2018 CCMA Excellence in Student Media contest rules

California College Media Association 2018 CCMA Excellence in Student Media

 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

NEWSPAPERS
Regardless of frequency; print or online

Instructions
• Submit three different days’ complete editions for categories 1 and 16.
• 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.

Categories
1. Best Newspaper (submit 3 different publication days’ complete editions)
2. Best Newspaper Website (submit website URL and one representative screenshot)
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 (any subject; e.g., 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
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 (could include back-to-school or orientation issues; not eligible for Best Newspaper category)
23. Best Multimedia Presentation (submit URL of specific presentation; must be stand-alone story or series that makes use of multiple media (i.e., audio slideshows, video, Flash presentations, photo galleries, etc.).
24. Best Social Media Platform
25. Best Use of Social Media for Single Story (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 Social Media for Single Event
27. Best Interactive Graphic
28. Best Mobile Site/App
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 (E.g., arts & entertainment, sports, features, etc.; submit URL of video and screenshot of opening scene; can be stand-alone story or part of a package)

MAGAZINE
Either affiliated or not affiliated with a campus newspaper; print or online

Instructions 
• 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 the item to be judged with a border (i.e., story, photo, etc.).

Categories
1. Best Magazine (submit one entire magazine)
2. Best Magazine Story
3. Best Magazine Column (i.e., sports, arts & entertainment, etc.)
4. Best Magazine Cover Design
5. Best Magazine Inside Page/Spread Design i.e., news, sports, arts & entertainment, features, etc.)
6. Best Magazine Photo
7. Best Magazine Photo Series (minimum 3 photos on same subject)
8. Best Magazine Website

ADVERTISING
All newspapers and magazines; print or online

Instructions
• 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.

Categories
1. Best B&W Advertisement
2. Best Color Advertisement
3. Best Ad Campaign (series of ads making up one campaign for a single client)
4. Best Sales Promotion Materials (i.e., media kits, rate cards, promotions)
5. Best Online Ad (submit URL where the 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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • All entries must have been published between Dec. 8, 2016. andDec. 8, 2017. All entries must be uploaded byDec. 8, 2017, at 9 p.m. PDT.
  • For all other categories (besides Newspaper No. 1 and No. 16), limit the number of entries to NO MORE THAN ONE per news organization for each category.
  • The same entries may not be submitted in more than one category.
  • 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; however, the same 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 decision of the judges is final.

PAYMENT
Membership dues for CCMA are $200 for 2017-18, which includes entry in the 2018 CCMA Excellence in Student Media contest. You can enter the contest before payment is received; however, your payment must be received by Jan. 31, 2018, for your school’s entries to be eligible for the awards.

HOW TO ENTER
1. Login

a. Go to www.betterbnc.com.
b. Click contestant login
c. Select the appropriate contestant type:
If you are the single point of contact for your organization, select Contestant Manager, then skip to “d. Contestant Manager Login”.
If you have received an email authorizing you to submit entries on behalf of your media organization, select “Authorized Entrant” on the login page, then skip to “e. Authorized Entrant Login” below
d. Contestant Manager Login:
• Select the contest: 2018CCMA Excellence in Student Media
• Select your Media Organization
• Enter your password**
• Click “Login”
**Note: If it is your first time logging into your account, use the temporary password: bnc (lower case). After you log in using that temporary password, the system will require you to update your password. Going forward (including future years) you will log in with the password you set.
If the designated Contestant Manager should leave your media organization, please contact your Contest Administrator (Michael Chute) to have the contact information in your account updated.
e. Authorized Entrant Login:
• Select the contest: 2018CCMA Excellence in Student Media
• Select your Media Organization
• Enter your email address
• Enter your password
• Click “Login”

2. Submit Entries
a. Click “Submit Entry” from the Manage Entries page
b. Select a Division (group of Categories)
c. Select a Category
d. Enter the entry headline or title
e. Add entry content (may vary by category)
• To upload digital file attachments (other than audio/video), click “Browse,” navigate to the desired file, and then click “Open.” Allowed file types are PDF, DOC/DOCX, TXT, JPG, GIF, and PNG. To upload additional attachments to a single entry, click the “Browse and Attach More Files” button. BetterBNC will allow up to about a 20MB file; however, we suggest keeping your files around 5MB in case the judges have a slow connection. For files larger than 20MB, you can click the “RealView” icon on the Submit Entry page to create a free account, upload your files, and then copy and paste the URL into the URL field on the Submit Entry page. You may also use a similar third-party website that provides hosting services (scribd.com,issuu.com, etc.)
•  To add web/audio/video content, copy and paste the content’s URL address into the provided Website URL field. To host your content online, either upload it to a free streaming content website (e.g., YouTube) or talk to your IT person about adding it to your stations/publications website. Make sure the content will be accessible online throughout the duration of the contest and awards process. Here are some examples of free streaming content websites where you can upload audio and video content:
Audio:www.kiwi6.com,www.tindeck.com
Video:www.youtube.com,www.vimeo.com
• IMPORTANT: Please be sure that items are not behind a paywall or a password-protected area. If they are, you must provide username/password information in the Comments section of your entry. Judges may disqualify your entry if work samples are inaccessible.
f.  Add Comments
g. Enter Credits
h. Click “Submit Entry”

3. Pay for Entries
a. When all entries are submitted log into your account
b. Navigate to the Manage Entries page
c. Click “Calculate Entry Fees”
d. Follow the on screen instructions to pay for your entries

QUESTIONS
Michael Chute, mchute@calbaptist.edu, 951-552-8721