All contest entries must be in Quicktime format (H.264 preferred) and submitted on a flash drive that can be read by a Macintosh. The ONLY file on that flash drive must be the entry. Only one entry per drive allowed. All drives must have 2 labels. One on the drive with the school’s name. The other is a detachable label (provided on site) containing the entry code, school code, and team code.
For example: Contest: SU (Stand Up) School: 1 Team: B.
Please check all entries before submission. Entries that cannot be played will be considered "Dead on Arrival" and will be disqualified.
In general, judges will avoid disqualifying entries. However, students and instructors should be aware that the following could result in disqualification:
- Labeling: Unlabeled entries will be disqualified and not judged.
- Contest Criteria: Entries must meet all the criteria of the entered contest (i.e. themes, formats, category, etc.)
- Time Limit: Time limits must be strictly observed. A "margin of error" may be given, but considerable time overruns may result in disqualification.
- Content: Students are reminded to create content that is appropriate for screening in front of an audience of students and teachers. Gratuitous use of profanity, violence, sexual content, etc. will result in disqualification.
- Teacher assistance: While ASB allows teachers to advise and teach their students as needed, any teacher editing or shooting for their kids will cause that entry to be disqualified. The one exception to this rule is the Earlybird Madness contest.
At the end of the awards ceremony on Monday, November 6, we will announce the school that placed in the most contests, and that school will take home the traveling "4-State Sweepstakes" trophy, which they will bring back in 2018. Note: Tie breaker will be the school that places highest in "Spot Feature."
FEES & LIMITATIONS
$10.00 per entry. Maximum of two entries per school, per contest. You can list as many as six students on an entry unless otherwise stated in the specific contest description. Students may only participate in one mail-in. Schools competing in mail-in contests must submit their entries online by 11:59PM CST October 25th. An online entry form will be provided.
Segments produced between April 16 and October 25, 2017 are eligible.
NEWS FEATURE/Short Form
Stories that run no more than 2 minutes, providing coverage of a news or feature topic or event. Reminder: This is a journalism contest. Stories should adhere to journalistic standards and ethics and demonstrate strong shooting, editing, writing, and overall storytelling. Note: Light features are welcome in this category as long as they are journalistic pieces. One entry per school.
NEWS FEATURE/Long Form
In-depth stories that run between 2 and 5 minutes, providing coverage of a news or feature topic or event. Reminder: This is a journalism contest. Stories should adhere to journalistic standards and ethics and demonstrate strong shooting, editing, writing, and overall storytelling. Stories in this category should be about issues, topics, or events that justify the longer story length. This is not a category for light features. One entry per school.
This is a wide-open production category, with a time limit of no more than 3 minutes. The first objective for judges is to find real humor—something clever, well-produced, and well-played. The entries may be parodies, satires, original skits, but not journalistic in nature. Originality will get extra consideration. One entry per school.
Contest prompts/songs/props will be posted online at noon on Nov. 1, 2017. Entries on flash drives must be dropped off at the University Plaza Hotel by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Entries should be 5 minutes maximum, 3 minutes minimum. Credits and opening titles DO count against the 5 minute limit. Judges will look for films that meet all prompts and prop requirements, and also tell a great story. Audio and video quality will be important, but story comes first. Tell a strong story. Plots about suicide, gratuitous violence, or anything beyond what would normally get a “PG” rating should be avoided. Conference officials will not screen any content that crosses the line for a general, student and teacher audience. TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL. STUDENTS MAY ONLY BE ON ONE ENTRY.
This category provides opportunities for creativity in your storytelling. Songs provided offer all sorts of possible interpretations, or inspiration for a great story. Teams can add up to 30 seconds of non-musical content to help set the stage, or tie up the video. The songs can be edited for length, but judges will determine if too much was cut. TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL. STUDENTS MAY ONLY BE ON ONE ENTRY.
The sports features entered in this challenge category should stick to the theme, and provide strong coverage, with memorable characters. Shooting, writing, editing and overall production values will all be considered. Time limit: 90 seconds to 3 minutes. TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL. STUDENTS MAY ONLY BE ON ONE ENTRY.
