This website is the official portal for MCMA contest entries. The awards honor the best work published by college newspapers, yearbooks and news websites across Missouri in calendar year 2022.

Fees

Dues are $100 per school. Payment of dues entitles the school's publication(s) to enter all categories for which they are eligible, subject the entry limits. Payments for MCMA dues should be sent to Missouri Press Association, which serves as MCMA's treasurer.

  • To pay by check, mail payment to Missouri Press Association, Attn: Marcie Elfrink, 802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201-4888. Be sure to indicate that the payment is for 2022-2023 MCMA dues.
  • To pay by credit card, call Marcie Elfrink at Missouri Press Association at 573-449-4167, Ext. 300.

Eligibility

For the newspaper divisions, all entries must have been published (in print or online) from Jan. 1, 2022, to Dec. 31, 2022. For the yearbook division, all entries must have been published in books delivered in 2022, whether spring or fall delivery. 

How to Submit

For print publications, all entries must be submitted as full-page PDFs. For online-only publications, entries must be submitted as URL addresses.

IMPORTANT: Use only one account to submit all of your entries within a given division (newspaper or yearbook). This is an important step that will allow MCMA to enforce the limit of 35 entries per publication in the newspaper divisions and 20 entries per publication in the yearbook division.

Contest Divisions

MCMA offers contests in seven divisions:

  • Of the Year (OTY)
  • Advertising (AD)
  • Yearbook (YB)
  • Newspaper Division 1 (NP-D1) (the largest four-year schools)
  • Newspaper Division 2 (NP-D2) (the mid-sized four-year schools)
  • Newspaper Division 3 (NP-D3) (the smallest four-year schools)
  • Newspaper Division 4 (NP-D4) (the two-year schools)

NOTE: During the MCMA business meeting on Jan. 14, 2021, the association voted to realign Divisions 1, 2 and 3. See the new list of division assignments below.

Of the Year (OTY)

These three categories are open to all MCMA members. See the category descriptions below for details. 

The categories are Adviser of the Year, Journalist of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year. For the Journalist of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year categories, entries will be submitted through this site and judged like all other categories; the on-site interviews at the convention have been eliminated. This change was approved at the MCMA business meeting in April 2019 in Springfield. For the Adviser of the Year category, candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee via videoconference.

ENTRY LIMITS: See the category descriptions for a full explanation. In short, each school is limited to one OTY entry per category per publication.

Advertising (AD)

The Advertising Division (AD) includes two categories: Advertising Design and Campus Engagement/Promotions. All schools compete in one division, regardless of school size or type of publication/website.

ENTRY LIMITS: Each school is limited to three entries per category in the AD division.

Yearbook (YB)

Yearbook Division categories will be submitted online in all eight categories. However, each publication should mail a hard copy of its yearbook to MCMA to assist the judges. See the category descriptions for details. Yearbooks should be shipped to:

MCMA Contest (Jack Dimond)

The Standard (MSU)

901 S. National Ave.

Springfield, MO 65897

ENTRY LIMITS: There is no limit on the number of entries in each category, but each school may enter no more than 20 total items across the eight YB categories, including the Overall Theme Development category.

Newspaper Divisions (NP-D1, NP-D2, NP-D3, NP-D4)

Each newspaper division includes 25 categories, plus the Best Overall Newspaper category. Read below to find your school’s division assignment. Online-only newspapers may participate in applicable categories.

Entries in all newspaper categories will be submitted online, including the Best Overall Newspaper category. No newspaper entries are mailed.

ENTRY LIMITS: Each school may enter no more than three entries per category and no more than 35 total entries across the 25 newspaper categories. The Best Overall Newspaper category is a “bonus entry” and DOES NOT COUNT against the 35-entry limit. We want all schools with eligible publications to enter Best Overall Newspaper.

Newspaper Sweepstakes

Within each newspaper division, points will be earned for each award won by each school (4 points for first place, 3 points for second place, 2 points for third place, 1 point for honorable mention). The school that accumulates the most points in each division will win that division’s sweepstakes. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place in each division.

Best in State

After the Best Overall Newspaper category winners have been determined for each of the four newspaper divisions, a judge will select the Best in State from among the divisional winners. The Best in State winner will possess the Avis Meyer Perpetual Cup for one year.

