WisJEA

Journalist of the Year

Senior high school journalism students in at least their second year of student media experience may apply. The winner will receive a monetary award (amount to be announced) and be forwarded to the National High School Journalist of the Year Competition, which awards $3,000 for the winner and $850 for runners-up.

Submitting An Application for the 2020-2021 Contest:

Entries must be submitted to the following form by midnight on JANUARY 31, 2021 (be sure to have all required materials together before completing the application):
www.tinyurl.com/wjoyapplication

Deadlines:

JANUARY 31, 2021: The application and all materials must be submitted
FEBRUARY 15, 2021: The winner will be notified and announced
MARCH 15, 2021: Winning entry will be submitted to the national contest

Requirements:

  1. A PDF of an official or unofficial high school TRANSCRIPT or counselor’s statement (including journalism classes taken and current GPA)
  2. A personal RESUME including all positions held in student media as well as any other school or work experiences or awards
  3. A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION from the student’s journalism adviser highlighting his or her journalistic strengths and experiences (should not exceed two pages)
  4. A SELF-ANALYTICAL ESSAY reflecting on his or her journalistic experiences and skills and how they have developed (should not exceed two pages)
  5. An ONLINE PORTFOLIO that includes work examples illustrating your development of at least FIVE of the 11 journalism skills outlined by the Journalism Education Association: Design, Editing, Entrepreneurship, Law and Ethics, Leadership and Team Building, Multimedia Broadcast, News Gathering, News Literacy, Photojournalism, Web and Writing

For your ONLINE PORTFOLIO: Applicant may use any website or program to compile or share (Google Sites provides an easy, free way to present and share such media). Also make sure to provide at least one work example entry to illustrate your work in each category you choose. Each entry should include the following:

  • A copy or representation of or link to what was done (a copy of the story or page design or photo or video, scans of editing or related documents or schoolwork, photos of work being completed, etc.)
  • An explanation of 25-100 words touching on the assignment/work, any difficulties encountered and why is was included

Resources:

Information flyer with explanation and links for sharing:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uS2nPrFCn5kEZrzSiqqru6FE1-iP7hos/view

Full rules:
https://tinyurl.com/wjoyrules

Explanation from the JEA for organizing the categories in your online portfolio:
https://tinyurl.com/joyorganizing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journalist of the Year