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UPdate 11.22.2017 | MV MEDIA

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Experience The Experience.

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

Yes! And…

Be There. Make Their Day. Play. Choose Your Attitude.

Be good at everything. Be great at something.

Seek perfection. Catch excellence.

Be EP!C!



  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 (7:30-9 a.m.) — PEBC Superintendent Forum, Denver (Will be excused from 2nd Period.) If 2-3 students want to attend to cover the event, we will see if we can score official press passes. Please see Newt by Tuesday, Nov. 28.
  • CSMA Winter Coverage Challenge | For the first challenge, students are asked to cover “ONE DAY” — Friday, Feb. 9 — and submit their spread or video or online coverage to a state-wide contest. Details: TBA. Deadline: Feb. 21, 2018.
  • Capitol Hill Press Conference, Denver, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 — . We can take 8 students. RSVP to Newt by Feb. 15, 2018.
  • Bill of Rights Institute Civic Leadership Symposium | Friday, March 9, Colorado Springs. More information HERE. RSVP to Newt by TBD.
  • New York Times 2017-18 Student Contest Calendar

A MV Media EP!C! Experience: J-Day 2017

A MV Media EP!C! Experience: J-Day 2017



  • Think the Vote | How do you feel about…? Join the weekly debate for a chance to win $1,000. | Weekly contest HERE.
  • Smithsonian Photo Contest 2017 | Information and entry HERE. Deadline: November 30, 2017, at 3 p.m.
  • CSMA First Amendment PSA Contest | Information and entry HERE. Deadline: December 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • New York Times Media Literacy Student Challenge | Explore Your Relationship With News by analyzing their daily “news diets,” changing them to make them better meet their needs, and reflecting on the results. Information HERE. Deadline: Dec. 22, 2017 at 5 a.m.

  • FIRE Free Speech Essay Contest | “Explain in 800-1,000 words why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society.” Open to juniors and seniors. Seven winners will be selected to share in $20,000 in scholarship prize money. More information HERE. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
  • 2018 Drive2Life PSA Contest | Information and entry HERE. Winner: $1,000 plus a trip to New York City. Deadline: February 2, 2018.
  • Quill & Scroll International Gold Key Writing & Blogging Contest | Information and entry TBS. Deadline: February 5, 2018.
  • We the Students Essay Contest, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute | Topic: “To what extent in the U.S. does the government—federal, state, or local—have the duty to monitor Internet content?” Prize: $5,000. Information HERE. Deadline: February 5, 2018.
  • CSMA Colorado Student Journalist of the Year-Greer Scholarship/Benson Scholarship | Information and application TBA. Deadline: February 15, 2018.
  • Society of Professional Journalists/Journalism Education Association 2018 High School Essay Contest | Topic: “Why do we — as consumers of media — need to obtain news from multiple feeds and not just one or two outlets?” Top Prize: $1,000 scholarship. Information HERE. Deadline (postmark): Feb. 23, 2018.
  • Dottie Roberts Foundation Publishing Scholarship | A $5,000 to $18,000/year scholarship to support a college education for young women from Colorado who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to publishing-related careers (there are no restrictions as to the college major). Information flyer: Roberts Publishing Scholarship. Deadline: March 23, 2018.
  • CSMA Best of Colorado | Information and entry form TBA. Deadline: April 10, 2018, at 9:59 p.m.
  • CSMA Photographer of the Year | Information and entry TBA. Deadline: April 15, 2018.
  • CSMA Designer of the Year | Information and entry TBA. Deadline: April 15, 2018.
  • CSMA Reporter of the Year | Information and entry TBA. Deadline: April 15, 2018.
  • CSMA Broadcaster of the Year | Information and entry TBA. Deadline: April 15, 2018.


  • 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.
    • 2017-18 deadline has passed. You missed it!





  • 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.



  • 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 12-15, 2018, San Francisco
  • Nov. 1-4, 2018, Chicago
  • April 25-28, 2019, Anaheim
  • November 21-24, 2019, Washington, D.C.


  • Val Hoeppner’s Apps for Journalists 2017
  • 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 smart phone 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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MV Media BBQ at the beginning of the year.


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