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Wando HS 17 Fall Conference

Contests and Critiques

SCSPA offers evaluative services and awards for publications and for individual student work. Publications receive comments and ratings that reward achievement from nationally-renowned judges. Individual competitions recognize student work in all areas of journalism and production.

Publication critiques

Publications must be a member to receive a critique or participate in any contest.

Publication evaluations

Experienced scholastic judges evaluate programs and provide valuable feedback to help staffs improve as well as award excellence according to established scholastic journalism standards. Critiqued publications receive ratings based on the judges' evaluations. Fee: $50

BC & NP evaluations - due March 1; presented at the spring conference
MG & YB evaluations - due June 7; presented at the fall conference
ONL evaluations - due January 15; presented at the spring conference

Most improved competitions

Broadcast programs, magazines, newspapers and yearbooks may compete in the most improved competition. Submit a copy of last school year's and this school's year publication with your evaluation to compete. Fee: $15

Mid-year evaluations

Broadcast programs and newspapers may also receive a mid-year evaluation in the fall. A mid-year evaluation does not offer a rating, but provides feedback about weaknesses to improve and strengths to build on the remainder of the year. Fee: $20


Individual competitions

All individual competition entries must be submitted digitally. Email entries to or

BC Individual Awards

Broadcast staffs may compete in eight areas: news and feature stories, public service announcements, graphics, sports coverage, news anchor, reporter and personality profile or human interest story. Awards are announced at the spring conference. Due date: March 1. Fee: $25.


For newspaper staffs - Newspaper individual awards are presented in 13 categories to schools divided into three classes based on enrollment. Staffs may enter 11 of the 13 categories each competition period – November 15 and March 15. Fee: $60 for two competition periods

MG Individual Awards

Literary magazine staffs may compete in seven areas: art, cover, non-fiction, photography, poetry, short story and spread design. Awards are announced at the fall conference. Due date: June 7. Fee: $25.

ONL Individual Awards

Online staffs may compete in nine areas: computer graphics, digital storytelling, features, news, opinion piece, review, photography, sports and videography. Due date: March 15. Fee: $25.

Photography Contest

Photographers can compete in a theme-specific contest twice a year - September and April. $5 per entry.

YB Individual Awards

Yearbook staffs may compete in seven areas: candid photography, cover, feature photography, sports photography, feature writing, spread design and theme development. Awards are announced at the fall conference. Due date: June 7. Fee: $25.