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Society of Professional Journalists’ high school essay contest

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Topic: “Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?”

Postmark deadline: March 8, 2012

The Society of Professional Journalists wants to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. National winners of this essay contest receive scholarship awards.

Who is eligible: All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools. Students must submit original work and have a sponsoring teacher sign the contest entry form.

Format: The essay should be 300-500 words and must include an entry form. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be double-spaced.

Where to enter: Send all entries to the Participating Chapter in your state.

If your state has no participating chapter, send your essay entry to:
High School Essay Contest
Society of Professional Journalists
3909 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208

National Awards
First Place: $1,000 scholarship
Second Place: $500 scholarship
Third Place: $300 scholarship

Visit SPJ’s contest website to download the contest entry form