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ABOUT J-DAY

Journalism and Media Day (JaM Day) is an annual half-day event giving high school and junior high school students the chance to compete and test their media and journalism skills. JaM Day hosts panels by professionals, offers tours of student media offices and studios, and highlights the exciting career possibilities a communications degree offers.

 

Students and their schools can compete in either day-of or submission competitions.

COMPETITIONS

DAY OF COMPETITIONS 

MEDIA WRITING  

Students will be given a set of facts for a news story. Judging will be based upon the story’s accuracy and interpretation of facts, clarity and structure (inverted pyramid style), and application of AP Style. (Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are required.)

ON-AIR DELIVERY  

Students will be given two minutes to review a script and then read it “live” from a teleprompter with no “do overs.” Judging will be based upon professional demeanor, clarity of speech, and ability to read professionally from a teleprompter.

RADIO ANNOUNCING 

Students will be given a set of facts to write brief radio news copy for broadcast and to record their stories in the KNWD studio.  Judging will be based upon the quality of the story and on-air delivery of the tracked story.

SOCIAL MEDIA

On Twitter: Students will provide live event coverage of JaM Day via Twitter. For tweets to be considered, all posts must include the hashtag #JaMDayNSULA19. Awards will be given for best overall coverage, best individual tweet, and most engaging tweet (based off number of likes/retweets). 

PUBLICATIONS

Schools may submit their current yearbook and most recent student newspaper. Yearbook submissions will be evaluated on theme, content, and visual appeal. Newspaper submissions will be evaluated on content, writing quality and editing, and layout.

SUBMISSION COMPETITIONS

PHOTOJOURNALISM

Students may submit one photograph of a “newsworthy” event (published or unpublished) along with a concise, informative cutline. Judging will be based upon the quality of the photo’s composition.

*Photojournalism submissions must be submitted online on or before October 25, 2019.

SHORT FILM

Students may submit a short video or film that is no more than 5 minutes in length. Judging will be based upon story focus, audio and visual quality, content, and story cohesiveness.

*Short film submissions must be submitted online on or before October 25, 2019.

TV NEWS PACKAGE

Students may submit a TV news package. Judging will be based upon story focus, audio and visual quality, content, and story cohesiveness.

*Short film submissions must be submitted online on or before October 25, 2019.

SPORTSWRITING

Students may submit a sports story published in their yearbook, newspaper, or other outlet. Judging will be based upon lead and content that delivers an exciting or informative sports story or athlete’s profile and demonstrates the entrant’s ability to write with precise, clear, and correct language.

*Sportswriting submissions must be submitted online on or before October 25, 2019.

DISCUSSION PANELS

Each discussion panel features media professionals. They will discuss their careers, share advice, and answer questions about their respective industries. The registration form will ask you to indicate the number of faculty and students attending each panel session. 

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION

Have a question you want answered during our discussion panels? Submit your question below for a chance to have your question discussed live during panels on J-Day!