TAJE

2019 Yearbook Best in Texas


[Printable Contest Rules and Categories]

The Texas Association of Journalism Educators announces its annual contest for high school and junior high yearbooks. Categories include concept, writing, design and photography/artwork. Yearbook entries must be received on or before Oct. 26, 2018. Broadcast and Newspaper entries are due Jan. 31, 2019.

Submission Forms

Print Newspaper 

Contest Information
The contest entry fees will be $3 per entry. Advisers MUST be TAJE members to enter. Profits from the contest benefit TAJE projects, including scholarship programs. The contest will focus on the quality of concept, writing and design to give yearbook staff members an opportunity to gain recognition for their individual journalistic accomplishments. Winning entries will be awarded certificates of superior, excellent or honorable mention as judged by qualified scholastic journalism persons. New for 2018-2019: Entries receiving a superior rating will be eligible for the Best of the Best award. One overall winner will be selected from each contest group (concept, section copy, design, photography). Yearbook entries should be from the previous year’s book. Entries should be submitted at taje.org. Upload appropriately named PDFs (for categories Y1-Y23) or JPGs (for categories Y24-Y31).
The naming scheme is Categorynumber__school_studentname.
Make checks payable to TAJE. Mail payments directly to TAJE. Entries may not be judged if payment or proof of payment request is not received by Feb. 15. Invoices provided on request.E-mail contests@taje.org with any questions.
Mail checks to:
TAJE PO Box 9187
Austin, TX 78766
All entries may be published in TAJE materials.
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Broadcast Entries

Coverage
B1. News Story: Coverage that focuses on the latest or most complete information.
B2. Feature Story: Personality profile or human interest coverage.
B3. Sports Story: News or feature coverage.
B4. Commercial/PSA: Promotional or other type of commercial

Talent
B5. Anchor: Two minutes of your anchor talent.
B6. On-Air: Two minutes of field talent.

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Print Entries

Concept
N1. Nameplate, Folios & Standing Heads: Include at least one of each N2. Infographic Presentation: Include entire page with infographic
N3. Headline Writing: Send five of your best headlines with stories N4. Caption Writing: Send five best captions with related photos
N5. Alternative Copy: Include page with copy. Will be evaluated on design and content
Objective Writing
(Include story & headline)
N6. News Story: Straight news story or spot news coverage
N7. News-Feature Story: News story with a feature angle
N8. Feature Story: Personality profile, human interest story, etc.
N9. In-Depth News/Feature Story: story that shows research, multiple sources, localization of a state or national topic, etc. Goes into more depth than a standard news story
N10. In-Depth Package: Multiple story treatments on related topic. Include all stories and headlines
N11. Sports Game Story: Preview or action story focusing on a single game
N12. Sports Feature Story: Human- interest story or personality profile focusing on a person or event
N13. Entertainment Feature: Feature story that covers any form of entertainment Opinion Writing
N14. Staff Editorial: Opinion piece reflecting the viewpoint of the staff or editorial board
N15. Sports Column: Opinion/analysis of a sports topic
N16. Personal Column: Opinion piece reflecting the writer’s firsthand experiences
N17. Personal Opinion Column: Opinion piece reflecting the writer’s opinion on a local, state or national topic
N18. Entertainment Review: Review of movie, book, play, restaurant, concert, CD, etc. Photography/Artwork
(Include related captions with photos) N19. News Photo: Emphasis on action; focused on event.
N20. Feature Photo: Strong emphasis on human interest.
N21. Sports Action Photo: Action-centered. Should be carefully cropped.
N22. Sports Feature Photo: Human- interest centered; what happens behind the scenes or between plays. N23. Portrait: Informal/environmental or studio portrait.
N24. Photo Portfolio: Five photos with captions
N23. Editorial Cartoon: Include page with cartoon
N24. Original Artwork: Include page with art (can include art accompanying content or comic strips)Design
(Each entry should be one page except double trucks)
N25. News Magazine Cover Design N26. Traditional Newspaper Page One Design
N27. News Page Design
N28. Editorial/Opinion Page Design N29. Feature Page Design
N30. Sports Page Design
N31. Entertainment Page Design N32. Photo Essay Page
N33. Double Truck Design
Online Entries
Concept
O1. Multimedia Presentation: A package about a single topic that combines different forms of storytelling (such as interactive elements, video, slideshow with audio and traditional copy)
O2. Infographic Presentation: Include relevant piece(s) with infographic
O3. Headline Writing: Send five of your best headlines with stories
O4. Caption Writing: Send five best captions with related photos
Objective Writing
O5. News Story: Straight news story or spot news coverage
O6. News-Feature Story: News story with a feature angle
O7. Feature Story: Personality profile, human interest story, etc.
O8. In-Depth News/Feature Story: a story that shows research, multiple sources, localization of a state or national topic, etc. Goes into more depth than a standard news story
O9. In-Depth Package: Include all stories and headlines
O10. Sports Game Story: preview or action story focusing on a single game O11. Sports Feature Story: Human- interest story or personality profile focusing on a person or event
O12. Entertainment Feature: Feature story that covers any form of entertainment
Opinion Writing
O13. Staff Editorial: Opinion piece reflecting the viewpoint of the staff or editorial board.
O14. Sports Column: Opinion/analysis of a sports-related topic
O15. Personal Column: Opinion piece reflecting the writer’s firsthand experiences
O16. Personal Opinion Column: Opinion piece reflecting the writer’s stance on a local, state or national topic
O17. Entertainment Review: Review of movie, book, play, restaurant, concert, CD, etc.
Photography/Artwork
(Include related captions with photos) O18. News Photo: Emphasis on action; focused on event.
O19. Feature Photo: Strong emphasis on human interest.
O20. Sports Action Photo: Action- centered. Should be carefully cropped.
O21. Sports Feature Photo: Human- interest centered; what happens behind the scenes or between plays.
O22. Portrait: Informal/environmental portrait or studio portrait.
O23. Photo Gallery: Minimum of five photos
O24. Photo Portfolio: Five photos with captions
O25. Editorial Cartoon: Include page with cartoon
O26. Original Artwork: Include page with art
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