|The trophies engraved for the 2015 winners. Click on any image to enlarge.|
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Young writers, artists and photographers – and their teachers – are urged to submit their work in Youth Journalism International’s seventh annual Excellence in Journalism Contest. The deadline is Saturday, Feb. 6.
“This year, everything is online,” said Jackie Majerus, Youth Journalism International’s executive director. “Entering is easy and our judges are looking forward to seeing the best of what young people did in 2015.”
More than two dozen categories offer youth a chance for recognition in news, sports, commentary, reviews and feature writing. Other categories are for cartoons, illustration and photography.
Student journalists who are 19 and under are eligible to enter work published in newspapers, magazines, blogs or websites, or produced in a multi-media format between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015. Independent work is welcome.
A special category – Journalism Educator of the Year – celebrates journalism teachers and advisors.
“This a wonderful opportunity for students to honor beloved teachers,” said Steve Collins, a co-founder of YJI.
That winning teacher, along with winners of other special categories – Student Journalist of the Year, Courage in Journalism and top awards for the best news story and best commentary, receives a beautiful, engraved crystal trophy.
All winners in every category get custom-made certificates, Majerus said.
In 2015, the contest – the largest anywhere for student journalists – awarded well over 100 prizes to student journalists from North America, Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
With the exception of the category for teachers, the contest is open only to unpaid, non-professionals.
Entries are submitted electronically and reviewed by an experienced group of judges made up of media professionals, experts and educators.
Details on how to enter the contest, a list of categories and bios of the judges are all available under the Contests link at www.YouthJournalism.org.
Youth Journalism International is 501(c)(3) educational public charity. It depends on donations to continue its important work training the next generation of journalists. To contribute, go to www.HelpYJI.org.