List of Contests

Last updated:  July 2019

These contests/competitions and awards are traditionally given at JACC state convention. Regional conferences also include many of these contests.

It also includes a smaller list of approved on-the-spot contests that convention and conference coordinators may choose from in planning events from year to year.

Eligibility Timeline:

  • State Competition: Materials published or produced in student media during the calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31).
  • Regional Competitions (NorCal and SoCal): Materials produced during the academic year — July 1 to June 30).

See individual guidelines pages for rules for each contest.


The Pacesetter Award contest applies only at the State Convention. It is a sweepstakes award to honor the top four schools in Mail-in and On-the-Spot competitions. Colleges must win a Newspaper or Online General Excellence award to qualify. Qualifying colleges receive sweepstakes points for Newspaper Mail-in competitions andOn-the-Spot competitions. Magazine competitions and multimedia competitions are not included.

Colleges receive points for each eligible award they win:

  • 1st place = 5 points
  • 2nd place = 4 points
  • 3rd place = 3 points
  • 4th place = 2 points
  • General Excellence = 5 points
  • Meritorious = 3 points
  • Honorable Mention = 1 point

Print / Online Newspaper Competitions



  • Newspaper General Excellence
  • Online Journalism General Excellence


  • Inside Page Layout
  • Front Page Layout
  • Informational Graphic
  • Illustration
  • Editorial Cartoon
  • Student Designed Advertisement
  • Photo Illustration


  • Online Photo Essay
  • Webcast/Broadcast News
  • Video Journalism (no points)


  • News Story
  • Enterprise News Story/Series
  • Feature Story
  • Profile Feature Story
  • Editorial
  • Critical Review
  • Opinion Story
  • Column Writing
  • Sports Game Story


  • Sports Action Photo
  • Feature Photo
  • Sports Feature Photo
  • Photo Story/Essay
  • Environmental Portrait
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