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Contests

Critique services and All-North Carolina media contests are offered. Students may also submit entries for more than 50 individual contests. All-North Carolina media compete for the Tar Heel awards.

All-North Carolina is NCSMA’s highest rating. All-North Carolina publications demonstrate excellence in all areas of journalism, combining effective writing and design with broad and diverse coverage. Tar Heels, the highest honor, are awarded to select publications from the All-North Carolina class.

Winners were announced during the 2016 summer institute.

Winners included 21 Tar Heel awards, the top award given:

Newspaper
The Northwood Omniscient, Northwood High
Wingspan, West Henderson High
Golden Fleece, T.C. Roberson High
The Forest Fire, Wake Forest High

Online
The Northwood Omniscient, Northwood High
GF Online, T.C. Roberson High
The Howler, Wakefield High
Wingspan Online, West Henderson High

Yearbook
Patriot, Arendell Parrott Academy
The Torch, Athens Drive High
Hurricane Watch, Cane Creek Middle
Shoreline, Cape Fear Academy
Clarion, Davie County High
Shorelines, First Flight High
The Prowler, Providence High
Westwind, West Henderson High

Literary Magazine
Exurbia, Durham Academy
Blutopia, Gaston Day School
Roars and Whispers, Providence High

TV News
Hawk Eye TV Today, Charlotte Latin School
Wildcat News, West Johnston High


Critique services of NCSMA offer annual opportunities for students and staffs to distinguish themselves. Experts in magazine, newspaper and yearbook production judge North Carolina’s scholastic publications in two classes, according to school enrollment.

Award categories include Achievement, Honor, Distinction and All-North Carolina. Tar Heel awards are presented to select publications that receive the All-North Carolina distinction in each class.

Students may also submit individual work in writing and design for awards.

Click here for a description of contest categories.