tone or flavor of a story and artistic values. No photos, photo illustrations or information graphics should be entered in this category. Use categories N26 through N34 for those.

N23. Art/illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pieces of art/illustration by one artist (don’t forget to submit the entire page where the art is published). Judging is based on originality, ability to capture the content, tone or flavor of a story and artistic values. Send as one PDF. No photos, photo illustrations or information graphics should be entered in this category. Use categories N26 through N34 for those.

N24. Cartoons
Submit a PDF of the page where a cartoon and caption to be judged on originality, appropriateness to subject matter, style and clarity. Cartoons may be editorial, sports or comic in style.

N25. Cartoon Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pieces by one artist, (don’t forget to submit the entire page where the art is published). Send as one PDF.

N26. Photo story
Submit a PDF of the full page, including the headlines, copy, photos and captions. The entry will be judged on the quality of photography, copy and layout. All photos used must further the story for the reader. A scrapbook approach of photos used to record who was present will be ineligible.

N27. Single spot news photograph
Submit a PDF of the page where a single spot news photograph is published. Judged on impact, news value, technique, subject matter, on-the-spot timing, audience impact, and sharp print quality. No posed shots or portraits. Photo must have a caption.

N28. Single feature photograph
Submit a PDF of the page where a single feature photograph is published. Judged on technique, impact, human interest with emphasis on people in their environment, good cropping, sharp print quality and its ability to convey a story. Include caption with photo. Photographs that have been altered by means of computer software should be entered in the photo illustration categories #N31 or #32.

N29. Single sports photograph
Submit a PDF of the page where a single sports photograph is published. Judging is based on technique, sharp print quality, and the degree to which it captures the action and emotion of the sporting event. Include caption with photo.

N30. Photo illustration
Submit a PDF of the page where a single photo illustration is published. Judging is based on technique, ease of viewing the image and creativity. If more than one person, clearly identify on the form the photographer and illustrator. Include caption with photo illustration.

N31. Photography Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pieces by one photographer (don’t forget to submit the entire page where the art is published). Photo illustrations may be included. Send as one PDF.

N32. Photo Illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pieces by same creator(s) (don’t forget to submit the entire page where the art is published).  Send as one PDF.

N33. Informational graphics
Submit a PDF of the page with informational graphic that is charted information, lists, timelines, pull out quote boxes of information, graphs, diagrams, maps or factoid of information using illustration or photography.

N34. Informational graphics: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of up to three to six pieces by same creator(s) (don’t forget to submit the entire page where the art is published). Send as one PDF.

N35. Typography: The look of one page or spread
Submit a PDF of one page or spread that feature typography lettering, calligraphy or creative use of letterforms.

N36. Typography: A designed or art headline
Submit a PDF of the full page to show the use of the headline designed.

N37. Newsmagazine Cover
Submit a PDF of a cover of an issue that may include multi-teasers or possibly on story feature. Not for literary/art covers, for those see M#15.

N38. Page One Design
Submit a PDF of the complete front page of one issue.

N39. News Page Design
Submit a PDF of one complete news page. No front pages may be entered in this category. Pages included in this category should include inside pages with or without advertising.

N40. Editorial Page Design
Submit a PDF of one complete editorial page that includes a masthead.

N41. Op-Ed or News Analysis Page Design
Submit a PDF of one page that includes an op-ed or news analysis. These pages should not include a masthead but be stand-alone op-ed pages.

N42. Feature Page Design
Submit a PDF of one complete feature page.

N43. Sports Page Design
Submit a PDF of one complete sports page.

N44. Cultural Feature
Submit a PDF of one complete page that features reviews on entertainment, food, travel, lifestyle, or fashion.

N45. Alternative Story Presentation
Submit a PDF of one page or spread with a segmented story that uses alternative story forms such as timelines, charts, Q&A’s, maps factoids and graphic devices.

N46. Design Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pages by one page designer. Pages can include Page One, News, Op-Ed/New Analysis, Feature or Sports. Send as one PDF.

