High School Journalism Competition

About the High School Journalism Competition & Workshops

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High School Journalism Competition Each spring, the WVU Reed College of Media hosts the West Virginia University High School Journalism Competition & Workshops, bringing more than 100 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.

There are some exciting changes this year, including:

  • Our name: We are now the Reed College of Media!
  • An awards luncheon: This replaces the dinner and includes a keynote speaker and a chance to chat with some of our faculty members.
  • A teachers-only workshop: Journalism teachers can learn about changes in the industry, particularly regarding social media and alternative publishing options.
  • Electronic competition entries: We will accept competition materials via email (for writing categories only).
  • Email correspondence: Instead of killing many, many trees, we will send all information and packet materials via email.

This year’s High School Journalism Competition awards luncheon and one-day workshops are scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015. Mark your calendars now!

Interested participants must complete the online Pre-registration Form to receive more information about this opportunity. Just click the “Register Now” button. The form must be completed and submitted by Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 to participate in this year’s event. 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 is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

What Are the Workshops?

The College of Media hosts the workshop portion of the event on WVU’s Downtown Campus in Morgantown on Friday, April 10, 2015. The one-day workshops allow participants to:


  • Work one-on-one with nationally recognized and award-winning faculty and communications professionals.
  • Gain practical experience that can be applied to their high school newspapers, yearbooks or broadcasts.
  • Learn innovative practices, share meaningful experiences and develop new relationships with faculty, media professionals and other student journalists.
  • Add to their resumes or college portfolios.
  • Visit the WVU college radio station and college newspaper.
  • Experience life on the campus of a major university.


Available student and teacher workshops may include:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast News
  • Feature Layout & Design (Yearbook)
  • Feature Reporting & Writing
  • Newspaper Layout & Design
  • News Reporting & Writing
  • Opinion (Editorial) Writing
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations
  • Smart Phone Photojournalism
  • Sports Writing
  • Teachers-only session

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 evening of Friday, April 10, 2015, 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. Encourage your students to participate. And register today.

Those who register online will receive an information booklet via email in December with additional details about the competition and workshops and specific directions on submitting entries.

For more information about the High School Journalism Competition & Workshops, please email april.johnston@mail.wvu.edu.



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