Student Awards

Write-Off Contests

Thousands of students compete each year in JEA’s national Write-off competition in everything from broadcast, photography and design to sports, feature and review writing. There is a contest for each skill practiced in a 21st century media classroom.

About the Write-Off Contests



Aspiring Young Journalist

This award encourages junior high/middle school students to continue with journalistic studies in high school. This award will acknowledge and reward the work of junior high/middle school students. One overall winner and up to five runners-up, based on the amount of total entries, will be selected each year.

About the Aspiring Young Journalist Award



Student Journalism Impact Award

The purpose of the Student Journalist Impact Award is to recognize a secondary school student (or a team of students who worked on the same entry) who, through the study and practice of journalism, has made a significant difference in his/her own life, the lives of others, the school he/she attends and/or the community in which he/she resides.This award was jointly conceived as a collaborative endeavor by the Journalism Education Association and the Kalos Kagathos Foundation. The award recognizes secondary school students who, through the practice of journalism, have made a significant difference in the lives of others.

About the Student Journalist Impact Award



Junior High/ Middle School National Media Contest

All work must be from the 2017-2018 school year. Content must have been published in a school publication during the 2017-18 academic year, or must be set to be published in the yearbook that covers the 2017-18 academic year.

About the Junior High/ Middle School National Media Contest



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 National Journalism Quiz Bowl



SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association want to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. National winners of this essay contest receive scholarship awards.

About the High School Essay Contest



Future Journalism Teacher Scholarship

The Journalism Education Association sponsors up to five $1,000 scholarships for education majors who intend to teach scholastic journalism. Each recipient must be a college junior, senior or master’s degree student in a program designed to prepare him/her for teaching at the secondary-school level. Current secondary-school journalism teachers who are in a degree program to improve their journalism teaching skills also are eligible.

About the Future Journalism Teacher Scholarship



Journalist of the Year Scholarship

Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships, named for JEA’s longtime treasurer, recognize some of the top high school journalists in the country. The contest begins at the state level. Winning portfolios from state Journalist of the Year competitions are sent to the national level. Portfolios are judged prior to the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, and winners are announced at the convention’s concluding awards ceremony. Scholarship funds — $3,000 for the top winner, and up to $850 each for runners-up (up to six runners-up awards are usually given) — are released to the student after the winners are announced.

About the Journalist of the Year Scholarship



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