JEA Write-off Competition



It is IMPERATIVE that advisers and contestants CAREFULLY read all the rules to make sure all deadlines and requirements are met. All contests require students to bring their own supplies.


  1. Each student may enter just one category. A school may enter just one student per category except for Contests 23, 36-40, 43 and 46. All contestants must be in attendance at the convention and attend the Write-off session/critique Nov. 7 or the entry will be disqualified. In contests that allow a team to enter, all students must register and pay; however, only one needs to be present at the convention for the entry to be eligible for the contest.
  2. Contestants will be disqualified if they fail to follow the rules available on the JEA website at
  3. Register early. Some venues have limited seating for the contests. In the event the number of registrants for a contest category fills the seating capacity of the assigned contest room and a larger room is not available, JEA will CLOSE registration for that category.
  4. All contests marked ONLINE SUBMISSION (photography contests 28-35, design contests 9-10, 16- 20, 24-27 and broadcast contests 36-39, 46-47) must be uploaded no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time Oct. 16. Specific instructions are available at All material for the contests will be available at the day Write-off registration opens. No late entries will be accepted for judging or critique. START EARLY — CALL FOR HELP if necessary. (A working email and a password must be provided for each student entered in a contest. This is especially important in contests submitted online before the convention.)


  1. Some onsite broadcast contests and the Online News Package contest begin early Friday morning and continue through the day. All other categories run 4–6 p.m. Students late to their contests may not be able to participate.
  2. Online submission contestants will be disqualified if they do not attend the entire critique session.
  3. Check the schedule and room assignments in the Convention Booklet, available at the convention registration or online before the convention.


  1. Students and their advisers must be registered for the convention in order to participate, and the adviser must be a member of JEA.
  2. No on-site registrations will be accepted; however, name substitutions are allowed until noon Friday at the Write-off check-in desk.
  3. If your student has a documentable disability, you need to request any accommodation when you register. Please notify JEA Write-off Chair Nancy Smith ( and bring documentation to the convention.
  4. The rules for Write-offs can be downloaded at www. If you have any questions, you may call JEA Headquarters at 785-532-5532, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday, or email


  1. Adviser MUST be a current JEA member for the online Write-off registration form to work. Join JEA at To renew login to and click on “Renew your Membership.” Membership should be activated by Oct. 1 in order to meet the Oct. 16 Write-off deadline. Membership is not processed until funds are received.
  2. If you don’t know your login email/password for please contact JEA staff at 866-532-5532 or Your member number may be found on the label of Communication: Journalism Education Today magazine or on your membership card.
  3. Decide with your students what to enter. Bring the rules and required supplies with you to the convention. Confer with other advisers in your school to decide what students will participate in each category. Although it’s preferred one adviser enters all entries from a school, two or more advisers may enter their students separately if paying separately. Please collaborate on this.
  4. Go to and login with your JEA member login email address and password. Click on “Add a Student” to register students. Type carefully, capitalizing the first letter of first and last names and lowercasing the rest. The database from this form will be used to process certificates. All students MUST have working emails and passwords. This is particularly crucial for students doing online submissions. You may want to write them down as you register them since this is how they will login to get their photography critiques.
  5. Payment of $20 per student may be made with various credit cards, through PayPal, check or purchase order. Mail check to JEA Washington, D.C. Write-off Contest, Kansas State University, 105 Kedzie Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. Official, signed purchase orders may be mailed, emailed to or faxed to 785-532-5563. Write-off entries must be paid in full before the contests begin Nov. 7, 2014.