ACP Clips & Clicks contest

Clips and Clicks, in its second year of honoring current work, is now accepts contest submissions from all student journalists. 

Open to all ACP members, Clips & Clicks offers multiple categories for student achievement, and each contest encompasses one semester of work. With a name that merges historic clips contests for print publications with current digital clicks, the competition culminates with a sweepstakes award announced in the spring.

The competition has a fall component and a spring component, with a full range of categories. Then, when we announce the spring winners, we also announce the school winning the year’s Sweepstakes Award.

Check our contests at a glance grid for the current timelines and entry deadlines.

The cost is $10 per entry, with no limit on entries. Any student on staff at an ACP-member publication is eligible.

The fall 2021 deadline is Dec. 17.

The contest categories feature broadcast, design, photojournalism and writing competitions.


WATCH
the Dec. 1, 2020, Town Hall meeting with more information on the contest.


Contest categories

BROADCAST 

1A. Broadcast News Story
Reporting on breaking news or an issue of importance to your audience that demonstrates strong news-gathering skills and delivers concise information. Submission: Website URL link.

1B. Broadcast Feature Story
Personality profiles or human-interest general features. Submission: Website URL link.

1C. Broadcast Sports Story
Coverage of past or present games or a seasonal summary, may also include profiles of sports personalities or human-interest sports features. Submission: Website URL link.

1D. Broadcast Commentary
An editorial segment designed to inform and persuade an audience. Submission: Website URL link.

DESIGN

2A. Newspaper Front Page
First page featuring dynamic nameplate and compelling verbal and visual content. Submission: PDF file of printed page(s).

2B. Newspaper Page/Spread
Single-page entries including news, sports, opinion, feature, photo or entertainment that are intended to be viewed without facing pages or two facing pages that together display a single verbal/visual story or a package of related content. Submission: PDF file of printed page(s).

2C. Magazine Cover
First page featuring dynamic nameplate and compelling verbal and visual content from feature, news, literary arts and specialty magazines. Submission: PDF file of printed page(s).

2D. Magazine Page/Spread
Single-page entries including news, sports, opinion, feature, photo or entertainment that are intended to be viewed without facing pages or a collection of two or more pages that together display a single verbal/visual story or a package of related content. Page/spread designs may be submitted from feature, news, literary arts and specialty magazines. Submission: PDF file of printed page(s).

2E. Yearbook Spread
Facing pages that together display a single verbal/visual story or a package of related content. Submission: PDF file of printed page(s).

2F. Informational Graphic
Combines illustration and information in an easy-to-read presentation. Popular formats include factoids, lists, quizzes, bar charts, line charts, pie charts, tables, ratings, timelines, step-by-step guides, diagrams and maps. Submission: PDF file of printed page(s) or website URL link.

PHOTOJOURNALISM

3A. News Photo
Captures a timely visual story and displays news value and evidence of on-the-spot coverage. Submission: An image file (JPG, TIF, PNG) is required along with a caption. Do not submit URL link or PDF file.

3B. Feature Photo
Delivers a human-interest story with the emphasis on people in their environment. Submission: An image file (JPG, TIF, PNG) is required along with a caption. Do not submit URL link or PDF file.

3C. Sports Photo
Captures the competitive action and emotion of athletes on school teams competing in games, matches and meets or in personal, non-team sports. Also shows emotional reaction by athletes, fans, officials or others at a school sporting event. Submission: An image file (JPG, TIF, PNG) is required along with a caption. Do not submit URL link or PDF file.

WRITING

4A. News Story
Reporting on breaking news or an issue of importance to your audience that demonstrates strong news-gathering skills and delivers concise information. Submission: Website URL link or PDF file of printed page(s). Do not submit both.

4B. Feature Story
Personality profiles or human-interest general features. Submission: Website URL link or PDF file of printed page(s). Do not submit both.

4C. Sports Story
Coverage of past or present games or a seasonal summary, may also include profiles of sports personalities or human-interest sports features. Submission: Website URL link or PDF file of printed page(s). Do not submit both.

4D. Editorial
The statement of the publication’s opinion supported by fact. Editorials generally do not have bylines. Submission: Website URL link or PDF file of printed page(s). Do not submit both.

4E. Opinion
Columns, reviews or bylined opinion pieces providing research and personal insights and anecdotes. Submission: Website URL link or PDF file of printed page(s). Do not submit both.


Submitting entries

The BetterBNC award platform is used to submit, track and manage Clips & Clicks. Payment for entries using credit card and PayPal is also handled through this site.

Submit entries to the BetterBNC award platform here.

If you have submitted Best of Show or Individual Awards in recent months, you may use your existing Open Call account. If not, creating an open call account is required and takes only a few minutes for one-time setup.

BetterBNC technical support is available at 360-427-6300 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific or email cody@smalltownpapers.com.