International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest

Organized by the International Honor Society for High School Journalists

The International Honor Society for High School Journalists since 1926

Over 44 countries and 50 states in US, about 15000 schools involved

Including WRITING, PHOTO, MULTIMEDIA, DESIGN and 19 categories

Participating will give you a unique advantage when applying for news media and humanities majors in world-known universities

Time: Mar. 2020 to Jan. 2021

Organizer Introduction

International Honor Society for High School Journalists

The International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest is organized by the International Honor Society for High School Journalists, which was founded in April 1926 on the campus of the University of Iowa. To recognize every student, through induction into the society, who meets the criteria established by the society, it encourages, supports and recognizes individual student initiative and achievement in scholastic journalism, regardless of the medium.

Exclusive partner
ASDAN China
ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) is a charitable social enterprise, endorsed by the British Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It has provided Quality education certification and leadership courses for students all over the world for over 39 years. ASDAN China was founded in September 2011, and currently co-operates with 350 international schools and key schools in 54 cities. Up until 2017, more than 30,000 students participated in ASDAN China programs.
ASDAN China currently cooperates with top international educational organizations and prestigious universities across the world. ASDAN China hopes to connect after-class activities with school classes, and aims to help schools improve their overall extracurricular activities, by providing students with high quality educational resources.

Rules

Participants:
  • Age from 14-19
  • High school students who are passionate about writing, photographing and designing
  • Students who wish to apply for a major in media, journalism and humanities
Language:
  • English
Entries requirements:
  1. A single student can enter up to four entries into 30 categories. Entries can be in the same category or all in different categories.
  2. Entries must be original works, not plagiarism. Individual entries must be created independently, not in teams.
  3. Entries improperly identified or put into the wrong Category Entry Form will be disqualified.
  4. Different categories have specific requirements.
  5. Team entries have specific requirements.

Selection: 
  • Professional media personnel serve as judges for the contest. The top 10% of all works from China will be sent to global selection.
Judges Team:
  • All judges are professional journalists and outstanding journalism educators in relevant fields in the US. WRITING judges include professional reporters who shoot for the NFL and the Super Bowl, staff photographers at the Denver Post, lecturers who teach journalism at high school and college level, professional photographers for News Feature Photography, sports reporters at newspapers and currently work for the Professional Golfers Association.

CATEGORIES

All judges are professional journalists and outstanding journalism educators in relevant fields in the US. WRITING judges include professional reporters who shoot for the NFL and the Super Bowl, staff photographers at the Denver Post, lecturers who teach journalism at high school and college level, professional photographers for News Feature Photography, sports reporters at newspapers and currently work for the Professional Golfers Association.

2017-2018 International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest Winners

Ⅰ. WRITING:
  • A headline is needed.
  • It must be PDF or JPG.
  • If the story ran in print, submit it in PDF or JPG.
  • No length limit.
1. Editorial Writing
  • Must be a single editorial, not a series, expressing the opinion of the editorial board. Editorials may be written by one person, with no byline (unsigned). However, if a byline is used, it must be clear the opinion is that of the staff or editorial board.
  • Entries will be judged on reader interest, appropriateness, clarity of purpose, structure and effectiveness.
2. News Writing
  • May be breaking news, an advance or event story. Subject matter does not need to relate to school activity. (Enter sports news in the Sports Writing Category.)
  • Entries will be judged by news writing standards. Focus will be given to strong leads, concise writing, strong paragraph beginnings, use of sources and absence of opinion.
3. Feature Writing
  • All types of features are eligible, but profile stories should be in Category 9. (Enter sports features in the Sports Writing Category.)
  • Entries will be judged on timeliness, human interest, organization, writing style and form appropriate to the story.
4. Opinion Writing
  • General opinion, personal and humor columns are eligible. (Enter sports columns in Sports Writing Category, and review columns in Review Columns Category.)
  • Entries will be judged on timeliness, significance of material, suitable handling of topic, style of writing and originality.
5. Review Writing
  • Reviews of books, movies, computer games, restaurants, plays, TV shows, music, concerts and other topics are eligible.
  • Entries will be judged on timeliness, evidence of topic knowledge, style of writing, originality and reader interest.
6. In-Depth Reporting/Individual
  • Entries should cover an area purposely explored to correct existing weaknesses and/ or better inform the public.
  • Entries will be judged on quality of subject matter, use of sources, thoroughness of coverage and writing style.
  • Individual: Must be a single article or a single story accompanied by sidebars written by the same individual.
  • Team: Entries may be a series of stories contained in a single publication issue or website post. (include that this is from a collection of students)
7. In-Depth Reporting/Team
  • Entries should cover an area purposely explored to correct existing weaknesses and/ or better inform the public.
  • Entries will be judged on quality of subject matter, use of sources, thoroughness of coverage and writing style.
  • Individual: Must be a single article or a single story accompanied by sidebars written by the same individual.
  • Team: Entries may be a series of stories contained in a single publication issue or website post. (include that this is from a collection of students)
8. Sports Writing
  • An article on sports topics written in any format – news, features, columns, etc. published in newspapers, news magazines or online – may be entered in this Category.
  • Entries are not limited to high school sports coverage. Judges will consider style and quality of writing, accuracy, interest and relevance to the primary audience.
9. Profile Writing
  • Profile topics include personality sketches of newsmakers, sports figures, students, faculty, school personnel, or community members.
  • Entries are judged on human interest, depth of reporting, organization, writing style and form.
10. Political Writing
  • Coverage of school board elections and issues; school, local, state and national political campaigns and outcomes; and developments with political undertones are eligible for this category.
  • Judges will consider evidence of topic knowledge, impact, timeliness, storytelling, writing style and form.
11. Health, Science and Agricultural Writing

