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Welcome to the 2020 College Media Competiton

The MBEA Awards were created to showcase individual accomplishments and group projects from Missouri college students.  Winners will be recognized at a short ceremony following a joint conference with the Missouri College Media Association on April 3rd & 4th at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.  

2020 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, 2020       

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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, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019 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.

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 MCMA/MBEA conference on Saturday, April 4th, at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.  


(subject to change)

December 18, 2019     Call for Entries

February 1, 2020     Deadline for Entries

February 7, 2020     Judges Assigned to Entries

March 6, 2020        Judges Deadline

March 13, 2020        Notification of Winners

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