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					 MCMA Newspaper / Yearbook Contest
                 - Newspaper Contest Information -
* There is an overall limit of 35 entries per school (not counting Best Overall Newspaper
entries) with a limit of three entries per category.
* If a school's yearbook has entered the contest, separate dues are not required.
* All entries must come from issues produced in 2008.
* All entries are due and must be postmarked by January 31, 2009.

                    - Newspaper Entry Categories -
                                         Writing
1. NEWS WRITING - An article covering campus, local, state or national events in such
a manner that it is relevant to the college student. Scoring: Quality and style (50 points),
relevance to readership (25 points), and lead (25 points).

2. EDITORIAL WRITING - An editorial that states an opinion concerning campus, local,
state, national or international affairs. Editorials must be written by a regular member of
the staff. Scoring: Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points),
power of influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15
points).

3. FEATURE WRITING - A general feature article or personality profile. Scoring:
Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (30 points), subject and
composition (25 points), and lead (10 points).

4. SPORTS WRITING - An article spotlighting coverage of a game event, series or
season. (Campus sports entries are encouraged). Scoring: Quality and style (35 points),
relevance to readership (25 points), scope of coverage (25 points), and lead (15 points).

5. IN-DEPTH NEWS REPORTING - An article or series of articles using issue-oriented
coverage with an emphasis on research involving multiple sources. Scoring: Quality and
style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and
use and balance of sources (20 points).

6. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - An article or series of articles that shows a
newspaper's enterprise in uncovering issues and problems relevant to its campus.
Scoring: quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to
readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

7. REGULAR COLUMN - A personal opinion or humor column. Must be a regular
feature in the newspaper. Each entry should consist of only one column. Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20
points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).
8. SPORTS COLUMN - A column must be sports-related. Each entry should consist of
only one column. Scoring: Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20
points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit
(15 points).

9. ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW - An article reviewing movies, music, concerts,
restaurants or any other product or event of an entertainment nature. Scoring: Quality of
writing (35 points), analysis of subject (30 points), originality (20 points), and lead (15
points).

                                      Photography
10. NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY - A photo or photo series of a regular or spot news event.
Scoring: Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact
(25 points).

11. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - A photo not related to a specific news event.
Scoring: Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact
(25 points).

12. SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY - A photo of any sports-related event. Scoring: Quality
(25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

                            Design/Graphics/Illustration
13. POLITICAL / EDITORIAL CARTOON - Original artwork with or without captions
intended to make a statement. Scoring: Originality (25 points), impact (25 points),
artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

14. NONPOLITICAL / ENTERTAINMENT CARTOON - Original artwork with or
without captions intended to entertain. Scoring: Originality (25 points), impact (25
points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

15. INFORMATION GRAPHIC - Charted information, with or without illustration.
Scoring: Information quality (30 points), originality (30 points), interest / significance
(20 points), and appearance (20 points).

16. STORY ILLUSTRATION - For this category, an illustration is considered to be a
piece of art that illustrates a story. Submit an entry from any section making sure to
indicate which story illustration is entered. Story that is illustrated must accompany
illustration. Scoring: Story readability in conjunction with illustration (10 points),
relevance of illustration to story (40 points), originality (30 points), and overall impact of
story and illustration as a unit (20 points).

17. ADVERTISING - An advertisement that is for college-affiliated function or for a
local business. No slicks. Scoring: Originality / promotion (30 points), selling power
(30 points), adaptability to other advertisers (15 points), layout / design (15 points), and
artwork / photos (10 points).
18. PAGE ONE DESIGN - A complete front page published during contest period.
Scoring: Design and layout (40 points), content (30 points), originality (15 points), and
relevance to readership (15 points).

19. NEWS SECTION FRONT PAGE (Not newspaper's front page) - An entry shall
consist of one section front page that is not a newspaper front page. Scoring: Writing
(30 points), news judgment (20 points), overall layout and design (30 points), and use of
headlines, white space and other design elements (20 points).

20. EDITORIAL / OP-ED PAGE - An entry consists of two complete editorial sections
produced consecutively during contest period. Scoring: Design and layout (35 points),
quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15
points).

21. SPORTS PAGE - An entry consists of a complete sports page or section. Scoring:
Design, layout and photography (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of
coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).

22. PHOTO PAGE - A full or multiple-page spread using photos, copy and headlines.
Scoring: Design and layout (40 points), content - photos and copy (30 points),
originality (20 points), and relevance to readership (10 points).

23. FEATURE PAGE - A full or multiple-page spread using one subject or theme.
Scoring: Design and layout (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), quality of
writing (25 points), and illustrations / photographs (15 points).

24. SPECIAL SECTION OR SUPPLEMENT - Four or more pages of one or more
stories on a single topic or theme. Scoring: Originality (35 points), news and feature
content (30 points), design and layout (25 points), and special effects – including color
and artwork (10 points).

                                         Online
25. WEB PAGE / NEWSPAPER HOMEPAGE - Entry form should have website address
in the TITLE OF ENTRY line. Judging criteria: Quality of content (25 points),
originality (25 points), graphic appeal (25 points), ease of use (15 points), and
advertising (10 points).

