Broadcast Video Program Critique Information
MIPA will send your Spartan entry to an out-of-state judge who will evaluate it against the standards provided by the MIPA Spartan critique booklet. Participating media outlets receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spartan Award — MIPA’s highest honor — based on how well they meet MIPA’s student media standards. Winners of the Spartan Award will be recognized at the Spring Awards & On-Site Contests in April.
The critique booklet with judge’s comments will be emailed to you in a PDF format after the awards event. Newspapers or newsmagazines are only returned if annotated. Contact the MIPA office if you have any questions. Please read the entry materials for other requirements.
- Deadline: March 19, 2021
- Late Deadline: April 30, 2021*
- *Add $40 late fee. If you are submitting under the late deadline, you likely will not receive results before MIPA’s awards announcement and we cannot guarantee you will receive a completed critique by the end of the school year. Entries postmarked after the late deadline are not eligible for award rankings.
- 2020-21 Spartan Video entry form – opens in a new window
- Preview the entry form – You must complete our online entry form, but here’s a Word copy of the questions we ask
- MIPA Seal of Distinction form – Learn more about the seal
MIPA Broadcast Video News Production Standards
- Complete the entry form.
- You will be prompted in the form to provide an adviser’s statement to the judge detailing any special school situations, concerns or problems with the production. (This statement is written directly into the entry form.) For 2021: You will also be asked to describe how the pandemic has impacted your program’s operations.
- Entry materials must have been produced during the current academic school year. See entry form for details. Your entry MUST include three (3) newscasts. Newscasts may have been produced in a studio or remotely. Please note the following exceptions to this requirement for the 2020-21 academic year only:
- If you did not produce three newscasts this academic year, you may request a waiver of this requirement by completing this form. Our contest chair will evaluate whether it’s appropriate to include a newscast produced last academic year or whether submitting fewer than three newscasts will provide enough information for the judge. You may submit your entry while you await a decision on a waiver.
- Your newscasts should be uploaded to the video hosting service of your choice. Submit URLs via the entry form. Please submit each newscast separately; no combined reels. Submissions should be from their original air/uploaded date, and they should be as they aired (ie, no editing afterward).
- The entry fee is $40. Please make check payable to MIPA or pay online. If you are paying for several items – such as membership dues or individual contest entries – with the same check, please include an itemized list of those payments.
- You may turn in your entry up to one-month late (see deadlines above) for an additional $40, but late entries will result in delays in getting your critique back from the judge. Entries received after the late deadline will receive a critique, but are not eligible for award rankings.
- To complete payment by mail, use our contest payment form to create an invoice for yourself or your business office.
A note about contests
MIPA strongly encourages administrators, students and teachers to participate in a range of competitions to evaluate how well a student media outlet meets course objectives and professional standards. Judging in any single contest or rating service is a subjective process, and each has slightly different rules, deadlines and entry criteria. Each critique you receive can be an important educational tool for the classroom, but no single contest can provide a complete assessment of the quality of a program. That’s why MIPA strongly discourages the use of our contests and critiques, regardless of the outcome of that contest or critique, in teacher evaluations.