Student Awards

Convention Media Contests – varies

Thousands of students compete each year in JEA’s national media contests 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 Convention Media Contests


Aspiring Young Journalist – March 15

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 Journalist Impact Award – March 15

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 – April 22, 2020 – Canceled

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

About the Junior High/ Middle School National Media Contest


First Amendment Press Freedom Award – Dec. 15

If you feel your school actively supports and honors the First Amendment through its student media, consider submitting an entry for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award.

About the First Amendment Press Freedom Award


National Journalism Quiz Bowl – varies

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 – Feb. 21, 2019

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 – July 15

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 – varies by state

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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