N47. Photo layout: Full page
Submit a PDF of one full page. It can be a single page or spread. Must include captions, as they will be considered part of the judging.

N48. Photo layout: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pages by one page designer. Entries may include photos and or photo illustrations. Send as one PDF.

N49. Single Subject News or Feature Package, Single Page Design
Submit a PDF of a single page of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions. The emphasis is on the scope, content, and quality of the reporting and editing. Results of opinion surveys may be included as one of the stories. Photos, information graphics and other art will be considered in judging the overall presentation, but spreads without them will also be considered without prejudice.

N50. Single Subject News or Feature Package, Double-truck (two-facing pages)
Submit a PDF of either a double-truck (two facing pages designed as a visual unit) of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions. Send as one PDF.

N51. Single Subject News or Feature Package, 3 or more pages or special section
Submit a PDF of either a package that has 3 or more pages or is designed as a special section of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions. Send as one PDF.

 

Magazine Verbal Categories

Includes general interest, literary, literary-art, feature and other specialized magazines.

How to submit your entries:
• Include the COMPLETE page that your entry was printed as a PDF.
• If your entry is a two-page spread, please put your pages together as one page. It will give the judges the same reading experience as your audience.
• If you are submitting multiple pages please make one PDF.

Deadline is June 11, 2018. Judging will be done in August 2018 and announced in September 2018.

M1. Open (free) form poetry
Submit a PDF of the page where one free-form poem is published.

M2. Closed (traditional) form poetry
Submit a PDF of the page where one traditional poem is published.

M3. Experimental Fiction
Submit a PDF of the page where one piece of experimental fiction is published.

M4. Traditional Fiction
Submit a PDF of the page where one piece of traditional fiction is published.

M5. Essays:
Submit a PDF of the page where one critical or personal essay is published.

M6. Humor:
Submit a PDF of the page where one written piece that addresses a topical subject in a humorous or satirical manner is published.

M7. Non-fiction article
Submit a PDF of the page where one non-fiction article story on any issue or person relevant to the local or campus community is published.

M8. Non-fiction interview
Submit a PDF of the page where one feature story on any issue or person relevant to the local or campus community is published.

M9. Non-fiction column
Submit a PDF of the page where one piece from a regular column on any issue relevant to the local or campus community is published.

M10. Headline writing
Submit a PDF of five pages that include the headlines with the full story is published. Send as one PDF.

M11. Caption writing
Submit a PDF of the full page that contains the captions with the photo that is published. Send as one PDF.

M12. Briefs writing
Submit a PDF of the complete pages from one issue that has at least three briefs. Maximum length of each story should be no longer than 200 words. Submit the entire page that the briefs are published.

M13. Sidebar writing
Sidebar is a supplemental story that further explains additional angles to the main story and furnishes new information. Submit a PDF of the page of the sidebar ALONG WITH THE MAIN ARTICLE to show the relationship to the main story.

M14. Alternative Story Form
Submit a PDF of the full page published that contains info presented in a non-narrative format such as timelines, a list, story broken into segments, Q&A, use of info graphics or factoids.
 

Magazine Visual Categories

Includes general interest, literary, literary-art, folk and other specialized magazines.

How to submit your entries:
• Include the COMPLETE page that your entry was printed as a PDF.
• If your entry is spread, please put your pages together as one page, it will give the judges the same reading experience as your audience.
• If you are submitting multiple pages please make one PDF.

Deadline is June 11, 2018. Judging will be done in August 2018 and announced in September 2018.

M15. Cover design for Literary or Literary/Art Magazine
Submit a PDF of the cover of one issue that is published.

M16. Cover design for General or Feature Magazine
Submit a PDF of the cover of one issue that is published.

M17. Table of contents page
Submit a PDF of the pages of the table of contents page(s).

M18. Use of typography on one page or spread
Submit a PDF of one page or spread that feature typography lettering, calligraphy or creative use of letterforms.

