California College Media Association 2017 Excellence in Student Media Contest
Divisions & Categories
Division A: Publications at four-year colleges or universities with enrollments of 10,000 students or more
Division B: Publications at four-year colleges or universities with enrollments under 10,000 students
Division C: Publications at community colleges
• Submit three different days’ complete editions for categories 1, 2 and 16.
• For all other categories, limit the number of entries to NO MORE THAN TWO per news organization for each category; however, a school may only win one award per category.
• The same entries may not be submitted in more than one category.
• For print publications, submit PDFs of the printed page and highlight the item to be judged (i.e., border around story, headline, photo, etc.), or, in the case of work published online only, submit the URL linked to the website, and submit a screenshot of the online entry for the CCMA awards presentation.
• For online publications, submit URL with the link to the specific item to be judged, as well as a screenshot of the entry for the CCMA awards presentation.
1. Best Newspaper (submit 3 different publication days’ complete editions
2. Best Newspaper Website (submit website URL)
3. Best News Series (submit up to 5 articles in a series)
4. Best Breaking News Story
5. Best Non-Breaking News Story (investigative, human interest, etc.)
6. Best Feature Story (for any subject; i.e., news, sports, arts & entertainment, etc.)
7. Best Editorial (unsigned OK, but entry must have a student’s name attached)
8. Best Newspaper Column (i.e., sports, arts & entertainment, etc.)
9. Best Arts & Entertainment Story
10. Best Sports Story
11. Best News Photograph
12. Best Sports Photograph
13. Best Features Photograph
14. Best Photo Illustration
15. Best Photo Series (minimum 3 photos on same subject)
16. Best Overall Newspaper Design (submit 3 different publication days’ complete editions)
17. Best Newspaper Front Page Design
18. Best Newspaper Inside Page/Spread Design (i.e., news, sports, features, arts & entertainment, etc.)
19. Best Headline Portfolio (3 headlines by one person, include story with headline)
20. Best Infographic
21. Best Illustration/Cartoon
22. Best Special Issue/Section (i.e., could include back-to-school or orientation issues; not eligible for Best Newspaper category)
23. Best Multimedia Presentation (must be stand-alone story or series that makes use of more than one medium: i.e., audio/photo slideshows, video, podcast, photo galleries, etc.).
24. Best Blog
25. Best Use of Social Media (submit summary paragraph — 250 words maximum — explaining subject, process and result of how social media was used; provide links (i.e., examples) that demonstrate how social media was effectively used. Contestants may create a Storify of examples or the whole story package and submit the link.)
26. Best Interactive Graphic
27. Best Podcast
28. Best Audio Slideshow
29. Best News Video (submit URL of video and screenshot of opening scene; can be stand-alone story or part of a package)
30. Best Non-News Video (i.e., arts & entertainment, sports, features, etc.; submit URL of video and screenshot of opening scene; can be stand-alone story or part of a package)
Division D: Magazines, either affiliated or not affiliated with a campus newspaper
• A school may submit more than one entry in the Best Magazine category (see No. 1).
• Submit PDFs of the work or, in the case of work published online-only, submit URLs linked to the website and screenshots. Highlight item with border to be judged (i.e., story, photo, etc.).
1. Best Magazine (submit 1 entire magazine)
2. Best Magazine Story
3. Best Magazine Column (i.e., sports, arts & entertainment, etc.; online-only OK)
4. Best Magazine Front Page Design
4. Best Magazine Inside Page/Spread Design (i.e., news, sports, arts & entertainment, features, etc.)
5. Best Magazine Photo
6. Best Magazine Photo Series (minimum 3 photos on same subject)
7. Best Magazine Website
Division E: All newspapers and magazines
• Submit PDFs of the printed page and highlight the item to be judged (i.e., border around story, headline, photo, etc.), or, in the case of work published online only, submit the URL linked to the website, and submit a screenshot of the online entry for the CCMA awards presentation.
1. Best B&W Advertisement
2. Best Color Advertisement
3. Best Ad Campaign (a series of ads making up one campaign for a single client)
4. Best Sales Promotion Materials (e.g., media kits, rate cards, promotions)
5. Best Online Ad (submit URL where series of ads can be viewed) or color screenshot of how the ad looked on the website when it ran)
6. Best Online Campaign (submit URL of campaign or color screenshot of what the campaign looked like on the page; give a summary paragraph if necessary)
7. Best Advertising Special Section
• All entries must have been published between Dec. 7, 2015 and Dec. 15, 2016. All entries must be uploaded by Dec. 19, 2016, at 9 p.m.
• Entry forms must be completely filled out and uploaded properly. An incomplete entry form or improperly uploaded entry will result in disqualification.
• Remember: A student’s name must be listed for every entry except the best publication or best section/edition categories.
• Multiple entries by the same individual in the same category will be disqualified unless one of the entries is a double byline. However, an individual may submit entries in multiple categories.
• If the same item (i.e., story, photo, advertisement) is entered in more than one newspaper, magazine and/or online category, it will be disqualified from all categories.
• Entries may be accompanied by support statements, including any impact on the school/community as a result of publication of the items contained in the entries submitted. Any written statements must be limited to 250 words.
• All entries should reflect the work of enrolled students at the time of publication at the college or university, unless otherwise credited.
• There must not be mandatory review of content by an adviser before publication (i.e., work done as a class assignment may not be entered in the contest).
• The judges reserve the right to modify the awards program at any time. If, at the discretion of the judges, there are insufficient quantity or quality of entries in a category, prizes or prize levels may not be awarded in that category, or categories may be combined.
• The decisions of the judges are final.
Membership dues for CCMA are $150 for 2017, which includes entry in the 2017 CCMA Excellence in Student Media contest. You can enter the contest before payment is received; however, your payment must be received by Jan. 31, 2017, for your school’s entries to be eligible for the awards.