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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Download Gold Circle Form for Digital Media and Yearbooks published during 2015-16

 

 

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 tearsheet of entry and tape a copy of the entry form on the back of EACH page (in case of page separation). Original pages of the news publication must be provided.

N1. News writing
Submit 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 detailed story with extensive research and several attributed sources designed to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

N3. Editorial writing
Submit 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 #N4-N8).

N4. Personal opinion: On-campus issues
Submit 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 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 either a regularly appearing personal opinion column or a humorous column. 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 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 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
Submit an article that emphasizes timely action such as season summaries and game stories.

N10. Sports features
Submit 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 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 feature story about an individual’s life, interests or accomplishments.

N13. General feature
Submit 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 an opinion piece that reviews entertainment, food, travel, lifestyle, or fashion.

N15. Entertainment reviews
Submit 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 five headlines with the full story as one entry.

N17. Caption writing
Submit five captions with the photo as one entry.

N18. Briefs writing
Submit one issue that has at least three briefs. Maximum length of the story should be 200 words. Briefs should be marked in the issue.

N19. Sidebar writing
Sidebar 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.

N20. Alternative Story Form
Info presented in a non-narrative format such as timelines, a list, story broken into segments, Q&A, use of info graphics or factoids. 

Newspapers or Newsmagazine Visual Categories

How to submit your entries: Include tearsheet of entry and tape a copy of the entry form on the back of EACH page (in case of page separation). Original pages of the news publication must be provided.

N21. Art/illustration: Hand-drawn
Submit 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.

N22. Computer generated art/illustration
Submit 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.

N23. Art/illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces of art/illustration by one artist. 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. (Counts as single entry.)

N24. Cartoons
Submit 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 three to six pieces by one artist. (Counts as single entry.)

N26. Photo story
Submit 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 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.

N28. Single feature photograph
Submit 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 #N31 or #32.

N29. Single sports photograph
Submit 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.

N30. 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 illustration.

N31. Photography Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces by one photographer. (Counts as single entry.) Photo illustrations may be included.

N32. Photo Illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces by same creator(s). (Counts as single entry.)

N33. Informational graphics
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 up to three to six pieces by same creator(s). (Counts as single entry.)

N35. Typography: The look of one page or spread
Submit one page as an entry.

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

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

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

N39. News Page Design
Submit 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 one complete editorial page that includes a masthead.

N41. Op-Ed or News Analysis Page Design
These pages should not include a masthead but be stand-alone op-ed pages.

N42. Feature Page Design
Submit one complete feature page.

N43. Sports Page Design
Submit one complete sports page.

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

N45. Alternative Story Presentation
Submit 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 three to six pieces by one page designer. Pages can include Page One, News, Op-Ed/New Analysis, Feature or Sports. (Counts as single entry.)

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

N48. Photo layout: Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces by one page designer. Entries may include photos and or photo illustrations. (Counts as single entry.)

N49. Single Subject News or Feature Package, Single Page Design
Submit 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 either a double-truck (two facing pages designed as a visual unit) or a special section (three or more pages) of one or more stories on a single topic. Stories should analyze or interpret an issue through headlines, copy, photos and captions.

N51. Single Subject News or Feature Package, 3 or more pages or special section
Submit 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.

 

Magazine Verbal Categories

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

How to submit your entries: Include tearsheet of entry and tape a copy of the entry form on the back of EACH page (in case of page separation). Original pages of the magazine must be provided.

Poetry:

M1. Open (free) form poetry
Submit one free-form poem.

M2. Closed (traditional) form poetry
Submit one traditional poem.

Fiction:
M3. Experimental Fiction
Submit one piece of experimental fiction.

M4. Traditional Fiction
Submit one piece of traditional fiction.

M5. Essays:
Submit one critical or personal essay.

M6. Humor:
Submit one written piece that addresses a topical subject in a humorous or satirical manner.

Non-fiction:
M7. Non-fiction article

M8. Non-fiction interview
Submit one feature story on any issue or person relevant to the local or campus community.

M9. Non-fiction column
Submit one piece from a regular column on any issue relevant to the local or campus community.

M10. Headline writing
Submit five headlines with the full story as one entry.

M11. Caption writing
Submit five captions with the photo as one entry.

M12. Briefs writing
Submit one issue that has at least three briefs. Maximum length of the story should be 200 words. Briefs should be marked in the issue.