M19. Use of a designed or art headline
Submit a PDF of the full page or spread to show the use of the headline designed.

M20. Single illustration: hand-drawn
Submit a PDF of the page where a single illustration is published. Content will be judged on originality, appropriateness to subject matter, style and clarity.

M21. Single illustration: computer generated
Submit a PDF of a complete page that contains an illustration that was computer generated.

M22. Portfolio Illustration
Submit a PDF of three to six different pages that contain an illustration by the same artist. There may be more than one photo on one page. Send as one PDF.

M23. Photography — Single Artistic photograph
Submit entire page or spread with the photograph to be judged indicated. The photography should be non-news, and artistic in subject matter.

M24. Photography —Single News feature photograph
Submit a PDF of a complete page that contains a single photograph. Judged on technique, impact, human interest with emphasis on people in their environment, good cropping, sharp print quality and its ability to convey a story. Include caption with photo. Photographs that have been altered by means of computer software should be entered in the photo illustration categories #M26.

M25. Photography: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of complete pages that contains three to six photos by the same photographer. There may be more than one photo on one page. Send as one PDF.

M26. Photo illustration
Submit a PDF of a complete page that contains a photo illustration. Judging is based on technique, ease of viewing the image and creativity. If more than one creator, clearly identify on the form the photographer and illustrator. Include caption with photo illustration.

M27. Photo Illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of three to six pages that contain photo illustrations by same creator(s). There may be more than one photo on one page. Send as one PDF.

M28. Informational graphics
Submit a PDF of the page where an informational graphic shows charted information, lists, timelines, pull out quote boxes of information, graphs, diagrams, maps or factoid of information using illustration or photography.

M29. Informational graphics: Portfolio of work
Submit a PDF of up to three to six pages that contain information graphics by one creator(s). There may be more than one photo on one page. Send as one PDF.

M30. Design of a single spread
Submit a PDF of complete spread (two facing pages). Submissions may include literary, literary-art, general or feature magazines.

M31. Design Multi-page presentation
Submit a PDF of at least three or more pages to show how the design is carried through. Submissions may include literary, literary-art, general or feature magazines.

M32. Design portfolio
Submit a PDF of three to six different pages or spreads by the same designer. Submissions may include literary, literary-art, general or feature magazines. Send as one PDF.

M33. Single Subject Feature Package, Single Page Design
Submit a PDF of a single page of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions. The emphasis should be on the scope, content, and quality of the reporting and editing. Results of opinion surveys may be included as one of the stories. Photos, information graphics and other art will be considered in judging the overall presentation, but spreads without them will also be considered without prejudice.

M34. Single Subject Feature Package, Double-truck (two-facing pages)
Submit a PDF of pages published either as a double-truck (two facing pages designed as a visual unit) published of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions. Send as one PDF.

M35. Single Subject Feature Package, 3 or more pages or special section
Submit a PDF of pages published that showcase either a package that has 3 or more pages or is designed as a special section of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions. Send as one PDF.

 

Yearbook Verbal Categories

How to submit your entries:
• Include the COMPLETE page that your entry was printed as a PDF.
• If your entry is spread, please put your pages together as one page, it will give the judges the same reading experience as your audience.
• If you are submitting multiple pages please make one PDF.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.

Y1. Feature writing: Student Life
Submit a PDF of a spread with a piece of feature writing and reporting on school/college and community from the student life section of the book. Topics can also include in-depth features and current events coverage.

Y2. Sports reporting
Submit a PDF of a spread with copy that makes the reader feel that she/ he is reliving the season.

Y3. Sports feature writing
Submit a PDF of a spread with copy that covers any topic that spotlights an unusual aspect of an event, a coach, a player or any controversy.

Y4. Academic writing
Submit a PDF of a spread with any copy that features a department, a subject or unusual academic direction. Do not include personality profiles of a teacher or other staff member. Enter these in category #Y6.

