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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.

Submission deadlines

Staff Recognition

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 —
Magazine
Newspaper
Yearbook

A URL link must be emailed to gary@studentpress.org or submitted at the convention registration Best of Show desk by noon Friday, March 4, for the following digital products:
Broadcast News Program
Website

 

Payment

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.

Staff Recognition

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.

 

Newspaper

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)

 

Website

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)

 

Magazine

Submit the most recent magazine print issue in one of two categories:

9. Feature magazine
10. Literary arts magazine

 

Yearbook

The 2021 yearbook should be entered. A print copy is required.

11. Yearbook

 

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.

 

12. Blog

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. 

 

13. Podcast

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. 

 

15. Photojournalism

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.

> People’s Choice Awards