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National Journalism Quiz Bowl

Are you ready to test your staff’s skills and knowledge against teams from across the country? Then start prepping and putting together four-person teams for the National Journalism Quiz Bowl competition, part of the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

About the Quiz Bowl

The quiz bowl-style competition and qualifying exam will include questions related to current events, pop culture, journalism terminology, Associated Press style, spelling and usage, scholastic media law, civics/American government, classic and modern literature, sports and general knowledge (example: How many pints in a quart?).

National Convention Participation Deadlines and Registration

Quiz Bowl teams will take a written test at 8 a.m. on Friday at the convention. The test scores will be used to seed the top teams that will compete in the live buzzer rounds 8-11 a.m. Saturday.

The registration fee for each four-person team is $50, and registration must be done online by the early-bird deadline of the convention.

Preparation

Four team members can divide up the topics to study in preparation for the quiz bowl. For example, have Team Member 1 study the terms in the glossary of a good journalism textbook. Remember the test represents all media: newspaper, magazine, yearbook, broadcast, photography, graphic design and online publications.

Team Member 2 can review the major legal cases that impact scholastic journalism. The SPLC Law of the Student Press is a good resource as are the splc.org and jeasprc.org.

Team Member 3 can review terms and concepts from civics. Websites that help immigrants prepare for the citizenship test are a good place to start. Most civics teachers have study sheets.

Team Member 4 should brush up on Associated Press style and basic grammar and usage.

Finally, have the whole team review the major news and sports stories from the past 12 months. There are a number of websites that list major news events from each month.

Watch for details about how to register a team for the National Journalism Quiz Bowl.

Questions?

Email April van Buren (MSryanpchs@yahoo.com) for more information.

Past winners

Fall 2017  – Dallas

Decatur High School, Decatur, Ga.

Spring 2017  – Seattle

Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, Calif.

Fall 2016  – Indianapolis

Conestoga High School, Berwyn, Pa.

Spring 2016  – Los Angeles

Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, Calif.

Fall 2015  – Orlando

American Heritage School, Plantation (Florida) Campus

Spring 2015 – Denver

Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.

Fall 2014 — Washington, D.C.

duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Ky.

Spring 2014 — San Diego

duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Ky.

Fall 2013 – Boston

Conestoga High School, Berwyn, Pa.

Spring 2013 – San Francisco

Mountain Vista High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Fall 2012 – San Antonio

West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, N.C.

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