The Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year competition standards and rubrics align with the Journalism Education Association's Student Journalist of the Year competition. The annual competition is open to senior student journalists and requires the completion of an online portfolio aligned with JEA's curriculum standards.
Please visit the JEA SJOY page for information about preparing a portfolio. Sample portfolios from last year's state winners are posted on JEA's site.
The Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year award was named for Dr. Jane Blystone in 2011, and includes a $500 scholarship for the winner. The Pennsylvania scholarship winner moves on to the national JEA SJOY competition.
Please visit our application page at this link for more information.
Student applicants should have the following materials ready to submit at the time of application:
- Adviser, school, and parent/guardian contact information
- Portfolio website
- Resume (PDF format)
- Transcripts, or counselor statement of classes and grades. Student should be a high school senior and should have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (PDF format)
- Three letters of recommendation from those who know the applicant well and understand the impact of the journalistic experience on the student’s life. No letter should exceed two pages in length. (PDF Format.)
- Action photograph of student involved in student journalism and caption for this photograph
- Self-analytical essay: Students should write with passion and make an impact on the judges because this essay functions as the applicant’s one-on-one interview with the judges. Essay should not exceed two pages in length. (PDF or document format)