Welcome

Get ready for annual

OSMA contests and critiques

IT’S TIME TO PREPARE YOUR ENTRIES for OSMA’s pre-entered individual category contests and contests/critiques for overall news media. Individual categories cover everything from writing to design to visuals for newspapers, newsmagazines and yearbooks. Other categories cover broadcast and student-run news websites. These and the overall newspaper and newsmagazine submissions are due Jan. 23, 2015, with awards announced at the State Convention in April. Day-of contests are held at the State Convention, one student per school in each of the seven categories except for the Editors’ Challenge, Broadcast and Yearbook Design.

ENTRY DEADLINE FOR NEWSPAPER/NEWSMAGAZINES AND NEW WEBSITE CRITIQUE PLUS 53 INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES. Find out more here.

Plan ahead for the state convention

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. We hope you can join us on the Kent State campus both days for the annual OSMA state convention. Friday will have sessions starting EARLIER than in the past — noon — for those who can make it, giving students more session options and more time to fit in both learning and the Day-of contests. Both will be options from noon – 5 p.m., all Franklin Hall. The Awards Banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Center, with keynoter Mandy Jenkins, one of the top experts in social media (see below). Ratings from all pre-entered individual categories and

If you can’t join us for all that, do come Saturday when hands-on session in Franklin Hall run from 9 until 12:30 with a small awards ceremony after lunch that will honor all those who placed in the Day-of competition. More details will be available in February.

Jenkins to share expert views

on citizen journalism, media future

Mandy Jenkins

Mandy Jenkins

Mandy Jenkins heads up the newsroom at Storyful, a 24/7 social news agency that specializes in surfacing, verifying and sharing eyewitness journalism from around the world. Mandy was previously the managing editor for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, overseeing daily operations for the national newsroom, which published to more than 200 local outlets across the U.S. prior to its closure in the spring of 2014.

Prior to that, Mandy was the Social News Editor for politics at The Huffington Post, where she coordinated the company’s citizen journalism program, OfftheBus, and the social media editor for Washington, D.C. local news startup TBD. Mandy has also served in several roles in digital news for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Mandy is the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and teaches social/digital media skills on a consulting basis. A native of Ohio and a graduate of Kent State University, Mandy lives in New York City with her husband, Ben (also a Kent State grad).

More than 700 advisers and students participated in fall 2014 workshops

Mitch McKenney, Daily Kent Stater and KentWired adviser, leads a session about how to find good story topics. (2014 – photo by John Bowen)

OSMA’s fall workshops took place in October and were located at Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, and Otterbein University. Thirty-five Ohio high schools were represented at the workshops by over 700 adviser and student participants.  Each workshop offered sessions that focused on different topics to strengthen student media, from photography and social media to interviewing tips and legal issues.

The next opportunity for students and advisers to collaborate and learn more about student media will be Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 at the OSMA state convention. Registration information coming soon! Be on the look-out next September for information about our fall 2015 regional workshops.

 

PLAN NOW FOR SPRING DELIVERY NEXT YEAR’S YEARBOOK CRITIQUES. Deadlines are June 30,  Sept. 30 and Nov. 30.

Applications will be available in May.

 

Questions? Contact Candace cbowen@kent.edu