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72nd Annual High School Journalism and Broadcasting Day set for March 13

March 8, 2010 -- Future newspaper reporters and radio and television broadcasters will be on the Arkansas State University campus Saturday, March 13, when high schools compete in the 72nd Annual Invitational High School Journalism and Broadcasting Day.

A sweepstakes plaque will be awarded to the school scoring the most points in the various contests with plaques going to schools winning second, third and fourth places in the sweepstakes competition. First-place winners in individual contests will receive medals, with certificates of merit given to other individual contest winners and to winning papers in the newspaper contest and news video competition.

Competition in the broadcasting area includes contests for television commercial or public service announcements, music video, documentary short, pre-designed web pages and sporting events.

All onsite contests will be held in the Communications Building. The contests include: News Writing, Photography, TV Anchoring, Video Promotion and Public Relations (all at 9 a.m.); Feature Writing, Advertising Copy and Layout and Broadcast News Writing (all at 10 a.m.); Sports Writing, Editorial Writing and Radio Announcing (all at 11 a.m.); Headline Writing, Editorial Cartooning and Newspaper Copy Reading (all at noon). Following a noon lunch, an awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Radio-TV Studio.

To be eligible to win any contest, the high school must have entries in at least three contests and no more than five students from one high school may enter any one contest. No more than one student from the same school may enter the radio-television contests. Entrants in the photography contest should bring digital cameras, and students entered in editorial cartooning need to bring sketchpads and drawing implements. Every high school may enter students in all contests.

For more information, contact Dr. Joel Gambill, at (870) 972-3075. Journalism and Broadcasting Day is sponsored by the ASU College of Communications, Society of Professional Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, American Advertising Federation, National Broadcasting Society, Association of Women in Communications, National Press Photographers Association, Undergraduate Research Club and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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