M13. Sidebar writing
Sidebar 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.

M14. Alternative Story Form
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 tearsheet of entry and tape a copy of the entry form on the back of EACH page (in case of page separation). Original pages of the magazine must be provided.

M15. Cover design for Literary or Literary/Art Magazine
Submit only the cover of one issue.

M16. Cover design for General or Feature Magazine
Submit only the cover of one issue.

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

Typography Lettering, calligraphy or creative use of letterforms:
M18. Use of typography on one page or spread
Submit one page or spread.

M19. Use of a designed or art headline
Submit one page or spread.

M20. Single illustration: hand-drawn

M21. Single illustration: computer generated

M22. Portfolio Illustration
Submit three to six different pieces by the same artist. (Counts as a single entry).

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

M24. Photography —Single News feature photograph
Submit 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 three to six photos by the same photographer. (Counts as single entry.)

M26. 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 illustration.

M27. Photo Illustration: Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces by same creator(s). (Counts as single entry.)

M28. Informational graphics
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 up to three to six pieces by one creator(s). (Counts as single entry.)

Page design:
M30. Design of a single spread
(submit two facing pages.) Submissions may include literary, literary-art, general or feature magazines.

M31. Design Multi-page presentation
(submit 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 three to six different pages or spreads by the same designer (Counts as a single entry). Submissions may include literary, literary-art, general or feature magazines.

M33. Single Subject Feature Package, Single Page Design
Submit 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.

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

M35. Single Subject Feature Package, 3 or more pages or special section
Submit 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.

 

Yearbook Verbal Categories

Original yearbook pages must be torn from the yearbook per entry. DO NOT send one yearbook for all entries. All Yearbooks are eligible to enter all categories regardless of whether the book follows a sectional or chronological ladder.

How to submit your entries: Include tearsheet of entry and tape a copy of the entry form on the back of EACH page (in case of page separation).

Y1. Feature writing: Student Life
Submit 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 copy that makes the reader feel that she/ he is reliving the season.

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

Y4. Academic writing
Submit 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 copy that gives the reader a fresh view of the organization or Greek society.

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

Y7. Sidebar Writing
Submit any sidebar ALONG WITH THE MAIN SPREAD to show the relationship to the story and page.

Y8. Headline writing
Submit three spreads with headlines.

Y9. Caption/cutline writing
Submit three spreads with captions.

Y10. Alternative Story Form
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

Original yearbook pages must be torn from the yearbook per entry. DO NOT send one yearbook for all entries. All Yearbooks are eligible to enter all categories regardless of whether the book follows a sectional or chronological ladder.

How to submit your entries: Include tearsheet of entry and tape a copy of the entry form on the back of EACH page (in case of page separation).

Y11. Theme and concept
Entries will be judged on strength of the book's theme/concept presented throughout the entire book through the cover, opening spreads, divider spreads, closing spreads. Judging will take design and theme copy into consideration.

Y12. Cover design
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.

Y13. End sheets
Submit front and back end sheets. Do not submit printer's stock end sheets. Since this is a student competition, do not submit entries designed by a professional plant artist.

Y14. Title page
Submit 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 one table of contents for an entry.

Y16. Sports action photo
Submit 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.

Y17. Sports feature photo
Submit 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 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 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
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 three to six photos from the same photographer (photo illustrations should not be included) of any sports, academic, feature or advertising photo. (Counts as single entry.)

Y22. Index
Submit the entire index. Judged on creative presentation of the index.

Y23. Informational Graphics: single
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
Please send three to six pieces by the same creator(s). (Counts as single entry.)

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

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

Y27. Feature presentation
Submit 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
Topics can include in-depth feature or current events coverage.

Y29. Student Life spread: multi-page spread
Topics can include in-depth feature or current events coverage. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed.

Y30. Sports spread: one spread
Submit one or two page spread that covers a sports topic.

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

Y32. Academic spread: one spread
Submit one or two page spread that covers an academic topic.

Y33. Academic spread: multi-page spread
Submit one or two page spread that covers an academic topic. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed.

Y34. People spread with mug photos
Submit one or two page spread that includes mug photos.

Y35. People spreads without mug photos one spread
Submit one 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 one 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. Maximum of 4 spreads (8 pages) allowed.

Y37. Organization or Greeks spread: one spread
Submit one 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 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.