Y5. Organization/Greek writing
Submit a PDF of a spread with copy that gives the reader a fresh view of the organization or Greek society.

Y6. Personality profile
Submit a PDF of a spread with copy featuring a teacher, staff member or student that makes the individual three-dimensional.

Y7. Sidebar Writing
Submit a PDF a spread with of any sidebar ALONG WITH THE MAIN SPREAD to show the relationship to the story and page. Send as one PDF.

Y8. Headline writing
Submit a PDF of three spreads with headlines.

Y9. Caption/cutline writing
Submit a PDF of three spreads with captions (and their photos).

Y10. Alternative Story Form
Submit a PDF of a spread with info presented in a non-narrative format such as timelines, a list, story broken into segments, Q&A, use of info graphics or factoids.
 

Yearbook Visual Categories

How to submit your entries:
• Include the COMPLETE page that your entry was printed as a PDF.
• If your entry is spread, please put your pages together as one page, it will give the judges the same reading experience as your audience.
• If you are submitting multiple pages please make one PDF.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.

Y11. Theme and concept
Submit a PDF of the cover, opening spreads, divider spreads, closing spreads. Judging will take design and theme copy into consideration as well as the strength of the book's theme/concept presented throughout the entire book. Send as four PDFs, (cover, opening spreads, divider spreads and closing spreads).

Y12. Cover design
Submit a PDF of the cover. This must be an original student design and not a cover created by a design at your printing plant. Since this is a student competition, do not submit entries designed by a professional plant artist. If you cover has a special effect (die cut, embossing, heat sensitive design) that may not necessarily show through the artwork submitted to your publisher, you may also submit a photo of the finished cover.

Y13. End sheets
Submit a PDF of front and back end sheets. Since this is a student competition, do not submit entries designed by a professional plant artist.

Y14. Title page
Submit a PDF of one title page for an entry. Since this is a student competition, do not submit entries designed by a professional plant artist.

Y15. Table of contents
Submit a PDF of one table of contents for an entry.

Y16. Sports action photo
Submit a PDF of the full page or spread with one well-cropped, in-focus photograph with excellent tonal quality. Photo must have a caption. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

Y17. Sports feature photo
Submit a PDF of the full page or spread with one well-cropped, in-focus photograph with excellent tonal quality. Include caption with photo. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

Y18. Academic photo
Submit a PDF of the full page or spread with one photo that depicts students in a learning situation either in or out of class. Include caption with photo. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

Y19. Feature photo
Submit a PDF of the full page or spread with one human-interest photo with emphasis on people in their environment. Posed shots and portraits are not acceptable. Include caption with photo. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

Y20. Photo illustration: single image
Submit a PDF of the page with your photo illustration. Judging is based on technique, ease of viewing the image and creativity. If more than one person, clearly identify on the form the photographer and illustrator. Include caption with photo. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

Y21. Photo portfolio
Submit a PDF of three to six photos from the same photographer (photo illustrations should not be included) of any sports, academic, feature or advertising photo. Send as one PDF.

Y22. Index
Submit a PDF of the entire index. Judged on creative presentation of the index. Send as one PDF.

Y23. Informational Graphics: single
Submit a PDF of an information graphic that includes charted information, lists, timelines, pull out quote boxes of information, graphs, diagrams, maps or factoid of information using illustration or photography.

Y24. Informational Graphics: Portfolio
Submit a PDF of three to six pieces by the same creator(s). Send as one PDF.

Y25. Opening and closing spread design
Submit a PDF of all of the opening and closing spreads.

Y26. Division page design
Submit a PDF of one set of all division pages in the yearbook. Elements of yearbook need to include complete story, headline, folios, photos and captions. Send as one PDF.

Y27. Feature presentation
Submit a PDF of an unusual feature from any section. Judged on subject selection, writing, photography and design. Features must include headlines, captions and a story.

Y28. Student Life spread: one spread
Submit a PDF of a single page or two-page spread student life spread. Topics can include in-depth feature or current events coverage.

