State & Regional Contests: Rubrics & Judging Comments

Below are the rubrics used for both state and regional contests to score entries and identify winners. We hope these are helpful in guiding your students toward award-winning and solid journalism. While the check mark criteria on the rubrics weigh into our judges decisions, they are not the entirety of the possible criteria for a well-written story, effective design and so on.

Writing Categories

Visual Categories

All of the frequent judges comments can be found on this Google Drive Document (please be sure to see the tabs at the bottom of the page).