Questions

For questions about the guidelines or contest, contact MCMA's liaison to MPA, Jack Dimond at JackDimond@MissouriState.edu. Phone: 417-836-8467.

MCMA Convention

The 2023 MCMA convention will be March 31-April 1 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Watch your email and social media for more information.

Facebook

For updates on the contest and the convention, “like” and "follow" the MCMA Facebook page.

Update Your School’s Contact Information

Send an email to JackDimond@MissouriState.edu to make sure MCMA has up-to-date contact information for your school.

Newspaper Division 1 (NP-D1) (the largest four-year schools)

  • Missouri State University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Newspaper Division 2 (NP-D2) (the mid-sized four-year schools)

  • Lindenwood University
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri Western State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Truman State University
  • Webster University

Newspaper Division 3 (NP-D3) (the smallest four-year schools)

  • Avila University         
  • Culver-Stockton College 
  • Drury University     
  • Evangel University  
  • Missouri Valley College
  • Park University 
  • William Jewell College   

Newspaper Division 4 (NP-D4) (the two-year schools)

  • Crowder College 
  • St. Louis Community College-Forest Park 
  • St. Louis Community College-Meramec

MCMA is not responsible for user error in submitting online. Please read instructions carefully and review online submissions.

MCMA officers for 2022-2023 school year

  • President: Nathan Gladden, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Vice President: Genevieve Tlustos, Truman State University
  • Secretary: Caitlin Smith, Evangel University
  • Adviser: Tamara Buck, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Liaison to MPA: Jack Dimond, Missouri State University

An advertisement that is for college-affiliated function or for a local business. Do not enter ads that were produced by advertising clients themselves or advertising agencies.

An entry in this category will consistent of a written description, of no more than two pages, of an activity or campaign designed to promote campus engagement with the news organization. These may be single-event activities or campaigns. They may include efforts to increase readership of the print edition, efforts increase the number of followers on the organization’s social media accounts, and events aimed at promoting visibility of the news organization as a whole or particular products (such as a back-to-school issue, a sports preview, a homecoming issue, etc.). In addition to the written description, the entry may include photos, videos and other materials that will help the judge understand the activity or campaign.

An article covering campus, local, state or national events in such a manner that it is relevant to the college student.

Scoring: Quality and style (50 points), relevance to readership (25 points), and lead (25 points).

An article covering campus, local, state or national events in such a manner that it is relevant to the college student. 

Scoring: Quality and style (50 points), relevance to readership (25 points), and lead (25 points).

An article covering campus, local, state or national events in such a manner that it is relevant to the college student. 

Scoring: Quality and style (50 points), relevance to readership (25 points), and lead (25 points).

An article covering campus, local, state or national events in such a manner that it is relevant to the college student. 

Scoring: Quality and style (50 points), relevance to readership (25 points), and lead (25 points).

An editorial written on behalf of an editorial board/staff that states an opinion concerning campus, local, state, national or international affairs. Editorials must be written by a regular member of the staff. 

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power of influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

An editorial written on behalf of an editorial board/staff that states an opinion concerning campus, local, state, national or international affairs. Editorials must be written by a regular member of the staff. 

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power of influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

An editorial written on behalf of an editorial board/staff that states an opinion concerning campus, local, state, national or international affairs. Editorials must be written by a regular member of the staff. 

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power of influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

An editorial written on behalf of an editorial board/staff that states an opinion concerning campus, local, state, national or international affairs. Editorials must be written by a regular member of the staff. 

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power of influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A general feature article or personality profile. 

Scoring: 

Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (30 points), subject and composition (25 points), and lead (10 points).

A general feature article or personality profile. 

Scoring: 

Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (30 points), subject and composition (25 points), and lead (10 points).

A general feature article or personality profile. 

Scoring: 

Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (30 points), subject and composition (25 points), and lead (10 points).

A general feature article or personality profile. 

Scoring: 

Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (30 points), subject and composition (25 points), and lead (10 points).

An article spotlighting coverage of a game event, series or season. (Campus sports entries are encouraged). 

Scoring:
Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), scope of coverage (25 points), and lead (15 points).

An article spotlighting coverage of a game event, series or season. (Campus sports entries are encouraged). 

