The Jimmy Awards is seeking two Student Reporters from around the country to travel to New York on Monday June 24 and cover the Jimmy Awards on social media on both the official Jimmy Awards channels and the student reporters' personal channels. Applicants must be submitted by a participating Regional Awards Program (RAP) with a maximum of one submission per RAP. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a National High School Musical Theatre Awards RAP participating high school. Applicants must not be students who are competing to participate as a nominee in the Jimmy Awards.
Round-trip airfare, overnight lodging for Sunday June 23 and Monday June 24, lunch and dinner on Monday June 24, and seats at the ceremony will be provided by The Jimmy Awards for the two selected student reporters plus their one chaperone each.
Applicants should create a video up to 3 minutes in length showing or describing how they would uniquely cover The Jimmy Awards on social media, as well as promoting tuning in to a live stream of the Jimmy Awards ceremony. The videos should be minimally edited and should include at least one unedited segment of at least one minute in length with the applicant speaking directly to camera (alone or with interview subjects). The videos must not include any performance footage; the content of the videos is otherwise up to the applicant.
We want to see your personality shine in this video! Think of it as hosting a version of "MTV Cribs" or an audition video to be on a non-performance reality show. Your video should be entertaining while educating your followers about the Jimmy Awards.
Applicant videos are due to The Jimmy Awards by 5pm ET on Monday, April 22. The two students will be selected and notified on or around June 1.
If you are a student interested in applying, please contact your nearest Regional Awards Program. Further details are provided below.
There are two rounds in the Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Search. There is no cost to enter the Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Search, and no purchase necessary to enter either round. There will be a maximum of forty-three (43) applicants. Up to ten (10) candidates will be chosen based on the quality of their submission to move on to the second round, comprising at minimum 20% of the applicants, and two will ultimately be chosen as Jimmy Awards Student Reporters based on qualitative assessments and quantitative metrics explained further below.
In the first round of the Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Search, a panel of 3-5 individuals (the “Submissions Board”) from the Jimmy Awards will review every application video and choose up to ten (10) to upload on the Jimmy Awards’ Facebook page, or similar online social media platform. The Jimmy Awards will choose the up to ten (10) videos based on the skills of the creator, which will include assessing the content of the submission and the reach and engagement of the video. The skill will be assessed by the panel by reviewing the applicant’s poise, professionalism and camera presence, and other similar criteria. The Submissions Board has the absolute discretion to determine who will move on to the second round. The Submissions Board’s determination will not be subject to review. Applicants chosen to move on to the second round will be informed by May 10.
The selected videos will be uploaded to the Jimmy Awards’ Facebook page on or around May 1. They will remain up for consideration until May 31, though may continue to be accessible on the Jimmy Awards’ Facebook page after that date, and may remain accessible indefinitely. At the end of that time, the Submissions Board has absolute discretion to determine who will be chosen as the two (2) Jimmy Awards Student Reporters. The Submissions Board will base their determination on the applicant’s poise, professionalism and camera presence. In addition, the Submissions Board will review video analytics, which includes, but is not limited to: the number of unique users who saw the applicants’ page, the number of times the applicants’ page was seen as a total count, the number of impressions of the applicant’s post in a News Feed, the number of unique users who clicked anywhere in the applicant’s post, the total number of clicks in the applicant’s post, both the total count and number of unique users who have given negative feedback to the applicant’s post, both the total count and number of unique users who have liked the applicant’s Page, the number of people who clicked on the post because they liked the applicant’s post, the number of people who liked the applicant’s page and clicked on the applicant’s post, both the total count and number of unique users who watched 95% of the applicant’s video (excluding paid promotion), both the total count and unique users who watched the video for 3 seconds (excluding paid promotion), and the length of the video.
The two applicants who the Submissions Board determines have the best poise, professionalism and camera presence, taking into account all metrics from Facebook video analytics, will be chosen as the two (2) Jimmy Awards Student Reporters. The Submission Board’s determination will not be subject to review. Student Reporters will be notified on or around June 1.
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