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CSJ contest for activism coverage

The Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State is happy to announce another contest – this one for high school student media programs anywhere in the U.S. The top entry will earn $500 for the school’s media program.

This award is offered in conjunction with the 15th annual Poynter KSU Ethics Workshop Sept. 19, 2019. “Act. Action. Activism?” explored the challenges journalists face covering activism yet still finding the balance between factual, unbiased reporting and advocacy.

  • For our award, we’re looking for powerful storytelling, examples of student journalists using their voices to focus on activism that supports societal challenges and injustices. Storytelling can focus on problems, issues, grassroots movements, organized movements or individual examples of activism.
  • These are not opinion pieces but news or news feature coverage. They can be print, web, video, other digital options.
  • Entries must show the student-related context, not a global look at the issue – for instance, not what is happening to melting glaciers in Greenland with information from National Geographic, but how local teens have a campaign to deal with recycling cafeteria waste.

Entries must have been published/aired in the 2018 – 2019 or 2019-2020 school year and submitted through our online portal by 11:59 p.m. ET March 1, 2020. Only one entry per school should be submitted. Team submissions must include a concise explanation of the role and contributions of each team member. The results will be announced in April at Kent State University.

To see video of panels and speakers at the September workshop, particularly the keynote with two advisers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, scroll to the bottom of the workshop main page. Also of interest might be lesson plans related to covering activism in student media, available for download, also near the bottom of the page. Simply input your email and you’ll receive the three plans. Questions? Email Candace Perkins Bowen cbowen@kent.edu

2018-2019 Yearbook Award-winners

OSMA’s 2018-2019 Yearbook contest results are in. Twelve schools took advantage of the variable submission dates so they could get their books back as soon as possible. Those who entered June 30 with their spring delivery books, received their critiques back before Sept. 15; those who submitted by Sept. 30, received theirs before Dec. 15, and those who submitted theirs by Nov. 30 , received theirs before Christmas! Every school received a 10-page detailed critique from a former Yearbook Adviser of the Year. If you are part of a yearbook staff, why not submit YOURS next year?

All Ohio

  • THE ARCHER, Antwerp Local School, no prior review

First Place

  • BEAVER TALES, Beavercreek High School, no prior review
  • CIRCLE LIGHT, Tallmadge High School
  • GOLDEN ARROW, Olentangy High School, no prior review
  • THE BRONZE BAYONET, Olentangy Orange High School, no prior review
  • THE RIVER, Olentangy Berlin High School, no prior review
  • THE TRIDENT, Brunswick High School

Second Place

  • COMPASS, Evansville North High School

Third Place

  • LEXIAN, Lexington High School, no prior review
  • THE SILVER BULLET, Olentangy Liberty High School, no prior review
  • THE STORY OF US, Findlay High School, no prior review
  • STOANNO, Stow-Munroe Falls High School, no prior review

Tips for preparing your digital entry

Greetings OSMA advisers,

It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about spring contest submissions. About printing and cutting and taping and printing again and making more copies of the contest entries you screwed up and then running to the post office at 3:59 to mail your entries. Forget about that old method. This year the OSMA board has developed a new digital contest submission process that will eliminate the rolls of Scotch tape you use each year in submitting your entries and hopefully make the submission process less tedious.

Step-by-step directions for this process are available here as well as a video tutorial. Using Google Drive or another file sharing program, you will upload and share your entries. A Google Form will be used to submit your entries. Writing, design and photography entries will be uploaded as pdf files, and broadcast entries will be uploaded to Youtube. Online entries will continue to be submitted with a URL. All entries must be made public and have a shareable link, so that our judges can access them.

It is our hope that this process takes some of the stress out of the contest submission process. Your students can export and upload their own entries and fill out the contest form. As an adviser, you will finalize your entries with the Contest Roster. This replaces the written roster that was completed in the past.

2014-2015 Yearbook Award-winners

OSMA’s 2014-2015 Yearbook contest results are in. These schools entered books for one of the three deadlines — June 30, Sept. 30 and Nov. 30 — and received judging feedback. Every school received a 10-page detailed critique from a former Yearbook Adviser of the Year. If you are part of a yearbook staff, why not submit YOURS next year? * indicates schools with open forum policies that allow students to make content decisions.