Y39. Design portfolio
Submit three to six spreads by one designer from any part of the book. (Counts as single entry.) Pages may be student life, sports, academic, people, organization or Greeks.
 

Digital Media Verbal Categories

These categories include all publications published as an online media.

How to submit your entries: Write legibly (typed preferred) the URL on the entry form. If the URL is too long for the space provided, please TYPE the URL address on a separate sheet of paper and tape the entry form to the back of that paper. CSPA suggests making a shorter URL address for entries with long permalinks with a URL link shortening system such as https://bit.ly.com, or tiny.cc.

Judges can only consider entries with a working URL.
 

DM1. Breaking news
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
Stories, info graphics, sidebars that demonstrate follow-up reporting to breaking news.

DM3. News writing (planned news)
Submit 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 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 detailed story with extensive research and several attributed sources designed to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

DM6. Editorial writing
Submit 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 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 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 either a regularly appearing personal opinion column or a humorous column. 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
Postings that reside in the staffers personal space that are routed through publication website.

DM11. First person experience
Submit 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 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 an article that emphasizes timely action such as season summaries and game stories.

DM14. Sports features
Submit 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 feature story about an individual's life, interests or accomplishments.

DM16. General feature
Submit 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 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 URL of the home page and two other pages of the site as well as a print out of all three pages.

DM19. Caption writing
Submit a URL of the home page and two other pages of the site as well as a print out of all three pages. There should be at least five captions in the issue.

DM20. Briefs writing
Submit URL as well as print out of one issue that has at least three briefs. Maximum length of the story should be 200 words. Briefs should be marked.

DM21. Sidebar writing
Sidebar 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

These categories include all publications published as an online media.

How to submit your entries:  Write legibly (typed preferred) the URL on the entry form. If the URL is too long for the space provided, please TYPE the URL address on a separate sheet of paper and tape the entry form to the back of that paper. CSPA suggests making a shorter URL address for entries with long permalinks with a URL link shortening system such as https://bit.ly.com, or tiny.cc.

Judges can only consider entries with a working URL.
 

DM22. Single spot news photograph
Submit 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 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 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
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. If there are multiple photos on a page, indicate on the entry form under "title of piece" with the photo's title or description.

DM26. Photography Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces by one photographer. (Counts as single entry.) Photo illustrations may be included.

DM27. Art/illustration: Hand-drawn
Submit 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 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 cartoon and caption to be judged on originality, appropriateness to subject matter, style and clarity. If cartoon relates to a printed editorial, enclose accompanying editorial. If sports, submit artwork and caption intended to either illustrate or comment on sports figures or events. If comic submit humorous artwork and include any captions.

DM30. Cartoon Portfolio of work
Submit three to six pieces by one artist. (Counts as single entry.)

DM31. Informational graphics
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

These categories include all publications published as an online media.  

How to submit your entries: Write legibly (typed preferred) the URL on the entry form. If the URL is too long for the space provided, please TYPE the URL address on a separate sheet of paper and tape the entry form to the back of that paper. CSPA suggests making a shorter URL address for entries with long permalinks with a URL link shortening system such as https://bit.ly.com, or tiny.cc.

Judges can only consider entries with a working URL.

DM32. Photo slideshow
A slideshow with photos on one subject.

DM33. Photo and audio slideshow
A slideshow with photos accompanied by audio of interviews or relevant sounds.

DM34. Podcast
Student produced podcast created by online staff.

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

DM36. Informational graphics: Portfolio of work
Submit up to three to six pieces by same creator(s). (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:  If your video was broadcast on your website, write legibly on the entry form the URL. If the URL is too long for the space provided, please TYPE the URL address on a separate sheet of paper and tape the entry form to the back of that paper. CSPA suggests making a shorter URL address for entries with long permalinks with a URL link shortening system such as https://bit.ly.com, or tiny.cc. If the video was broadcast on a school network, send a copy of each video on a DVD. Tape a copy of the entry form to each DVD.

Judges can only consider entries with a working URL.

DM37. Video Commercial
Submit an advertisement created for a school club or business outside of school.

DM38. Video PSA
Submit a public service announcement promoting health or safety awareness.

DM39. Video News Package
Submit a news event presenting new information on an angle on previously aired information or past events.

DM40. Video Feature Package
Submit 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 issue-oriented coverage with emphasis on research, interviewing and analysis. Preferences given to shorter pieces, usually not more than 20 minutes.

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