So why shouldn’t those college communicators receive recognition for their efforts?
They can! The National Federation of Press Women allows college students to enter the NFPW communications contest. In addition to seeing how the work they do compares with their peers’ efforts, student entrants will receive valuable evaluations of their work from experienced communicators.
Students may enter in several categories, including news, feature and sports stories; opinions, editorials and reviews; graphics and design; and public relations.
The contest also allows faculty advisers of student publications such as newspapers, yearbooks or literary journals, as well as radio or TV stations or other student media venues, to enter the contest for their efforts involved in the students’ work.
Visit https://nfpw.org/professional-contest-2/ for contest rules and categories.
If you know a college journalism professor or adviser, or work at a university with a journalism program, let the adviser, professor and students know about NFPW’s communications contest.
Work published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, is eligible for the 2019 contest.
The NFPW communications contest is a two-tiered competition. Entrants first compete at the state level. First-place winners at the state level are eligible to move on to the NFPW contest.
State-level winners are recognized by their state NFPW affiliate. National-level winners are recognized at the national conference, and will have their work featured on the NFPW webpage and shared across NFPW social media outlets.
Winners in multiple categories are eligible for sweepstakes awards. Sweepstakes awards come with a cash prize at the national level.
Enter by Jan. 9, 2019, to save $25 in entry fees. The final deadline is Jan. 15 for books and Jan. 22 for all other entries.
Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!
If your state allows entrants to submit more than one entry in the same category, take advantage of that. Submitting two entries per category just doubled your chances of winning first places at the state level and moving on to the national contest.