KIPA Contest Rules and Categories (text and video tutorial)

1. ELIGIBILITY

All two- and four-year campus newspapers from schools that have paid 2012-2013 membership dues are eligible to enter the competition. (Because of past problems encountered in collecting dues, it was decided at the 1996 KIPA convention that entries will be automatically disqualified from schools whose dues have not been paid prior to judging of entries.) Entries must be the work of student members of the newspaper who were enrolled in the college or university during the judging period.

2. DIVISIONS

All contests are judged in two divisions. Division A includes entries from schools with enrollments of 5,000 or more. Division B includes schools with less than 5,000. Two-year colleges with enrollments more than 5,000 may enter either, but not both, divisions.

3. DATES OF ENTRIES

Entries must have been published in the campus newspaper or website during the contest period of Jan. 1-Dec. 1, 2012.

4. ENTRIES DUE

All entries must be uploaded by DECEMBER 5, 2012. We highly recommend you watch the following video tutorial before you start preparing your files.

5. GUIDELINES FOR ENTRIES

A story, photo, editorial, cartoon, informational graphic, etc., may be entered in one category only. Each school may enter the work of up to five different individuals or staffs per individual category, with no more than five total entries per school, per category. Up to TWO ENTRIES per student or staff are permitted, but the total entries must not exceed five per school, per category. In group categories, schools may enter one entry per different student staff (i.e., Spring 2012, Fall 2012). NOTE: KIPA member advisers discourage the use of “Staff” to denote authors or entries. Wherever possible, it is recommended that individual students are listed as authors.

6. PDF ENTRIES, MERGING PDF’S (see video tutorial below)

All entries shall be in the form of pdfs. If your entry is made up of more than one “page,” you will need to merge the pages into one pdf (see tutorial above). For example, if your story has a jump, those two pages will need to be merged. Merge all continuing news entries into one pdf.

7. File prep (see video tutorial above )

On each pdf, the entry should be clearly marked using the highlight tool in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat or  in Adobe Acrobat Professional, and each entry should have a sticky note in the upper right hand corner that lists:

Entrant’s name
School
Newspaper
Category

8. File naming convention (IMPORTANT!! YOUR ENTRY COULD BE DISQUALIFIED IF YOU USE THE WRONG NAMING CONVENTION!!) (See video tutorial)

CategoryDivisionSchoolNumber

Ex: NewstoryAUK01

The 01 is simply a number that will allow you to name each of your files the same thing. For instance, if you have five entries in a category, your entries will be named newsstoryAUK01, newsstoryAUK02, newsstoryAUK03, etc.

9. FTP entries

Information on how to send your entries via ftp should have been emailed to your adviser. If you have not received this info, email Chris Poore at cpoore@mac.com.

Changes voted on by KIPA member advisers at KIPA/KPA conference, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21, 2011.

1.   NEWS

A.   NEWS STORY

Send one example per entry of “straight” or “spot news” to be judged on emphasis, interest, clarity and completeness of information. One story from a Continuing News entry (see C., Continuing News) may be entered in News Story.

B.  IN-DEPTH REPORTING

Submit one example per student or group for a news article or series of articles exemplifying investigative techniques – in-depth document searches and multiple interviews — to explore an issue or topic of campus or community interest.

C.  CONTINUING NEWS

Submit at least two and up to four news reports following one topic or issue as it develops through several publication dates. Routine coverage of public meetings does not qualify.  One story from a Continuing News entry may be entered in News Story.

2.   FEATURES

A.  PERSONALITY PROFILE

Submit one example of the use of multiple interviews, observation and other research to write a profile of a person.

B.  FEATURE STORY

Submit one informative feature based on observation, research and interviews (excluding Personality Profiles).

C.  REVIEW

Submit one example of a review of an art form – drama, film, book, recording, live performance or exhibit. Entries will be judged on instructiveness, soundness of criticism and entertainment value.

D.  GENERAL INTEREST COLUMN

Submit one example of a continuing column written as personal observation, commentary and/or humor.

3.   EDITORIAL WRITING

A.  EDITORIAL

Submit one unsigned editorial expressing the institutional opinion of the newspaper. Entries will be judges on relevance, importance of issues, persuasive strategy and sound, logical presentation.

B.  COMMENTARY

Submit one signed column expressing the opinion of one writer about public police or current events (NOT reviews or sports columns). Entries will be judged on relevance, importance of issues, persuasive strategy and sound, logical presentation.

C.  EDITORIAL CARTOON

Submit three cartoons or cartoon panels – not comic strips – expressing and illustrating a point of view. Include related editorial, if any. Entries will be judged on clarity of concept, editorial punch and artistic quality.

D.  COMIC STRIP OR PANEL

Submit three comic strips or panels (NOT editorial cartoons), to be judged on originality, humor and artistry.

E.  OPINION PAGE

Submit three editorial pages to be judged on variety and selection of subject matter, and on design and display of editorials, letters, columns and other elements.

4.   SPORTS

A.  SPORTS GAME STORY

Submit one specific report of a game or other athletic event. Entries will be judged on interest, emphasis, clarity, style and thoroughness of information.

B.  SPORTS NEWS STORY

Submit one news story about any aspect of sports — NOT a report of a game or athletic event – to be judged on news value, interest, clarity and thoroughness.

C.  SPORTS FEATURE

Submit one sports feature, profile or analysis concerning the sports scene (NOT feature angles on game coverage) based on observation, research and interviews.

D.  SPORTS COLUMN

Submit one example of signed commentary or observation on sports, sports personalities or the sports scene.

5.   EDITING

A.  NEWS HEADLINE

Submit one page per entry, with headline highlighted, OR one screen shot for online entries, with headline highlighted. Include the accompanying story.

B.  FEATURE HEADLINE

Submit one page per entry, with headline highlighted, OR one screen shot for online entries, with headline highlighted. Include the accompanying story.

C.  SPORTS HEADLINE

Submit one page per entry, with headline highlighted, OR one screen shot for online entries, with headline highlighted. Include the accompanying story.

6.   DESIGN

A.  OVERALL LAYOUT

Submit three complete issues of the newspaper. Entries will be judged on creativity, use of graphic elements and use of design principles.

B.  FRONT PAGE LAYOUT

Submit any three front pages. Entries will be judged on creativity, use of design principles, graphic elements and news judgment.

C.  FEATURE PAGE LAYOUT

Submit one example of a feature page (arts and entertainment, lifestyles, leisure, activities, etc.). Entries will be judged on creativity, use of design principles and graphic elements.

D.  SPORTS PAGE LAYOUT

Submit one example of a sports page. Entries will be judged on creativity, use of design principles and graphic elements.

E.  INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC

Submit one example of a chart, graph or other informational illustration that complements or supplements a story.  Include the accompanying story.  Entries will be judged on accuracy of information, creativity and application of design principles.

F.    STUDENT-CREATED ART

Submit one example of student-created art used to illustrate a story. Include the accompanying story.

G.  SPECIAL SECTION

Submit one example of a special advertising or editorial section separate from the regular newspaper.  Entry should include only front and back cover and up to 10 inside pages that best evoke the sections’ design and purpose. Entries should include no more than 12 pages.

7.   PHOTOJOURNALISM

A.  NEWS PHOTO

Submit one example of a photo used to illustrate a news event. Include the accompanying story, if applicable. Entries will be judged on impact, emotional appeal and artistry.

B.  FEATURE PHOTO

Submit one example of a human-interest photo. Include the accompanying story, if applicable. Entries will be judged on impact, emotional appeal and artistry.

C.  SPORTS PHOTO

Submit one example of a photo related to a sports event (action, participants, fans, etc.). Include the accompanying story, if applicable. Entries will be judged on impact, emotional appeal and artistry.

D.  PHOTO STORY

Submit one example (per individual or group) of a photo display using three or more photos in a single- or double-page spread t o tell a story. Include accompanying text. Entries will be judged on quality and content of photos, arrangement, artistry of layout and impact.

8.   ONLINE

A.  MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING

Submit one link for a web story using multiple elements to tell a story – video, audio, slideshows, graphics and text.  Entries will be judged on value of content, design, originality, and ease of navigation.

B.  OVERALL WEBSITE

Submit URL. Sites will be judged on readability, design and ease of use.

C.  SPECIAL PROJECTS

Submit one link for a web project using multiple elements – video, audio, slideshows, graphics and text.  Entries will be judged on value of content, design, originality, and ease of navigation.

9.   ADVERTISING

A.  ADVERTISING DESIGN

Submit one student-designed ad. Entries will be judged on uniqueness, design, layout, typography, impact and effectiveness. (May include clip art.)

B.  HOUSE AD

Submit one student-designed ad that promotes the student newspaper, staff or other elements. Entries will be judged on uniqueness, design, layout, typography, impact and effectiveness.

C.  ADVERTISING ART

Submit one example of student-created art created for an ad (may include photos). Entries will be judged on uniqueness, artistry and effectiveness.

D.  ADVERTISING COPY

Submit one example of student-written, original advertising copy within the complete ad. Entries will be judged on clarity, impact and effectiveness of the message.

E.  ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

Submit a series of three or more student-created ads used in a campaign sequence for a single advertiser. Entries will be judged on impact, continuity, design and layout, development of campaign theme and effectiveness.

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