Thursday, March 18, 2010

Scottish Student Press Awards

University students in Scotland can apply for the annual Scottish Student Press Awards.

Awards will be given in several categories, including news writing, feature writing, sports writing, multimedia, photography and others. The grand prize winner, the Student Journalist of the Year, will receive a four-week internship at the Scotland Herald during the summer of 2010 and a cash prize of £500. Winners of other categories will receive one week internships.

Deadline to apply is April 28. Click here for more details.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Journalism contest for Canadian students

Canadian Living, a 527,000-circulation monthly magazine that covers food, fashion, crafts, health and family advice, is offering Canadian students the chance to get articles published, win scholarships and work as magazine interns.

"If you're currently enrolled full-time in a journalism program at a Canadian college or university, we encourage you to apply today by submitting an application package and your pitch for the perfect Canadian Living feature story," the contest ad states. "Selected entrants will be invited to write and submit their stories in full. The six best pieces will be published nationally in Canadian Living Magazine or on and the writers will be awarded cash prizes. The two grand prize winners will each be awarded $1,500 and a 12-week internship at our Toronto editorial office."

Click here for more info.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Rolling Stone offers $2,500 college journalism prizes

Rolling Stone magazine is accepting entries for its 34th Annual College Journalism Competition until June 15. Winners receive $2,500.

Awards are given to college journalists in various categories: Entertainment Reporting (reporting on popular music, film or television, including artist profiles and interviews), Feature Writing (stylishly written narratives and profiles that illuminate issues and trends), and Essays and Criticism (commentary, including expressions of opinion and humor, on any subject). The editors of Rolling Stone judge the entries.

A $2,500 prize is awarded in each category. Entries must have been published in a college-student newspaper or magazine between June 1, 2008 and May 30, 2009. The entrant must have been enrolled as a full- or part-time student at the time that his or her entry was published. Winners will be announced in a fall issue.

For more info and to apply, visit the official contest website.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Win trip to Africa to cover story for NY Times

This Friday is the deadline for a journalism contest that will give one student the chance to travel to Africa with a New York Times columnist and produce stories and videos for The Times and YouTube.

"The Grand Prize is as follows: a trip with Nick Kristof, a round trip airplane ticket, all trip-related meals, lodging and transportation and other out-of-pocket expense of The New York Timesʼ choosing," the announcement states. "The winner will also have an opportunity to submit for possible publication a regular report on and in The New York Times newspaper. The Total ARV of the prizes is $4,500."

The contest is open to students at American universities - either undergraduates or graduate students - who are 18 years old or over.You can apply either with an essay or with a video, or both.

Application details are available online.

Location: New York, New York

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

UK Student Photographer of the Year contest

United Kingdom students are invited to apply for Fujifilm's Student Photographer of the Year contest.

Here's how it works: Penguin Books is looking for a new image to feature on the cover of Rachel Carson’s  Silent Spring, a highly-acclaimed bestselling book that documented detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds.

Contest entrants must submit a photograph that captures the significance of this book’s subject: the human destruction of our environment. And the image must be shot on Fujifilm Professional film and must fit the book jacket layout. Images must be taken between 1 September 2008 and 28 February 2009.

There's no fee to apply and the deadline is February 28. The winner will receive 200 pounds worth of free film along with the "Student Photographer of the Year" title. Apply online.

London, United Kingdom

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Journalism contest on real estate coverage

You have until February 20 to submit your entry for a journalism contest that awards prize money for the best stories on mortgage finance, foreclosures, commercial and residential real estate, green building, home design and myriad other topics in the broad field of real estate. (Who hasn't written something about that this past year?)

The National Association of Real Estate Editors will award a total of $9,000 for first place winners in 30 categories, including $1,500 for the best overall story and $500 for the best freelance story. There's even a $250 award for young journalists -- “Best Entry by a Young Journalist” recognizes work from individuals 30 years or younger.

Everyone is eligible to apply, although non-NAREE members must pay an entry fee. Entry form is available online.

