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January deadline for contests and critiques

Spend the afternoon learning and sharing at Franklin Hall, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, before you learn how you did in pre-entered contests and critiques. (photo by Melinda C. Yoho)

Start planning now for OSMA spring events.

First, students should submit their work in 54 individual categories — from newswriting to sports photos, from broadcast on-air talent to feature page layout by Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Like last year, all of these will be submitted digitally — no more cutting and pasting and folding. Follow the simple directions to use our Google forms.

And don’t forget overall publications, both newspapers and news magazines plus news websites. Those are due in the office also by Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Then, plan to receive those critiques and awards at the state convention, April 3 & 4, 2020, at Kent State University. Friday sessions run from 1 – 5 p.m. in Franklin Hall,  home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Learn from classroom and newsroom pros about all kinds of reporting, writing, editing, design, photography, web and print and broadcast.

At 5:30, we’ll be in the Ballroom of the Kent State Student Center for a banquet, a wonderful keynote (details on that later) and lots of cheering for all those who won awards.

When you’re ready, here’s the form to register if you want to print it out and send with a check.  If you want to register online and pay at the convention, you can use this form.

There’s more!

Find out about the $500 award to the best school entry that covers activism.

Who won last year at OSMA?

Check out last year’s on-site “challenge” winners below and pre-entered contest results in the PowerPoint.

  • Maestro team package:  1st Stow-Munroe Falls High School; 2nd Norwalk High School (commitment); 3rd Hoover High School; 4th Centerburg High School; 5th Norwalk High School (sports)
  • Press conference with Mary Beth Tinker: 1st Mackenzie Smith, Centerburg High School; 2nd Kristy Vargo, Centerburg High School; 3rd Anna Mullins, Lakota East High School
  • Editorial decision-making: 1st Centerburg High School (Cate Wheeler, Elise Tucker, Isabelle Wolford); 2nd Stow-Munroe Falls High School (Abigail Kuhns, Molly Richards, Francesca Misella and Alexsa Armstrong)
 

Questions? Contact Candace Bowen at cbowen@kent.edu.

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