FSPA District 4 pre-­‐submitted contests Free to enter. One entry per publication per category. Up to four students’ names may be credited on an entry; entries with more than four participants will be submitted as “Staff.” The upload window is Sept. 22-­‐26. Details on how to submit entries will be provided to publications registered for the workshop. 01 Ice Bucket Challenge Spread Create a double-­‐page spread (newspaper or yearbook) suitable for your publication about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been in the news in recent weeks. Judges will evaluate writing, design, photography, creativity/originality and overall effectiveness. Submit a single PDF document. 02 Back to School Spread Create a double-­‐page spread (newspaper or yearbook) suitable for your publication about the start of the 2014-­‐15 school year. Judges will evaluate writing, design, photography, creativity/originality and overall effectiveness. Submit a single PDF document. 03 Newspaper Front Page Submit a published front page from your newspaper or magazine (April 2014-­‐present). Submit a single PDF document. Judges will look for a visually inviting, reader-­‐friendly page with effective visuals, effective typography and a strong flag. 04 Sports Game Twitter Coverage Submit a series of twitter posts from coverage of a single sporting event from the 2014-­‐15 school year. Submit a single Word document with the twitter user name and the date of the sporting event to be evaluated. Judges will evaluate frequency of updates, audience interaction, stating more than just the obvious and use of multimedia. 05 Creative Q-­‐and-­‐A Submit an effectively executed question-­‐and-­‐answer package. The document can be published from April 2014 to present or can be a mock-­‐up from the current school year. Judges will evaluate the quality of the questions and information conveyed, the effective use typography, the integration of visuals and creativity. 4 x 6 inch module 06 TV Review Write a max-­‐400 word review of the new Fox television show, Gotham, which debuts on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox. If you miss that airing, it may be available at Fox.com, Hulu or iTunes. Submit a weblink if published online or a PDF or Word document. Judges will look for effective integration of background knowledge, clear knowledge of genre, reviewers’ voice and proper grammar/style. 07 Election Video Package Submit a max 90-­‐second broadcast package related to the November 2014 election. This should be an objective report that previews the election or some aspect of it. Upload to YouTube, SchoolTube or Vimeo and submit the weblink. Judges will look for newsworthiness, quality of writing, effective audio, editing/use of B-­‐roll and technical quality. 08 Product Commercial Submit a 30-­‐second commercial promoting a product or service available on your campus. Upload to YouTube, SchoolTube or Vimeo and submit the weblink. Judges will look for originality, performance, video quality, audio quality and an effective call to action. 09 Sports Reaction Photo Submit a single .jpg image that captures reaction at a sporting event. Judges will look for effective composition, high technical quality, creativity/originality, human interest and an image that tells as story. 10 News/Feature Photo Submit a single .jpg image that captures a candid (not posed) moment. Judges will look for effective composition, high technical quality, creativity/originality, human interest and an image that tells as story. 11 Illustration Submit and computer-­‐ or hand-­‐drawn illustration that would be suitable to accompany an editorial encouraging students to get involved in the 2014 election season. Students will submit a .jpg or .pdf file. Judges will evaluate artistic quality, technique, focus, theme/meaning and originality. 12 Literary Magazine Spreads When planning a publication, it’s important to not settle on the first design concept. For this exercise, you will submit two different literary magazine spreads that utilize the same text. You may use poetry, prose or both in your submission, and those selections should appear in both spreads. Your use of artwork, headline treatments, etc. should vary. Judges will evaluate design, use of visuals, quality of text and originality. Submit two PDF files. 13 Short Story Compose a 600-­‐800 word story that takes place entirely inside a Starbucks. Judges will look for a clever title, engaging intro, well-­‐developed narration, well-­‐developed characters and clear structure. Submit a Word document or PDF.