JSPA Now Accepting Submissions for 2020 Annual Jewish Scholastic Journalism Awards



The Jewish Scholastic Press Association announces the 2019 Annual Jewish Scholastic Journalism Awards, to be presented March 21, 2020, at a special Shabbat luncheon following the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) spring convention.

There are 10 entry categories, and entry is open to high school students who don’t attend the CSPA 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 24 years; and Susan Freudenheim, Executive Director of Jewish World Watch and former Executive Editor of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. 

Click here for contest rules, categories, eligibility and entrance forms.  Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2020.  Click here to see last year’s winners.

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



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

Category 2: Feature reporting on Jewish communities, religion, education, institutions, activism, culture, leaders or personalities.

Category 3: News and feature reporting on current events involving Israel

Category 4: News or feature reporting on interreligious or intercultural events

Category 5: Ongoing reporting on any subject in Category 1, 2, 3 or 4. Ongoing reporting means at least two stories on two different days, covering a story that is evolving with additional facts or occurrences.

Category 6: Opinion: Non-first-person opinion on any Jewish or Israel-related story. This category would encompass unsigned editorials.

Category 7: Opinion: First-person experience regarding Judaism or Israel

Category 8: Photojournalism: Photograph attached to any Jewish or Israel-related story

Category 9: Layout, design or infographic attached to any Jewish or Israel-related story, one page or multiple pages

Category 10: 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, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019, by any current high school student.  PLEASE NOTE: Work by June 2019 graduates is not eligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by March 1, 2020.

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.