All-Ohio

  • LOHIAN, Loveland High School
  • NORTH COMPASS, North High School, Evansville, Indiana
  • BRONZE BAYONET, Olentangy Orange High School*

First Place

  • ARCHER, Antwerp High School*
  • AURUM, GlenOak High School
  • BEAVER TALES, Beavercreek High School
  • CIRCLE LIGHT, Tallmadge High School*
  • POLARIS, Pickerington North High School*
  • POWDER HORN, Jonathan Adler High School*
  • TORRENT, Dublin Scioto High School

Second Place

  • CHIEFTAIN, Copley High School
  • CRYSALIS, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School
  • THE GOLDEN KEY, Streetsboro High School*
  • THE SENTINEL, Sheridan High School *
  • TRIDENT, Brunswick High School

Third Place

  • THE EAGLE, Big Walnut High School*
  • SILVER BULLET, Olentangy Liberty High School*

Honorable Mention

  • ECHO, Black River High School

2013-2014 Yearbook Award-winners

OSMA’s 2013-2014 Yearbook contest results are in. These schools entered books for one of the three deadlines — June 30, Sept. 30 and Nov. 30 —  and received judging feedback, generally within a month of their submissions. Every school received a 10-page detailed critique from a former Yearbook Adviser of the Year. If you are part of a yearbook staff, why not submit YOURS next year?

Day-of Contest Winners 2013

Justine DeFrancesco, an early education major at Kent State, helps Dorothy Myer rake her yard. Myer was appreciative of the service, "I recently became acquainted with Justine and she offered to help me with my yard," said Myer. "I really do need help these days and she is doing a wonderful job." (photo by Sam Barton, Kettering Fairmont)

Justine DeFrancesco, an early education major at Kent State, helps Dorothy Myer rake her yard. Myer was appreciative of the service, “I recently became acquainted with Justine and she offered to help me with my yard,” said Myer. “I really do need help these days and she is doing a wonderful job.” (First place photo by Sam Barton, Kettering Fairmont High School)

News:

1st Sophia Li from Lakota East

2nd Bobbie Strickland from Centerburg

3rd Claire O’Neill from Rutherford B. Hayes

Interview:

1st Alexa Chryssovergis from Lakota East

2nd Alexandra Miller from North Canton Hoover

3rd Lindsay Wolford from Rutherford B. Hayes

HM Rachel Danner from GlenOak

Commentary:

1st Josh Shi from Lakota East

2nd Alex Ressa from Rutherford B. Hayes

3rd Melissa Layton from Centerburg

HM Hannah Rocco from North Canton Hoover

Newspaper Design:

PARTY TIME ON EAST MAIN. Many of Kent State's various fraternities and sororities are located on E. Main St. They are well known for throwing large parties that can often get out of control and leave the yards covered in litter. (photo by Sean Daughtery, Solon High School)

PARTY TIME ON EAST MAIN. Many of Kent State’s various fraternities and sororities are located on E. Main St. They are well known for throwing large parties that can often get out of control and leave the yards covered in litter. (Second place photo by Sean Daughtery, Solon High School)

1st Austin Gallogly from Centerburg

2nd Kody Keckler from Solon

3rd Emily Chao from Lakota East

HM Jen Foreman from Rutherford B. Hayes

Yearbook Design:

1st Hannah Miller and Megan Boderschats from GlenOak

2nd Nugeen Aftab and Jack Dombrowsi from Lakota East

3rd Brooke Porter and Maddie Cline from Centerburg

Newsmagazine Design:

1st Natasha Rausch from Lakota East

2nd Avery McGrail from Rutherford B. Hayes

Broadcast:

1st Jonah Yonkers, Kaitlin Lange, Angela Ferguson, and Ifram Ibrahim from Lakota East

2nd Reece Kotaka, Tara Grace, Eric Whited, and Monique Martinez from Rutherford B. Hayes