New York, New York

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Contest: cover World Economic Forum for Wall Street Journal

Midnight on Friday is the deadline to apply for a chance to serve as a "Special Correspondent" for MySpace and the Wall Street Journal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The winner will "be the eyes, ears and mouth to the Global MySpace community" and have his/her MySpace blog syndicated on MySpace and on

To enter the journalism contest, visit and answer one of the following questions via video on MySpaceTV.
  • If you were given the opportunity to take one person (living or historical figure) to Davos in order to make an impact on the conference, who would it be and why?
  • If you could engage the entire MySpace community in doing one thing to help make an economic difference, what would it be?
  • Why do you deserve the chance to attend the World Economic Forum as the MySpace Special Correspondent and how will your participation engage the audience?
All videos are being judged by a panel of experts. The contest ends on January 16 at midnight.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

H.S. journalism contest on safe driving

The Allstate Foundation is offering a $3,500 cash prize to high school students for writing an article about smart driving and having it published in their school paper.

"High school journalists can use their skills to make a difference and create awareness about the No. 1 killer of teens: car crashes," the contest advertisement states.

Deadline for submissions is March 6, 2009.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

$10,000 contest for articles and blog posts is accepting original article and blog submissions for its $10,000 journalism contest.

The rules include: "All submissions must somehow relate to one or more of the following categories: Sex, Entertainment, Drugs, Politics, Science, Weird, Violence, or The Apocalypse. Do not send fiction or poetry. All articles must be written in English. This contest is open to the entire world. Please let us know if you reside outside of the U.S. Do not send us someone else’s work. We will do our very best to publicly shame plagiarists. Include your full legal name. You may use a pseudonym, but we must know your full legal name. Include your article’s title and the section in which it should be published in the subject of the email. Your article must appear in the body of the email. Do not send your article as an attachment. You may send a maximum of 5 submissions. We’ll let you know if we want more."

Entries must be sent between November 12th and December 12th, 2008. Email your submissions to

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Free speech essay contest for students

As part of Free Speech Week, October 20-26, the National Communication Association is sponsoring an essay contest. The winner will receive $100 and the winning essay will be printed in Spectra, the NCA's monthly publication.

Participants must be current college students and members of Lambda Pi Eta or Sigma Chi Eta. The essay topic is outlined below and is due by noon on Monday, October 20, 2008. Submissions should be in emailed to in MS Word format.
"Recently, the University of Illinois issued a policy statement that prohibits faculty and staff from attending political rallies on campus and displaying support for a specific candidate in the form of bumper stickers, buttons and the like. In a 500-750 word essay, argue why this is or is not an infringement on free speech."

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

$20,000 college broadcast journalism contest

Fox News Channel is offering a $20,000 broadcast journalism contest for college juniors and seniors. Moreover, the winners may receive a paid internship or entry-level job at Fox News.

The "Fox News Channel College Challenge" requires teams of two to four students (juniors and seniors only) to research, write, produce and submit an objective broadcast news story selected from a list of provided topics. A panel of journalists from Fox News Channel will judge the entries.

The winning team will share a scholarship of $10,000 and the team's school will receive a matching grant of $10,000. In addition, the winning team and one administrator will be invited to appear on Fox News Channel to talk about the winning entry and their experience.

Members of the winning team, who are juniors, will be eligible for an internship at Fox News Channel. Members of the winning team, who are seniors, will receive an entry-level-job interview at Fox News Channel.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

YouTube offers $10,000 contest for student journalists

YouTube and the Pulitzer Center are holding a contest that allows non-professional, aspiring journalists the chance to tell stories that might not otherwise be covered by traditional media.

The contest, dubbed "Project: Report," consists of three rounds. In each round, reporters will be given an assignment to complete. Each of these assignments gives people an opportunity to report on the important individuals, issues, and communities in their lives that others do not yet know about. You can compete is just one round, although only those who compete in all three will be eligible for the grand prize.

Winners from each round will receive technology prizes from Sony VAIO and Intel, and the grand prize winner will be granted a $10,000 journalism fellowship with the Pulitzer Center to report on a story outside of their home country.

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