Category Archives: News

Category #11: TV Anchoring

Category #11: TV Anchoring
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Time Allotted: 15 minutes per student (depending on technological adjustments) from noon-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at the Student Media Center, 201 Bishop Hall.

Exercise/Assignment: Contestants must sign up for a time slot at the SEJC registration desk at Farley Hall. Each contestant will be given a number for identification. At the appointed time, students will meet a proctor at the registration desk at Farley Hall to be taken to the Student Media Center at Bishop Hall (either by walking or by golf cart, with small groups escorted each half hour). If you show up late for your appointment, you must get to Bishop Hall on your own.

At the Student Media Center, each contestant will be given a script to practice for 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, the student will read the script at the anchor desk, which will be recorded for judging. Students will sign off by saying, “This is Contestant # (contestant’s number) for SEJC.” Students should not mention their names or universities. Students can leave when their recording is finished.

Judging criteria: Personal demeanor/appearance, diction, accuracy, energy,  copy interpretation, quality of delivery and minimum vocal fillers.

Category #10: Radio News Reporting

Category #10: Radio News Reporting

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Time Allotted:
1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Materials Needed But NOT Provided: Contestants must supply their own laptop and recording device.
Prohibited Materials: Students are disqualified if they incorporate any external audio into the piece, meaning audio not collected from the event or by the contestant at the event.
Assignment: Contestants will cover the “Assault on the Media” panel at the SEJC conference. A description of the panel and bios of the panelists will be in the conference program. The panel is 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Overby Center auditorium.

Students’ radio reports should not exceed a minute and a half in length, and must be based on the panel and the conference.

At 3 p.m., contestants will meet a proctor outside the auditorium. They will walk to the Student Media Center at Bishop Hall.
At Bishop Hall, students will be given 15 minutes to write a script for their report.  At the end of those 15 minutes, scripts will be printed out – BE SURE TO WRITE YOUR NUMBER ON YOUR SCRIPT – and given to the proctor to ensure that no contestant has extra time to write the script. The finished audio report must be from the submitted script.

Contestants will be assigned an order in which to record their reports, and they will be given a maximum of 10 minutes to record their report in the radio production bay at the Student Media Center. The submitted report must be in an mp3 audio file.

Contestants are not to identify themselves or their school in any fashion in their completed report or on their entry submission. Contestants should sign off their report with, “This is Contestant # (contestant’s number), reporting for SEJC.”

Contestants should title their file “Radio News Contestant # (contestant’s number)” and save it to a flash drive that will be in the production computer.

The proctor will be available for questions about the editing software and production equipment but will not provide any editing advice or other editorial/technical assistance.

Category #9: Photo/Sports

Category #9: Photo/Sports
Materials Provided:
None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Personal laptop, personal camera with zoom lens, personal laptop, USB cord/flash card/wireless software allowing for transfer of photos to laptop.
Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise: Contestants will cover the women’s basketball game between Ole Miss and Auburn on Feb. 16 at The Pavilion.
Contestants will leave from the Farley Hall SEJC registration desk at 7 p.m., OR meet the group at The Pavilion no later than 7:30 p.m. We will  have press credentials for all the photographers.
Assignment: Contestants have until 11 p.m. to capture, edit, tone, caption and submit no more and no fewer than three photographs from the game. The caption should be 1-2 sentences describing the who, what, when, where of the image. Captions are to be written in AP style.

They will title the three pictures with the number they were assigned, followed by a hyphen and the number 1, 2 or 3 (for example, a contestant assigned “8” will title their photos 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3).
They will email their pictures to
sejc207@olemiss.edu
by 11 p.m. Thursday night. These files will be sent to the designated judges.
Websites:  Contestants are not required but are strongly encouraged to visit the following link prior to attending SEJC, and to read the information at the bottom of this post about covering Ole Miss games:

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/w-baskbl/2016-17-guide.html

Judging criteria: Quality of the capture of action, reaction, focus on the subject(s) and/or facial expression, use of light, composition of image, relevance of image(s) related to the news involved.

2016-17 Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Media Information
Parking passes are not required for Ole Miss Women’s Basketball games. Members of the media are encouraged to park in the parking garage.
Photographers will be given floor passes and are expected to honor all sideline and baseline access areas. The respective bench areas, behind the bench areas and courtside in front of the scorer’s table are OFF LIMITS to all photographers. Strobe or flash photography is permitted only with permission from the Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Office. Strobes must be mounted away from the court area.
Per NCAA rules, media are not permitted to have contact with a prospect or family members of a prospect during their visit (official or unofficial), including prospects in attendance at practice or games. In addition, media are forbidden from videoing or photographing prospects during their visit. Media are also asked to make every effort to keep distance from prospects on campus, including at practice, during pre-game activities on the sidelines and in the stands.
Complete pregame notes with team and individual statistics will be distributed to the media when entering The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Following the game, final and halftime box scores, play-by-play and postgame quotes will be provided. Pregame food service will be available approximately 60 minutes prior to tipoff.
The media workroom offers media a place to gather materials provided by the Athletics Media and Public Relations staff, write and submit stories, transmit photographs and participate in post-game press conferences. The workroom at The Pavilion at Ole Miss will be located in the southwest corner of the floor level through the visiting team tunnel.