3rd Reed Hensel, Hayden Hatcher, Lindsay Mapes, and Allyson Kramer from Centerburg

Photography:

1st Sam Barton from Kettering Fairmont

2nd Sean Daughtery from Solon

3rd Lauren Weidinger from Revere

Online Membership Registration

The Ohio Scholastic Media Association is headquartered at Kent State University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 201B Franklin Hall, Kent, OH 44242. 330-672-8297 or fax 330-672-4064. Each of OSMA’s five regions has a headquarters as well. The association is a coalition of journalism programs and media associations whose purpose is to support scholastic media. It will offer press days, workshops, conferences, contests, etc. It will work for the overall betterment of high school journalism teaching and media in Ohio. Prefer a downloadable form? It’s here.

Candace Perkins Bowen executive director
OSMA Regional
Headquarters:
Region One
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

Region Two
Pending

Region Three
Pending

Region Four
University of Findlay
Findlay, Ohio

Region Five
Otterbein University
Westerville, Ohio

Address questions, suggestions
or concerns to Perkins Bowen at
330-672-8297 or
cbowen@kent.edu

Ohio Scholastic Media Association – Bylaws

Article I: Name

The name of this association is the Ohio Scholastic Media Association.

Article II: Purpose

The association is a coalition of journalism programs and media associations whose purpose is to support scholastic media. It will offer press days, workshops, conferences, contests, etc. It will work for the overall betterment of high school journalism teaching and media in Ohio.

Article III: Membership

Section 1: Members

OSMA members are secondary schools and those that include comparable age groups operating in Ohio and contiguous states.

Section 2: Affiliates

Journalism programs, such as, but not limited to, accredited state university schools and departments, and media associations, such as, but not limited to, scholastic press associations, may be affiliates of the association. New affiliates must be approved by a majority vote of the Board.

Section 3: Dues

The Board of Directors, by a majority vote, shall have the authority to set annual dues.

Article IV: Governance

Section 1: Geographical Areas

OSMA membership will be divided into five areas of the state, roughly representing the four corners (northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest) and the center (Greater Columbus and surrounding). Member schools outside Ohio will align with the nearest geographical area.

Section 2: Composition of the Board

The Board will consist of up to eight (8) representatives from each of the five designated areas of the state, each elected by his or her own area.  Two (2) additional members at large will be elected at the state meeting, for a total of 42.  The Journalism Education Association state director will also be a member of the Board.

Section 3: Terms of Office

Board members will serve three-year terms with ending dates staggered so one third of the Board finishes its term each year. Board members are eligible to reapply when their three-year terms are over.

Section 3: Executive Committee

An executive committee will be selected from this larger Board that reflects area representation with no more than three (3) members from each of the five areas. The executive committee will select a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer from its ranks and will set the mission, implement policies, evaluate the executive director and oversee fiscal management.

Section 4: Responsibilities

All Board members should be willing to judge, to speak at workshops or conferences and to be a member of a standing or special committee, In addition, Board members must attend one of three meetings a year: either the annual meeting, an area meeting or committee meeting.

Section 3: Executive Director

The Executive Director will be employed by the Board-approved university that houses OSMA and must be approved by the OSMA Board. The Executive Director will be responsible for presenting an annual report, including a financial statement, to the Board at the annual meeting and carrying out the policies and activities of the association.

Article V: Meetings

Section 1: Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Board will be held in conjunction with the state conference.

Section 2: Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the Executive Director or the President, if one has been elected, for the transaction of only such business as stated in the call for the meeting.

Section 3: Quorum

A quorum shall consist of those attending a duly announced meeting.

Section 4: Rules of Order

The Board will follow modified parliamentary procedure, unless specific rule changes are approved by a majority of Board members in attendance.

Article VI: Amendments to the Bylaws

These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board. Notice of the proposed change must have been mailed or transmitted electronically to Board members at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting, unless the vote by the Board is unanimous to approve the change.

Draft 4/15/06, additional changes 4/17/06 (G. Dunn) and 5/7/06 (W. Dunn). Approved August 2006