19-20 Newspaper, Broadcast Best in Texas Contest Open

Deadline for entries Jan. 31

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 news, online news and broadcast staff members an opportunity to gain recognition for their individual journalistic accomplishments. The deadline for receiving entries is Jan. 31, 2020.

Winning entries will be awarded certificates of superior, excellent or honorable mention by qualified scholastic journalism judges. Entries receiving superior ratings will be eligible for the Best of the Best award. One overall winner will be selected from each contest group (print and online news: portfolio, packages, objective writing, opinion writing, design, photography/artwork; broadcast: coverage and talent).

Entries must have been published between Feb. 1, 2019 and this year’s deadline. Do not enter pieces in both print news and online news. Entries should be submitted through the TAJE web site.

Print news: Upload appropriately named PDFs (for categories N2-N18 and N24-N37) ) or JPGs (for categories N1, N19-N31). Multiple entries are permitted in all categories except N26. The naming scheme is Categorynumber__school_studentname. If entering multiple submissions from the same student, please add numbers to the end of the name. Please pay close attention to this naming scheme – this is how we identify awards.

Online news Submit a URL. Please make sure links will remain active. Multiple entries are permitted in all categories except O28.

Broadcast: Upload videos to YouTube or Vimeo. Submit a URL. Multiple entries allowed in all categories

Invoices will be provided. E-mail contests@taje.org with
any questions. 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 March 1.

Mail checks to:
TAJE
PO Box 9187
Austin, TX 78766

All entries may be published in TAJE materials.

Broadcast submission link
Print news submission link
Online news submission link

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Broadcast Categories
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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 News categories
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Portfolio
Please place these entries in a folder or in a single file.
N1. Photo Portfolio: Five photos by one student with captions (include captions in metadata)
N2. Story Portfolio: Five stories by one student
N3: Design Portfolio: Five designs by one student

 

Objective Writing (Include story & headline)
N4. News Story: Straight news story or spot news coverage
N5. News-Feature Story: News story with a feature angle
N6. Feature Story: Personality profile, human interest story, etc.
N7. 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
N8. In-Depth Package: Multiple story treatments on related topic. Include all stories and headlines
N9. Sports Game Story: Preview or action story focusing on a single game
N10. Sports Feature Story: Human-interest story or personality profile focusing on a person or event
N11. Entertainment Feature: Feature story that covers any form of entertainment
N12. Headline Writing: Send five of your best headlines with stories
N13. Caption Writing: Send five best captions with related photos

 

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
Captions must be included with photos. Captions should be submitted in metadata. Do not submit pages with multiple 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. Editorial Cartoon: Include page with cartoon
N25. Original Artwork: Include page with art (can include art accompanying content or comic strips)

 

Design
(Each entry should be one page except N26 and N37)
N26. Nameplate, Folios & Standing Heads: Include at least one of each
N27. Infographic Presentation: Include entire page with infographic
N28. Alternative Copy: Include page with copy.
N29. News Magazine Cover Design
N30. Traditional Newspaper Page One Design
N31. News Page Design
N32. Editorial/Opinion Page Design
N33. Feature Page Design
N34. Sports Page Design
N35. Entertainment Page Design
N36. Photo Essay Page
N37. Double Truck Design

 

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Online News Categories
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Portfolios
O1. Photo Portfolio: Five photos by one student with captions
O2. Story Portfolio: Five stories by one student
O3: Design Portfolio: Five designs by one student

 

Packages
O4. 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)
O5. Photo Gallery: Minimum of five photos.

 

Objective Writing
O6. News Story: Straight news story or spot news coverage
O7. News-Feature Story: News story with a feature angle
O8. Feature Story: Personality profile, human interest story, etc.
O9. 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
O10. In-Depth Package: Include all stories and headlines
O11. Sports Game Story: preview or action story focusing on a single game
O12. Sports Feature Story: Human-interest story or personality profile focusing on a
person or event
O13. Entertainment Feature: Feature story that covers any form of entertainment
O14. Headline Writing: Send five of your best headlines with stories
O15. Caption Writing: Send five best captions with related photos

 

Opinion Writing
O16. Staff Editorial: Opinion piece reflecting the viewpoint of the staff or editorial board.
O17. Sports Column: Opinion/analysis of a sports-related topic
O18. Personal Column: Opinion piece reflecting the writer’s firsthand experiences
O19. Personal Opinion Column: Opinion piece reflecting the writer’s stance on a local, state or national topic
O20. Entertainment Review: Review of movie, book, play, restaurant, concert, CD, etc.

 

Photography/Artwork
Captions must be included with photos. If photos are part of a gallery, email contests@taje.org with information about which photo is entered.
O21. News Photo: Emphasis on action; focused on event.
O22. Feature Photo: Strong emphasis on human interest.
O23. Sports Action Photo: Action-centered. Should be carefully cropped.
O24. Sports Feature Photo: Human-interest centered; what happens behind the scenes or between plays.
O25. Portrait: Informal/environmental portrait or studio portrait.
O26. Editorial Cartoon: Include page with cartoon
O27. Original Artwork: Include page with art

 

Design
O28. Nameplate, Folios & Standing Heads: Include at least one of each
O29. Infographic Presentation: Include relevant piece(s) with infographic

 

Broadcast submission link
Print news submission link
Online news submission link