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UPdate 12.12.2018 | MV MEDIA

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Experience The Experience.

Know your why. Why do you do what you do?



  • MediaWise is forming a network of paid teen fact-checkers across the country. Poynter is selecting a group of students who will help us produce fact-checks for various MediaWise platforms. The goal is to have each fact-checker contribute at least one fact-check a month, and they are looking for a commitment at least through the end of 2018. For more information, CLICK HERE. To apply, CLICK HERE. Questions:
  • Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference | Students will come to Washington, D.C. June 14-20, 2019, to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum and are awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. Details HEREDeadline: Feb. 1, 2019.


  • New York Times | Learning Network 2018-19 Student Contests
    • Connect What You’re Studying in School With the World Today: Dec. 6, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019
    • Vocabulary Video Contest: Jan. 17-Feb. 18, 2019
    • Editorial Contest: Feb. 21-April 1, 2019
    • Found Poetry Contest: April 4-May 6, 2019
    • Podcast Challenge: April 18-May 20, 2019
    • Summer Reading Contest: June 14-Aug. 23, 2019
  • FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) Free Speech Essay Contest |  The Prompt: Explain why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society. First place: $10,000. More information HERE. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Profile in Courage Essay Contest (sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation) | Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth. First place: $10,000. More information HERE. Deadline: Jan. 18, 2019.
  • Colorado​ ​Pro​ ​Chapter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Society​ ​of​ ​Professional​ ​Journalists Student Scholarships | Two $2,000 journalism scholarships: (1) Broadcast; (2) Digital and Print. Information HERE. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019
  • Quill and Scroll
  • We the Student Essay Contest (sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute) | What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America? (no more than 800 words). Awards: National Grand Prize– $5,000 (plus a scholarship to Constitutional Academy); runners Up– Six at $1,250 each; Honorable Mention– Eight at $500 each. CLICK HERE for all the details. Deadline: February 14, 2019 at 10:59 p.m.
  • Society of Professional Journalists High School Essay Contest | Topic: “What is the role and importance of the Fourth Estate in American society?” Awards: First Place: $1,000 scholarship; Second Place: $500 scholarship; Third Place: $300 scholarship. CLICK HERE for more information. Deadline: February 22, 2019
  • NPR Student Podcast Challenge | National Public Radio is inviting students around the country to create a podcast and compete for a chance to win a grand prize and have you work appear on NPR. Information HERE. Deadline: March 31, 2019, at 9:59 p.m.


  • Quill and Scroll seeks to: (1) Encourage individual initiative in high school journalism, specifically in reporting, writing, design, leadership, photography and other related skills valuable to the journalistic endeavor; and (2) Recognize and reward the individual achievements of students engaged in journalistic activity. Eligibility requirements are: (a) must be of sophomore, junior or senior classification; and (b) must have the equivalent of a B grade average, or be in the upper third of their class in general scholastic standing.
    • Closed for the 2018-19 school year. Check back next year.





  • HS Wire, JEA Flipboard online magazine, showcases epic student work, like yours! Submit digital stories by emailing your best timely work to
  • Think the Vote | How do you feel about…? (Many topics are journalism, media and First Amendment related.) Join the weekly debate HERE.
  • TeenVogue IS LOOKING FOR FRESH VOICES TO FEATURE AS FREELANCE WRITERS — Send pitches and writing samples to:
  • Get your best work “Flipped!” JEA and Flipboard are partnering to create the one place for the best high school journalism being produced today. Each month five stories will be selected or “Flipped.” Winning selections will win a Flipboard t-shirt and be showcased on the magazine. Submissions can be written stories, photo stories, video stories or broadcast stories, but they must have been previously published in a school newspaper, school-sponsored publication or website, and currently available online. Information HERE. Submit content to:
  • Colorado Community Media is looking for freelancers to write stories and take photographs. For more information, CLICK HERE. What a great way to work with professionals, get real-life experience and get your work published outside of school.
  • The Colorado Photographic Arts Center offers several photography workshops and hosts contests. CLICK HERE for all the details.



  • Official website of BPA.
  • Workplace Skills Assessment Program | The WSAP Competitive Events program is the biggest cog of what makes BPA tick. Students prepare for and compete in contests in over 50 categories, under the four broad topics of Finance, Information Technology, Administrative Support, and Management/Marketing/Human Resources. (There are several journalism-related categories, including design, presentation, broadcast, website, public speaking and current events).


  • April 25-28, 2019, Anaheim
  • November 21-24, 2019, Washington, D.C.
  • April 16-19, 2020, Nashville
  • November 19-22, 2020, Orlando

SUMMER 2019—

  • Institute for Environmental Journalism | Explore the nation’s most pressing environmental concerns this summer through ambitious journalism in NYC’s urban neighborhoods (July 15-26, 2019) or immersed in Maine’s rugged outdoors (July 1-12, 2019). High school students or recent graduates who are interested in the environment and journalism are encouraged to apply. Limited financial aid is available. Information HERE.

  • Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute | The New England Center for Investigative Reporting gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their journalism skills, experience college life and explore Boston. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • NYC Summer Academy (hosted by The School of The New York Times) | The NYC Summer Academy gives intellectually curious high school students the opportunity to live and learn in New York City while studying topics in journalism, media, technology, arts, culture, sports, fashion, business, science and more. Each two-week course draws on the expertise and unrivaled access of The New York Times and encourages students to take their learning beyond the classroom and into the real world. Information HERE.


  • Looking to create an online portfolio to showcase all of your epic work for college applications and/or contests, or just for you personal creativity? Take a look at Behance by Adobe.
  • A mobile app is now available for free to help you learn the principles of the First Amendment. The app, available for your smartphone or your computer, explains the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment and features video clips of Dr. Dwight Teeter, a professor at the University of Tennessee and internationally known expert in First Amendment law. To download the app, click HERE.

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