News and feature reports on health, science or agricultural topics may be entered. Entries will be judged on evidence of topic knowledge, impact, storytelling, writing style and form.

Ⅱ. PHOTO
  • A headline is needed.
  • Each photo is less than 5M and with high resolution.
  • Description less than 200 words.
12. News Feature Photography
  • This can be a photo that accompanied a news or feature story.
  • Entries judged on appropriateness, composition, print quality and interest.
13. Sports Action Photography
  • This is an action sports photo.
  • Entries judged on appropriateness, composition, print quality and interest.
  • Please submit a folder that contains an original file (.jpg) along with a page file (.pdf) that shows the cutline and how the photo was used on a page.
14. Sports Reaction Photography
  • This is a sports photo that shows reaction by athletes, fans, officials or others at a school sporting event.
  • Entries judged on appropriateness, composition, print quality and interest.Please submit a folder that contains an original file (.jpg) along with a page file (.pdf) that shows the cutline and how the photo was used on a page.
15. Photo Illustration
  • An entry consists of a single photo and/or image altered or manipulated for storytelling of general topics or sports.
  • Judges will focus on design trends, effective visual communication, creativity, appropriateness, composition and interest.
  • Please submit a folder that contains an original file (.jpg) along with a page file (.pdf) that shows the cutline and how the photo was used on a page.
16. Photo Slideshow
  • Each entry is a single slideshow posted on a scholastic or professional website to tell news or feature stories, including sports, photographically.
  • Entries will be judged on presentation, tempo, use of storytelling techniques (including use of titles, captions, credits, and/or audio), creativity, audience interest, and photo quality, framing and composition.
  • Please submit a folder that contains an original file (.jpg) along with a page file (.pdf) that shows the cutline and how the photo was used on a page.
17. Environmental Profile Portrait
  • This is a photo of a person or group of people that is staged by the photographer to help reveal something important about the character of the person or group.
  • More than likely this will accompany a profile story.
  • Please submit a folder that contains an original file (.jpg) along with a page file (.pdf) that shows the cutline and how the photo was used on a page.
Ⅲ. MULTIMEDIA
  • A headline is needed.
  • Photos, PowerPoint slides, PDFs, videos, audios with high resolution.
18. Video News Package
  • Entries are a single news story reported on a scholastic or professional website.
  • The story should report on breaking news or an issue of importance to your primary audience.
  • The length may vary, but a reasonable news package is generally between 1:15 and 3 minutes.
  • Stories longer than 5:00 should be entered in Category 21: Documentary Video.
  • Entries will be judged on news content as well as production values.
19. Video Sports Package
  • Entries are a single sports story reported on a scholastic or professional website.
  • The story should report on an event, an athlete, a coach or an issue of importance to your primary audience.
  • The length may vary, but a reasonable sports package is generally between 1:15 and 3 minutes.
  • Stories longer than 5:00 should be entered in Category 21: Documentary Video.
  • Entries will be judged on news content as well as production values.
20. Video Features Package
  • Entries are a single feature story reported on a scholastic or professional website.
  • The story should report on an event, a personality (student, administrator, educator), or an issue of importance to your primary audience. It can also be a arts review.
  • The length may vary, but a reasonable features package is generally between 2 and 4 minutes.
  • Stories longer than 5:00 should be entered in Category 21: Documentary Video.
