Journalism and Design an Ad Contest Rules, Entry Forms

ILLUSTRATING HEADLINES

Kindergarten and first-grade students: For the 2020 Lancaster County Votes contest, students should collect newspaper photographs with headlines that relate to voting, elections or patriotic symbols such as  the flag, the national anthem, the eagle, red, white and blue colors, or the military — pieces that are of special interest to young children (such as feature and news stories and some editorials).

Ask the students to examine the headline, and in some cases the subhead and maybe even parts of the story, and to look for the 5 W’s of Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Identify the action verbs, strong nouns and adjectives in the headlines.

Teachers and/or students should pick headlines from LNP or LancasterOnline to illustrate.

Quick Links:

Student Entry Form – Teacher should download and print one form per student entry.

Teacher Summary Sheet – Print one copy, complete summary of student entries, and submit with entries.

WRITER’S CHOICE

Students in grades two through five: For the Lancaster County Votes Writer’s Choice category, students’ should write about a famous U.S. president or national site, voting, elections, patriotism and/or its symbols are among the potential topics.  Other than finding a connection to our democracy, elections, patriotism and voting, the student has free reign over his or her subject.

Successful topics often relate to:

  • people the writer has studied
  • places the writer has visited
  • activities in which the writer is involved

All Writer’s Choice entries must be accompanied by the entry form.  Staple the entry form to the submission.

Quick Links:

Student Entry Form – Teachers should download and print one form per student entry.

Teacher Summary Sheet – Print one copy, complete summary of student entries, and submit with entries.

Judges’ Rubric – This link will help guide teachers and students to submitting successful entries.

NEWS FEATURE

Students in grades six through eight: News features should focus on topics related to the 2020 theme of Lancaster County Votes. Topics could include, but are not limited to, elections, patriotism, how to register to vote, voting, democracy, significant individuals in elections, or U.S. presidents.

Quick Links:

Student Entry Form — Teacher should download and print one form per student entry.

Teacher Summary Sheet  — Print one copy, complete summary of student entries, and submit with entries.

Judges’ Rubric — This link will help guide teachers and students to submitting successful entries.

EDITORIAL

Students in grades nine through 12: Editorials are essentially short essay writing. For the 2020 contest, students should focus on topics related to elections, voting, the right to vote, election-year issues, the state of America’s system of checks and balances, the role of social media in informing voters, or other presidential-election year issues.

Remember to:

  • select a good headline that captures the readers’ interest.
  • write a strong opening that leaves no doubt in readers’ mind’ as to  the writer’s point of view.
  • back the opinion with at least three arguments supported by statistics and facts.

Quick Links to Register:

Student Entry Form – Teacher should download and print one entry form per student entry.

Teacher Summary Sheet — Print one copy, complete summary of student entries, and submit with entries.

Judges’ Rubric – This link will help guide the teachers and students to submitting successful entries.

DESIGN AN AD

In January 2020 each registered Design an Ad teacher will receive a packet with student materials that include the advertiser to which a class has been assigned, information about the advertiser/business, and size and other specifications for the ad entries. There is no need to download forms, but teachers must register their classes by January 9, 2020.