Youth Journalism International Contest 2019, USA

Publish Date: Jan 22, 2019

Deadline: Feb 02, 2019

2019 Youth Journalism International contest

Since 2010, Youth Journalism International’s annual contest has showcased some of the best teen journalism in the world.

It’s a great opportunity to compete with students across the globe in a wide variety of categories, from news to cartoons. It’s easy to enter, too.

If you’re interested in entering the contest, please start by reading the rules below. Feel free to check out the winners from previous years to get a sense of the kinds of work honored in each the many categories.

About Youth Journalism International

What Youth Journalism International does, in a nutshell, is provide a free education for young people in any country who are interested in journalism, current events and getting to know their peers across the globe. With students in scores of countries, the New England-based nonprofit provides a powerful platform for young people to tell their stories — to hand them a megaphone to speak to the world. It is empowering. It is uplifting. And it is building bridges that span the world, crossing cultural, religious and national divides to create a far-flung family that includes students and alumni reaching all the way back to the organization’s roots in 1994.

Youth Journalism International connects student writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teaches journalism, fosters cross-cultural understanding, and promotes and defends a free youth press.


(amounts are in U.S. dollars:) Entry fees for the contest are $25 each for Student Journalist of the Year and Journalism Educator of the Year. The fee is $20 for the Courage in Journalism Award, Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary and the Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News (see details below). In other categories, fees are $10 for each team entry and $5 for each individual entry. There is no limit to the number of entries one person or publication can submit.


We require that all entries be accessible online. You will need to include a public link to every entry you submit. We are not accepting emailed or paper copies of any entries. If the work was not published online, it can still be entered. Make a pdf of the printed work and upload it to a folder on Google Drive. A photo of the article might also work, but judges must be able to read it. Share the link to that folder on the entry form. It is easy to share a document that way and it ensures access to entries for our judges. Please make it accessible to anyone who has a link. For a few categories — especially the Journalism Educator of the Year and Student Journalist of the Year — you can submit multiple items by putting them in an online folder and then sharing the entire folder with our judges (just provide the link to the folder rather than individual items).

Any journalist age 19 or under in any country who was not working professionally at the time the entry was published can enter. Although entries must have been published online or in print, it is not required for them to have appeared in a school publication. Underground papers, blogs, online papers and other venues for journalism are all acceptable. So, too, are audio and video entries. Judges have the right to move an entry from one category to a more appropriate category and the right not to make an award in any particular category.

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