Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reporting awards for science, engineering & medicine

Prizes totaling $20,000 are available for excellent reporting in science, engineering, and medicine. Categories include: Book; Magazine/Newspaper; Film/Radio/TV; and Online.

Nomination deadline is April 14. For more info and to apply, click here to visit the website for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative.

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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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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

U.K. student media awards contest

The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, is now accepting entries for its 2010 Student Media Awards.

University students in the United Kingdom can enter a variety of categories: Reporter of the year, writer of the year, photographer of the year, broadcast journalist of the year, digital journalist of the year or publication of the year. Winners will receive internships at the Guardian or a blogging stint at popular music magazine NME.

Deadline to apply is July. Click here for more info.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

$5,000 award for college journalists

College journalists can win up to $5,000 for stories they published for a school publication or website.

The Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award "recognizes excellence in well-sourced news stories or analytical reports in collegiate newspaper, magazine, print or online." First place winner receives $5,000.00, plane ticket to D.C. and one night in hotel for awards ceremony at the National Press Club. Second place gets $2,500 and third place wins $1,000.

Here are the guidelines:

Judges will recognize stories or series of stories that show initiative, original reporting and superior writing skills.Only one entry per person, up to 3 stories per entry. Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2010. Entrants must be undergraduate students, currently enrolled in a college/university in the U.S. Entries must have been published in a print or on-line student publication. Entries should be news stories; commentary or editorials are not eligible. Entries must have been written between April 12, 2009 and April 12, 2010. Stories should be copied from the original publication, onto 8.5 x 11 paper. Enclose a cover letter with entrants' contact information. Must submit 5 copies of entry.

Submit Entries to:
Institute on Political Journalism
Collegiate Awards Contest
1706 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Questions may be directed to Joe Starrs, Director - Institute on Political Journalism, at or (202) 986-0384.

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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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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

$5k prize for college newspaper articles

College journalists can receive recognition and up to $5,000 for stories they've published in the past year.

The Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award "recognizes excellence in collegiate reporting in which the student's work demonstrates an understanding of the basic ideas that support a free society, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech and free-market economic principles."

To be eligible, applicants must be attending a 4-year college/university in the U.S. and must have published their work in a school newspaper (or its website) between March 15, 2008 and March 15, 2009.

First Place comes with a $5,000 prize; Second Place provides $2,500; and Third Place awards $1,000. The awards are sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, a Washington-based educational organization.

Deadline is April 1. Mail a cover letter with your contact info and five copies of your article to: Submit application materials to: Collegiate Awards Committee, 1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009. For more info, visit the official website for the award.

Location: Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Well-paid journalism internship in NYC

How does $10,000, plus a paid summer internship at either Fox News Channel or the New York Post plus free housing in New York City sound?

Awesome, of course. So, apply for the Eric Breindel College and University Journalism Award, which is given annually to an undergraduate student whose work work best reflects "Love of country and its democratic institutions as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism."

Deadline to apply is April 24. For more info, visit the award's official website.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Journalism scholarships for Kansas students

Ten $500 scholarships are being offered to high school seniors and college freshman in Kansas who are majoring in journalism, communications or political science.

The scholarships are being sponsored by the Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials' Association, the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office and Voters News Service.

Deadline to apply is April 3. Applications may be downloaded online.

Location: Kansas

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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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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Scholarships & grants for Adirondack region residents

Journalists and students from the Adirondack region can apply for scholarships and grants worth up to $2,000.

Scholarships totaling $12,000 will be awarded to graduating high school students and college students studying journalism from the Tri-Lakes and Watertown area. Consideration also will be given to professional journalists interested in continuing education or appropriate projects. Grants presently range from $500 to $2,000.

The awards are funded by the Adirondack Community Trust. Deadlines vary. Applications can be downloaded at, or contact scholarship coordinator Andrea Grout at (518) 523-9904 or by e-mail at

Watertown, 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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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

$60K science journalism fellowship for Canadians

A $60,000 science journalism award provides training and writing opportunities overseas for a young Canadian journalist.

The fellowship is being funded by the International Development Research Centre, a Canadian organization aimed at providing research assistance to the Developing World, and Nature, the leading international scientific journal.

