Multimedia

Multimedia Guidelines

  • Each university may submit two entries from two different students per multimedia competition.
  • Multimedia entrants must be undergraduate journalism majors (or recent journalism graduates) in an ACEJMC-accredited journalism program.
  • An entry is a single multimedia project executed by the entrant (except in the Team Multimedia – News Competition).
  • An entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, graphics or any other visual tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.
  • If the entry is from a professional Web site, a statement from the editor must be e-mailed or faxed to the program office to verify that the multimedia piece was the work of the entrant.
  • All multimedia entries must be appropriate to the category in which they are submitted.
  • A multimedia piece submitted once may not be submitted again in any other competition.
  • A multimedia entrant is not eligible to enter another competition after qualifying for Championship.
  • An entrant who has won first place in the Multimedia Championship is not eligible to compete in future multimedia competitions.

How to Enter

  • Competition entries are submitted through our new online application. Details will be sent to all participating journalism schools. Login codes are provided by the program office a month before the first deadline. If you have not received a login code, please contact Program Director Jan Watten: jwatten@hearstfdn.org or 415-908-4565.

Multimedia Competitions

Multimedia I: Narrative Multimedia Storytelling – Features

Entries consist of a narrative feature story (as opposed to a personality profile) for an online audience using linear multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium. Entries in this category can be largely focused on a single video narrative with other elements.

Any entry that consists primarily of a video should be entered in this category only.

Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three substantial components of the following list: writing, photo, audio slideshow, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2016 and November, 28, 2017.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received byTBA

Multimedia II: News

Entries consist of a hard news or breaking news event produced under deadline pressure. The entry should clearly demonstrate how quickly and accurately the entrant used available multimedia techniques to cover the story, with emphasis on the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium, and demonstrate use of real-time reporting for an online audience. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.

Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.

Feature stories will be disqualified.

Entries that consist primarily of a video will be disqualified.

Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.

Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three substantial components from the following list: writing, photo, audio slideshow, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2016 and January 23, 2018.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by TBA

Multimedia III: Enterprise Reporting

Entries consist of a multimedia piece for an online audience using visual storytelling techniques, including explanatory and investigative journalism – across any topic. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.

Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three substantial components from the following list: writing, photo, audio slideshow, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging.

Entries that consist primarily of a video will be disqualified.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2016 and March 6, 2018.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by TBA

Multimedia IV: Team Multimedia Storytelling – News

Entries consist of team reporting in covering news for an online audience using multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium. Entries must be news; they can be based on but are not limited to public affairs, business, science or sports news. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization. The entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrants must have completed at least three substantial components from the following list: writing, photo, audio slideshow, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging.

Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.

Entrants MUST be undergraduate students (with the exception of minor help from graduate students who may have assisted with the project.) A team is defined as 2 people to no more than 15 people. Awards will be divided by the individual undergraduates on the winning teams. Each university may enter a total of two team projects.

Entries that consist primarily of a video will be disqualified.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2016 and April 3, 2018.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by TBA
There will be no Championship component for this competition.

National Multimedia Championship

May 29 – June 2, 2017. This event is open to five selected finalists: the first-place winners from competitions one, two and three and two highest-scoring individuals from these competitions.

Judging

Multimedia entries will be evaluated on the following points:

  • Visual story telling
  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • Photography
  • Audio and video
  • Graphics
  • Versatility
  • Human interest
  • News value
  • Originality
  • Editing
  • Navigation and Structure
  • Design