Category #8: Photo/News-Features

Category #8: Photo/News-Features
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Materials Provided:  None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Personal laptop, personal camera with zoom lens, personal laptop, USB cord/flash card/wireless software allowing for transfer of photos to laptop. Students are not required to bring laptop to photo sites; this is only needed for the purposes of submitting the photos.
 Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise: Contestants will cover an event on Thursday, Feb. 16. They will cover the Thacker Mountain Radio Show and the beginning of the Oxford Film Festival at The Lyric.
Contestants are required to meet at the Farley Hall SEJC registration desk at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, OR to meet the group at The Lyric no later than 5:30 p.m. We will have credentials and tickets for contestants covering the event.
Assignment: Contestants have until 10 p.m. Thursday night to capture, edit, tone, caption and submit no more and no fewer than three photographs to
sejc2017@olemiss.edu
The caption should be 1-2 sentences describing the who, what, when, where of the image. Captions are to be written in AP style.

They will title the three pictures with the number they were assigned, followed by a hyphen and the number 1, 2 or 3 (for example, a contestant assigned “8” will title their photos 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3). They will email their pictures to the designated email address. The proctor will send the files to the designated judges.
Judging criteria: Focus on the subject(s), newsworthiness of photographs comparative to competition, ability to capture expressions and/or action, use of light, composition of images.

Category #6: Copy Editing

Category #6: Copy Editing
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Classroom Time Allotted:
12:15-1:15 p.m. Farley 121
Materials Provided:
none
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Colored pen/marker; AP stylebook; dictionary
Prohibited Materials: Contestants will not be allowed to access the internet during the test.
Assignment: Once in the classroom, contestants will be given a poorly written news or feature story of about 900-1,000 words. The story will feature anywhere from 30-60 mistakes. These may include:
– spelling, punctuation, grammar, number agreement, AP style errors
– factual errors (including misspelled proper names and/or titles)
– poorly placed or missing attribution
– typographical errors that a spell-check would not detect.

The contestants’ job is to correct as many mistakes as they notice, marking them in colored pen or marker, and then write a headline for the story of no more than 6 words.
Judging criteria: Number of mistakes corrected based on judge’s answer key and suitability of headline in terms of reflecting the news in the story and the facts included.

Category #7: Design/Page Layout

Category #7: Design/Page Layout
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Classroom Time Allotted:
 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Farley 138
Materials Provided: Mac computer with InDesign CS6 software
Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise/Assignment: Contestants will be provided with a file that includes pre-written stories and images. All contestants will receive the same stories and photos on flash drives in the computer lab.

Contestants will have 90 minutes to lay out two complete pages (a front page and jump) of a newspaper. The pages should include some or all of the following: a flag, headlines, photos, cutlines, rules, date, refers, mugshot(s), bylines, etc.

Save the  InDesign document and title it with the number you were assigned. Do not put your name anywhere on the assignment nor in the file name.

After you title the document and save it, leave the flash drive in your computer. 

Judging criteria: Adherence to deadline and overall eye appeal; effective use of art/graphic elements; artistic ability and creativity; story/photo arrangements; accuracy and quality of headlines; quality of cutlines; adherence to spelling, punctuation, grammar and AP style.

 

 

 

Category #5: Op-ed Writing

Category #5: Op-ed Writing
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Classroom attendance is mandatory for your entry to count. Email entries from students that are either time-stamped after the deadline or are from a student not listed as in attendance will not be considered for judging.
Classroom Time Allotted: 12:15-1:30 p.m. Overby Center Boardroom
Materials Provided: None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Laptop; AP stylebook
Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise/Assignment: Participants will have 75 minutes to write a 500-600 word op-ed piece. The topic of the piece will be announced at 12:15 p.m. in the room where the onsite is taking place.
Submission: Students must email the final copy of their piece to
sejc2017@olemiss.edu
The file should not include the contestant’s name, only the assigned contestant number, which the contestant should include at the top of the piece. The subject line of the contestant entry should include the contest title and contestant number.  Only entries received by the assigned deadline will qualify for evaluation.
Judging criteria: Quality of lead; overall clarity; accuracy of facts; strength and logic of argument; acknowledgment of opposing viewpoint; citation of outside sources; spelling, punctuation and grammar; AP style; and editing for typos, word drops or similar mistakes.

