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Make sure your journalism students receive the statewide recognition they deserve. It’s time to enter your staff’s best work of the year in the 2017. Review your newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, videos, podcasts, and websites for your best journalistic work this year and place your entries in Dropbox by April 17.

What is this contest? Student Media O-lympics is a contest of student journalists’ work published since August 1, 2016. Entries in 38 categories include web-based journalism, video-based journalism, audio-based journalism, and print-based journalism. Including news, feature, sports and ­opinion writing, photography, design, advertising, art, single issues, video and podcast.

How much does it cost? NWSP members receive 10 SMO entries with membership, every entry after that is $3 each. Non-members pay $5 per entry.

How many entries may each school submit? Up to three entries per categories. 

Who judges the contest? Journalism professionals, college-level advisers, and award-winning student media advisers who are retired or work in other states.

What feedback is provided? All entries receive critiques listing strengths and areas ­needing improvement. Award certificates for Best of Category, Superior, Excellent or Honorable Mention entries will be mailed to schools by late May. Feedback will be sent to advisers via Dropbox.

Where can I find the results?: All winners are posted on the website. Find 2016’s winners here:

Entries must be in Dropbox by April 17, 2017.

For a list of categories and how to enter, visit: