Broadcast Journalism

Category: Prejudge Project

Type: Individual, Team

Grade Level: 9-12

Deadline/Testing: 16-Feb

Competitor Limit: 1 team of 1-3 members


(New 2021-22) Develop and deliver a LIVE news report that covers at least three of the following areas and genres with at least one pre-recorded interview:

  • Business—National current event story or stock market report
  • World—Pandemic recovery and the impact
  • Technology—Online learning in the 21st century
  • Civic—Organizations or clubs that support diversity and racial equality
  • Sports—A report of a school, local, or regional sports team
  • Entertainment/Fashion—Report on current events at the national level

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, state.
  • Upload the video to YouTube as unlisted and disable comments. Include URL on the submission form.
  • Complete the online Statement of Assurance entry form found on the Nebraska FBLA website.
  • 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.


Video broadcast must address the topic as described. Entries will be judged prior to 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 entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference. In the event of a team entry, no more than one (1) member may have competed in this event at a previous National Leadership Conference, or have competed more than two (2) years at the state level in this event.