ACP Best of Show
The ACP Best of Show contest is available to all student media outlets attending the Spring National College Media Conference.
Conference attendees may still enter the Staff Recognition categories.
Best of Show winners will be announced on site at the convention awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5.
Two copies of print publications must be turned in to the convention registration Best of Show desk by noon Friday, March 4. The second copy is for the People’s Choice Awards —
A URL link must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted at the convention registration Best of Show desk by noon Friday, March 4, for the following digital products:
Broadcast News Program
Although online registration for the conference has closed, attendees may still purchase Best of Show entries at the conference registration Best of Show desk until the noon on Friday, March 4, deadline.
The contest fee is $30 per entry for ACP members and $45 per entry for nonmembers.
The awards in this category are presented to the student media outlet for the overall product. Only one submission is allowed in each category. The entries compete directly against each other, and a critique or scoresheet is not provided.
The Best of Show winner receives the iconic ACP Best of Show trophy, with second through 10th place winners receiving certificates. The awards in this category are presented to student media staff.
Enter one print copy of an issue of the newspaper, published between Aug. 1, 2021, and the contest deadline. Entries compete in one of three categories —
1. Newspaper (two-year campus)
2. Newspaper (four-year campus with 10,000 students or less)
3. Newspaper (four-year campus with more than 10,000 students)
An online news website actively updated throughout the current school year, competing in one of three categories and submitted as a URL link.
4. Website (two-year campus)
5. Website (four-year campus with 10,000 students or less)
6. Website (four-year campus with more than 10,000 students)
Broadcast News Program
Entries consist of a single broadcast news program aired between Aug, 1, 2021, and the contest deadline. Entries must be submitted as URL links (i.e., a YouTube or Vimeo link). The news program must be housed on a site or channel owned by a student media outlet and not a personal site or channel. News programs compete in two categories:
7. Broadcast News Program (two-year campus)
8. Broadcast News Program (four-year campus)
Submit the most recent magazine print issue in one of two categories:
9. Feature magazine
10. Literary arts magazine
The 2021 yearbook should be entered. A print copy is required.
CLOSED / Individual Recognition
Best of Show Individual Awards recognize specific student journalists for their achievement.
To be eligible for the Best of Show competition, the media staff must have a representative at the convention. For Individual Recognition competitions, however, students do not need to be present to participate.
The awards in this category are presented to individuals or teams of up to five staff members. There are no restrictions on the number of entries; however, an entry can be submitted in only one category. All entries should be published during the current school year (after Aug. 1, 2021) by your student media outlet.
The Best of Show category winner receives a plaque, with second through 10th place winners receiving certificates.
Must reflect journalistic standards in topic, coverage and writing and should appear on your student media outlet’s website. Entry must be a single blog, not a collection.
Delivers relevant content through engaging audio storytelling and should appear on your student media outlet’s website. Entry must be a single podcast, not a collection.
14. Print Design
Single-page, double-page spread or a multi-spread presentation appearing in a print newspaper, magazine or yearbook. Submit PDF file of print newspaper design published after Aug. 1, 2021. Magazine and yearbook designs should be from the most recent publication.
News/feature photo appearing in print or online. Image should be from the current school year (after Aug. 1, 2021).
16. Broadcast News Story
Demonstrates broadcast news-gathering and reporting skills. Produced and aired during the current school year (after Aug. 1, 2021).
17. Broadcast Feature Story
Demonstrates broadcast human-interest storytelling and reporting skills. Produced and aired during the current school year (after Aug. 1, 2021).
18. Social Justice Reporting
With a focus on equity and inclusion, news stories in this category are welcome from print, broadcast and online student media outlets.
19. Advertisement (print, online, video, audio)
Produced by student(s) for a client and published or aired on student media.
People’s Choice Awards
By noon Friday, enter both the ACP Best of Show competition and the People’s Choice Awards.