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Each year the Student Journalist of the Year is selected from among the graduating seniors in scholastic journalism programs across the state. Entrants are evaluated by journalism professionals and faculty.

The winner receives the $3,000 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Scholarship from the N.C. Press Foundation and is eligible to submit a portfolio to compete for scholarships in the national Journalism Education Association High School Journalist of the Year contest.

Three alternates in the North Carolina contest will each receive $1,000 scholarships from the N.C. Press Foundation.

High school seniors who have been involved with journalism for at least two years and have at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a portfolio as well as an entry form, transcript, self evaluation of one’s “journalistic life” and letters of recommendation.

Visit to learn more and apply.

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Regional Workshop

Journalism advisers and students from across the state are invited to attend an N.C. Scholastic Media Association Virtual Fall Workshop. Join us Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to NoonThe workshop will be co-hosted with universities and newspapers around the state.

Cost is $50 per 25 people on staff. Registration form for the workshop is now available online. Deadline to register is Oct. 25.

All students attending our 2021 Virtual Fall Workshop must read and acknowledge the Code of Conduct and have their parents/guardians read and acknowledge sign the Release Form. Both forms are online.

Field Trip Days

We are excited to announce Journalism Field Trip Day opportunities specifically for high school journalism students and staffs.

Advisers and students may contact the listed faculty member of each university to sign up. Staffs may choose from any of these North Carolina universities:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • NC Central University
  • Queens University
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC-Chapel Hill