Scoring:
Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), scope of coverage (25 points), and lead (15 points).

An article spotlighting coverage of a game event, series or season. (Campus sports entries are encouraged). 

Scoring:
Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), scope of coverage (25 points), and lead (15 points).

An article spotlighting coverage of a game event, series or season. (Campus sports entries are encouraged). 

Scoring:
Quality and style (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), scope of coverage (25 points), and lead (15 points).

An article or series of articles using issue-oriented coverage with an emphasis on research involving multiple sources. 

Scoring:
Quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles using issue-oriented coverage with an emphasis on research involving multiple sources.

Scoring:
Quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles using issue-oriented coverage with an emphasis on research involving multiple sources.

Scoring:
Quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles using issue-oriented coverage with an emphasis on research involving multiple sources.

Scoring:
Quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles that shows a newspaper’s enterprise in uncovering issues and problems relevant to its campus.

Scoring:
quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles that shows a newspaper’s enterprise in uncovering issues and problems relevant to its campus.

Scoring:
quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles that shows a newspaper’s enterprise in uncovering issues and problems relevant to its campus.

Scoring:
quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

An article or series of articles that shows a newspaper’s enterprise in uncovering issues and problems relevant to its campus.

Scoring:
quality and style (30 points), depth of coverage (30 points), relevance to readership (20 points), and use and balance of sources (20 points).

A personal opinion or humor column. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A personal opinion or humor column. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A personal opinion or humor column. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A personal opinion or humor column. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A column must be sports-related. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A column must be sports-related. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A column must be sports-related. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

A column must be sports-related. Each entry should consist of only one column.

Scoring:
Relevance to readership (25 points), clarity of style (20 points), power to influence (20 points), sound reasoning (20 points), and literary merit (15 points).

An article reviewing movies, music, concerts, restaurants or any other product or event of an entertainment nature.

Scoring:
Quality of writing (35 points), analysis of subject (30 points), originality (20 points), and lead (15 points).
An article reviewing movies, music, concerts, restaurants or any other product or event of an entertainment nature.

Scoring:
Quality of writing (35 points), analysis of subject (30 points), originality (20 points), and lead (15 points).
An article reviewing movies, music, concerts, restaurants or any other product or event of an entertainment nature.

Scoring:
Quality of writing (35 points), analysis of subject (30 points), originality (20 points), and lead (15 points).
An article reviewing movies, music, concerts, restaurants or any other product or event of an entertainment nature.

Scoring:
Quality of writing (35 points), analysis of subject (30 points), originality (20 points), and lead (15 points).

A photo or photo series of a regular or spot news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo or photo series of a regular or spot news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo or photo series of a regular or spot news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo or photo series of a regular or spot news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo not related to a specific news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo not related to a specific news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo not related to a specific news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo not related to a specific news event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo of any sports-related event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo of any sports-related event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo of any sports-related event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

A photo of any sports-related event.

Scoring:
Quality (25 points), contrast (25 points), composition (25 points), and impact (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to make a statement.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to make a statement.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to make a statement.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to make a statement.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to entertain.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to entertain.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to entertain.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Original artwork with or without captions intended to entertain.

Scoring:
Originality (25 points), impact (25 points), artistic merit (25 points), and relevance to readership (25 points).

Charted information, with or without illustration.

Scoring:
Information quality (30 points), originality (30 points), interest / significance (20 points), and appearance (20 points).

Charted information, with or without illustration.

Scoring:
Information quality (30 points), originality (30 points), interest / significance (20 points), and appearance (20 points).

Charted information, with or without illustration.

Scoring:
Information quality (30 points), originality (30 points), interest / significance (20 points), and appearance (20 points).

Charted information, with or without illustration.

Scoring:
Information quality (30 points), originality (30 points), interest / significance (20 points), and appearance (20 points).

For this category, an illustration is considered to be a piece of art that illustrates a story. Submit an entry from any section making sure to indicate which story illustration is entered. Story that is illustrated must accompany illustration.

Scoring:
Story readability in conjunction with illustration (10 points), relevance of illustration to story (40 points), originality (30 points), and overall impact of story and illustration as a unit (20 points).

