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Contest awards $1,000 scholarship & cash prizes

Edinboro University seeks entries for annual NWPA High School Journalism Competition


Calling all high school journalists! Students can use their skills in print, broadcast and online journalism to win prizes in Edinboro University’s seventh annual Northwestern Pennsylvania High School Journalism Competition.

The competition is designed to recognize and reward journalistic talent among high school juniors and seniors. It is open to all students in the 11th and 12th grades who have an interest in print, broadcast, online or photojournalism.

“We’ve been sponsoring this competition for many years now, and we’ve always been fortunate to have the support of high school teachers and students around the region,” said Dr. Melissa Gibson, associate professor and competition chairperson. “It’s a way to showcase the talent of high school students who have an interest in communication and media studies.”

Cash prizes, provided by Gazette Newspapers,, WJET-TV, and Fox 66, will be awarded to the top finishers in each category. Winners will receive the following prizes: First-place, $100; Second place, $50; Third place, $25; Fourth place, certificate; and Fifth place, certificate. One “Best in Show” winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Edinboro University.

“Our department is delighted to again recognize outstanding high school journalism. I believe this event is an important indicator of the overall quality of Edinboro University's journalism program and underscores our ongoing efforts in community outreach and student recruitment," said Dr. Tony Peyronel, chair of the Department of Communication & Media Studies.

Each award winner and a guest (guidance counselor, teacher, or parent) will be invited to an awards luncheon on April 12, 2013, that will be held as part of Edinboro University’s annual High School Journalism Day.

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of faculty members from the Edinboro University Communication & Media Studies Department and student staff members from campus media organizations.

High school students can compete in four print journalism categories: news, feature, sports, and opinion; two photo journalism categories: news photo and feature photo; two broadcast journalism categories: broadcast news package and newscast anchor; and one Web publication category.

Students may submit one entry per category. The number of entries per high school is not limited. Two copies of each entry must be received by March 12, 2013.

Send entries to Dr. Melissa Gibson, NWPA High School Journalism Competition Director, Communication and Media Studies Department, 214 Compton Hall, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA 16444.

For more information and entry forms, visit the home page of the University’s Communication & Media Studies Department at