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Welcome to the 2021 College Media Competiton

The MBEA Awards were created to showcase individual accomplishments and group projects from Missouri college students.  

Note: Due to COVID-19, contest judges will be instructed to consider production circumstances when reviewing entries.  

2021 MBEA Awards entries will be submitted through the OpenWater awards platform. Log in with your username and password, or click ENTER NOW below to create a new account.  Audio and video files may be uploaded directly to the contest entry page. If you have difficulty uploading a large video file, you are welcome to provide a YouTube, Vimeo or website link to the video. 

Please contact our contest administrator, Terry Harper, at the Missouri Broadcasters Association, if you have any questions or need assistance submitting your entries.

Click here for categories and criteria.

Deadline for Entries: February 1, 2021       

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Only students enrolled in a Missouri University or College are eligible to participate.  Students must have been enrolled at the time the project was completed to be eligible.

Only material produced between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020 is eligible.

Students are required to secure permissions (talent, locations, copyrighted materials, etc.) prior to submission.  MBEA will not be responsible for entrants who use materials, talent, locations, etc. without permission.

Entries will be submitted using the OpenWater Media Awards Platform.

Students may submit multiple entries, provided the following:

  • A single project may only be submitted once.
  • Students may enter multiple projects into the same category, but may only win one award per category.

Payment Information

Entrants must pay the entry fee at the time of submission.

$10 per entry for students at an MBEA Member Institution.  Click here to see a list of Member Institutions.

$25 per entry for students at schools that are NOT an MBEA Member Institution. NOTE: Membership dues will be waived for 2021 due to COVID-19. Go to mbea.us to download a membership application.

Online payments are preferred. If necessary, checks should be made payable to the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

Judging & Awards

Judging of all entries will be done by broadcasting professionals or qualified faculty (who have no conflict of interest in the categories in which they will judge).  Awards will be handed out at the 2021 MCMA/MBEA conference at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau or at the Spring MBEA meeting, dependent on COVID restrictions.    


(subject to change)

December 7, 2020   Call for Entries

February 1, 2021     Deadline for Entries

February 8, 2021     Judges Assigned to Entries

March 8, 2021         Judges Deadline

March 18, 2021        Notification of Winners

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