For this category, an illustration is considered to be a piece of art that illustrates a story. Submit an entry from any section making sure to indicate which story illustration is entered. Story that is illustrated must accompany illustration.

Scoring:
Story readability in conjunction with illustration (10 points), relevance of illustration to story (40 points), originality (30 points), and overall impact of story and illustration as a unit (20 points).

For this category, an illustration is considered to be a piece of art that illustrates a story. Submit an entry from any section making sure to indicate which story illustration is entered. Story that is illustrated must accompany illustration.

Scoring:
Story readability in conjunction with illustration (10 points), relevance of illustration to story (40 points), originality (30 points), and overall impact of story and illustration as a unit (20 points).

For this category, an illustration is considered to be a piece of art that illustrates a story. Submit an entry from any section making sure to indicate which story illustration is entered. Story that is illustrated must accompany illustration.

Scoring:
Story readability in conjunction with illustration (10 points), relevance of illustration to story (40 points), originality (30 points), and overall impact of story and illustration as a unit (20 points).

A complete front page published during contest period.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content (30 points), originality (15 points), and relevance to readership (15 points).
A complete front page published during contest period.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content (30 points), originality (15 points), and relevance to readership (15 points).
A complete front page published during contest period.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content (30 points), originality (15 points), and relevance to readership (15 points).
A complete front page published during contest period.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content (30 points), originality (15 points), and relevance to readership (15 points).

A single editorial section.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).

A single editorial section.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).

A single editorial section.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).

A single editorial section.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).

An entry consists of a complete sports page or section.

Scoring:
Design, layout and photography (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).
An entry consists of a complete sports page or section.

Scoring:
Design, layout and photography (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).
An entry consists of a complete sports page or section.

Scoring:
Design, layout and photography (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).
An entry consists of a complete sports page or section.

Scoring:
Design, layout and photography (35 points), quality of writing (30 points), scope of coverage (20 points), and use of headlines (15 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using photos, copy and headlines.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content - photos and copy (30 points), originality (20 points), and relevance to readership (10 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using photos, copy and headlines.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content - photos and copy (30 points), originality (20 points), and relevance to readership (10 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using photos, copy and headlines.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content - photos and copy (30 points), originality (20 points), and relevance to readership (10 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using photos, copy and headlines.

Scoring:
Design and layout (40 points), content - photos and copy (30 points), originality (20 points), and relevance to readership (10 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using one subject or theme.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), quality of writing (25 points), and illustrations / photographs (15 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using one subject or theme.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), quality of writing (25 points), and illustrations / photographs (15 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using one subject or theme.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), quality of writing (25 points), and illustrations / photographs (15 points).
A full or multiple-page spread using one subject or theme.

Scoring:
Design and layout (35 points), relevance to readership (25 points), quality of writing (25 points), and illustrations / photographs (15 points).

Four or more pages of one or more stories on a single topic or theme.

Scoring:
Originality (35 points), news and feature content (30 points), design and layout (25 points), and special effects – including color and artwork (10 points).

Four or more pages of one or more stories on a single topic or theme.

Scoring:
Originality (35 points), news and feature content (30 points), design and layout (25 points), and special effects – including color and artwork (10 points).

Four or more pages of one or more stories on a single topic or theme.

Scoring:
Originality (35 points), news and feature content (30 points), design and layout (25 points), and special effects – including color and artwork (10 points).

Four or more pages of one or more stories on a single topic or theme.

Scoring:
Originality (35 points), news and feature content (30 points), design and layout (25 points), and special effects – including color and artwork (10 points).

This category will judge the overall quality of a news organization’s entire website, including the homepage, section pages, story presentation, incorporation of multimedia elements and tools for user interaction.

Scoring:

Quality of content (25 points), originality (25 points), graphic appeal (25 points), ease of use (15 points), and advertising (10 points).

This category will judge the overall quality of a news organization’s entire website, including the homepage, section pages, story presentation, incorporation of multimedia elements and tools for user interaction.

Scoring:

Quality of content (25 points), originality (25 points), graphic appeal (25 points), ease of use (15 points), and advertising (10 points).

This category will judge the overall quality of a news organization’s entire website, including the homepage, section pages, story presentation, incorporation of multimedia elements and tools for user interaction.

Scoring:

Quality of content (25 points), originality (25 points), graphic appeal (25 points), ease of use (15 points), and advertising (10 points).

