OFFICIAL RULES

FILE FORMAT
All contest entries must be in Quicktime .MOV or .MP4 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. Labels will be provided in Kansas A as each contest begins. Please check all entries before submission. Entries that cannot be played will be considered "Dead on Arrival" and will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION
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.)
  • Missing Deadline: The clock in the Oklahoma room is the official clock. Each contest will have a deadline and a dedicated bin at the official submission table in the Oklahoma room. At each deadline, the official timekeeper will close the bin and deliver it to the judges. Once the lid on the bin is closed, the contest is irrevocably closed. Any entries submitted after this point will be disqualified for awards, but will still receive a critique if submitted within 30 minutes of the deadline.
  • 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, and/or sexual content 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. In other words, teachers can not touch the camera, or the editing software. The only exception to this rule is the Earlybird Madness contest.
  • Onsite contests must be created entirely on site. Any material created beforehand will disqualify an entry.
  • Entries that include music that the student or school does not have the rights or permission to use will be disqualified.

SWEEPSTAKES
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 "4State Sweepstakes" trophy, which they will bring back in 2018.  Note:  Tie breaker will be the school that places highest in "Spot Feature."  


PRE-CONFERENCE CONTESTS

Upload Contests

Segments produced between April 16, 2017 and October 31, 2017 are eligible. $10.00 per entry. Schools competing in upload contests must submit their entries online by 11:59PM CST on October 31th.

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.

HUMOROUS SEGMENT
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, not necessarily journalistic in nature. Originality will get extra consideration. One entry per school.

76-Hour Challenges  

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 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

MOVIE MAKER
Entries should be 3-5 minutes. 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.

MUSIC VIDEO
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.

SPORTS FEATURE
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.

Earlybird Madness

EARLY BIRD MADNESS  
This optional contest runs from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday 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 12:00 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.


ON-SITE CONTESTS

Overview

ASB will provide two 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. The only exception is Live Reporter and Sports Roundtable which will meet in ARKANSAS A. See each contest description or your contest planner for specific limits on number of entries per school. Entry to 2 on-site contests is included in each student's $50 registration fee.

All entries must be submitted to the appropriate bin at the official timekeeper's table in the OKLAHOMA room.

Contest Descriptions & Criteria

STAND UPS  
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. 

ANCHOR TEAMS
Schools may enter two teams of up to four students, 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, one take, one shot 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 be aware of 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 at least 90 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 to the timekeeper's table in the Oklahoma room, or e-mail your final entry, by the contest deadline, to:  dave@scholasticbroadcasting.com.  Each student must provide a way to write the script, by hand or electronically. Please come prepared.

PODCAST INTERVIEW
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, given the student or school has the rights to include the music. 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.

COMMENTARY
Schools may enter two teams of up to three students , 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 the school or student must have the appropriate rights to use the song (Royalty Free).

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 can be used as actors or extras. No effects of any kind may be used.  This means no transitions, no captions, no titles, 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.   

RADIO STORY
Schools may enter two teams of up to two students.  Students will be given three hours to find a strong story, based on instructions given at the contest meeting.  The final story should be 45-60 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 up to two students.  The assignment will be to take video clips, sound effects, additional dialog, and music provided on a flash drive to edit, sound mix, and color correct a short movie scene. You may only use the material and assets on the flash drive provided. No additional assets should be used. No minimum or maximum time required. Creativity is encouraged. 

MOVIE TRAILER
Schools may enter two teams of up to three students.  A general theme or genre or title and/or required elements will be given to the teams.  You may bring your own music tracks (non-copyrighted), sound effects, and you may cast anyone at the conference in the video. The final entry should run 45 - 60 seconds.

FINISH THE FILM
This is an all-day contest, and schools may only enter one team of up to four students.  The teams will receive a script with the first two scenes, which they must shoot.  The dialogue and directions should be closely followed.  Judges will decide if teams go off-script too far.  Then, each team will write and shoot 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.

SPOT FEATURE
Schools may enter one team of up to four students.  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, faked, or planned ahead of time.  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.

LIVE REPORTER
Schools may enter up to two students who will participate individually. 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.

SNAPCHAT REPORTER
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 (Username: "asb4state") between 1:15PM and 5PM on Sunday. Judges will rate snaps on storytelling, creative content, personality, and originality. Submitted snaps will be recorded from device.

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5-SECOND FILM
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 second will not be allowed to win an award.

PSA
Schools may enter two teams of up to four students.  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.  Additionally, you may use any non-copyrighted music that you want. 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 their 5 topics currently in the sports news the day of the contest, and they will be required to cover at least 3 of the topics in their 5-minute round table discussion.  Their discussion will be recorded on video by conference staff.  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.  Notes are allowed.