State Publications Contest

This year, as in years past, there will be a contest for all State Newsletters. Newsletters are a great way to keep everyone across the state connected and informed about all of your state and local events. Newsletters come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and can include a variety of information. In addition to keeping JCLers informed, publications are helpful publicity tools that help JCL stay connected with the community.

If your state would like help starting or improving a JCL newsletter, please contact NJCL Editor Anika Park at

If your state would like to participate in the NJCL local publications contest this year, please follow the following steps:

  1. Make sure your newsletter meets the following criteria: it must be student produced, it must include the name of the chief editor, and there must be at least two different issues of any length.
  2. Contact editor Anika Park by email at by October 1, 2018, to inform them of your interest.
  3. Email digital PDF copies of the issues to NJCL editor Jade Anika Park at and NJCL Publications Chair Kurt Ristroph at by June 1, 2019 or contact Anika by email for a physical address for issues to be postmarked by June 1, 2019.

Here is the judging rubric for the state publications contest. Results will be announced at the 2018 NJCL Convention at Miami University.

Choice of Articles (20 points)

  • Is the content relevant to JCLers and/or the classics? (5 points)
  • Is the content diverse in style, genre, subject and authorship? (15 points)

Presentation of Articles (25 points)

  • Do captioned photos and other media, such as sidebars and pulled quotes, accompany the content? (15 points)
  • Are there bylines? Is the text justified? Are there columns? Are articles continued across pages with clear jumplines? (10 points)

Effectiveness of Writing (10 points)

  • Is the content free of grammar and spelling mistakes? (10 points)
  • Effectiveness of Layout (25 points)
  • Is the layout aesthetically pleasing? (5 points)
  • Is the content organized? (5 points)
  • Is the layout creatively/originally designed? (5 points)
  • Is the layout effective in conveying articles? (10 points)

Stylistic Consistency (10 Points)

  • Does the content maintain a consistent appearance throughout and follow set rules for grammar and capitalization? (5 points)
  • Are pages numbered? Do common components such as the header, table of contents, board members, etc. appear in the same place in each issue? (5 points)

Frequency of Publication (10 points)

  • How many issues are submitted to the editor? (5 points)
  • How many total pages of content from all issues combined were submitted to the editor? (5 points)