Story, Multimedia Story and Reporter of the Year Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce three more categories of the 2013 Individual Awards. Each day this week, ACP is announcing the finalists for one or more of the 2013 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The Reporter of the Year contest recognizes individuals for outstanding writing and editorial leadership. The contest is sponsored by McClatchy-Tribune Information. Entries consist of three single news or feature stories published in a college newspaper during the competition year. Winners receive cash prizes when announced at the fall convention.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

Finalist selections are based on the significance and news worthiness of the stories, the quality and depth of reporting, the quality of quotes and the quality of writing, editing/AP style usage.

The Print Story of the Year contest is sponsored by the Deadline Club, the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Entries in the Story of the Year contest consist of a single story in one of the following categories: News, Feature, Sports, Editorial and Diversity. The entries are judged based on the importance of the story, quality of reporting and quotes, quality of writing and editing and credibility and leadership.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

The Multimedia Story of the Year contest is also sponsored by the Deadline Club. Entries are accepted in the following categories: Multimedia News Multimedia Feature, Multimedia Sports and Photo Slideshow. All entries were accepted online. Entries are judged based on innovation in the use of multimedia, including audio, video, slide shows and graphics, technical quality of multimedia elements, respect of copyright laws, quality of reporting and quotes, quality of writing and reader/viewer impact.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans. Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Design of the Year and Advertising Award Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce two more categories of the 2013 Individual Awards. Each day this week, ACP is announcing the finalists for one or more of the 2013 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The Design of the Year awards are co-sponsored by Adobe Systems and were accepted through online submission. Entries were accepted in the following categories: Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover, Illustration, Infographic, Newspaper Page One, Newspaper Page/Spread and Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread. The contest yielded over 500 entries. The first place winner in each category will receive complimentary software from Adobe.

View the list of Design of the Year finalists

Judges selected finalists based on the effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography; established visual hierarchy; news judgment for Newspaper Page One; contemporary appeal and suitability for respective audience.

The Advertising Awards entries were accepted in the following categories: Display Ad, House Ad, Ad Campaign, Advertising/Editorial Supplement and Brochure/Rate Card. There were over 200 total entries. The contest was judged by DDB Worldwide.

 View the list of Advertising Awards finalists

Advertising entries were judged based on contemporary appeal; effective use of photos, art, graphics, typography and color (if applicable) and suitability for respective audiences.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans.  Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Cartooning and Photo Excellence Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the finalists in the first two Individual Awards of the 2013 ACP Awards Week. Each day this week, ACP will announce the finalists for one or more of the 2013 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The 2013 Cartooning and Photo Excellence Awards were accepted through online submission. The Photo Excellence contest is co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and honors student photographers in five categories: General News, Spot News, Feature, Sports and Environmental Portrait. Entries are judged based on technical quality, artistic value and journalistic content. There were over 800 entries this year.

View the list of Photo Excellence finalists

The Cartooning Awards contest is co-sponsored by Universal Uclick and honors cartoonists in two categories: Editorial Cartoon and Cartoon Panel/Strip. Entries are judged based on reader impact, community importance, artistic quality and originality and clarity of message. There were over 150 entries this year.

View the list of Cartooning finalists

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Board Member Wins Dave Adams Educator Award

ACP is proud to report that board member Monica Hill received the David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year Award for her exceptional contributions to the field of scholastic journalism at the AEJMC conference in Washington D.C. on August 9th, 2013.

The David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year Award is given annually during AEJMC’s summer convention to recognize a deserving division member for his/her outstanding performance in the college/university classroom and in scholastic journalism workshops and conferences.

Fellow ACP board member Peter Bobkowski had this to say about Hill’s leadership role in the realm of journalism education:

“Colleagues from across the country seek Monica’s input and engagement for the unique attributes she brings to their organizations: level-headedness, an unflagging work ethic, Southern-style diplomacy, and an intimate knowledge of the issues facing journalism students and advisers,” said Peter Bobkowski, assistant professor at the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism who worked as Hill’s graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2006.  “Monica may not say much during board and committee meetings but when she does speak, people listen.”

For more on Hill’s impressive contributions, visit the First Amendment Blog by clicking here.

NSPA/ACP Executive Director Opening

The National Scholastic Press Association, headquartered at the University of Minnesota is seeking a dynamic individual with vision and energy to provide executive leadership, strategic direction and management oversight for the organization. NSPA and its divisions cooperate with student media associations and non-student groups and businesses that share its mission to educate and recognize the work of student journalists, to improve the quality of student media and to foster careers in media.

Review of applications will begin August 1st, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Please follow this link for the position description.

Leadership Changes at NSPA/ACP

For release Monday, June 10, noon CDT

CONTACT: David Therkelsen, 612/635-8335, director@studentpress.org

National Scholastic Press Association, and its Executive Director Logan Aimone, have mutually agreed to part ways. NSPA Board President Albert Tims said that both in his role at NSPA, and previously as a high school adviser in Wenatchee, Wash., Aimone has made important and lasting contributions to scholastic journalism. In particular, Tims said, Aimone has been a strong leader in the area of First Amendment rights for high school and college journalists.

