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Last call for student journalism contest!!

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

We would like to cordially invite your student publications (print or online) to participate in the Notebook’s 2011 student journalism award competition. Each June we recognize the best work of Philadelphia’s high school newspaper writers and editors.

The postmark and electronic submission deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday May 17, 2011

The student journalism award winners recognized at our annual June event in the past have also received coverage in other local publications, such as the Philadelphia Daily News, the Metro, and the Northeast Times.

To enter, all you have to do is send us one copy of each edition of your school/student newspaper published in the 2010-11 school year. You can send the copies via mail to the address at the bottom of the page, or you can email a link or digital copy to

Each school entering the contest will be offered two free admissions to our 8th annual “Turning the Page for Change” event, which will take place on Tuesday, June 7 at the University of the Arts from 4:30-7:00 p.m. We will have music, art, great food and drink, and a brief ceremony where we honor the student journalist award winners.

Our team of judges reviews all the entries and seeks out examples of outstanding work. Last year’s awardees included students from Nueva Esperanza Academy’s Esperanza Post, Central HS’s The Centralizer, Randolph Technical HS’s Randolph Raptors Newletter, Masterman HS’s Masterman Voices, and Germantown High School Communications Academy’s The Grizzly Gazette.

The winning students will receive prizes, and their publications will also receive an award. The winning students, their parents/guardians, and their journalism advisors all will receive free admission to the event.

Past award categories have included:

  • Excellence in news and sports reporting;
  • opinion writing and editing;
  • coverage of a local issue; and
  • promoting understanding and advocating for justice.

All work that is submitted will be considered, and additional award categories may be created.

Winners will be notified by May 24, 2011.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Dale Mezzacappa at 215-951-0330 x2112 or

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