Start finding entries for contests, critiques NOW!

It’s time to submit your work for contests, critiques

It’s been a tough year, trying to get back to the world as we knew it before COVID. That wasn’t as easy as some of us thought it would be, but we’re getting there. Your publications are moving along and, in some cases, you’re able to report on stories no one else is seeing. You are the voice of your students. Bravo!

And it’s time for the OSMA publication critiques and feedback on individual entries. That will give you a chance to receive kudos for what went well and suggestions on how to keep improving. Your publication’s name can be up on the screen at the awards banquet Friday, April 22!

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. All individual contest entries will be due by midnight submitted digitally.  Hard copies of newspapers and newsmagazines will be due then as well, sent to OSMA’s Franklin Hall office on the Kent State campus. (PLEASE leave enough time for those to reach us by deadline and don’t mark FedEx for  Saturday delivery — we’re not there then to accept packages then!)

Start planning your entries now. The updated and improved categories are available HERE. Specific directions and links to entry forms are HERE. Be sure you have a current membership. That’s $75 for your school, and it covers the cost of entries from all your student media. You can pay by credit card online or by check.

Also, remember, we have a special gift for advisers when their schools join. It’s an idea we think will fill some of your needs. Teachers want new materials and so do students. They want lively, well-thought-out lesson plans that cover important materials everyone needs, especially as the year ramps up. For that reason, OSMA has made available to teachers at member schools digital versions of lesson plans, including supporting videos or slides, links to resources and other materials to teach what we all need to keep the year going: Team Building; Law & Ethics; Reporting, Writing & Editing; Photography & Infographics; and Advertising & Fundraising. These were created and packaged by master teachers from across the country. All you need to do is join!

And don’t worry — we have every reason to believe the State Convention will be back — and better than ever! Friday, April 22 we’ll have hands-on sessions in the School of Media and Journalism’s Franklin Hall and then the awards banquet in the Kent State Student Center. You can walk through the buffet line and pile your plates with chicken and pasta and chocolate cake, listen to an inspiring speaker, and then cheer like crazy when your staffers hear their names called out for superior ratings. Will you earn an All-Ohio this year? It’s time to start new and bring home a plaque. We’ll also offer the individual school sessions Saturday, April 23, with experienced facilitators to help with what your staff needs most.

Here are your 2021 winners.

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

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