In the 16
years since it formed in 1994 to teach local teens about journalism, Youth
Journalism International has blossomed into an international organization with
students around the world. Now the group is sponsoring an annual contest to
further its mission of promoting a free youth press.
contest is accepting entries from now until May 7. Young journalists in any
country may enter, provided that they are 19 years old or younger, are writing
in English and are not paid professionals.
contest is just another way for YJI to support young journalists,” said Katie
Jordan of Bristol, Conn., an editor for the organization. “There are a lot of
great young writers out there who deserve to be recognized.”
contest accepts entries in the categories of news, features, reviews, sports,
cartoons and photography.
may also enter samples of work to be considered for the title of Student
Journalist of the Year, or submit an essay nominating a journalism teacher or
advisor for Journalism Educator of the Year.
contest also features two special awards: The Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for
Commentary and The Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News.
Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award will honor an individual who gave voice to an
important issue through opinion writing. The award is a tribute to Bunnell, who
was severely disabled and died at the age of 26 in 2009. Her legacy included a
commitment by those whose lives she touched to focus on that most crucial
question: “What do you think?”
Keegan Award will honor an individual who showed the nose for news exemplified
by longtime newsman Frank Keegan, whose love of journalism and determination
that it has a future helped give birth to Youth Journalism International.
was with us from day one,” said Steve Collins, president of Youth Journalism
International. “We’re glad to have a way to honor him by showcasing some of the
best work that young reporters are doing around the globe.”
students should submit copies of excellent work published online or in print
between Jan. 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. Entries must be postmarked or emailed
by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, May 7, 2010.
fees for the contest are $10 for Student Journalist of the Year and Journalism
Educator of the Year and $5 for both the Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for
Commentary and the Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News. Fees are $6
for each team entry in the news and features categories, and $3 for each
individual entry in news, features, reviews, sports, cartoons and photography
who can’t afford these fees may send a note of explanation with their contest
entry, and YJI will waive the entry fee.
contest entry form and detailed instructions on how to enter can be found online
Journalism International is a recognized 501(c)(3) public charity by the U.S.
Internal Revenue Service. A non-governmental organization, YJI depends on
donations from supporters to continue its important work training the next
generation of journalists.