Y29. Student Life spread: multi-page spread
Submit a PDF of a three or more page spread that covers a student life topic. Topics can include in-depth feature or current events coverage. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed. Send as one PDF.

Y30. Sports spread: one spread
Submit a PDF of single page or two-page spread that covers a sports topic.

Y31. Sports spread: multi-page spread
Submit a PDF of a three or more page spread that covers a sports topic. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed. Send as one PDF.

Y32. Academic spread: one spread
Submit a PDF of a single page or two-page spread that covers an academic topic.

Y33. Academic spread: multi-page spread
Submit a PDF of a three or more page spread that covers a sports topic that covers an academic topic. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed. Send as one PDF.

Y34. People spread with mug photos
Submit a PDF of a single page or two-page spread that includes mug photos.

Y35. People spreads without mug photos one spread
Submit a PDF of a single page or two-page spread that covers a topic relevant to students that is in the people section. It may include features, culture or alternative story form.

Y36 People spreads without mug photos: multi-page spread
Submit a PDF of a three or more page spread that covers a topic relevant to students that is in the people section. It may include features, culture or alternative story form. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed. Send as one PDF.

Y37. Organization or Greeks spread: one spread
Submit a PDF of a single page or two page spread that covers an organization or Greek topic. Emphasis on action photography and copy that tells a particular story of the organization/Greeks rather than focusing on general goals, purposes, aims, etc.

Y38. Organization or Greeks spread: multi-page spread
Submit a PDF of up to four spreads that covers an organization or Greek topic. Emphasis on action photography and copy that tells a particular story of the organization/Greeks rather than focusing on general goals, purposes, aims, etc. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed. Send as one PDF.

Y39. Design portfolio
Submit a PDF of three to six spreads by one designer from any part of the book. Pages may be student life, sports, academic, people, organization or Greeks. Send as one PDF.

 

Digital Media Verbal Categories

NOTE: Any submissions that are designed as PDF and viewed on a reader such as ISSUU should be submitted in the News category section of Gold Circles.

These categories include all publications published on an interactive website.

How to submit your entries:
• Include working publications website link of your published work created by your staff.
• Judges can only consider entries with a working publications website link.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.

DM1. Breaking news
Submit a publication website link of a story written within twelve hours of a developing news event on your campus. It needs to go beyond basic reporting to include context and background.

DM2. Secondary coverage
Submit a publication website link of a page that features stories, info graphics, sidebars that demonstrate follow-up reporting to breaking news.

DM3. News writing (planned news)
Submit a publication website link of an article that presents new information or a new angle on information about past events. The story should have ample background information and context with a crisp lead and a well-written nut graph.

DM4. News feature
Submit a publication website link of an article that provides information supplementing a news story, usually by adding the human element behind a news event or by giving background through interpretation or explanation.

DM5. In-depth news/feature story
Submit a publication website link of a detailed story with extensive research and several attributed sources designed to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

DM6. Editorial writing
Submit a publication website link of an editorial written as a statement of opinion by the staff, not a personal op-ed column. Editorials should be neither bylined nor initialed (enter those opinion columns in categories #DM7-DM11).

DM7. Personal opinion: On-campus issues
Submit a publication website link of either a regularly appearing column or a one-time opinion piece that expresses a viewpoint regarding any issue or incident that affects your campus community. Judged on quality of writing and amount of research and insight provided.

DM8. Personal opinion: Off-campus issues
Submit a publication website link of either a regularly appearing column or a one-time opinion piece that expresses a viewpoint regarding any issue or trend that goes beyond your campus community. Judged on quality of writing and amount of research and insight provided.

DM9. General or humor commentary
Submit a publication website link of either a regularly appearing personal opinion column or a humorous column. All columns should be bylined by a single writer. Judged on quality of writing and the amount of research and insight provided. (Staff editorials should be entered in the editorial writing category #DM6.)

