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5 UIL Journalism Contests Include:

News Writing (45 minutes) Challenge: Read a prompt; write facts from most important to least important.

Feature Writing (60 minutes) Challenge: Read a prompt; write a story. It has a beginning (lead), middle and end. It uses quotes generously and allows the reader to see the story through detailed description and vivid writing.

Editorial Writing (45 minutes) Challenge: Read a prompt; state problem; argue valid points without quoting; offer solution.

Headline Writing (30 minutes) ChallengeRead 7-8 sentences then write a headline. 6 headlines in 30 minutes.

Copy Editing (15 minutes) Challenge: knowledge of current events • grammar, spelling, punctuation, style • sentence structure, including passive voice and word choice • media law and ethics

Where would I compete?

  • Invitational meets = 3 students compete (based on attendance, dedication, and writing quality; ranking)
  • District level meets (top 3 students per event; highest ranking students who place in invitational meets)
  • Regional meets (top 3 who place at District level competition)
  • State meets (top 3 places who place at Regional competition)

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