Journalism and Design an Ad Contest Rules and Entry Forms

ILLUSTRATING HEADLINES

Kindergarten and first-grade students: For the 2019 Celebration 225 contest, students should collect newspaper photographs with headlines that relate to Lancaster County history, culture or people — 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 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.

Illustrations can be in COLOR!  

Quick Links to Register:

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 Celebration 225 Writer’s Choice category, students’ only guideline here is to write about a topic that is rooted in Lancaster County — something or someone the writer values. That could be a coach, farms, whoopie pies, fall fairs, trips to Central Market.  Other than finding that Lancaster County connection, the student has free reign over his or her subject.

Successful topics often relate to:

  • people who have influenced the writer
  • hobbies that interest the writer
  • 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 to Register:

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.

 

NEWS FEATURE

Students in grades six through eight: News features should focus on topics related to next year’s 225th anniversary of LNP, of which LancasterOnline is a part. Topics could the evolution of how LNP/LancasterOnline has reported the news through the generations, and the ways in which it keeps the community informed and why that is important. Is the relationship between news gathering and education essential?  These submissions could also focus on interesting people (current or past), events and places in Lancaster County that help to describe the heritage and culture of the community that LNP/LancasterOnline serves.

Quick Links to Register:

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 Celebration 225 contest in 2019, students should focus on topics related to the 225th anniversary of our community newspaper, LNP, and its website, LancasterOnline, and the Lancaster County-area readership they serve. Topics might focus on the First Amendment freedom of the press, how LNP and newspapering have changed over the years, local stories/issues on which LNP has reported, social media and its influence on news gathering and consumption, or media literacy and the importance of factual and sourced information.

Remember to:

  • select a good headline that captures the readers’ interest.
  • write a strong opening that leaves no doubt in the readers mind your point of view.
  • support your 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.