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Call For Entries: YJI’s Annual Worldwide Contest For Teen Journalists Is On Now


Pushkal Shivam of Mumbai, India was named Student Journalist of the Year 

in Youth Journalism International’s 2012 Excellence in Journalism contest.



HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – For the first time, Youth Journalism International’s
annual contest for teenage journalists around the world is including categories
for multimedia reporting.

are seeing more young people than ever producing top quality audio, video and
other multimedia stories that deserve recognition and don’t fit traditional
newsgathering categories,” said Steve Collins, president of the
Connecticut-based nonprofit.
contest, the largest worldwide for student journalists, showcases the best
journalism in English by young reporters, photographers and cartoonists around
the world.

Last year, it honored winners
from 18 countries and 11
U.S. states.
in major categories receive crystal trophies and other prize winners receive
custom-made certificates.
are a number of categories for entries, including Student Journalist of the
Year, the Courage in Journalism award, Journalism Educator of the Year, The
Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary and The Frank Keegan “Take No
Prisoners” Award for News.
new categories added to this year’s contest are for multimedia news and
multimedia features.
year, we are impressed with all the amazing work that young journalists are
doing,” said Jackie Majerus, executive director at YJI. “These awards are a way
to celebrate the best of it.”
which must be in English and published in print or online between Jan. 1, 2012
and Dec. 31, 2012, are due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on
Friday, February 8 Awards will be handed out in May.
contest is open to any journalist aged 19 or under, anywhere in the world. Only
work by non-professionals – those who are not paid – is allowed.
on how to enter the contest are available under the Contests link at the top of
Youth Journalism International’s website at
an earth-friendly bid to reduce paperwork and ease the administrative hassle,
entries can be done entirely online by filling out a form on YJI’s website and
submitting work via email. A complete list of winners for the past three years
is available on the website as well.
Journalism International is a recognized 501(c)(3) public educational charity
by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. A non-governmental organization, YJI
depends on donations from supporters to continue its important work training
the next generation of journalists.
students’ work has been featured by The Huffington Post, National Geographic,
PBS NewsHour Extra, The Tattoo online teen
newspaper, Radio Pacifica, Connecticut Public Radio. The Mash and other news
more information, contact Jackie Majerus, YJI’s executive director, or Steve
Collins, YJI’s president, at (860) 523-9632 or