This category will judge the overall quality of a news organization’s entire website, including the homepage, section pages, story presentation, incorporation of multimedia elements and tools for user interaction.

Scoring:

Quality of content (25 points), originality (25 points), graphic appeal (25 points), ease of use (15 points), and advertising (10 points).

Items submitted in this category should be videos, posted to a news organization’s website, YouTube channel or other online platform, that use moving pictures and sound to tell a story. A “video” in this category is comparable to a standard television news package.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be videos, posted to a news organization’s website, YouTube channel or other online platform, that use moving pictures and sound to tell a story. A “video” in this category is comparable to a standard television news package.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be videos, posted to a news organization’s website, YouTube channel or other online platform, that use moving pictures and sound to tell a story. A “video” in this category is comparable to a standard television news package.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be videos, posted to a news organization’s website, YouTube channel or other online platform, that use moving pictures and sound to tell a story. A “video” in this category is comparable to a standard television news package.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be those that may use a variety of multimedia techniques, including interactive graphics, animation, photography (including slideshows), audio and video. Items that principally use only audio and video (in other words, those similar in content to a standard television news package) should be entered in the Video category.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be those that may use a variety of multimedia techniques, including interactive graphics, animation, photography (including slideshows), audio and video. Items that principally use only audio and video (in other words, those similar in content to a standard television news package) should be entered in the Video category.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be those that may use a variety of multimedia techniques, including interactive graphics, animation, photography (including slideshows), audio and video. Items that principally use only audio and video (in other words, those similar in content to a standard television news package) should be entered in the Video category.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Items submitted in this category should be those that may use a variety of multimedia techniques, including interactive graphics, animation, photography (including slideshows), audio and video. Items that principally use only audio and video (in other words, those similar in content to a standard television news package) should be entered in the Video category.

Scoring:
Quality of content (30 points), originality (30 points), visual appeal (30 points), ease of use (10 points). 

Upload three complete issues published during the contest year. One issue must be from January through June, one issue must be from July through December, and one issue may come from any time in the contest year.

Note: This entry is not included in the 35-entry limit for the Newspaper Division. It is a bonus entry. MCMA strongly encourages all schools with print editions to enter this category.

Upload three complete issues published during the contest year. One issue must be from January through June, one issue must be from July through December, and one issue may come from any time in the contest year.

Note: This entry is not included in the 35-entry limit for the Newspaper Division. It is a bonus entry. MCMA strongly encourages all schools with print editions to enter this category.

Upload three complete issues published during the contest year. One issue must be from January through June, one issue must be from July through December, and one issue may come from any time in the contest year.

Note: This entry is not included in the 35-entry limit for the Newspaper Division. It is a bonus entry. MCMA strongly encourages all schools with print editions to enter this category.

Upload three complete issues published during the contest year. One issue must be from January through June, one issue must be from July through December, and one issue may come from any time in the contest year.

Note: This entry is not included in the 35-entry limit for the Newspaper Division. It is a bonus entry. MCMA strongly encourages all schools with print editions to enter this category.

The winner receives a $200 cash prize and a plaque.
The selection process has several steps.

1. Each candidate will submit an application through this site.

2. If necessary, the panel of judges will review the applications, then narrow the field to finalists, who will be notified of their selection as finalists.

3. The panel of judges will interview the finalists via videoconference. To be considered, finalists must be interviewed. The members of the judging panel will make their decision, which will be announced along with other MCMA awards.

The judges will chosen by MCMA after the entry deadline to ensure that we avoid conflicts of interest. The members of the judging committee will be students at MCMA schools and will be facilitated by an MCMA adviser.

Limit on entries

IMPORTANT: Each MCMA member school will be limited to ONE Adviser of the Year entry for each print publication at the school. For example, if a school has a newspaper and a yearbook, that school could have one Adviser of the Year candidate on behalf of the newspaper and one on behalf of the yearbook. A school that has only a print newspaper is allowed only one Adviser of the Year entry. EXCEPTION: If a school has NO print publications (in other words, it has an online publication(s) only), it is allowed one candidate for Adviser of the Year. (This rule change was approved at the MCMA business meeting in April 2013 in Joplin.)