Category #4: Arts & Entertainment Writing

Category #4: Arts & Entertainment Writing
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Email entries from students that are either time-stamped after the deadline will not be considered for judging.

Materials Provided: none
Materials Needed but not Provided: Laptop
Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise: Contestants must be able to cover an event that starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Contestants will attend a special Thacker Mountain Radio performance that is part of the kickoff for this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Students will cover the red carpet Oxford Film Festival event, Thacker Mountain Radio, and the screening of the film Strange Weather.
Contestants are required to meet at the Farley Hall SEJC registration desk at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, OR to meet the group at The Lyric theater no later than 5:30 p.m. We will have credentials and tickets for contestants covering the event.
Assignment: Contestants have until midnight Thursday to write a 550-650-word article about the events.
Submission: Students must email a final copy of their story to sejc2017@olemiss.edu. The file should not include the contestant’s name, only the assigned contestant number on the top of the story. The subject line of the contestant entry should include the contest title and contestant number. Only entries received by the assigned deadline will qualify for evaluation.
Judging criteria: Quality of lead; overall clarity; reader appeal; quality of writing; quality of reporting; accuracy, including spelling of names; organization; spelling, punctuation and grammar; quality of quotes; AP style; editing for typos, word drops or similar mistakes; and adherence to deadline

 

Category #3: Sports Writing

Category #3: Sports Writing
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Time Allotted: Game starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Story deadline is midnight Thursday night.
Materials Provided: None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Laptops; AP stylebook
Prohibited Materials: None
Websites: Students are not required but are strongly encouraged to visit the following links/documents prior to attending SEJC, and to read the information at the bottom of this post about covering Ole Miss games:

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/w-baskbl/2016-17-guide.html

Exercise: Contestants will meet at 7 p.m. at the Farley Hall SEJC registration table, and leave for The Pavilion. If participants want to go directly to The Pavilion on their own, they must arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. Students will cover the women’s basketball game between Ole Miss and Auburn. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m. A press conference follows the game. We have media credentials for contestants.
Assignment: Contestants have until midnight to submit a 500-600-word game story from their personal laptops. They must email their stories to
sejc2017@olemiss.edu
by the deadline. Put your assigned number (not name or university) on the top of the story.
Judging criteria: Quality of lead; quality of writing; quality of reporting; accuracy, including spelling of names; clarity; organization; spelling, punctuation and grammar; quality of quotes; AP style; editing for typos, word drops or similar mistakes; adherence to deadline.
2016-17 Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Media Information
Parking passes are not required for Ole Miss Women’s Basketball games. Members of the media are encouraged to park in the parking garage.
Photographers will be given floor passes and are expected to honor all sideline and baseline access areas. The respective bench areas, behind the bench areas and courtside in front of the scorer’s table are OFF LIMITS to all photographers. Strobe or flash photography is permitted only with permission from the Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Office. Strobes must be mounted away from the court area.
Per NCAA rules, media are not permitted to have contact with a prospect or family members of a prospect during their visit (official or unofficial), including prospects in attendance at practice or games. In addition, media are forbidden from videoing or photographing prospects during their visit. Media are also asked to make every effort to keep distance from prospects on campus, including at practice, during pre-game activities on the sidelines and in the stands.
Complete pregame notes with team and individual statistics will be distributed to the media when entering The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Following the game, final and halftime box scores, play-by-play and postgame quotes will be provided. Pregame food service will be available approximately 60 minutes prior to tipoff.
The media workroom offers media a place to gather materials provided by the Athletics Media and Public Relations staff, write and submit stories, transmit photographs and participate in post-game press conferences. The workroom at The Pavilion at Ole Miss will be located in the southwest corner of the floor level through the visiting team tunnel.

Category #2: Feature Writing

 

Category #2: Feature Writing
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Classroom Time Allotted
: 10:45 a.m.-noon. Room TBA.
Materials Provided: None
Materials Prohibited: None
Exercise: Contestants will cover the SEJC session “Writing About Race: From Journalism to Historical Non-Fiction to Superheroes,” with journalist and author Jesse Holland. Contestants will write a 600-700-word feature article/profile about Holland based on his presentation and answers.
Submission: Students must email the final copy of their story no later than 2 p.m. to sejc2017@olemiss.edu.

The article should include the contestant’s assigned number at the top of the article, NOT the contestant’s name or university. The subject line of the contestant entry should include the contest title and contestant number. Only entries received by the assigned deadline will qualify for judging.

Judging criteria: Quality of lead; overall clarity; quality of writing; quality of reporting; quality of quotes; reader appeal; organization; spelling, punctuation and grammar; AP style, editing for typos, word drops or similar mistakes.