On-site critiques

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday

Both beginning and experienced advisers and staffs can benefit from the on-site critique. Staff members and advisers will sit down with an experienced adviser or professional journalist and go over the school’s most recent publications or broadcasts. This one-on-one opportunity allows staffs to ask questions and get clarifications as needed. Each critique will last 30 minutes.

Preregistration is required for all media for purpose of scheduling judges and times. To request a critique, complete and mail this form OR fill out the form at the following link by Oct. 6, 2014.

Click here to register online.

Critique assignments with critiquers’ addresses will be emailed to each adviser before the convention, and the adviser will be responsible for mailing the publication or emailing the website address to the critiquer by Oct. 24. All information also will be available at the critique check-in desk. Advisers and critiquers will be given each other’s email addresses and cellphone numbers to enable them to work out a meeting time if the assigned time does not work. Registrants should check the schedule at the critique desk before 8 a.m. Friday to verify their appointments and see if changes have been made.

Schools that are scheduled for critiques should send up to three different issues of their newspapers/newsmagazines or one copy of their most recent literary magazine or DVD. Yearbooks will be turned in at the on-site critique table near registration. Online publications will be critiqued on site (but submit URL prior to convention). Because of concerns of Internet reliability, online publications should bring screenshots of the website. 

Please address any questions or concerns to Clare Gartlan (cagartlan@fcps.edu). Be sure to put “On-Site Critiques” in the subject line.

Please mail payment to Clare Gartlan, Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA 20151. Checks should be made payable toVAJTA.