National Journalism Quiz Bowl

NOTICE: The Quiz Bowl for Fall 2020 has been cancelled due to the Fall 2020 convention being held in a virtual format. It will resume when it becomes possible to hold live conventions again.

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. Friday at the convention. Each team of four will take one test together on one computer. Each team is responsible for bringing one computer/laptop/Chromebook (no iPads/tablets) to take the test on.

The test scores will be used to seed the top teams that will compete in the live buzzer rounds 8-10 a.m. Saturday.

Teams participating in the live buzzer rounds will be recognized at the JEA awards ceremony (on Saturday in the spring and on Sunday in the fall). The winning team will receive a trophy.

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

Registration is now open. REGISTER HERE


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 and

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.


Email Allie Staub ( for more information.

Past winners

Fall 2019 - Washington, D.C.
Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati

Spring 2019 - Anaheim
Lincoln High School, Portland, Ore.

Fall 2018 - Chicago
Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati

Spring 2018 - San Francisco
West Linn (Oregon) High School

Fall 2017 - Dallas
Decatur (Georgia) High School

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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