Judging Procedures

Judges for the competition are journalism, new media and design experts from around the world.

There are about 15-20 judges. Each judge is randomly assigned an equal number of entries to assess. No judges are assigned entries to evaluate if any conflicts of interest are apparent.

In January, judges evaluate the entries and submit their scores and comments for each assignment online in the “Virtual Judging Room.”

Winning entries may receive an Award of Excellence, or the judges may choose to award Silver or Gold medals for outstanding work in each category. No entry can win more than one of these awards. An additional Judges’ Special Recognition award may be given to any winner, or for a body of work, when the Judges believe an entry is truly exceptional. Judges may also select a Best of Show. At the discretion of the judges, there may be no awards given.

SND invites suggestions and nominations for judges. Self-nominations are welcome. To make a nomination, send an e-mail to competition coordinator Ryan Sparrow. Please include the e-mail and snail mail address of your nominee and a brief description of his or her qualifications.

Five main criteria have been established in judging entries:
* News value – Does the presentation’s content pass the traditional test of newsworthiness? Have the designers clearly defined their audience? Is this event/project worth the investment of multimedia to tell the story? Is it ethical in its uses of technology? How well does it use community tools?
* Information editing – Does this presentation utilize the best ways to communicate with the audience? Were deliberate decisions made to utilize each form of media presentation-audio, video, text, still images, interactivity?
* Information architecture – Is the presentation intuitive and informative? Are the designers aware of the information’s inherent structure? Do they understand and utilize it? Can relevant information be retrieved quickly? Is the interface easy to use?
* Aesthetic presentation – Is the presentation well designed in terms of focus, organization, balance, proportion, contrast, unity and color use? Does the designer consider frame of mind and expectations of the user? Does the design drive technology? Are all aesthetic decisions relevant to the news value of the presentation?
* Innovation – How well does the entry use the unique, interactive features of multimedia? Is the presentation

Please contact Ryan Sparrow at rjsparrow@bsu.edu for more information.