EARLY BIRD MADNESS
This optional contest runs from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. Schools may enter two teams, but students may only be on one team. Teachers may participate with their students in any way you want. At 12:30 p.m. teams will receive a short prompt. Final entries should be 2 minutes maximum. TWO ENTRIES PER SCHOOL. STUDENTS MAY ONLY BE ON ONE ENTRY. ***TEACHERS ARE CONSIDERED TEAM MEMBERS AND MAY PARTICIPATE IN ANY WAY YOU CHOOSE. Note: This is considered a pre-conference event and does not count against the two on-site events included in a student's registration.
ASB will provide two large tables as a "home base" for each school, plus electrical power to the tables. Students entered in contests which require editing on Sunday, Nov 5 will edit in the OKLAHOMA room. Teachers may be present in the area to teach and advise, but are not allowed to do any hands-on work during the on-site contests.
Teachers, you are responsible for providing everything you will need at your table for your students to edit: flash drives, cables, chargers, powerstrips, exentsion cords, etc. You must label every piece of equipment you bring with your school. Flash drives will be returned at the closing ceremony.
All contests will begin with a contest briefing in KANSAS A. See each contest description for specific limits on number of entries per school. Entry to 2 on-site contests is included in each student's $50 registration fee.
Contest Descriptions & Criteria
Schools may enter two teams of two who will receive a script of a news or feature story. In the script there will be a hole for a stand-up. Teams should decide on an appropriate place for the stand-up, and make sure to write something that makes sense, based on what came immediately before in the script, and what comes immediately after. Creativity is encouraged, but this is a journalism contest. Stand-ups may include as many as three separate shots. But they can also just be one shot. This means you can edit your three (or two) shots if needed. Submit your stand-up, which should last no more than 15 seconds, on a flash drive.
Schools may enter two teams of four, with two students serving as the on-camera anchors, and the other two helping with shooting, script, and overall production. Teams will receive wire copy and have 2 hours, 15 minutes to write a 60 second script, deciding which stories to prioritize, which to leave out if necessary. The final entry may not be edited. Turn in a live-to-tape performance. Begin with the anchors introducing themselves “with a news update,” and at the end, finish with “For ASB, I’m (name) and I’m (name). Thanks for watching.” Judges will look for strong, conversational scripts, order of stories presented, storytelling, transitions, and professionalism. Teams are reminded to find a location themselves, and to watch lighting and audio quality. Those elements will not carry as much weight as content, but they can make a difference in a close contest. Submit one flash drive per entry. Judges suggest anchors “dress the part".
BROADCAST NEWS WRITING
Schools may enter up to three students. Each student will receive facts and sound bites and have 60 minutes to write a one-minute script, which our judges will read aloud as they evaluate it. You can turn in a hard copy of your script, or e-mail your final entry, by the contest deadline, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a 1-2 person contests. Limit 2 per school. Entries must be no longer than 3 minutes. Students will conduct an audio-only interview. The goal of this contest is to have an interesting conversation about something the judges likely know nothing about. Editing and the addition of music is not necessary, but is allowed. The podcaster should choose one subject and have an interesting conversation or have their subject tell an interesting story within the three minute time limit.
Schools may enter two teams of three, one to serve as the on-camera commentator, the others to assist with shooting, editing, etc. Students will be given a topic and have three hours to shoot and edit a commentary, incorporating strong, intelligent opinion on that topic. Teams are encouraged to do anything they want to make their final commentary interesting visually, or even include humor as needed to punctuate a point. They can also play it straight and just do a talking head commentary. Judges are open to different approaches, but they will choose a commentary that is solid, memorable, intelligent, and makes a strong impact. Music can be used, but it must be non-copyrighted.
60-SECOND SILENT MOVIE
Schools may enter two teams of up to four students. Teams will receive a theme or “focus statement” they will turn into a 60-second silent movie in just three hours. Teams are reminded to stick to the theme as much as possible, but creativity is certainly encouraged. Anyone from your school can be used as actors or extras. Editing guidelines: No effects of any kind may be used. This means no transitions, no captions, no slow motion or fast motion, NO EFFECTS. Your editing is cuts-only. This emphasizes shooting for continuity in the field. In addition, you may not make signs to help the plot along. You may use signs you find at your shooting location. Do NOT put the theme on screen at any time. The judges should be able to figure it out just by watching. They will look for storytelling that makes sense, has continuity in shots/edits, and for some kind of impact at the end to tie it all up. They will especially watch for a strong beginning-middle-end.
