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2015 Regional Contests

Welcome to the 2015 KSPA Regional Contest!

The association is excited to host the hundreds of student journalists and their advisers from all over the state during these exciting days of competition. We are excited to see students apply their journalism knowledge and publications energy toward our contests.

With any contest of this scale, there are many details to address. Please read this page and the documents as closely as possible. We hope that it will answer most of your questions.

However, please keep in touch with any confusions or questions you might have. You can reach KSPA assistant Barbara Sutterfield at (785) 864-0605 and staff@kspaonline.org. you can reach Eric Thomas at ericthomas@ku.edu.

Thanks so much. And good luck!

Letter from the director

Please read the following letter from KSPA executive director Eric Thomas about the administration of the contest.

Schedules: When and Where?

The KSPA regional contests will be held from February 26 through February 27, 2015:

Simply Better

To review the winning entries in every contest held at the 2014 KSPA State Contest in May 2014, choose from the files below:

  • Largest file size :: (NO PREVIEW available, must download) best for printing and reading clarity, but slower download (115 MB)
  • Smaller file size :: better for fast download, but graphics may not print well (4.1 MB)

REGIONAL REGISTRATION: 5 STEPS TO SUCCESS

 

STEP 1:

In an effort to help advisers gather all of the necessary information for the regional contests, we have designed a nifty planning spreadsheet for advisers. Please feel free to make a Google Drive copy to collect the information digitally. Or, you can print the document and fill it out by hand. To use this document digitally, you will need to make a copy on Google Drive (File–>Make a copy . . .)

IMPORTANT: this step does not replace the online registration process: it simply makes it simpler for advisers to gather information.

IMPORTANT for ON-SITE CONTESTS: be sure to register for only one on-site contest per student per session. For instance, Suzie Smith could not register for both Copy Editing and Sports Writing because both contests will be proctored at the same time on the day of the contest.

Session 1: Copy editing // Sports Writing // Editorial Cartoon // Yearbook Copy Writing // Feature Writing

Session 2: News Writing // Cutline Writing // Editorial Writing // Yearbook Sports Writing

STEP 2:

Determine your school’s classification and regional location. 
Locations, classifications, and school codes can be found on this list: 

STEP 3:

Determine your school’s 4-character code. 
(It’s the 4-character code next to your school’s name on the classification/location list)

STEP 4:

Assign each participating student a 6-character code, starting each number with your school’s assigned code found in step 2.

For example, if your school code was “506B,” all students would have a number beginning with “506B.” So, Sally Smith could be “516B01;” Brian Fuller, “516B02,” etc.

To make it easier, assign numbers in sequential order (516B01, 516B02, 516B03, 516B04, 516B05, etc). This number will be used by the student on each entry they submit (remember, no names are allowed on entries, only the student’s number)

Remember that a single student may enter up to five contests (but only two on-site). Use the same number for each student for each of the individual contests he/she enters.

If a student already entered is working as a team in the yearbook theme and graphics contest, assign a new number to all of the team members. Example: Sally Smith, “516B37T,” and Brian Fuller, “516B37T.”

STEP 5:

Complete and submit your registration using the correct link below:

IMPORTANT for ON-SITE CONTESTS: be sure to register for only one on-site contest per student per session. For instance, Suzie Smith could not register for both Copy Editing and Sports Writing because both contests will be proctored at the same time on the day of the contest.

Session 1: Copy editing // Sports Writing // Editorial Cartoon // Yearbook Copy Writing // Feature Writing

Session 2: News Writing // Cutline Writing // Editorial Writing // Yearbook Sports Writing

1A/2A Contest Sites

3A/4A Contest Sites

5A/6A Contest Sites

You will receive an email from KSPA confirming your registration.

STEP 6:

Submit payment for your entries to KSPA headquarters in Lawrence.
 If you choose to pay by check rather than credit card, please use the emailed confirmation as your invoice.

All payment for contests must be received before contests begin. Unpaid entries will be disqualified and not critiqued. If you have any questions about registration, don’t hesitate to contact us at staff@kspaonline.org.

REGIONAL 2015 DIGITAL SUBMISSION PROMPTS (to be posted after start of 2015 calendar year)

2015 RESULTS

All results from the 2015 regional contests will be posted below. All first-, second- and third-place entries, as well as all three honorable mentions in each category, advance to the state competition, set for Saturday, May 2, at the Kansas Union on the campus of the University of Kansas. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a general session at 9 a.m. and contests at 9:30 a.m. Keep coming back to the website for details about state (including the carry-in contest prompts) as they become available. Carry-in contest prompts will be available soon. KSPA and its affiliated universities would like to thank all members and judges for their patience during this time.

Pittsburg State

  • 3A/4A Results

Fort Hays State

  • 1A/2A Results
  • 3A/4A Results

Emporia State University

  • 3A/4A Results

Kansas State University

  • 1A/2A Results
  • 3A/4A Results

University of Kansas

  • 3A/4A Results
  • 5A/6A CRIMSON Results
  • 5A/6A BLUE Results

Wichita State

  • 1A/2A Results
  • 5A/6A BLACK Results
  • 5A/6A SUNFLOWER Results
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