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Submit online news, broadcast and radio/podcast contest entries by May 15

NCSMA encourages all schools in North Carolina to participate in the annual statewide media contests. No membership fee is necessary to do so. All contest entry materials will be submitted online this year. Deadlines are May 15 for broadcast news, online news and radio/podcast entries and June 1 for newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine entries. NOTE: Participation in the statewide contests this year includes free registration to the Summer Institute for one adviser and up to two students per staff.


Advisers Association membership free to all

EXCITING NEWS: NC Scholastic Media Advisers Association membership is now free for all North Carolina high school and middle school journalism teachers and student media advisers who participate in NC Scholastic Media Association events, contests, workshops or fellowships – and free for any who register below.

As a member of the NCSMA Advisers Association, you will receive

  • Two issues of The Scoop newsletter and access to NCSMA Now e-newsletter
  • Opportunities for your students to enter yearly statewide contests
  • Access to publication and online news critique booklets and the annual Book of Firsts as a contest participant

Apply by May 15 for teacher fellowship program
in multimedia storytelling

North Carolina high school journalism teachers and student media/publication advisers are encouraged to apply by May 15 to NCSMA’s annual fellowship program. Three spots are currently available for the 2021 program. (NCSMA provides in-state tuition and textbook for the three-credit, graduate-level, short-term course.) The 2021 course, Teaching Multimedia Storytelling in the Secondary School, will be offered online July 11-17. This course will offer advisers instruction and teaching methods in multimedia technologies and tools; creating a YouTube channel; basics of podcasting; using sound, video and still images to produce compelling stories; news coverage and more. The online course will be taught by UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman faculty Ryan Thornburg and Trevy McDonald.