All members of WJEA are eligible to have their student publications (broadcast, newspaper, yearbook, website, or newsmagazine) critiqued. The cost is $40 per publication for both the critique and Emerald Award consideration. Questions or concerns? Please contact the critique service chair, Sandra Coyer, at [email protected].

WHAT IS IT? The Emerald (formerly All-Washington) Awards provide you and your staff the opportunity to celebrate the journalistic work you’ve done all year. By entering into the critique, you are eligible to be honored for meeting a high standard of excellence. Entries will be sent to judges from around the country and a detailed critique will be sent back to the school. A separate panel will determine Emerald Award winners. The score on the critique does not impact the Emerald Award designations.

HOW DO WE DO IT? You should receive the entry forms and instructions each spring. The 2020 deadlines are listed below.

Website Critique Form (Sept. 1)

Broadcast Critique Form (Sept. 1)

Newspaper/Newsmagazine Critique Form (Sept. 1)

Yearbook Critique Form (Oct.  1)

Emerald Award Form (Yearbooks: Oct 1, All Others: Sept. 1)

FOR NEWSPAPERS: You will submit pdfs of at least three (3) issues (including one from second semester). These can be sent as e-mail attachments, uploaded to an online hosting site like Issuu, or provided through URLs.

FOR YEARBOOKS: You will submit a copy of the most recent publication to: Sandra Coyer 21553 SE 298th Pl. Kent, Wash. 98042

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions must ARRIVE by the above deadline, and submitted yearbooks WILL NOT returned.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Publications will appear before a panel of trained and seasoned advisers. No adviser whose publication is up for Emerald Awards will be part of the panel in their category. Publications will also be sent off to judges to receive a detailed critique where they will earn either a Superior, Excellent or Honorable Mention designation. Announcements of Emerald Award winners will be made later in the 2020-2021 school year.