Sponsoring Institution: Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Type: Journalism Essay Contest

Eligibility: All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools within the United States.
Students must submit original work to this journalism essay contest.
The essay for this journalism essay contest should be 300-500 words. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be double-spaced.
The entry fee for this journalism essay contest is $5 per essay — to be paid by check or credit card (When the application isn’t open, it is unclear if and how credit card payments are secured, but we are assuming there is a secure method for credit card payments in place once the application is open)
Winners will not receive additional compensation for publication of their work.

Application Deadline: Applications open in November and typically close in February for this Journalism Essay contest.

Highlight: Are you aspiring to be a future journalist, travelling to all kinds of places and writing the stories of the world or even just a person aspiring to explore the world? Does the thought of investigating and informing the people around you spark a part of your brain that nothing else does? Well, the SPJ/JEA high school journalism essay contest for grades 9-12 hosts an annual competition on the topic of journalism giving you the chance to win a range of scholarship prizes if you score in the top 3. In just 300-500 words you could win between $300-$1000 in scholarship prizes that could help you to pursue your future plans as well as giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in research and communication to be able to communicate your thoughts on the essay topic given. It is said that “Journalism is the first rough draft of history” so why not enter this journalism essay competition and start your first rough draft of history. With entries opening at the beginning of November and closing in mid-February each year, this journalism essay competition gives you around 4 months to write an essay that could help you to investigate something you have never thought of before and help you take that small step forward towards being a developed you! So start moving towards your future (whether this be in journalism or not) and enter this journalism essay contest today!

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