DM10. Blogging
Submit a publication website link of postings that show research and inform or entertain readers.

DM11. First person experience
Submit a publication website link of either a regularly appearing column or a one-time opinion piece that describes a personal experience that shaped the viewpoint of the writer. Judged on quality of writing and insight provided. (Not for first person reporting of a news or sports event. Submit such stories in category #DM7, #DM8 or #DM9.)

DM12. Sports commentary
Submit a publication website link of personal opinion sports writing modeled after regular columnists for daily professional media. Judged on quality of writing and amount of research and insight provided. (Sports features should be entered in category #DM13.)

DM13. Sports news
Submit a publication website link of an article that emphasizes timely action such as season summaries and game stories.

DM14. Sports features
Submit a publication website link of an article that uses lively details to clarify sports issues, to provide entertainment and insight about sports, or to profile the personality of sports figures, coaches or team members. Also includes season previews.

DM15. Personality profile
Submit a publication website link of a feature story about an individual's life, interests or accomplishments.

DM16. General feature
Submit a publication website link of an article that entertains through material that is interesting but not necessarily news oriented. Emphasis should be on rich detail and liberal use of quotes.

DM17. Entertainment reviews
Submit a publication website link of an opinion piece that reviews movies, music, plays, concerts, books, exhibits, performances or other technical gadgets available to the public or to the student community.

DM18. Headline writing
Submit a publication website link of the home page and two other pages of the site to feature three headlines (and their story). This counts as one entry.

DM19. Caption writing
Submit a publication website link of the home pages and two other pages of the site that have at least five captions (and the photo). This counts as one entry.

DM20. Briefs writing
Submit the publication website link of pages that contains at least three briefs. Maximum length of each  story should be no longer than 200 words.

DM21. Sidebar writing
Submit the publication website link of a sidebar that is a supplemental story that further explains additional angles to the main story and furnishes new information. Submit the sidebar ALONG WITH THE MAIN ARTICLE to show the relationship to the main story.

 

Digital Media Visual Categories

NOTE: Any submissions that are designed as PDF and viewed on a reader such as ISSUU should be submitted in the News category section of Gold Circles.

These categories include all publications published on an interactive website.

How to submit your entries:
• Include working publication website link of your published video created by your staff.
• Judges can only consider entries with a working publication website link.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.

DM22. Single spot news photograph
Submit publication website link of a single photograph. Judged on impact, news value, technique, subject matter, on-the-spot timing, audience impact, and sharp print quality. No posed shots or portraits. Include caption with photo. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

DM23. Single feature photograph
Submit the publication website link of a single photograph. Judged on technique, impact, human interest with emphasis on people in their environment, good cropping, sharp print quality and its ability to convey a story. Include caption with photo. Photographs that have been altered by means of computer software should be entered in the photo illustration category #DM25. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.
       
DM24. Single sports photograph
Submit the publication website link of a single photograph. Judging is based on technique, sharp print quality, and the degree to which it captures the action and emotion of the sporting event. Include caption with photo. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

DM25. Photo illustration
Submit the publication website link of a photo illustration. Judging is based on technique, ease of viewing the image and creativity. If more than one creator, clearly identify on the form the photographer and illustrator. Include caption with photo illustration.

DM26. Photography Portfolio of work
Submit three to six publication website links of photos by one photographer. Photo illustrations may be included. This counts as single entry. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

DM27. Art/illustration: Hand-drawn
Submit the publication website link of an original illustration that accompanies a news, sports or feature story (include the article as well). Judging is based on originality, ability to capture the content, tone or flavor of a story and artistic values. No photos, photo illustrations or information graphics should be entered in this category.

DM28. Computer generated art/illustration
Submit the publication website link of an original illustration that accompanies a news, sports or feature story (include the article as well). Judging is based on originality, ability to capture the content, tone or flavor of a story and artistic values. No photos, photo illustrations or information graphics should be entered in this category.

