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SEJC 2012 c/o Tomi M. Parrish
Department of Communications
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, Tennessee 38238

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SEJC 2012 – Onsite Competition

 

**12 participants per category; first-come, first-served; teams count as one entry**

  1. Media Law – Students will be given a 50-question (true/false, multiple-choice format) test. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.) while taking the test.
  2. Media History - Students will be given a 50-question (true/false, multiple-choice format) test. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.) while taking the test.
  3. Media Ethics – Teams of one to three students will examine an ethical situation and compose a proper solution to the problem. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbook, etc.). However, students may provide their own dictionaries and stylebooks (in hard-copy book form) if so desired; no reference materials will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged on the students’ ability to ethically justify their response.
  4. Current Events – Students will be given a 50-question (true/false, multiple-choice format) test regarding current events in the six months before the competition. Students should familiarize themselves with national and international governmental and economic affairs, prominent individuals, major political campaigns and other newsworthy events.
  5. Copy Editing – Students will be given a story containing errors in grammar, judgment, facts and AP style. Participants will correct all mistakes and rewrite as needed. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.), but may provide their own stylebooks, if desired; no reference materials will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged for AP style and accuracy.
  6. Page Layout – Students will lay out a broadsheet newspaper page using InDesign CS5. Stories, art and captions will be provided for importation into the page. Students must write their own headlines. Students may provide their own reference materials, if desired; no reference materials will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged on presentation, organization, creativity, and news selection and judgment.
  7. Multimedia – Teams of one to three students will create a web page providing breaking-news information for a given situation. Students will be able to use the latest version of Dreamweaver software and will be provided with a basic page and a folder of potential components (text, photographs, etc.). Participants will be expected to determine component inclusion, placement, organization, etc. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.), but may bring reference books with them, if desired; no reference material will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged on presentation, organization, and component variety and usefulness.
  8. Sports Reporting – Students will be shown a sporting event on film and asked to write an article covering the event for the next morning’s newspaper. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.), but may bring reference books, if desired; no reference books will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged for accuracy, organization and professionalism.
  9. News Writing – Students will be expected to write a news story on a given situation. Participants will be given time to collect information and conduct interviews, and additional time to complete their stories. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.), but may bring reference books with them, if desired; no reference books will be provided by the host school. All equipment (notebooks, tape recorders, etc.) must be provided by the student, if desired; no equipment will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged for accuracy, organization and professionalism and must be a minimum of 800 words.
  10. Feature writing – Students will be expected to write a feature article on a predetermined topic. Participants will be given time to collect information and conduct interviews, and additional time to complete their stories. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.), but may bring reference books with them, if desired; no reference books will be provided by the host school. All equipment (notebooks, tape recorders, etc.) must be provided by the student, if desired; no equipment will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged for accuracy, organization and professionalism and must be a minimum of 800 words.
  11. Radio News Reporting – Students will be expected to record a 60-second breaking-news blurb on a given situation. Students will be given time to collect information and conduct interviews, and are asked to bring cell phones and hand-held recorders. No equipment will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged for factual accuracy, organization and vocal delivery.
  12. Television Reporting – Students will be expected to submit a voice-over/sound-on-tape (VO/SOT) on a given reporting scenario. Participants will be given time to collect information, conduct interviews and record video footage. Students will NOT be given the opportunity to edit any material; all footage MUST be shot in sequence as the viewer will see it. All equipment (cameras, microphones, tripods, etc.) must be provided by the student; no equipment will be provided by the host school. The following videotape recording formats will be accepted:  Tape: DVCPro, MiniDV, S-VHS, VHS; Tapeless: P2, XDCAM, XDCAM EX. Students must submit not only their recorded footage on tape or memory card, but a script as well. Final submission length (VO and SOT combined) should be no longer than 45 seconds. Tapes and cards will be returned to school sponsors at the end of the competition. Submissions will be judged for factual accuracy and production quality.
  13. Photojournalism – Students will be asked to photograph a given situation as part of a news story or television broadcast. All equipment (cameras, tripods, etc.) must be provided by the student; no equipment will be provided by the host school. Cell phone and iPod cameras are not allowed. Final submissions will consist of one image and an accompanying caption. Students must have either a removable memory card or a USB cord for all cameras. Submissions will be judged for newsworthiness, photo technique and caption writing.
  14. Public Relations – Teams of one to three students will be asked to write a case-study evaluation of a presented PR campaign. Students will be given time to collect information and additional time to complete their evaluations. All equipment (tape recorders, headphones, cameras, etc.) must be provided by the students, if desired; no equipment will be provided by the host school. Students will not be allowed to consult any outside sources (Internet, textbooks, etc.), but may bring reference books with them, if desired; no reference books will be provided by the host school. Submissions will be judged for accuracy, effectiveness and improvement from the given situation.