It’s time to get ready for critiques and contests!


When almost 400 students and teachers fill the Kent State ballroom for the awards ceremony, the result will always be loud! OSMA executive director Candace Perkins Bowen announces advance contest category winners while names flash on the screen. (photo by John Bowen)

Are you ready to cheer for your staff?

You can’t do that Friday, April 14 at the OSMA Awards Banquet unless you enter the critiques and contests this year. Look over your publications and decide what fits the categories and represents your best work.  Then get everything ready to submit by Friday, Jan. 27. See the easy directions here.

Time to join OSMA again

But wait! If you’re an Ohio high school journalist or adviser, it’s time make sure your school has paid your annual dues to be a member of the Ohio Scholastic Media Association. For $75 a year, all student media in your school will belong. Never been a member? Here’s what you’ll get:

  • All contests are no extra charge to enter — with more than 50 different individual categories for web, print, broadcast, yearbook and photography, plus overall critiques and ratings for newspapers, newsmagazines, student websites and yearbooks. (NOTE: The last yearbook deadline for 2022 was Nov. 30.) 
  • Then, Friday, April 14 with extra sessions Saturday, April 15, we celebrate student media with another great line-up of hands-on topics, followed by the awards banquet in the Ballroom of Kent State’s Student Center. We’ll enjoy a good meal and hear from an inspirational speaker. Then you will have a chance to receive kudos for what went well and suggestions on how to keep improving based on word you submit in late January. Your publication’s name — and YOURS — can be up on the screen at the awards banquet. (Check out the PowerPoint below for last year’s winners)
  • Fall regional workshops. Sessions are over for 2022, but we had more than 600 students and advisers at Kent State University and Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, learning and sharing and kicking the year off right.
  • But remember — you must be a member to get in on any of this! You can join online with a credit card or fill out the pdf form, submit it and receive an invoice.

 QUESTIONS? email Candace Bowen cbowen@kent.edu

Here are your 2022 winners.

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