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TENNESSEE

2015 Tennessee AP College Competition

 

Television Categories

Radio Categories

Newspaper Categories

Online Categories

 

The Tennessee AP College Competition is designed to recognize Tennessee student journalists for outstanding performance in college journalism. The contest is open to any college in Tennessee. Entries must have been broadcast or published in calendar year 2014 and should primarily be the work of an undergraduate student or students. They should have been broadcast to an anonymous audience of substantial size or appeared in the campus newspaper or affiliated website. The college contest is conducted by the Tennessee AP Broadcasters and APME. All entries must be submitted online through Better BNC. 

 

The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

 

Entries must be in digital format.  If one piece is being entered in two categories, separate submissions must be made.  Judging of all entries will be based on accuracy, clarity, completeness, timeliness and the best use of the medium.  Judges are encouraged to give an award in each category, provided they deem entries appropriate to the category. 

 

There is a 15-minute time limit for each broadcast entry.  Entries may be accompanied by a brief description of contents up to 150 words.

The decision of the judges is final.  Ties are possible and there could be NO award in a category.

Entry in the college contest does not preclude a student from entering the Tennessee AP professional broadcasters or newspaper contests, as long as the college is an AP subscriber.

 

HOW TO ENTER:
Entries must be submitted online at BetterNewspaperContest.com.  Click here for detailed instructions for submitting online entries.  Click here for a quick step guide.

 

For a printable version, please click here.

 

NOTE: There is a maximum of six (6) individual credits per entry.  If more than six staffers contributed to the entry, please enter credit as ‘Staff.’

 

ENTRY FEES:
Submitting by PayPal:
TV and radio entries - $11 per entry
PayPal payment will be made directly on the BNC site.

Submitting by check or money order:
TV and radio entries - $10 per entry

Checks should be made out to Tennessee AP Broadcasters and mailed to the address below:

 

 

2015 Tennessee AP College Contest
Attn: Dee Vassar
The Associated Press
1207 18th Avenue S., Suite 261
Nashville, TN 37212

 

If you submit payments online, please send a copy of your entry summary form and the BNC PayPal receipt either via regular mail to the address below or via email to dvassar@ap.org.

 

If you pay by check please include a copy of the entry summary form.

 

Payments must be received no later than 10 business days after the contest entry deadline - Feb. 6, 2015.

 

JUDGING:
Entries will be judged by the board of directors of the Tennessee AP Broadcasters and APME.  Judges will be instructed that an award need not be given in an instance where they believe none of the entries merit recognition.  Judges will be urged to provide comments.  Judges decisions are final.

 

For questions, contact Dee Vassar at 615-925-3725 or dvassar@ap.org.

 

 

TELEVISION:

NEWSCAST:  May submit a single newscast, any time slot.  Entry must have been produced by the student news staff and exactly as broadcast. 


NEWS STORY: Coverage of a news event with or without deadline. 


FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline, any type of human interest story. 


SPORTS REPORTING:  A single story, or one segment of a multi-part series.  

 

SPORTS COVERAGE/PROGRAM:  Must be individual events such as a football game, a talk show, etc, any time slot. 


TV REPORTER:  News package that showcases student’s abilities to report on top news stories.


VIDEOGRAPHER:  A composite of student’s work showing variety, use of color and natural sound, framing, lighting, pacing, editing, etc. 

 

INVESTIGATIVE/IN-DEPTH REPORTING:  A single story demonstrating excellence in reporting a campus and/or community issue that requires research and investigative journalism.

 

SPECIALIZED/TOPIC REPORTINGCoverage of subjects such as technology, music, medical, etc.

 

 

RADIO:  

NEWSCAST:  May submit a single newscast, any time slot.   Must be unedited and student-anchored. 

 

NEWS STORY:  Coverage of a news event with or without deadline. 

FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline, any type of human interest story.

 

SPORTS REPORTING:  A single story, or one segment of a multi-part series. 

 

SPORTS COVERAGE/PROGRAM:  Must be individual events such as a football game, a talk show, etc, any time slot. 

 

RADIO REPORTER:  A composite of live or taped work by student anchor or reporter. 


USE OF SOUND:  Any story that uses natural sound to enhance a news item

 

INVESTIGATIVE/IN-DEPTH REPORTING:  A single story demonstrating excellence in reporting a campus and/or community issue that requires research and investigative journalism.

 

SPECIALIZED/TOPIC REPORTING:  Coverage of subjects such as technology, music, medical, etc.

 

 

NEWSPAPER:

NEWS STORY: Coverage of a news event with or without deadline.


FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline, any type of human interest story.


SPORTS REPORTING:  Must be a single story of breaking event or feature.


PHOTOJOURNALIST: Recognizes effective telling of a story in pictures.  Use of several photos is required.  May be a picture strip, feature page or any other combination of photography and text.


NEWS GRAPHIC/ILLUSTRATION:   A minimum of three and maximum of 10 examples with locally produced informational graphics, photo illustrations or any artwork created specifically to illustrate stories.


NEWSPAPER REPORTER:  News package that showcases a student’s abilities to report on top news stories.

 

INVESTIGATIVE/IN-DEPTH REPORTING:  A single story demonstrating excellence in reporting a campus and/or community issue that requires research and investigative journalism.

 

SPECIALIZED/TOPIC REPORTING:  Coverage of subjects such as technology, music, medical, etc.

 

 

ONLINE:

COLLEGE MEDIA WEBSITE:  Entry should illustrate effective use of the website and will be judged in real time.  Submit the URL address of one student-produced website.

 

SPOT COVERAGE:  A single, specific, unscheduled, unanticipated news event requiring immediate response from the news department.

 

ONGOING COVERAGE:  Continuing coverage of a single topic that spans multiple news cycles.

MULTI-MEDIA PACKAGE:  Best use of still images, video, audio, graphics to enhance a story. The multi-media package may also stand alone.

 

GRAPHICS DESIGN:  Computer-generated artwork of a news or feature nature.  Can be stand-alone or accompaniments to articles.  Comic strips with no news value are not allowed.

 

MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALIST:  Three formats used by student journalist to cover a single story.  Example:  Formats that may be submitted include still images, written text, and audio and video and/or social media coverage such as Twitter.

 

SPORTS REPORTING:   A single story, or one segment of a multi-part series. 

 

SPORTS COVERAGE/PROGRAM:  Must be individual events such as a football game, a talk show, etc, any time slot. 

 

INVESTIGATIVE/IN-DEPTH REPORTING:  A single story demonstrating excellence in reporting a campus and/or community issue that requires research and investigative journalism.

 

SPECIALIZED/TOPIC REPORTING:  Coverage of subjects such as technology, music, medical, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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