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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi (Principle #19)

Try. Fail. Repeat. Success. —Principle #17

Know your why. Why do you do what you do? —Principle #1

Little things matter. Principle #13

Be good at everything. Be great at something. —Principle #7

Take advantage of the opportunities. —Principle#8

Be organized. —Principle #11

“Be EP!C!” —Newt (Principle #16)



  • Korva Coleman Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding youth work in digital media | Youth ages 14-23 are invited to submit entries in the categories of audio, video and online print. To enter, click HERE. Deadline: April 30.
  • The Harvard Crimson 2014 National Journalism Awards | Categories: general news, features, sports and arts, opinion, and overall reporter, along with multimedia such as photo, video, and newspaper design. Deadlines and information HERE.
  • American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative weekly and monthly contests | Weekly Categories; News Writing; Feature Writing; Opinion Writing (opinion, editorials, commentary); Photo (news, feature, sports action/reaction photos, environmental); Video (news stories, feature stories, sports stories, and short documentaries); Multi-media packages (must utilize at least two of the following elements: text, video, photos or infographics). Monthly Categories: Investigative Reporting; Think Globally; Act Locally; Hot Topics. Information, including weekly and monthly deadlines, HERE.
  • Ball State University Journalism Workshops monthly contests | Get feedback and earn rewards all year long! BSUJW is starting monthly contests this October through May. Contests are open to any senior high publication in the country. Categories: Sports Photo; Feature Photo; News Photo; Design; Multimedia; News Story; Sports Story; Feature Story; Opinion/Editorial Story. Entry fee: $3. Information, including the monthly deadline, HERE.
  • I Shot It photography competitions. A variety of contests are offered (entry fee required). All the details HEREDeadline: Rolling (depends on contest entering).
  • 1 for All On Campus: the Liberty Tree Initiative — The Liberty Tree Initiative was designed to build awareness of the First Amendment by granting students $500 to create a program that brings thought-provoking First Amendment programs and speakers to high schools nationwide. Click HERE for more information, including the grant application. Deadline: Rolling (apply anytime).









  • Download a First Amendment poster here.
  • 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.


  • Colorado Public Radio’s Public Insight Network relies on you. Your work, education and life experience, even your hobbies, give you knowledge and insight. As part of our Public Insight Network, your personal experience can inform the reporting that you hear on Colorado Public Radio. For more information and to sign-up, CLICK HERE.
  • Check out NewsNow on ePals, a new journalism website that is encouraging high school students to read and comment on news articles with a critical eye, and, share their written work with us whether it be something they have written for school, in response to one of our “assignments” or an original piece.
  • Teen Voices of Democracy is looking for informed opinions about social and political issues that affect teens, their families and the nation. For more information, click HERE.
  • PBS NewsHour runs a current events website for students called NewsHour Extra. Using the national and international reporting from NewsHour, the site presents news to students in a “clear, fair way that provides more context than other sources.” A feature of the site is called the Student Voices section. Every week, its features a video, a report or an essay from a student ages 13-19. The site welcomes pieces reacting to issues in national or international news, and is especially interested in how students tie the news to their own communities. For more information, visit the website or contact Education Desk Assistant Veronica DeVore at [email protected].
  • Show Off Your Work at NSPA View — Share your outstanding work with fellow student-journalists from across the country. Page designs, photos and graphics can be uploaded to NSPA View, a online gallery of student work. Go here to keep the thumbnails rolling.
  •, the Denver Post’s regional supplement, is looking for teen writers and photographers to create content about school, community and teen issues. Click here to register.
  • Become an iTeen Denver reporter. For more information, click here.
  • Get a little national attention! Submit questions to Time magazine’s “10 Questions” by clicking here.
  • Daniel Pearl’s Legacy Inspires New Global Youth News Service / Worldwide Teen News Service Seeks Aspiring ReportersPEARL World Youth News — an internet-based international student-run news service established by the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN-USA) invites high school students around the world to become certified PEARL reporters.


  • A student membership to the Student Press Law Center is only $15.
  • Become a student member of the Society of News Design —$60 a year with some neat benefits.
  • For Society of Professional Journalists student membership information, click here.




  • Nov. 6-9, 2014, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
  • April 16-20, 2015, Sheraton, Denver
  • Nov. 12-16, 2015, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Orlando
  • April 14-17, 2016, Los Angeles
  • Nov. 10-13, 2016, Indianapolis
  • April 6-9, 2017, Seattle


  • ReThink Colorado | June 9-13 at Rock Canyon High School. Information: TBA. Cost: free! Deadline: TBA. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
  • Jostens 5280 Yearbook Workshop | June 19-21 at Colorado School of Mines. Information HERE. Commuter cost: $215 or free! Deadline: May 23. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
  • Media Now STL | Amp your digital media skills, June 22-25 at Media Now STL on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. Cost: $265 (by April 22); $280 (by June 1); $300 (after June 2). Plus travel and expenses. Classes: Writing— Write better stories more quickly. Intro Web Development– Intro—Create a Website and/or learn WordPress. Advanced Web Development— Take your current website to the next level. Mobile (Smartphone/Tablet) Journalism— Harness the power of your iPhone, iPod, Android, tablet or other smart device. Design: Newspaper— Work to take your newspaper to the next level. Yearbook— Plan a yearbook your students are excited to buy and your staff is excited to produce. Essentials Broadcast/Video— Learn how to tells stories with video and edit it into a great package. In-Studio Broadcast/Video— Learn tips from professionals, learn how to write for video and work in a TV studio. Essentials Photography— Learn how to use a DSLR and take great photos. Feature Photography— Learn tips from professionals and fine tune your portrait taking skills. EIC Editorial Leadership— For the staff’s top leaders, reinvent the way you see your digital newsroom and yourself as a leader in it. Section Editors Editorial Leadership— Learn tools which will help you have a great section and manage your team effectively Click HERE for an informational flyer and HERE for the website. Deadline: April 22 (early) or June 1. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
  • Jostens San Diego National Workshop |July 29- Aug. 1 at the University of San Diego. Click HERE for an informational brochure. Deadline: June 1. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
  • Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp | A special summer program exclusively for high school students interested in sports journalism July 20-Aug. 1 at Arizona State University. Cost: $2,500 (before April 15). Information HERE.


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