Beyoncé's ten Grammy Award nominations are fine and well, but why not win your own awards? Below is a list of four journalism contests open to full-time student journalists like yourself. Whether you're interested in money, a trip to Japan, or just good resumé fodder, consider entering your best work. Email Prof. McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for help editing your best work and filling out the forms.
• The 2009 David S. Barr Award for Student Journalists
Entries due by January 29, 2010. Submit print or broadcast work that "helped to right a wrong; corrected an injustice; or promoted justice and fairness" published in 2009. See the website for an official application form. The winner will receive $1,500.
• The Roy Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition
Entries due by February 27, 2010. The nine students who win this competition will travel to Japan for nine days next June. Send in a complete entry form, a portfolio of print, photo or broadcast work, a letter of recommendation, a 400 word essay, and a resumé. Complete information and the entry form are on the website.
• Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards
Entries due by January 27, 2010. The SPJ chooses regional winners in print, radio, TV, and online journalism, and those winning entries are forwarded to the national contest. All entries (which can be submitted online) must have been published in 2009, and no students who have
professional non-internship experience may apply. There is a $18 entry fee. See the website above for more specific entry categories and requirements.
• National Press Photographers Association Student Clip Contest
NPPA members ($65 yearly for students) can submit quarterly to this contest. For images taken between September and November, the deadline is Dec. 15, 2009. What's nice about this competition is that the images needn't have been published. The categories are News, Sports, Feature Single, and Feature Multiple (Photo Story).