Colorado Student Media Association

CSMA

All-Colorado Critique & Rating

IMPORTANT: The entry form and staff statement is done completely online, using one of four online registration forms (each member student medium requires a separate registration form. Please note that the form does not save partially completed entries, so be sure to plan ahead and have required documents and information ready to upload when you are completing the online form. You must register each medium you advise NLT end of the day, June 5, 2017.

The online critique registration form for yearbook.
The online critique registration form for video broadcast.
The online critique registration form for printed news media.
The online critique registration form for websites/social media.

QUICK BACKGROUND

A key part of membership in CSMA is the summer critique and rating. Entering this assessment is easy: Yearbooks send their latest volume; news publications send three complete issues, one from first semester and two from second semester; video media send three program links and/or up to ten links to shorter videos complementing other coverage (usually online), up to ten max, illustrating the range of programming provided; and websites simply submit the url of the site (please make sure your site will be available at least through Aug. 1 for judges to browse). Optional: you may also include URLs of social media platforms used in reaching your community.

Last year, only about 60 percent of our members submitted their media for critiques, and these are critiques equivalent to national critiques which cost $100 or more. This may be the most important service CSMA offers, so please take advantage.  The postmark deadline for mailing printed entries is June 5, 2017.

Instructions At-A-Glance
1
All current CSMA member media are eligible for this critique and rating service, and the cost is included in your membership dues.
2 Complete the online entry form for your particular medium, and the adviser/staff statement.
3 NEW THIS YEAR! You must submit a statement to the judge, with particular questions and with any comments you feel will help the judge accurately assess your medium (whether yearbook, website, printed news publication or video broadcast). This is a required section of the entry form, and you may upload either a Word document or a PDF.
4 In addition to the entry form, you must send (and the online forms will guide you through these):

  • For yearbook: One copy of the 2017 volume of your yearbook. (Fall delivery books must email this form by June 5, with the book to follow – please estimate the delivery date below.)
  • For printed newspaper/newsmagazine: Three complete issues of the 2016-17 volume of the print publication, one from first semester and two from second semester.
  • For video broadcast: Three complete programs, or a selection of up to ten videos that accompany other reporting (or stand alone) representative of the year’s work in broadcast, whether over the air, in-school or on the web. You must send links to a hosting site such as YouTube, Vimeo, student website, etc. (Please double check that programs have been properly copied and that links are going to be working until at least August 1).
  • For website/social media: Send the link to your site (Please do not disable links or remove content until at least August 1). Optional: send links to social media platforms used by the program (the judge will browse each if requested).

5 For print, mail everything in one package to All-Colorado Awards, 9253 Sori Lane, Highlands Ranch CO 80126. Postmark deadline this year is Monday, June 5.

NEW THIS YEAR! You MUST include an adviser/staff statement with reflection on this year’s work, along with specific questions or areas of interest you wish your judge to comment on. This is part of the online entry form.

Judging rubrics for 2016 are below. We will be using a new, even more accessible format in 2017, but the basic rubric standards will be basically unchanged. You are encouraged to download a copy to use in doing staff planning over the summer (and you can then compare your thoughts with those of your judge when you receive the judging comment in August).
News Publication
Yearbook
Video Broadcast
Website

We also recommend that each student media member download a copy of the judging rubric applicable, as these documents provide “quick courses” in journalistic standards students should be working toward all school year.

All members of CSMA are eligible to have their student medium critiqued, and there is no additional cost. All our contests are provided when you become a member of CSMA. Actually, we calculate that All-Colorado critiques and Best of Colorado individual entries cost about $70 for each medium entered, so your entire membership fee doesn’t quite cover our major contest costs. We currently pay judges $40 per critique, for instance, plus all print media are mailed to the judges (one way). All other CSMA initiatives are funded by revenue from J-Day each October.

The All-Colorado Awards are designed to provide a critique of each yearbook, newspaper, video broadcast, and website submitted, along with honoring those media that meet a high standard of excellence. Each medium receives an overall rating, with All-Colorado being the highest award, and award certificates will be distributed during the J-Day Awards Ceremony.

We have not done away with individual contests. In fact, please check the “Best of Colorado” page on this site for the contest rules, first approved by the CSMA board in January, 2011. Best of Colorado submission deadline is normally in early April and schools receive award certificates in early May.

The first All-Colorado Awards were presented at J-Day 2011, and replaced the Sweepstakes awards (which were derived by adding up individual award points in an earlier version of the Best of Colorado contests).

 

 

Colorado Student Media Association
All-Colorado Critique & Rating