  • Entries will be judged on news content as well as production values.
21. Documentary Video
  • Entries will be a documentary film of at least 5 minutes, produced by a student or a group of students.
  • Film may take on any documentary mode, but it should be a journalistic endeavor, telling a story of students and/or issues that impact teenagers and their communities.
  • Entries will be judged on news content as well as production values.
  • Please submit as a link to a Vimeo or YouTube channel.
22. Audio Podcast: Single Episode
  • Entries will be a single podcast or podcast episode produced by a student for a scholastic or professional website.
  • The podcast can report on any subject of the student’s choosing.
  • The length of the podcast may vary, but a good suggested length is no more than 15 minutes, probably shorter.
  • Entries will be judged on news content as well as production values.
  • Please submit as a link to an outside podcast host channel, such as SoundCloud or PodBean.
23. News Show
  • Entries will be student-produced news shows for the Web, for television or for school distribution.
  • These should NOT be school announcements packages.
  • Shows may run from 5 to 30 minutes.
  • They should include at least a few packages with seamless transitions.
  • They may be studio-based but that is not a requirement.
Ⅳ. Visuals/Design
  • A headline is needed.
  • Photo and document. Photos need description less than 200 words.
24. Editorial Cartoon
It may be a single cartoon or cartoon strip. Entries will be judged on originality, reader interest, appropriateness, clarity of purpose and effectiveness.
25. Informational Graphic
  • Entries visually communicate data or information. An entry consists of a single infographic.
  • Judges will focus on creativity, accuracy, interest and effectiveness of communication.
26. News Magazine Front Page Design
  • An entry consists of a single cover/front page of a news magazine.
  • Judges will focus on design trends, effective layout, reader assistance, creativity and interest.
27. Newspaper Front Page Design
  • An entry consists of a single cover/front page of a newspaper.
  • Judges will focus on design trends, effective layout, reader assistance, creativity and interest.
28. Features Page(s) Design
  • An entry consists of a single inside feature page or two-page spread of a newspaper or news magazine.
  • Judges will focus on design trends, effective layout, reader assistance, creativity and interest.
29. Sports Page(s) Design
  • An entry consists of a single sports page or two-page spread of a newspaper or news magazine.
  • Judges will focus on design trends, effective layout, reader assistance, creativity and interest.
30. Editorial Page(s) Design
  • An entry consists of a single editorial or opinion page or two-page spread of a newspaper or news magazine.
  • Judges will focus on design trends, effective layout, reader assistance, creativity and interest.

Awards

A Gold Key for all individual global winners.

A Gold Key for all individual global winners.

Global Awards

Individual awards

  • Sweepstakes winner: 1 piece
  • Second Place: 1 piece
  • Third Place: 1 piece
  • Honorable Mention: Top 10% of all works in one CategoryGroup award

Group award

  • Sweepstakes winner: 1 piece
  • Second Place: 1 piece
  • Third Place: 1 piece
  • Honorable Mention: Top 10% of all works in one Category

National Awards

Individual awards

  • Sweepstakes winner: 1 piece
  • Second Place: 1 piece
  • Third Place: 1 piece
  • Honorable mention: Top 10% of all works in one Category

Group award

  • Sweepstakes winner: 1 piece
  • Second Place: 1 piece
  • Third Place: 1 piece
  • Honorable mention: Top 10% of all works in one Category
Sweepstakes winners in 2016

Sweepstakes winners in 2016

Application Information

Time

  • 2020 Mar. to 2021 Jan.

Deadline

  • Jan. 25th, 2021

Award release

  • National Award released in 2021 April
  • Global Award released in 2021 May