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Front Page Newspaper Design

Front Page Newspaper Design

Designers will plan a front page for a school newspaper. A week before the convention, contest materials will be on the TAJE website, taje.org, for contestants to download. Students will download a list of stories, art and photos of varying importance, sizes and lengths, and each designer will choose which to use. Students will build a nameplate from materials provided. Students must upload a completed PDF to tajecontest@gmail.com before the convention and bring a printed copy of the design to the contest.

Checklist
• Grid is used in the design of the page.
• Nameplate is elegant and striking but not distracting or gaudy.
• Nameplate contains all vital information.
• Layout exhibits sound news judgment.
• Page contains a dominant element. Layout is modular.
• Headline bumps are avoided. Headlines exhibit variety.
• Typeface selections are legible and suggest harmony and continuity.
• White space is planned, not trapped.
• Graphics are used effectively.
• Teasers, index and other reader services provided.
• Photos, copy, captions and headlines are clearly indicated.

Design Contest Rules
With the exception of Editorial Illustration and Yearbook Theme Package, design contest entries should be
uploaded before the convention, and a hard copy will be carried in.

A week before the convention, contest materials will be on the TAJE website, taje.org, for contestants to download. Designers will select as many photos as they wish, crop and place photos. Students must upload a completed PDF to tajecontest@gmail.com before the convention. Students must also bring a printed copy of the design to the contest.

Students must attend the two-hour critique session at the convention.

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