College journalists work just as hard as the professionals on interviewing, researching and creating accurate and interesting news stories, broadcasts and other communications material.
So why shouldn’t they receive recognition for their efforts?
They can! The National Federation of Press Women allows college students to enter the NFPW communications contest to see how their work compares with their peer’s work across the U.S. Plus, students will receive valuable evaluations of their work from experienced communicators.
Students may enter in several categories, including news, feature and sports stories; opinions, editorials and reviews; graphics and design; and public relations.
The contest also allows faculty advisers of student publications such as newspapers, yearbooks or literary journals, as well as radio or TV stations or other student media venues, to enter the contest for their efforts in their students’ work.
Visit https://nfpw.org/wp/communications-contest for contest rules and categories.
If you work at a university with a journalism program or know a college journalism program professor or adviser, let the adviser, professor and students know about NFPW’s communications contest.
Work published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, is eligible for the 2018 contest.
The NFPW communications contest is a two-tiered competition. Entrants first compete at the state level. First-place winners at the state level are eligible to move on to the NFPW national contest.
State-level winners are recognized by their state NFPW affiliate. National-level winners are recognized at the national conference, and will have their work featured on the NFPW webpage and shared across NFPW social media outlets.
Winners in multiple categories are eligible for sweepstakes awards. Sweepstakes awards come with a cash prize at the national level.
Entrants in most of the state-level contests do not have to be a member of the state affiliate or NFPW. The exceptions are Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota. Those states require entrants to be members of the state affiliate and NFPW to enter the contest.
Also, first-place winners at the state level must be NFPW members to advance to the national competition. Entrants from states with contests open to nonmembers may join NFPW once they learn they have one or more entries eligible to advance to the national competition. Student dues in NFPW are just $25 a year.
Anyone who wants to save $25 in entry fees must enter the communications contest by the early bird deadline, Jan. 23. The final deadline for entries is Feb. 6.
Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!
If your state allows entrants to submit more than one entry in the same category, take advantage of that. Submitting two entries per category just doubled your chances of winning first places at the state level and moving on to the national contest.