2014 Newsies! Submission Guidelines

We are now accepting submissions for the 5th Annual New York City high school newspaper awards – The Newsies! The competition is open to all NYC public middle and high schools.

The Guidelines

1. Deadline – Entries must be submitted by Tues. Sept. 30, 2014. BONUS: Entries that are received by June 30, 2014, will receive feedback from a media professional.

2. Format – Entries will only be accepted electronically, through Google Drive or Dropbox. Articles should be submitted as PDFs. Do not submit InDesign (.indt) files. Photos can be submitted as TIFF or JPEG files.  You may submit either an individual PDF of the published page or the PDF of the entire newspaper. Using this form, please indicate which work you are submitting for each category. Submitting web links to the articles or photos is strongly encouraged. Note: To submit the page(s) where the article appears, try printing the document as a PDF (select PDF in print menu) but only “print” the pages you are going to submit. You may also upload PDFs of the entire newspaper and then use the form to indicate which article in which edition you are submitting. Don’t forget to include page numbers.

3. How to Prepare and Submit

1) If your submissions are in the preferred format of weblinks: Download this document and use it to indicate which articles you are submitting in which categories. Also use this doc to supply links to online stories or PDFs. If you only submitting weblinks, then email this document to katina.paron@baruch.cuny.edu. Otherwise, place the completed document in the folder with the submissions. The submissions form can also be shared via google docs: http://bit.ly/NewsiesSubForm

2) Otherwise…Create a folder on the computer and title it with your school name. In the folder, place all of the PDFs, TIFFs, JPEGs, etc. that you will be submitting for the Newsies! Do not submit InDesign (.indt) files. To decrease the possibility of error, we prefer individual PDF pages that are named using this format:  schoolname-category

3) Download this document and use it to indicate which articles you are submitting in which categories. Also use this document to supply links to online stories or PDFs. When complete place it in the folder with your submisions. The submissions form can also be shared via google docs: http://bit.ly/NewsiesSubForm

4)  There are two ways to submit: Choose the first way, if you have a gmail account. The second option you have is Dropbox (if you don’t have an account, set up one here).

a) If you are using a gmail address, upload the file to your Google Drive and share it with katinaparon74@gmail.com. (Recommended. If you don’t have a Google account, a student on your staff does. Or, better yet, get one.)

b) For Dropbox: If you are using the Dropbox website, compress the folder [PC: right click, Send to=>Compressed Folder; Macs: CTRL-Click=>Compress “NameOfFolder” or, on older Macs, CTRL-Click=>Create Archive and then rename the “Archive.zip” with the name of your school but don’t change the .zip part] and then upload it. Next, highlight the folder and click on Share Link and enter this email address when prompted katinaparon@yahoo.com.

5) In either case, upload folders, not individual submissions or files. Folders should not contain InDesign documents, only pdfs, tiff, jpgs. You receive a confirmation from Baruch within a day or two of your submission. If you have trouble uploading a folder, let me know what the problem (and error message) is. Students can submit on behalf of the school.

4. There is no entry fee. Free!

5. Limitations – Only one entry is permitted per category for each school. If the article is a collaboration, more than one student’s name can be submitted. There is no limit on the number of times an individual student may be nominated in different categories. All entries must have been published in a school newspaper or website between Sept. 2013-Sept. 2014.

6. Please note that by submitting entries to this contest, your school is agreeing to send representatives to the 2014 High School Journalism Conference on Fri. Nov. 7. AND students are giving permission for their work to be published online and/or in print through Baruch College and with Baruch partners in relationship to The Newsies!

7. Awards – Awards will be announced at the 11th Annual High School Journalism Conference at Baruch College on Fri., Nov. 7, 2014.

8. Questions? Contact Katina Paron at katina.paron@baruch.cuny.edu or 718-755-6225.

9. Acknowledgments – This contest is being hosted by the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College. We have received generous support from Baruch College, New York News Publishers Association and the Harnisch Family Philanthropies. Our partners include CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and New York City Scholastic Press Association.

Here are the categories we are accepting submissions for:

  • School News: Coverage of a school-specific issue
  • Entertainment/Arts: Reviews, preview stories, personality profiles and stories on trends
  • Features: Soft news and more in-depth articles that fall outside of standard school/community/world news and contain multiple sources
  • Community News: Coverage of a local issue
  • National/World News: Best of your localized coverage
  • Opinion/Editorial Writing: Persuasive commentary
  • Illustration/Comics/Political Cartoon: Showcase your best student artist here
  • Sports: Original reporting of school or local sports teams and events
  • Photojournalism: Student photograph that plays a role in the newspaper beyond student expression
  • Multimedia Storytelling/Broadcast: Includes any video, audio slide shows, interactive graphics, podcasts, etc.
  • Social Media-Assisted Reporting: Submit stories for which students used Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. to aid in the reporting process
  • Best Middle School Newspaper:   Please follow the submissions guidelines above. Submit one issue. This is the only category middle schools can enter.
  • Best Overall (print and online): Submit your best edition since September 2013. Category will be judged based on content and design. For print, submit one issue.
  • Best New Newspaper (print or online, < 2 years old): Submit your best edition. Category will be judged based on content and design. Note: newspapers and news sites can only win in this category once.

Keep in mind that judging will be based on originality in writing and quality/clarity of sourcing. Any fabrication or plagiarismwill disqualify an entry. Photo/art submitted with an entry must comply with copyright laws.

Click these links to see winners from 201320122011 and 2010.

One Response to 2014 Newsies! Submission Guidelines

  1. Silvia says:

    I am a student at one of New York’s public schools, however. I did not receive this invitation from my school, but from a friend, and I am interested in joining the competition individually. I would like to know if I would be allowed to do so, and if the actual final piece would have to be submitted by June 30th in order to receive professional feedback. Thanks beforehand.

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