Multimedia

Multimedia Guidelines

  • Each university may submit two entrants’ work (or two teams in Multimedia IV) per
    competition.
  • Multimedia entrants must be undergraduate journalism majors (or recent journalism graduates) in an
    ACEJMC-accredited journalism program.
  • Spring, summer or fall 2020 graduates may enter the 2020-2021 competitions but would not be eligible to participate in the 2021 Championship.
  • The entries must have been published before the students were graduated.
  • An entry is a single multimedia project executed by the entrant (except in the Multimedia IV – Team 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 website, a statement from the editor must be included verifying 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 the online application.
  • Details are sent to all participating journalism schools. Login codes are provided by the program office.
  • To receive information about the program, please contact Program Director Jan Watten:
    jwatten@hearstfdn.org or 415-908-4565.

Multimedia Competitions

Competition One: Narrative Video Storytelling

Entries consist of a story on any topic that is told through the medium of video for a digital audience.

Judges will consider the uniqueness of presentation, how the work incorporates digital storytelling techniques and the impact and strength of the journalism produced.

Entries may consist of a single video or up to three examples from a series related to a single topic.

Entries are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist. They may not include dramatization and must have been published on the web.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between September 1, 2019 through November 17, 2020.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Competition Two: Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement

Entries demonstrate original and innovative ways to tell stories and engage with audiences using immersive
digital tools and techniques. Stories may be told through emerging media such as virtual reality, augmented
reality, mixed reality and 360 video, as well as use of graphics, data visualization, animation, video, photos and social media. Judges will consider the quality of the journalism, innovative use of digital tools and techniques, originality and effective audience engagement.

Entries are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist. They may not include dramatization and must have been published on the web.

Entries should include a brief explanation of the innovation attempted, the tools or techniques employed, and the success of the project in reaching and engaging the targeted community.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between September 1, 2019 though January 26, 2021.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Competition Three: Digital News or Enterprise Story – Individual

Entries consist of individual reporting based on a single news event or enterprise or explanatory journalism around a newsworthy event or issue.

Each entry must consist of at least three components that, together, tell the story. Components may include
writing, photographs, audio, video, graphics, data, emerging media and social media.

Judges will consider the newsworthiness of the topic, range and execution of digital techniques employed and the quality of the journalism.

Entries are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist. They may not include dramatization and must have been published on the web.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between September 1, 2019 through March 2, 2021.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Competition Four: Digital News or Enterprise Story – Team

Entries consist of team reporting based on a single news event or enterprise or explanatory journalism around a newsworthy event or issue.

Each entry must consist of at least three components that, together, tell the story. Components may include writing, photographs, audio, video, graphics, data, emerging media and social media.

Judges will consider the newsworthiness of the topic, range and use of digital tools and techniques employed, and the quality of the journalism.

Entries may not include dramatization and must have been published on the web.

Entrants MUST be undergraduate students (with the exception of minor help from graduate students who may have assisted with the project).  Awards will be shared by the individual undergraduates on the winning teams.

There will be no Championship component for this competition.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between September 1, 2019 through April 13, 2021.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
There will be no Championship component for this competition.

National Multimedia Championship

This event is open to five selected finalists: the first-place winners from competitions one, two and three and two high-scoring individuals from these competitions. June 4 – 10, 2021.

Judging

Multimedia entries will be evaluated on the following points:

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