Louisiana Scholastic Press Association

An organization dedicated to Louisiana's high school journalism teachers, advisers and students.

Student Competitions

2016 LSPA Student Competitions is

NOW OPEN

Apply by September 30

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2016 Fall Conference is Thursday, November 10 at LSU’s Student Union

To Register for Conference and Competition:

 Mail-In Registration or Online Registration

LSPA sponsors three high school student media competitions annually:

  1. BROADCAST CONTEST
  2. NEWSPAPER CONTEST
  3. YEARBOOK CONTEST

RULES

  • LSPA high schools are divided into three divisions defined by enrollment size: small (below 500), medium (between 500  and 800), and large (more than 800).
  • For each competition, first, second and third place category winners in each division will receive certificates, and trophies will be awarded to best overall winners.  One school will also win the LSPA Sweepstakes trophy based on the number of category and best overall awards earned.
  • Judges will critique each entry using a rating sheet as a guide. Awards will be given based on the number of points earned.
  • The contest is open to LSPA members only. The membership year will begin in the fall of 2015. Most schools will need to renew membership.
  • There is a $30 fee to enter each competition. Each individual entry (for categories) is $3. 

 2016 LSPA CONTEST CATEGORIES

 NEWSPAPER CATEGORIES

  • News Writing
  • Sports Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • News Photograph
  • Sports Photograph
  • Feature Photograph
  • Editorial
  • Cartoon
  • Graphic
  • Sports Column
  • General/Editorial Column
  • Front Page Design
  • Inside Page Design
  • Inside Spread Design
  • **Art and Entertainment Writing
  • **Art and Entertainment Opinion
  • Online/Digital Newspaper
  • **Social Media Presence: Publication should create a Storify that shows quality and originality of content on social media platforms, engagement of audience and innovation of using social media in new ways. 

BROADCAST CATEGORIES

  • Newscast
  • Sportscast
  • News Story (Spot or Event News)
  • News Feature
  • Sports Game or Event Story
  • Sports Feature
  • Entertainment Pak, Feature or Skit
  • Videography
  • **Social Media Presence: Publication should create a Storify that shows quality and originality of content on social media platforms, engagement of audience and innovation of using social media in new ways. 

YEARBOOK CATEGORIES

  • Cover Design: This category includes hand or computer-generated artwork or photography used on the cover.
  • Theme Development: Include 3-5 pages that demonstrate the yearbook’s theme. Judged on design, creativity, originality, use of space and continuity.
  • Division Pages: Include all division pages. Judged on design, creativity, originality, use of space and continuity.
  • Student Life Spread
  • Sports Spread
  • Academic Spread
  • Clubs/Organizations Spread
  • Class Section
  • Sports Photo: Submit any non-portrait photo directly related to sporting events.
  • Feature Photo: Photos should be non-portrait, non-sports photos that create a special effect or entertain, appeal to the emotions, and accompany a feature story or stand alone on a page with a cutline.
  • Advertising Section: Includes student-designed and student-written advertisements.
  • Copy Writing: Judged on clarity, style, completeness and appropriate form.
  • Caption Writing: Submit captions that have been written for 3-5 photographs. The same student should write all captions for one entry. Include the accompanying photographs.
  • **Social Media Presence: Publication should create a Storify that shows quality and originality of content on social media platforms, engagement of audience and innovation of using social media in new ways. 

DEADLINE FOR THE 2016 LSPA COMPETITION IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

To Register for Conference using Mail-In Registration or Online Registration

**New category for 2016 Fall LSPA Conference

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