JSPA Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Annual Jewish Scholastic Journalism Awards

The Jewish Scholastic Press Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Annual Jewish Scholastic Journalism Awards, to be presented via Live Webcast in late April. More details to be announced next month.

This year there are 11 entry categories, including a special category for news and feature reporting on COVID-19.  Stories entered in this category should focus on either the science, spread or religious implications of the disease.  Opinion, ongoing news, photos, layout and video stories related to the pandemic should be entered in Categories 5-10.

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.

Please be careful to follow journalism best practices, and do not submit first-person or opinion articles in the news and feature categories.

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, former Executive Editor of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and former Executive Director of Jewish World Watch.

Click here for contest rules, categories, eligibility and entrance forms.  Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021.  Click here to see last year’s winners.

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

2021 JEWISH SCHOLASTIC JOURNALISM AWARDS

CONTEST CATEGORIES

Category 1: News reporting on Jewish communities, religion, education, institutions, activism, culture, leaders or personalities. NOTE: First-person and/or opinion articles will not be accepted in this category.

Category 1A: News, feature, audio (podcast) or video reporting on COVID-19 in Jewish communities, religion, education, institutions, activism, culture, leaders or personalities. NOTE: First-person and/or opinion articles will not be accepted in this category.

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. NOTE: First-person and/or opinion articles will not be accepted in this category.

Category 4: News or feature reporting on interreligious or intercultural events. NOTE: First-person and/or opinion articles will not be accepted in this category.

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. NOTE: First-person and/or opinion articles will not be accepted in this category.

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 or podcast 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, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by March 31, 2021.

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 five 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. To become a JSPA member, click here. For questions about JSPA membership, contact us at [email protected]

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST.