Spring Media Day

Spring Media Day is a conference that brings journalism students from across the state to gather and attend media workshops, seminars and lectures taught by professionals and professors. Our spring conference focuses primarily on news media (newspapers, online publications, broadcasts, etc.),  though we have sessions that are applicable to any school publication, including yearbooks.

Spring Media Day 2024 will be on Tuesday, April 16. This year’s venue is the Thurman J. White Forum Building, which is located at 1704 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73072.

Download the Spring Media Day Program for a list of sessions and other info like parking and lunch options. Print your parking pass in advance–click here!

Here’s the Eventbrite link to register: Register here for Spring Media Day!

*The cost is $16 per person, but payment is not due when you register. We will bill you after the event.


Critical Service, Previously Published, and On-Deadline Contests

Critical service is a holistic review of your publication by a media professional. The previously published contest judges students’ work submitted in our monthly contests that was given a “Superior” or “Excellent.” The on-deadline contest judges students’ abilities to work under deadline on a specific theme.

Schools must be paying members of OSM in order to enter contests and critical service. For the 2023-24 membership form, please visit OSM Membership. If you have not registered as a member yet, we must have your membership form to enter your school’s publication into our contests. (Not sure if you’ve registered? Email us at osm-oipa@ou.edu and we can check for you!)

Instructions for how to enter can be found in each packet along with submission deadlines. Please let us know if you have any questions about entering.

To enter your school’s publication into our critical service and other contests, please download the contest packets:

2024 packets with instructions for all Spring Media Day categories are below.

The Previously Published contest (think of this as “best of” the monthly contest entries) form is due emailed to us by March 26. You will get February monthly contest back in plenty of time to include those entries on the previously published form. To enter the Previously Published contest, please download this excel document:


The On-Deadline 2024 contest prompts will be available starting March 8 in the document below. The deadline to enter this contest is March 26, 2024


To enter On-Deadline contests, please submit via the following links, which will be active starting March 11. 


To nominate exemplary students and advisers for individual achievement awards, please download the following form for Teacher of the Year and various students of the year applications.

If you’re interested in how our critical service judges will rate your publications, the scorebooks for each category are below–note these are the 2023 scorebooks, but we do not expect changes to the ’24 scorebook:

Past Spring Media Monday Awards

See the awards list from 2023 Spring Media Monday:

SMM23 Awards

See the awards list from 2022 Spring Media Monday:

SMM22 Awards

See the awards list from 2021 Spring Media Monday:

SMM21 Awards

See the awards list from 2020 Spring Media Monday:

SMM20 Awards

Every year, we recognize the work of students across the state in our awards ceremony. Please see our comprehensive list of past winners dating back to 2009 here.


Have a question about Spring Media Day that’s not answered here? Check out our FAQ page or email us at osm-oipa@ou.edu.