NSPA has initiated a search for a new Executive Director, and hopes to identify one this summer. Meanwhile, the NSPA board has appointed David Therkelsen as interim director. Therkelsen previously served on the NSPA board and has extensive nonprofit management experience including as a former CEO of two American Red Cross field units and as an instructor and interim graduate program director at the University of Minnesota.

The Board of Directors also appointed three board members to serve as volunteer liaisons to key partner organizations during the transition:

Ann Visser, a journalism teacher at Pella Community Schools in Iowa, will be liaison to the Journalism Education Association; Ms. Visser is a past president of JEA.

Laura Widmer, a past president of College Media Association, will be liaison to that organization. Ms. Widmer is general manager of the Iowa State Daily.

Tim Dorway, principal of Chanhassen (Minn.) High School, will be liaison to members of the Minnesota High School Press Association. Mr. Dorway is a former high school journalism teacher and adviser.

Tims said these appointments assure continuity during the leadership transition. He said the organization has supported scholastic journalism through conventions, awards, critiques, and other programs for many decades and will continue to do so.

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Founded in 1921, NSPA is a membership organization supporting high school media – newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast programs and online media. The Associated College Press, a division of NSPA, was established in 1933 and provides similar services to college media organizations. The associations operate under a single board of directors and management. NSPA is affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication with offices in Minneapolis.

Learn more at studentpress.org.

2013 ACP Online Pacemaker Finalists Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2013 ACP Online Pacemaker Finalists Announced

Contact Grace Christiansen, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at grace@studentpress.org.

View list of finalists.

54 finalists have been selected in the 2013 ACP Online Pacemaker contest out of a total 277 entries.

The contest was judged by a panel of professionals with extensive online media experience. Judges noted that the most successful sites had clean and accessible designs, excellent writing and editing, strong handling of breaking news and had superb social integration.

Online Pacemaker winners will be announced at the 92nd Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Oct. 26, 2013. Comments from the judging team will be posted shortly after the convention.

2012 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2012 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists announced

View list of finalists.

The 2012 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker contest yielded a total of 61 entries. A team of judges comprised of experienced journalism professionals and educators traveled to Minneapolis in early February to select the finalists.

Judges completed an initial elimination round and considered a number of factors as disqualifiers, such as illegal photo usage or lack of body copy. After the elimination round, judges spent a day and a half selecting the 12 finalists.

The Pacemaker winners will be announced for the first time at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans, Oct. 23-27, 2013.

ACP Awards Week Day 4: Newspaper and Magazine Pacemaker

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the last of the finalists in the 2012 Roll-Out Week.

The Magazine Pacemaker awards recognize general excellence in collegiate magazines and are divided into two categories: Feature and Literary magazines. This year, the Feature magazines were judged by The Atlantic, and the Literary magazines were judged by Graywolf Press.

View the list of Magazine Pacemaker finalists

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Content
    Was there evidence of diversity in content and approach? Was the content innovative and contemporary?
  • Quality of writing and editing
    Was there evidence that the authors were well-read, creative, original and aware of the audience? Was the writing almost or completely free of grammatical and spelling errors?
  • Photography, art and graphics
    Did the photos have strong centers of interest, sharp focus and proper contrast? Was a variety of artwork and graphics represented?
  • Layout and design
    Did the design accentuate rather than dominate the content? If color was used, did it appropriately enhance the layout? Was overall design unity evident?
  • Overall concept or theme
    Was the theme clear and carried throughout the publication? Was the concept fresh and engaging?

The ACP Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 85 years. The 2012 Newspaper Pacemaker contest was possible because of a generous donation of time and expertise by the staff of The Sacramento Bee, who judged this year’s entries.

View the list of Newspaper Pacemaker finalists

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Coverage and content
    Were all aspects of student life covered (academics/sports/clubs/local news, etc.)? Was the use of wire/syndicated copy limited (especially on pg. 1)? Was there evidence of sound news judgment?
  • Quality of writing and reporting
    Was the writing concise and the reporting thorough? Was writing free of opinion (with the exception of editorials or columns)? Was the copy edited for consistent style?
  • Leadership on the opinion page
    Did staff editorials, cartoons and letters supplement personal columns? Did the staff demonstrate sensitivity to controversial topics? Was the content of the editorial page consequential?
  • Evidence of in-depth reporting
    Did major stories show evidence of multiple sources? Are series or depth pieces prominent in entered issues?
  • Layout and design
    Was the look of the paper clean and contemporary? Was a consistent modular page makeup used throughout the publication? Did designers establish a clear visual hierarchy for readers?
  • Photography, art and graphics
    Did visuals enhance the verbal content and draw the reader in? Did visuals improve the reader’s understanding of the accompanying story? Were photos properly credited? Was the quality of photos and art technically excellent?

Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in Chicago.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org