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It’s time to enter contests, critiques  

Get ready — OSMA is set to hold its annual contests for 50 individual categories of writing, design, photography and broadcast.

And now we’ve changed a few things to match what you have been producing during this crazy, unusual year!

We know many of you have had few — if any — hard copy newspapers or news magazines. For that reason, many of the individual categories can include entries from either your student news website or a traditional print publication. (See the categories for specifics.)

Also if you HAVE been printing your publications, chances are good you haven’t produced as many. Thus you can enter two editions for the overall critiques, which cover publications from the start of school this fall until the deadline (Jan. 29, 2021) if that is all you produce.

Don’t forget to enter you website for an overall critique. You must register for that by Jan. 29, 2021 on the form provided with all contest entry information.

Now the sad news. Kent State University can’t guarantee — and probably will not be able to allow — groups as large as ours to gather on campus in mid-April. Thus we must cancel this spring’s April 16 & 17 state convention.

However, the OSMA board is discussing plans for ways to support and help your programs. It might be a virtual convention or it might be something completely different. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, right after the first of the year, our Speakers’ Bureau will be up and running, allowing you to choose an expert — professor, teacher, even a really experience member of college student media — to join you virtually and talk with you about a topic or issue of your choice. Again, that will be available during spring semester.

Anna Mullins, this year’s OSMA Journalist of the Year and an editor-in-chief of the Lakota East Spark, has been named one of six runners-up in the Journalism Education Association 2020 National High School Journalist of the Year competition. As such, she will receive an $850 scholarship in the name of the late Sister Rita Jeanne Abicht, FSPA, longtime JEA treasurer. (photo by Eric Mullens)

Meanwhile…

Remember what you won last year — and look for your excellent work from 2020 to submit Jan. 29, 2021

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

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