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About the High School Journalism Competition & Workshops


Each spring, the WVU Reed College of Media hosts the West Virginia University High School Journalism Competition & Workshops, bringing more than 120 high school students from across the state and region to the Morgantown campus for an interactive, hands-on journalism experience.

Co-sponsored by the West Virginia Press Association, this annual event is designed to provide both students and teachers professional skills to enhance their own programs and projects.

Participation in this event is completely free of charge. Participants may choose to submit entries in the competition, enroll in the workshops or both. In addition to student workshops, we also host workshops for teachers and advisors. 

Interested participants must complete the pre-registration form online or return via fax or mail to receive more information about this opportunity. While completing this form does not commit you to participate in the competition or workshops, it does guarantee that you will receive future communications.

What Is the Competition?

The competitive portion of this annual event is designed to provide high school students the opportunity to put their journalistic skills to the test. Students compete in advertising, broadcast news, critical review writing, opinion (editorial) writing, feature layout and design (yearbook), feature writing, newspaper layout and design, news writing, photojournalism, public relations and sports writing.

This single round of competition is judged by our award-winning and nationally recognized faculty. Submission deadline for 2017 will be announced soon!

What Are the Workshops?

The College of Media hosts the workshop portion of the event on WVU’s Downtown Campus in Morgantown each spring. The one-day workshops allow participants to:

Available student and teacher workshops may include:

The workshops are open to all high school students and teachers, regardless of the competition results. However, because of limited space in the classrooms, workshop enrollment will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional information regarding the workshops will be sent to those who register through the Preliminary Entry Form.

What Is the Awards Luncheon?

On the day of the workshops, winners from the competition round will be recognized at an awards luncheon. All competition winners and workshop participants are invited to attend. The meal is free for all participants.

Additional information regarding the dinner will be sent to those who register through the Preliminary Entry Form.

What Can You Do to Prepare?

Mark your calendar when the date is released. Encourage your students to participate. Register. Feel free to reach out and ask questions.

For more information about the High School Journalism Competition & Workshops, please email Gina Dahlia at or Whitney Godwin at

Past Winners