Contests and Critiques
SCSPA offers evaluative services and awards for publications and for individual student
work. Publications receive comments and ratings that reward achievement from nationally-renowned
judges. Individual competitions recognize student work in all areas of journalism
Publications must be a member to receive a critique or participate in any contest.
Experienced scholastic judges evaluate programs and provide valuable feedback to help
staffs improve as well as award excellence according to established scholastic journalism
standards. Critiqued publications receive ratings based on the judges' evaluations.
BC & NP evaluations - due March 1; presented at the spring conference
MG & YB evaluations - due June 7; presented at the fall conference
ONL evaluations - due January 15; presented at the spring conference
Most improved competitions
Broadcast programs, magazines, newspapers and yearbooks may compete in the most improved
competition. Submit a copy of last school year's and this school's year publication with your evaluation to compete. Fee: $15
Broadcast programs and newspapers may also receive a mid-year evaluation in the fall.
A mid-year evaluation does not offer a rating, but provides feedback about weaknesses
to improve and strengths to build on the remainder of the year. Fee: $20
All individual competition entries must be submitted digitally. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
BC Individual Awards
Broadcast staffs may compete in eight areas: news and feature stories, public service
announcements, graphics, sports coverage, news anchor, reporter and personality profile
or human interest story. Awards are announced at the spring conference. Due date: March 1. Fee: $25.
For newspaper staffs - Newspaper individual awards are presented in 13 categories
to schools divided into three classes based on enrollment. Staffs may enter 11 of
the 13 categories each competition period – November 15 and March 15. Fee: $60 for two competition periods
MG Individual Awards
Literary magazine staffs may compete in seven areas: art, cover, non-fiction, photography,
poetry, short story and spread design. Awards are announced at the fall conference. Due date: June 7. Fee: $25.
ONL Individual Awards
Online staffs may compete in nine areas: computer graphics, digital storytelling,
features, news, opinion piece, review, photography, sports and videography. Due date: March 15. Fee: $25.
Photographers can compete in a theme-specific contest twice a year - September and
April. $5 per entry.
YB Individual Awards
Yearbook staffs may compete in seven areas: candid photography, cover, feature photography,
sports photography, feature writing, spread design and theme development. Awards are
announced at the fall conference. Due date: June 7. Fee: $25.