Schools may enter two teams of two. Students will be given three hours to find a strong story, based on instructions given at the contest meeting. The final story should be 45 seconds long, and include natural sound, sound bites, with strong reporter narration and script. Judges will look for strong writing, including transitions and attributions, as well as nat. sound. The final story should be exported to a flash drive as an MP3, WAV, or Quicktime file.
EDIT THE SCENE
Schools may enter two teams of two. The assignment will be to take clips provided on a flash drive to edit a short movie scene. Information will be provided to give the clips context so you know what genres would fit. You may add music, sound effects, and use any visual effects you feel are needed. The final edit will be 75 seconds long. Bring your own music and sound effects if you want—but make sure there is no copyrighted music used.
Schools may enter two teams of three. A general theme or genre, plus a few required elements, will be given to the teams. You may bring your own music tracks (non-copyrighted), sound effects, and you may cast anyone from your school in the video. The final entry should run 40 seconds.
FINISH THE FILM
This is an all-day contest, and schools may only enter one team of four. The teams will receive a script with the first two scenes, which they must all shoot. The dialogue and directions should be closely followed. Judges will decide if teams go off-script too far. Then, each team will create the third and final scene in any way they see fit. Thus, “Finish the Film.” The final entry should run no longer than 4 minutes. You may use any non-copyrighted music you want, and please pay attention to sound and video quality. The script you receive will not require you to leave the hotel. It is up to you and your teachers if you do go off-site.
Schools may enter one team of three. Teams will receive an assignment and have basically all day to file their story. This is a journalism contest, so nothing is to be made up or faked. The topic will allow you to shoot on-site at the hotel, but it us up to you and your teacher if you wish to go off-site to shoot. The final story should run no more than 2 minutes. Pay attention to overall production values, a strong script, and finding a compelling character or two as you meet the given assignment.
Schools may enter up to two students who will participate indivisually. The contest will involve students receiving a list of facts about a spot news story they are covering "live." They will have a few minutes to organize their thoughts, and then do a live report, which will involve a toss back to the anchor. The anchor will then ask the reporter a follow-up question. Judges will look for accurate, professional delivery of information, and the ability to think on your feet. Suggestion from Judges, “dress the part.” Also, do not make up details you do not have in your fact sheet.
Schools may enter up to two students who will work alone. Students will file up to 10 reports covering the ASB 4-State Conference. Snapchat reporters will send their snaps to the snap code shown below between 12PM and 4PM on Sunday. Judges will rate snaps on creative content, personality, and originality. Submitted snaps will be recorded from device.
Schools may enter up to three teams of three. This is one of the more challenging of our new contests. There will be general guidelines given at the meeting, but creativity is encouraged in this one. Music (non-copyrighted) may be added, effects may be used, and again, creativity is the key in this one, as well as telling a story in a ridiculously short amount of time. Speaking of time, entries that go over 5 seconds by even ONE frame will not be allowed to win an award.
Schools may enter two teams of four. A topic will be given, and in four hours teams will be asked to plan, shoot and edit a 30-second PSA that has an IMPACT. Music will be provided, but it does not have to be used. You may use anyone from your school as actors as needed. Note: This is not a commercial.
SPORTS ROUND TABLE
Schools may enter one team of three. Teams will be assigned recording times at the meeting. Thirty minutes before their recording time, teams will come by ARKANSAS A to receive the four topics currently in the sports news the day of the contest, and they should cover all four in their 5-minute round table discussion. Their discussion will be recorded on video. NOTE: You are doing this discussion like it’s being simulcast on radio and TV. One of the three students in the group should act as the main host, introducing the show and its two other participants. Note: Name your show whatever you want. But use actual student names in the introductions. Judges will look for lively, interesting, informed talk about the topics, and it is more than fine to include debate, humor, sports references, etc. There will be a silent, visual countdown of 10 seconds at the end of the five minutes so the host can properly wrap up the show.