Broadcast Journalism

Category: Prejudge Project

Type: Individual, Team

Grade Level: 9-12

Deadline/Testing: 15-Feb

Competitor Limit: 1 team of 1-3 members


(New 2022-23) 

You or your team members work for a local news station. Write, develop, and deliver a live news report with at least one pre-recorded interview. Cover at least three of the following areas or stories:

  • Business (global) – A story or current event impacting the global economy
  • Entrepreneurship (local) – A story about a local business (real or fictional) in the area
  • Event – A story about the FBLA State or National Leadership Conference
  • Education – A report on financial literacy
  • Finance – A report on the stock market, interest rates, or another current financial event

Event Guidelines

  • Competitors must research and develop the topic and create a 7-minute news broadcast video.
  • Visual aids (can be electronic, printed, etc.) are permitted.
  • Competitors should introduce themselves, and present the news broadcast.
  • Competitors, not adviser(s), must prepare entries.
  • Competitors are to follow all applicable copyright laws. Refer to the national Format Guide for copyright information.
  • The description area of YouTube must contain copyright information as well as the name of the event, competitor name(s), school, and state.
  • Upload the video to YouTube as unlisted and disable comments. Include the URL on Blue Panda.
  • Name video BroadcastJournalism_chaptername_year


  • Broadcast addresses topic and is appropriate for audience
  • graphics, text treatment, and special effects show creativity and cohesiveness of design
  • overall layout and design is creative and appealing
  • final product indicates a clear thought process and an intended, planned direction with formulation and execution of a firm idea
  • required information is effectively communicated
  • copyright laws followed


Each local chapter may submit one (1) entry. Entries may be created by an individual member or by a team of two (2) or three (3) members from FBLA members in Grades 9 through 12. Each competitor must pay the SLC registration fee and attend the State Leadership Conference.


Entries will be judged prior to the conference by a panel of judges according to the rating sheet. All decisions of the judges are final.

Who Goes to Nationals?

The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will be entered in the Broadcast Journalism event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not placed in the top 10 for this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. Members may compete in an event at NLC more than once if they have not previously placed in the top ten of that event at NLC. If a member places in the top ten of an event at NLC, they are no longer eligible to compete in that event.