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College of Information and Communications

Contests and Critiques

SCSPA offers evaluative services and awards for publications and for individual student work. Publications receive comments and ratings that reward achievement from nationally-renowned judges. Individual competitions recognize student work in all areas of journalism and production.

Publication critiques

Publications must be a member to receive a critique or participate in any contest.

Publication evaluations

Experienced scholastic judges evaluate programs and provide valuable feedback to help staffs improve as well as award excellence according to established scholastic journalism standards. Critiqued publications receive ratings based on the judges' evaluations. Fee: $50

BC & NP evaluations - due December 15; presented at the spring conference
MG & YB evaluations - due June 7; presented at the fall conference
ONL evaluations - due December 15; presented at the spring conference


Individual competitions

BC Individual Awards

Broadcast staffs may compete in all areas: news and feature stories, public service announcements, graphics, sports coverage, news anchor, reporter, personality profile or human interest story, short film, man-on-the-street and videography. Awards are announced at the spring conference. Due date: February 7. Fee: $25.

MG Individual Awards

Literary magazine staffs may compete in 12 categories.. Awards are announced at the fall conference. Due date: June 7. Fee: $30.

NP Individual Awards

Newsprint individual awards are presented in 20 categories to staffs. Staffs may enter twice a year – November 15 and February 28. Fee: $60 for two competition periods

ONL Individual Awards

Online staffs may compete in 19 categories twice a year – November 15 and February 28. Fee: $30.

YB Individual Awards

Yearbook staffs may compete in 14 categories. Awards are announced at the fall conference. Due date: June 7. Fee: $30.

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