DM29. Cartoons
Submit the publication website link of a cartoon and caption to be judged on originality, appropriateness to subject matter, style and clarity. If cartoon relates to an editorial, include the accompanying editorial link. If sports, the submitted artwork and caption must illustrate or comment on sports figures or events. If comic, submitted artwork and caption must illustrate humor.

DM30. Cartoon Portfolio of work
Submit three to six publication website link of cartoon pieces by one artist. This counts as a single entry.

DM31. Informational graphics
Submit one website link of informational graphics that charted information, lists, timelines, pull out quote boxes of information, graphs, diagrams, maps or factoid of information using illustration or photography.

 

Digital Media Design Categories

How to submit your entries:
• Include working publication website link of your published video created by your staff.
• Judges can only consider entries with a working publication website link.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.

DM32. Photo slideshow
Submit the publication website link to a slideshow with photos on one subject.

DM33. Photo and audio slideshow
Submit the publication website link to a slideshow with photos accompanied by audio of interviews or relevant sounds.

DM34. Podcast
Submit the publication website link to a student produced podcast created by online staff.

DM35. Interactive graphic
Submit a publication website link to a page of an interactive graphic that allows your reader to navigate through the graphic and receive information.

DM36. Informational graphics: Portfolio of work
Submit three to six publication website link of informational graphics pieces by same creator(s). This counts as single entry.

 

Digital Media Video Categories

Videos that were broadcast on a school network system or on the web site are eligible.

How to submit your entries:
• Include working publication website link of your published video created by your staff.
• Judges can only consider entries with a working publication website link.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.

DM37. Video Commercial
Submit the publication website link to a video published online by your staff as an advertisement created for a school club or business outside of school.

DM38. Video PSA
Submit the publication website link to a video published online by your staff on a public service announcement promoting health or safety awareness.

DM39. Video News Package
Submit the publication website link to a video published online by your staff about a news event presenting new information on an angle on previously aired information or past events.

DM40. Video Feature Package
Submit the publication website link to a video published online by your staff about a feature story that contains material that is interesting but not necessarily news oriented. It may include personality profiles or entertainment reviews.

DM41. Video Documentary
Submit the publication website link to a video online published by your staff about issue-oriented coverage with emphasis on research, interviewing and analysis. Preference is given to shorter pieces, usually not longer than 20 minutes.


Digital Magazine Verbal Categories

NOTE: Any submissions that are designed as PDF and viewed on a reader such as ISSUU should be submitted in the News category section of Gold Circles.

These categories include all publications published on an interactive website.

How to submit your entries:
• Include working publications website link of your published work created by your staff.
• Judges can only consider entries with a working publications website link.

Deadline is October 1, 2018. Judging will be done in December 2018 and announced in January 2019.


DM42. Open (free) form poetry
Submit the publication website link of one free-form poem is published.

DM43. Closed (traditional) form poetry
Submit the publication website link of one traditional poem is published.

DM44. Experimental Fiction
Submit the publication website link of one piece of experimental fiction is published.

DM45. Traditional Fiction
Submit the publication website link of one piece of traditional fiction is published.

DM46. Essays:
Submit the publication website link of one critical or personal essay is published.

DM47. Non-fiction article
Submit the publication website link of one non-fiction article story on any issue or person relevant to the local or campus community is published.

DM48. Non-fiction interview
Submit the publication website link of one feature story on any issue or person relevant to the local or campus community is published.

DM49. Non-fiction column
Submit the publication website link of one piece from a regular column on any issue relevant to the local or campus community is published.
 

Digital Magazine Visual Categories

DM50. Portfolio Illustration
Submit the publication website links of three to six different web pages that contain an illustration by the same artist. There may be more than one photo on one page.

DM51. Photography — Single Artistic photograph
Submit the publication website link with the photograph to be judged indicated. The photography should be non-news, and artistic in subject matter.

DM52. Photo Illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit the publication website links of three to six different web pages that contains a photo illustrations by same creator(s). There may be more than one photo on one page.

 

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