The IDRC Nature Science Journalism Award provides travel, living expenses and administrative costs for the winner, who will work in the London, England, office of Nature starting in Spring 2009. The winner will attend the World Conference of Science Journalists in summer 2009, and will also spend between two to four months in one or more developing countries as a science reporter.

"Nature’s editorial team will provide advice, training and support suited to the award winner’s skills and intentions in order to help him or her get everything possible out of the opportunity," the announcement states. "The intention is that the award will lead to a substantial body of work to be published by Nature. This could include work online, in print, in podcasts or all of the above."

Applicants should be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has at least three years experience as an English language journalist either in print, the broadcast media or online.

Applicants will be evaluated according to their current abilities and perceived promise; previous work on scientific topics and a proven interest in development issues will be taken into account. Every candidate should provide samples of his or her work, a CV and a covering letter as well as an outline of particular topics he or she would wish to cover in the field – a proposal, as it were. A clear and compelling plan for the use of reporting time will be rated very highly.

Application deadline is February 20. E-mail Oliver Morton, Chief News and Features Editor of Nature, at with "IDRC Nature Award" in the subject line.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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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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Saturday, January 31, 2009

$5,000 journalism scholarship for H.S. senior

A new $5,000 scholarship is being offered by the National Press Club to a high school senior who wants to pursue a career in journalism.

The Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship is open to all high school seniors, regardless of gender or race. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade average and plan to attend college this year.

Application deadline is March 1. Download an application online.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Journalism scholarship for Idahoans

A $1,500 journalism scholarship is available for graduates of Idaho high schools who have completed at least one year of college.

The Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Idaho Press Club, is for students either majoring in journalism or communications, or working for a college or professional media outlet in addition to their studies. The scholarship money is paid directly to the student’s college or university, to cover student fees, tuition or other expenses.

To apply, students should submit a one-page resume listing their related work experience; an essay of up to 500 words explaining their interest in a journalism or communications career; a copy of their college transcripts through the 2008 fall semester, including grade-point average; and samples of their journalistic work. Print journalists must submit copies of five articles or photographs; radio or television candidates are asked to submit a recording of up to three of their best news stories, up to a maximum length of 15 minutes.

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2009 and sent to: Idaho Press Club, Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 2221, Boise ID 83701-2221.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Awards for reporting on disadvantaged

January 30th is the deadline to apply for the annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

They honor "the outstanding reporting of the lives and strife of disadvantaged people throughout the world. Known as the "Poor People's Pulitzers" within the press arena, these award recipients have brought to light issues spanning from child abuse and juvenile crime to discriminatory banking practices and prejudice against AIDS victims."

Prizes are awarded to high school, college, professional and international journalists for in print, radio, TV, photography and editorial cartoons.

For more information on submitting for the RFK Journalism Awards click here or contact Simone Greggs at (202) 463-7575, ext. 234 or

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Apply by Friday for George Polk Awards

This Friday, January 9, is the deadline to postmark applications for the George Polk Awards.

The prestigious journalism awards are issued annually by Long Island University in Brooklyn. There is no entry fee and all types of journalists -- print, radio, TV, Internet and photojournalists -- are eligible. Journalists do not have to be U.S. citizens and the media outlet does not have to be American, but all entries must be in English

The awards were established in 1949 to memorialize George Polk, a CBS correspondent slain covering the Greek civil war the previous year. They are awarded in various categories, which change annually and may include: Foreign Reporting, Radio Reporting, Photojournalism, Economics Reporting, Business Reporting, Labor Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Political Reporting, Sports Reporting, Legal Reporting, National Reporting, Online Reporting, Magazine Reporting, State Reporting, Education Reporting, Local Reporting and Television Reporting.

To apply, click here.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

$1K awards for stories on women's health research

The Society for Women's Health Research is offering $1,000 awards for media coverage of women's health findings. Deadline is April 4, 2008.

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

$10K prize for journalism about Asia

The Asia Society is offering a $10,000 prize to a writer who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year. The deadline is March 14 to apply for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. For more info on the "Oz Prize," click here.

-Mark Grabowski

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