ASB Storytelling Award


 

2017 ASB Storytelling Award - Call for Entries

DEADLINE: April 15, 2017 - NOW CLOSED

The ASB Storytelling Award seeks to recognize and showcase excellence in scholastic broadcasting. Entries are judged against a high standard of excellence and not against other entries. Judges consist of a group of broadcast teachers and professionals from across the United States.

Eligibility

High School Entries
Any news, feature, or sports story created between August 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017 by students currently in grades 9 through 12 at any high school in the United States may be entered.

Middle School Entries
Any news, feature, or sports story created between August 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017 by students currently in grades 6 through 8 at any middle school in the United States may be entered.

Note: We will have a separate category for Middle School entries IF we receive at least 15 entries.  Otherwise, middle school entries will be judged with the high school stories.

Only journalistic segments will be recognized. No fictional projects will be considered. Stories may run no longer than five minutes. No copyrighted music without written proof of permission from the artist.

Deadline & Fees

11:59pm CST on April 15, 2017
Cost: ALWAYS FREE!

Recognition & Feedback

Judges will honor as many stories as they deem worthy. Winning schools will receive a plaque, and will be featured on the ASB website. We will name the ASB Honor Roll for entries that do not win, but are deemed worthy of recognition by our judges. Those recipients will be published on our website, with links to their stories. Every entry will receive a written critique from an ASB judge.

Judging Criteria

Technical Criteria

  • Video that reveals an understanding of visual storytelling
  • Shots that are well composed, in focus, and white balanced
  • Strong sequences including wide, medium, and tight shots
  • Clear audio, including natural sounds, sound bites, and voiceovers
  • Steady shots or clear justification for hand-held shots
  • Good lighting during both interviews and b-roll

Content Criteria

  • Clear beginning, middle, and end
  • Strong script, written in broadcast style, avoiding hyperbole
  • Reporter stand-ups, if used, that move the story along
  • Memorable characters
  • New information about the topic covered
  • An effort to be fair and objective
  • Strong journalism ethics
  • Creative approaches
  • Courage in the coverage of challenging or difficult topics
  • Judges will look for compelling content, well-structured stories, and strong overall reporting.

Each school may submit up to 2 entries. If more than 2 entries are submitted, only the first 2 will be considered for the Storytelling Award.