Youth Journalism International Contest Opens to Teenagers


YJI-300pxTeenagers from around the world are invited to submit entries for the Youth Journalism International’s annual contest that seeks to beam the spotlight some of the exceptional journalism done by students across the globe.

It is open to journalist aged 19 years or below in any country who was not working professionally at the time the entry was published. The contest accepts underground papers, blogs, online papers and other venues for journalism including audio and video entries.

The contest is open in several categories and teachers, students or other third parties may make nominations; self-nominations are acceptable, though letters of support are especially encouraged in the Student Journalist of the Year, Courage in Journalism and Journalism Educator of the Year categories.

Open to student reporters, cartoonists and photographers, it is yet another way to showcase the voices of the next generation and this year, the student journalism contest will recognize outstanding work published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

To participate, applicants must share the links to their works online or upload it in a google drive and share the link. Paper copy or email entries will not be accepted. The form through which applicants can submit their entries can be accessed at

Entry fees for the contest are $25 each for Student Journalist of the Year and Journalism Educator of the Year and $20 for the Courage in Journalism Award, Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary and the Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News. In other categories, fees are $10 for each team entry and $5 for each individual entry. There is no limit to the number of entries one person or publication can submit.

First place winners in each category will receive a beautiful crystal trophy.

The contest rules and categories are available at

Deadline for submission of entries is February 8, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.