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CSJ contest for activism coverage

The Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State is happy to announce another contest – this one for high school student media programs anywhere in the U.S. The top entry will earn $500 for the school’s media program.

This award is offered in conjunction with the 15th annual Poynter KSU Ethics Workshop Sept. 19, 2019. “Act. Action. Activism?” explored the challenges journalists face covering activism yet still finding the balance between factual, unbiased reporting and advocacy.

  • For our award, we’re looking for powerful storytelling, examples of student journalists using their voices to focus on activism that supports societal challenges and injustices. Storytelling can focus on problems, issues, grassroots movements, organized movements or individual examples of activism.
  • These are not opinion pieces but news or news feature coverage. They can be print, web, video, other digital options.
  • Entries must show the student-related context, not a global look at the issue – for instance, not what is happening to melting glaciers in Greenland with information from National Geographic, but how local teens have a campaign to deal with recycling cafeteria waste.

Entries must have been published/aired in the 2018 – 2019 or 2019-2020 school year and submitted through our online portal by 11:59 p.m. ET March 1, 2020. Only one entry per school should be submitted. Team submissions must include a concise explanation of the role and contributions of each team member. The results will be announced in April at Kent State University.

To see video of panels and speakers at the September workshop, particularly the keynote with two advisers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, scroll to the bottom of the workshop main page. Also of interest might be lesson plans related to covering activism in student media, available for download, also near the bottom of the page. Simply input your email and you’ll receive the three plans. Questions? Email Candace Perkins Bowen cbowen@kent.edu

Day-of Contest Winners 2013

Justine DeFrancesco, an early education major at Kent State, helps Dorothy Myer rake her yard. Myer was appreciative of the service, "I recently became acquainted with Justine and she offered to help me with my yard," said Myer. "I really do need help these days and she is doing a wonderful job." (photo by Sam Barton, Kettering Fairmont)

Justine DeFrancesco, an early education major at Kent State, helps Dorothy Myer rake her yard. Myer was appreciative of the service, “I recently became acquainted with Justine and she offered to help me with my yard,” said Myer. “I really do need help these days and she is doing a wonderful job.” (First place photo by Sam Barton, Kettering Fairmont High School)

News:

1st Sophia Li from Lakota East

2nd Bobbie Strickland from Centerburg

3rd Claire O’Neill from Rutherford B. Hayes

Interview:

1st Alexa Chryssovergis from Lakota East

2nd Alexandra Miller from North Canton Hoover

3rd Lindsay Wolford from Rutherford B. Hayes

HM Rachel Danner from GlenOak

Commentary:

1st Josh Shi from Lakota East

2nd Alex Ressa from Rutherford B. Hayes

3rd Melissa Layton from Centerburg

HM Hannah Rocco from North Canton Hoover

Newspaper Design:

PARTY TIME ON EAST MAIN. Many of Kent State's various fraternities and sororities are located on E. Main St. They are well known for throwing large parties that can often get out of control and leave the yards covered in litter. (photo by Sean Daughtery, Solon High School)

PARTY TIME ON EAST MAIN. Many of Kent State’s various fraternities and sororities are located on E. Main St. They are well known for throwing large parties that can often get out of control and leave the yards covered in litter. (Second place photo by Sean Daughtery, Solon High School)

1st Austin Gallogly from Centerburg

2nd Kody Keckler from Solon

3rd Emily Chao from Lakota East

HM Jen Foreman from Rutherford B. Hayes

Yearbook Design:

1st Hannah Miller and Megan Boderschats from GlenOak

2nd Nugeen Aftab and Jack Dombrowsi from Lakota East

3rd Brooke Porter and Maddie Cline from Centerburg

Newsmagazine Design:

1st Natasha Rausch from Lakota East

2nd Avery McGrail from Rutherford B. Hayes

Broadcast:

1st Jonah Yonkers, Kaitlin Lange, Angela Ferguson, and Ifram Ibrahim from Lakota East

2nd Reece Kotaka, Tara Grace, Eric Whited, and Monique Martinez from Rutherford B. Hayes

3rd Reed Hensel, Hayden Hatcher, Lindsay Mapes, and Allyson Kramer from Centerburg

Photography:

1st Sam Barton from Kettering Fairmont

2nd Sean Daughtery from Solon

3rd Lauren Weidinger from Revere