Behind the Lens - Views and Comments from the Field
STN Contests – A Vital Link to Professional Critiques
By Jeb Brunt
STN Contest Coordinator
Contests are a great benefit of being an STN affiliate. Entering a national contest can be a rewarding and sometimes humbling experience for students. While STN aims to recognize excellent work in scholastic broadcasting and film, that is not the sole purpose for our contests. Affiliates should understand that it's not just about winning, it's more about having work evaluated and critiqued by industry professionals.
Each year STN strives to create a challenging contest arena. The STN Board of Directors evaluates the content and administration of all contests in order to level the playing field and ensure fairness. When necessary, STN makes changes to contests based on affiliate feedback and the judges who evaluate them. Contests do not always remain the same from year to year, so affiliates are encouraged to read all the rules and regulations to ensure compliance.
All non-convention contests are 100% online. The STN upload system will see as many as 2,000 entries in a school year. It's important that affiliates are knowledgeable about conversion and compression since uploading entries is such a big part of the process. STN offers technical support during contest periods and makes every effort to ensure that affiliate entries are uploaded on time. The ultimate responsibility, however, does fall on the entrant. Waiting until the last minute to enter a contest could result in missing a deadline.
In addition to our various upload contests, STN offers more than 20 broadcast and film contests at the annual convention. This year we are bringing back some popular contests and also introducing some new ones. STN will post all contest information early enough for affiliates to read the rules and regulations as well as make decisions about which contests to enter. STN has experienced tremendous growth the past few years and convention contests will fill up fast... so don't delay your registration.
As always, affiliates are expected to compete within the spirit of STN contests and not try to gain an advantage by finding ways to work around the rules. Judges have been instructed to notify STN of any questionable entries that violate the rules and regulations. While most STN contest entries have no issues, some are dinged points for not following directions. Any affiliate that intentionally works to deceive STN in a contest will be disqualified and lose contest privileges in the future.
As in past years, STN will use the website to announce and deliver information about contests so it's a good idea to bookmark the site and check it frequently. We will also remind affiliates of important information using our listserv and Facebook page. It's going to be another outstanding year of contests at STN and we look forward to seeing all of your excellent entries.