New Award

New Award for Journalistic Courage Featured in Worldwide Teen Journalism Contest

February 13, 2011

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Youth Journalism International, a Connecticut-based nonprofit, is seeking nominations for courage by young reporters or others in the field of youth journalism.

The new award will be one of many handed out to the world’s most talented young reporters, photographers and cartoonists in the largest journalism contest for young people.

“We’re looking to showcase the great work done by so many young people all over the world,” said Steve Collins, Youth Journalism International’s president.

Eugenia Durante with Bunnell Award trophy 2010

Italy’s Eugenia Durante with her 2010 Bunnell Award trophy

Winners in major categories receive crystal trophies and other prize winners receive custom-made certificates.

The new Courage in Journalism award aims to honor an individual youth journalist, journalism educator or a student newspaper that showed particular courage in pursuing a story despite danger, official roadblocks or other unusual obstacles.

There are a number of categories for entries, including Student Journalist of the Year, Journalism Educator of the Year, The Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary and The Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News.

“Young journalists play an important role telling stories that adults often overlook,” said Jackie Majerus, executive director at YJI. “These awards are a way to celebrate their best work.”

Entries, which must be in English and published between Jan. 1, 2010 and Feb. 1, 2011, are due no later than March 8. Awards will be handed out in May.

Details on how to enter the contest are available under the Contests link at the top of Youth Journalism International’s website at

A complete list of last year’s winners, who hailed from eight countries on four continents, is also available on the website.

Youth 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.

Its students’ work has been featured by The Huffington Post, National Geographic, PBS NewsHour, The Tattoo teen newspaper, Radio Pacifica, Connecticut Public Radio and other news organizations.

For more information, contact Jackie Majerus, YJI’s executive director, or Steve Collins, YJI’s president, at (860) 523-9632 or