NATURE OF THE CONTEST
You will receive a prompt that includes story facts and quotes. From that information only, you are to type a news story of no more than 350 words, using any word processing program you would like. The entry must then be uploaded to the NSMC contest system as a PDF.
WHAT THE JUDGES WILL LOOK FOR
News writing style; informative lead hooks readers; use of facts instead of generalizations; use of direct quotes; pinpointing the news in the presentation and highlighting it with an effective angle; concise writing with good use of detail and description, well-organized story flow; accuracy; completeness; elimination of extraneous material; elimination of libelous statements; knowledge of AP style rules; few convention errors.
Contest prompts and download materials
GOLDEN – The New York Times 2021 – School: MILLBROOK SCHOOL – USA
SILVER – AL JAZEERA – School: INSTITUTO ALPHA LUMEN – BRAZIL
BRONZE – BBC News – School: The Bryn Mawr School – USA
HONORABLE MENTION – EL PAÍS – School: Centro Polivalente de Arte de Mar del Plata – ARGENTINA