Announcing the 2019 Jewish Scholastic Journalism Awards


The Jewish Scholastic Press Association announces the 2019 Annual Jewish Scholastic Journalism Awards, to be presented Jan. 31, 2019, at the organization’s annual Conference and Shabbaton in Los Angeles.

There are nine entry categories, and entry is open to high school students who don’t attend the conference as well as to those who do.

A first-place certificate will be awarded in each category by JSPA.  A Grand Prize in Jewish Scholastic Journalism will then be selected from among the first-place winners.  The winner will be awarded a personal recommendation from the American Jewish Press Association for an internship near the his or her home.

Winning entries will be published on the JSPA website.

Judging is led by Kathleen Neumeyer, a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Journalism Adviser and CSPA Gold Key recipient. Ms. Neumeyer advised the award-winning Harvard-Westlake Chronicle for more than 20 years and has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, as staff writer for United Press International, contributing editor of Los Angeles Magazine, and freelancer for The Economist, the Los Angeles Times and many other national publications.  She is also the author of Moral Uncertainty: Inside the Rodney King Juries.

Click here for contest rules, categories, eligibility and entrance forms.  Entries must be received by Jan.20, 2019.  Click here to see last year’s winners.

For further information, please e-mail Joelle Keene at [email protected]



Category 1: News and feature reporting on Jewish communities, religion, education, institutions, activism, culture, leaders or personalities.

Category 2: News and feature reporting on current events involving Israel

Category 3: News or feature reporting on interreligious or intercultural events

Category 4: Ongoing reporting on Jewish, Israel-related or interreligious/intercultural issues. Ongoing reporting means at least two stories on two different days, covering a story that is evolving with additional facts or occurrences.

Category 5: Opinion: Non-first-person opinion on any Jewish or Israel-related story. This category would encompass unsigned editorials.

Category 6: Opinion: First-person experience regarding Judaism or Israel

Category 7: Photojournalism: Photograph attached to any Jewish or Israel-related story

Category 8: Layout, design or infographic attached to any Jewish or Israel-related story, one page or multiple pages

Category 9: Video reporting of any Jewish or Israel-related story

ELIGIBILITY: Articles must have been published in an ongoing news publication in print or online from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018, by any current high school student.  PLEASE NOTE: Work by June 2018 graduates is not eligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Jan. 20, 2019. Please send entries to JSPA, c/o Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, with this payment worksheet.

SUBMISSION: All entries, including those published on paper only, must be submitted electronically. Entries published online should be entered as URLs on the entry form.  Entries published only in print may be submitted as PDFs or photographs of the print pages.  Entries submitted as text only (in Word or text editing software) will not be considered.

LIMIT: There is a limit of three articles per category per school.

PAYMENT:  Entries are $5 each. JSPA Member Individuals receive the first three entries free. Member Schools receive the first 20 entries free. Payment is by accepted by PayPal only. One payment may cover all applicable entries.