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Collegiate 2019

Collegiate Competition

The 2019 Collegiate Competition entry submission deadline is Monday, October 8, 2018.

Click here for competition categories and requirements to enter the 2019 Ohio Collegiate Newspaper and Website Competition.

In 2009, The Ohio News Media Association & Ohio News Media Foundation established the annual Ohio Collegiate Newspaper and Website Competition to recognize the achievements of Ohio’s college and university newspapers.

To be eligible, campus newspapers must be members in good standing in the collegiate  membership category of ONMA. There is no entry fee for this competition because it is a member service included in the $100 annual dues for ONMA collegiate membership.

The contest consists of:

  • Ten categories in two divisions with first, second, and third-place certificates awarded for each. Division A - enrollment of 10,000 and up; Division B - under 10,000 enrollment.
  • A point system for determining a general excellence winner.  The top newspaper in each division receives the Frank E. Deaner General Excellence Award.
  • An October entry deadline each year with awards presented the following February at the ONA Convention

Frank E. Deaner was instrumental in establishing the General Excellence Award competition, which is given to the top newspaper in each collegiate division. Frank E. Deaner was the executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association for 20 years, retiring in 2011.  Frank was instrumental in establishing the collegiate competition.  He is a graduate of Ohio University where the Frank E. Deaner Scholarship provides two scholarships to students each year.

Entries are judged by a panel of professionals from ONMA member newspapers with winners notified in January.

For additional information on the contest or collegiate newspaper membership with ONMA, contact Sue Bazzoli, manager of administrative services, at sbazzoli@ohionews.org.