26. Multimedia--Entry form must have link to one multimedia element (not a package or
series of elements), published on the the newspaper's website, used to tell or accompany a
story. Examples of entries include, but are not limited to, audio slideshows, podcasts,
videos and interactive graphics. Scoring: Quality of content (30 points), originality (30
points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points).
(The link for the multimedia item should be included on the entry form — no CD-
ROMs/Flash drives accepted).

                Award categories not counted in 35-entry limit
27. BEST OVERALL NEWSPAPER – Submit three complete issues published in the
calendar year 2007, one issue from January through June, one issue from July through
December and one issue of choice.
28. BEST IN STATE – The Best Overall Newspaper first-place winners in each of the
MCMA’s four divisions are eligible for this award.

29. SWEEPSTAKES AWARD – This is presented to the newspapers that accumulate the
most award points in each division. Points are given for each first place (4), second (3),
third (2), and honorable mention (1) award.

                  - Yearbook Contest Information -
Yearbooks should follow guidelines for the newspaper contest, with the following
exceptions:

* There is an overall limit of 20 entries per school with no limit on the number of entries
per category.
* If a school's newspaper has entered the contest, separate dues are not required.
* All entries should come from the 2007-2008 academic yearbook.
* All entries are due and must be postmarked by January 31, 2009.

When possible, please include original spreads as printed in the publication.


                     - Yearbook Entry Categories -

                                     Photography
1. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - A feature photo not related to a news event. Submit
the entire spread where the photo appeared, and mark your entry on it.
2. SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY - Entries may be game or feature photos. Submit the
entire spread where the photo appeared, and mark your entry on it.

                                         Writing
3. FEATURE WRITING - A general feature article that impacts the campus.
4. PERSONALITY SKETCH - A personality profile on a campus community member.

                                         Design
5. STUDENT LIFE DESIGN - A spread from the student life section of the yearbook.
6. SPORTS DESIGN - A spread from the sports section of the yearbook.
7. PORTRAIT DESIGN - A spread from the portrait section of the yearbook.
8. OVERALL THEME DEVELOPMENT - This package should include cover, front-end
sheet, title page, opening, division pages and closing (back sheet optional). Package will
be judged on photos, copy and design and how it relates to or complements the overall
theme for your school for the 2008-2009 academic year.
                    - MCMA "Of the Year" Awards Information -

All applicants / nominees for the MCMA Journalist of the Year, Photojournalist of the
Year and Adviser of the Year awards will be personally interviewed at the annual
MCMA Convention by panels of judges composed of MCMA advisers and students.

Advisers and students volunteering to serve as judges cannot be a judge if a student from
their publication is up for an award category they were asked to judge.

All applicants/nominees must be present at these interviews to be considered for these
awards.

Nominations for these awards should be sent to the MCMA President, not to Missouri
Press. They must include the following:

Journalist of the Year
1. A complete resume
2. Three total samples of the applicant / nominee’s work printed in their school’s
publication (newspaper, yearbook or magazine) in 2008
3. A letter or recommendation from your adviser or faculty supervisor
4. A 500-word essay on why you deserve the award

Photojournalist of the Year
1. A complete resume
2. Three total samples of the applicant / nominee’s work printed in their school’s
publication in 2008
3. A letter or recommendation from your adviser or faculty supervisor
4. A 500-word essay on why you deserve the award

Adviser of the Year
1. A complete resume
2. One issue of the MCMA publication you advised in 2008
3. List of accomplishments / honors as an adviser
4. An essay by the applicant describing his/her concept of an adviser's role on college
media

NOTE: All “Of the Year” award nominations must be received or postmarked by March
6, 2009.
                             - MCMA Officer Nominations -


Persons interested in the offices of president, vice president, and secretary need to file a
statement of candidacy with the MCMA Adviser 30 days prior to the Spring Business
Meeting at the annual MCMA Convention. The 2009 meeting will be April 17-18 in St.
Louis. The statement of candidacy must include a letter of support from the candidate’s
adviser. Both the statement of candidacy and letter of support should be mailed together
to:

Jason Young, MCMA Adviser
The University News
Saint Louis University
Busch Student Center, Ste. 354
20 N. Grand
 St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 977-1782
jlyoung2007@gmail.com

Statements of candidacy and letters of support must be received or postmarked, by March
6, 2009.


                                       Officer Duties

President – The president shall preside over all MCMA meetings. The president has the
power to create and appoint committees (and their respective chairpersons) and fill vacant
offices, with a simple majority approval at annual fall meeting or spring Convention. The
president is responsible for compiling and passing on organized files of convention
planning, website / newsletter and other organizational information.

Vice President – The vice president shall perform all duties of the president in the
absence or disability of the president. The VP may chair any of the MCMA’s appointive
committees with approval of the president. The VP is also responsible for the
coordination of a career-placement event (i.e. - job fair, seminar, journalist work shop,
etc.) that will be held in conjunction with the spring Convention.

Secretary – The secretary will keep the minutes of all MCMA meetings and copies of all
releases produced by, or sent to, the MCMA. The secretary will also maintain current
MCMA records and will assist the president in compiling and passing on organized files
of MCMA convention planning, website / newsletter, etc. The secretary is responsible
for updating and maintaining MCMA member school data.


For additional information regarding MCMA officer positions, see the Constitution and
by-laws of the Missouri College Media Association or contact MCMA President Sarah
Hale, Saint Louis University, s.e.c.hale@gmail.com; (636) 288-0254.

				
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