Contest Rules

 NSPA Broadcast Pacemaker

This contest is open only to publications with a current membership in NSPA as of the contest deadline of June 23, 2017. If you submit an entry without a current membership, your publication will be billed for membership.

  • Limit one entry per broadcast staff, three programs required for a complete entry.
  • Submit direct URLs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Entry consists of three full student-produced news programs as they originally ran for their audience (compilations or highlight shows will NOT be judged).
  • The majority of the planning, writing, scripting, recording and editing must be done by students.
  • The on-camera anchors and reporters must be students.

An entry consists of:

  • One program aired between August 1 and December 31, 2016
  • One program aired between January 1 and June 23, 2017
  • One program aired between August 1, 2016 and June 23, 2017

NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker

DEADLINE: JUNE 23, 2017

*Form and uploaded material(s) must be submitted by deadline.

Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor NSPA gives to its members. All current NSPA members are eligible to enter the Pacemaker competition. Non-members who enter will be billed for membership. This contest does not include a written critique, and publications submitted to NSPA’s critique service are not automatically entered in the Pacemaker competition- staffs may need to submit a separate Pacemaker entry.

*Please note, if you would like to submit for NSPA’s membership critique service, this is a separate process requiring a different form to be completed. Please visit our critiques page for instructions on completing and submitting materials for a critique.

1. Complete this digital entry form.

2. Upload your entry consisting of five issues as outlined in the criteria below:

  • 1 issue published in Oct. or Nov. 2016
  • 2 consecutive issues published in Feb., March or April 2017
  • 2 issues of choice, published between Aug. 1, 2016 and June 5, 2017

*If your newspaper publishes fewer than five issues per year, upload all issues from the 2016-2017 school year.


NSPA Individual Awards

  • This contest is open only to publications with a current membership in NSPA as of the contest deadline of June 23, 2017. If you submit an entry without a current membership, your publication will be billed for membership.
  • Any student on the staff of an NSPA member publication is eligible to enter.
  • Entries must have been published in print or online between Aug. 1, 2016 and June 23, 2017.
  • Category limits apply to each contest. If publications submit more than the entry limit, only the first one or two entries (depending on the contest) will be judged.
  • Entries may not be submitted to more than one category (i.e. a news story should not be submitted to both news and diversity, or a cartoon may not be submitted as a cartoon and an illustration).
  • Entries will be judged by working professional journalists or other professionals with experience and expertise in the area of each particular contest.
  • Finalists will be announced no later than Oct. 1, 2017. Winners will be honored at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas, Nov. 16-19, 2017.
  • NSPA recognizes winners in its publications and on its website.
  • NSPA reserves the right to publish entrants’ work in its print and online publications.

 

Criteria & Submission Requirements

– Broadcast Story of the Year –

  • Broadcast News Story
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
    • Entry must be no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Broadcast Feature Story
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
    • Entry must be no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Broadcast Sports Story
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
    • Entry must be no more than 10 minutes in length.

 


– Cartooning –

  • Editorial Cartoon
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
    • Typically printed on the editorial or other opinion pages and often comments on a subject presented in an accompanying editorial or other timely topic in the news.
  • Comic Panel/Strip
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
    • May appear anywhere in the paper and is usually but not always humorous or light-hearted in its message, with a recurring theme or cast of characters. An entry consists of three separately published strips or panels. Upload one file that includes all three strips or panels.

 


– Design of the Year –

  • Newspaper Page One
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Newsmagazine Cover
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Literary Magazine Cover
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Newspaper Page/Spread
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
    • Spread(s) entries must cover a single story or a package of stories relating to a single topic.
  • Yearbook Page/Spread
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
    • Spread(s) entries must cover a single story or a package of stories relating to a single topic.
  • Newsmagazine Page/Spread
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
    • Spread(s) entries must cover a single story or a package of stories relating to a single topic.
  • Literary Magazine Page/Spread
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
    • Spread(s) entries must cover a single story or a package of stories relating to a single topic.
  • Infographic
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Illustration
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.

 


– Multimedia Story of the Year –

Multimedia entries must utilize at least two of the following elements—text, audio, video, photos, interactive components (maps, timelines, etc).

  • Multimedia News
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Multimedia Feature
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Multimedia Sports
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.

 


– Picture of the Year –

  • News Picture
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Feature Picture
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Sports Action
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Sports Reaction
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Junior High/Middle School Picture
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
  • Environmental Portrait
    • Limit two entries per category per publication.
    • This category is for posed images of one or more individuals, taken in their natural surroundings to provide insight into their work, interests or personality.

 


– Story of the Year –

Entries may have been written by more than one person. Entries must consist of one article only. A series of articles will not be accepted, except for the Diversity Series category. If you wish to enter a single story on the topic of diversity, it should be entered under one of the other categories.

The first place winner in each print category of Story of the Year will compete for the $1,000 Brasler Prize.

  • News Story
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Feature Story
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Sports Story
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Editorial/Opinion
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
  • Diversity Series
    • Limit one entry per category per publication.
    • Stories should focus on some aspect of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.