Files uploaded to Submittable must be JPEGs or PDFs. HTML links are acceptable for online-only publications.

Materials to be submitted

  1. A complete resume from the applicant.
  2. One issue of the MCMA publication the applicant advised in during the contest year, uploaded as a PDF.
  3. List of accomplishments/honors as an adviser.
  4. An essay by the applicant describing his/her concept of an adviser's role on college media.


The winner receives a $200 cash prize and a plaque.

Note: The on-site interviews for Journalist of the Year have been eliminated. This category will be judged only on the basis of the materials submitted by the entrants. This rule change was approved during the April 2019 business meeting in Springfield.

Limit on entries

Each MCMA member school will be limited to ONE Journalist of the Year entry for each print publication at the school. For example, if a school has a newspaper and a yearbook, that school could have one Journalist of the Year candidate on behalf of the newspaper and one on behalf of the yearbook. A school that has only a print newspaper is allowed only one Journalist of the Year entry. EXCEPTION: If a school has NO print publications (in other words, it has an online publication only), it is allowed one candidate for Journalist of the Year. (This rule change was approved at the MCMA business meeting in April 2013 in Joplin.)

Files will be uploaded to Submittable. HTML links are acceptable for online-only publications.

Materials to be submitted

  1. A complete resume from the applicant.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s adviser or faculty supervisor.
  3. A 500-word essay from the applicant on why he or she deserves the award.
  4. Three samples of the applicant’s work published in their school’s publication (newspaper, yearbook, magazine or website) during the contest year. These must be from SCHOOL media and not work produced for professional media (such as work produced during an internship).

The winner receives a $200 cash prize and a plaque.

Note: The on-site interviews for Photojournalist of the Year have been eliminated. This category will be judged only on the basis of the materials submitted by the entrants. This rule change was approved during the MCMA business meeting in April 2019 in Springfield.

Limit on entries

Each MCMA member school will be limited to ONE Photojournalist of the Year entry for each print publication at the school. For example, if a school has a newspaper and a yearbook, that school could have one Photojournalist of the Year candidate on behalf of the newspaper and one on behalf of the yearbook. A school that has only a print newspaper is allowed only one Photojournalist of the Year entry. EXCEPTION: If a school has NO print publications (in other words, it has an online publication only), it is allowed one candidate for Photojournalist of the Year. (This rule change was approved at the MCMA business meeting in April 2013 in Joplin.)

Files will be uploaded to Submittable. HTML links are acceptable for online-only publications.

Materials to be submitted

  1. A complete resume from the applicant.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s adviser or faculty supervisor.
  3. A 500-word essay from the applicant on why he or she deserves the award.
  4. Up to 15 samples of work published online or in print in their school’s publication (newspaper, yearbook, magazine or website) during the contest year. Work produced for professional publications (such as work produced during internships) is not allowed.

(YEARBOOK) A feature photo not related to a news event. Submit the entire spread where the photo appeared, and in the comments field indicate which photo is to be judged.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one photo, each photo much be uploaded as a separate entry.

(YEARBOOK) Entries may be game or feature photos. Submit the entire spread where the photo appeared, and in the comments box indicate which photo is to be judged.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one photo, each much be uploaded as a separate entry.

(YEARBOOK) A general feature article that impacts the campus.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one article, each much be uploaded as a separate entry.

(YEARBOOK) A personality profile on a campus community member.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one article, each much be uploaded as a separate entry.


(YEARBOOK) A spread from the student life section of the yearbook.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one spread, each much be uploaded as a separate entry.

(YEARBOOK) A spread from the sports section of the yearbook.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one spread, each much be uploaded as a separate entry.

(YEARBOOK) A spread from the portrait section of the yearbook.

NOTE: You may submit an unlimited number of entries in this category. However, if you want to enter more than one spread, each much be uploaded as a separate entry.


Do not upload any files for this category. Instead, upload an entry with a note in the comments box stating the date that you shipped your entry. Then mail one full copy of your yearbook that was delivered to your campus during the contest year.


The Standard (MSU)

Attn: Jack Dimond

901 S. National Ave.

Springfield, MO 65897


Entries must be postmarked no later than the contest deadline. The entry books will be collected and shipped to the judges.

Missouri College Media Association (MCMA)