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: September 2018 to February 2019

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 37 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 studentswho 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 19 categories. Entries can be in the same category or all in different categories.
  2. All entries must be original. Plagiarism and teamwork are forbidden.
  3. Entries improperly identified or put into the wrong Category Entry Form will be disqualified.
  4. Different categories have specific requirements for entries.
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.

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
An editorial is a piece of writing usually written by the editor or senior staff at a magazine/newspaper/regular newsletter. It usually encompasses the beliefs of the paper/magazine as a whole. It 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
It may be advance or coverage story (CLARIFY). 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

Usually longer than a news story, It’s written in a different style, typically with more detail and background based on more extensive research than would be required to simply report a news event. Features can vary widely -- you might write a news feature, an arts feature or a human interest feature. Although the term implies softer news, a feature is often defined by its length and style, not necessarily its subject matter. All types of features are eligible. (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 Column

A column is a piece written on the same subject but by a person who specifically writes only that column, think of the Agony Aunt pages in some papers, or the showbiz section. 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 Columns

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. 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.

7. Profile Writing

A profile is a type of feature story and usually focuses on a person. A profile is a somewhat specific term for a story about a person. It usually focuses on what's important or interesting about that person now. Profile topics include personality sketches of news makers, sports figures, students, faculty, school personnel, or community members. Entries are judged on human interest, depth of reporting, organization, writing style and form.

8. 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.

9. Blogging
A website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. Blogs should address a theme or niche adeptly and persistently expounded upon. They should have been in existence and regularly maintained, with at least nine posts. An entry consists of three posts from a single individual. No more than five individuals can submit entries from a single blog. Only one entry may be submitted per individual from a single blog. Blog posts must reflect journalistic standards in topics, coverage and writing. Blogs may be affiliated with a scholastic or professional media organization, or independently produced. Judges will focus on writing, voice, topics, and reader interest as well as presentation, format and functionality – the latter includes use of links, search engine optimization and posting routine.
Ⅱ. PHOTO
  • A headline is needed.
  • Each photo is less than 5M and with high resolution.
  • Description less than 200 words.
10. News Feature Photography
This can be a photo that accompanied a news or feature story. Entries judged on appropriateness, composition, print quality and interest.
11. Sports Photography
This can be an action photo or a photo that accompanied a sports feature or profile story. Entries judged on appropriateness, composition, print quality and interest.
12. Photo Illustration
It’s a type of computer art that begins with a digitized photograph. Using special image enhancement software, the artist can then apply a variety of special effects to transform the photo into a work of art. An entry consists of a single photo and/or image staged, altered or manipulated for storytelling of general topics or sports. Judges will focus on design trends, effective visual communication, creativity, appropriateness, composition and interest.
Ⅲ. MULTIMEDIA
  • A headline is needed.
  • Photos, PowerPoint slides, PDFs, videos, audios with high resolution.
13. Photo Slideshow
A slide show is a presentation of a series of still images on a projection screen or electronic display device, typically in a prearranged sequence. 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.
14. Multimedia Storytelling (Features)
Entries are a single feature story reported on a scholastic or professional website using multimedia formats, such as audio, video, slideshows, photography, animation or interactive elements. All types of features, including sports, are eligible. Entries will be judged on originality, journalistic quality, audience interest and creative use of formats.
Ⅳ. DESIGN
  • A headline is needed.
  • Photo and document. Photos need description less than 200 words.
15. 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.
16. Advertisement
An entry consists of a single advertisement. Student must have designed and written copy. Entries will be judged on enterprise, copy quality, reader appeal, display and design.
17. Cover/Front Page Design
An entry consists of a single cover/front page of a newspaper or news magazine. Judges will focus on design trends, effective layout, reader assistance, creativity and interest.
18. Feature Page Design
Page layout is the part of graphic design that deals in the arrangement of visual elements on a page. It generally involves organizational principles of composition to achieve specific communication objectives. 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.
19. Sports Page Design
An entry consists of a single sports page 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

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

National Awards

  1. Individual awards
  • Sweepstakes winner: 1 piece for each category
  • Second Place: 1 piece for each category
  • Third Place: 1 piece for each category
  • Honorable mention: Top 10% of all works for each Category

2. School awards (A trophy will be awarded)

  • Staff Excellence: 1 school
  • Writing Excellence: 3 schools
  • Visual Excellence: 3 schools
Sweepstakes winners in 2016

Sweepstakes winners in 2016

School winners are judged by points tabulated by Gold Key winners.

  1. Sweepstakes winners (first place) get 5 points for their school, second place gets 3 points, third place gets 2 points and honorable Mention gets 1 point.
  2. In the 9 writing categories (category 1 – 9), points are tabulated and the top three schools total are given Writing Excellence.
  3. In the 10 visual categories (category 10 – 19), points are tabulated and the top three schools are given Visual Excellence.
  4. The points in Writing and Visual Excellence are combined, and the top school is given the Staff Excellence award.

Application Information

Time

  • 2018 September to 2019 February

Deadline

  • December 15, 2018

Award release

  • National Award released in 2019 Feb.
  • Global Award released in 2019 May

Online registration

Refund Policy

If, for some reason, a student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please notify us in writing before Dec. 15th, 2018 and 10% of registration fee and logistic fee will be deducted. If after Dec. 16th, 2018, 75% registration fee and all logistic fee will be charged.