Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Rules and Entry Form


Santa Clara University
Communication Department
High School Journalism Competition
http://jcontest.blogspot.com
The competition honors exceptional work by high school journalists covering news, features and sports.
Competition Rules
Deadline: June 9, 2014
For stories completed May 2013 — May 2014
LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Entry Requirements
• Applicants must be full-time high school students during the 2013-2014 academic year.
• One entry per person.
• Stories should be written by one author; multiple bylines are not accepted.
• Print entries must include the original tear sheets of the story, packaged as neatly as possible, plus two photocopies.
• Online stories must include three copies of the story printed from the web and include the URL for the story on each copy.
• A copy of the official entry form must be attached to all copies of the entry; the form may be photocopied.
• Email entries with attachments are not accepted.
• Editorials, reviews, and personal essays are not accepted. All stories should include original reporting and research.
• Stories must be at least 200 words in length.
• No more than ten total stories from each high school.
Awards
• A 1st Place Award will be presented in each of the three categories: News, Features, and Sports.
• At the discretion of the Review Committee, an honorable mention may be awarded.
• The Review Committee reserves the right not to present an award.


Entry Form

Deadline: June 9, 2014
For stories completed May 2013 — May 2014
Name:
Address:
Telephone:
Email:
High School Name:
High School Address:
Journalism Teacher/Advisor (If Applicable):
Journalism Teacher/Adviser Telephone:
Journalism Teacher/Adviser Email:
Name of Publication:
Title of Entry:
Category (Check One):             News                         Feature                        Sports
Date of Publication:
• Print entries must include the original tear sheets of the story, packaged as neatly as possible, plus two photocopies.
• Online stories must include three hard copies of the story printed from the web and include the URL for the story on each copy.
• A copy of this entry form must be attached to all tearsheets and copies of the entry; this form may be photocopied.
• Email entries with attachments are not accepted.
Send materials to:
High School Journalism Competition
Communication Department
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition Winners Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition

News Story
First Place
Vijay Edupuganti
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Kara Tambellini
"The Few. The Proud. The Pained."

Edupuganti, writing for Blowfish, an online student publication, explores the mental health challenges faced by war veterans and profiles the healthcare workers trying to provide care and outreach in this compelling story.
Second Place (Tie)
Laura Darken
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Teaching to the Test”

Second Place (Tie)
Julia Raven
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Bridging the Academic Gap”

Feature Story
First Place
Natalie Lerner
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Alana Kaholokula
"Sex in the City Schools"

Lerner describes the evolution of sex education in Portland schools in a heavily reported and well-written story that appeared in Blowfish.

Second Place (Tie)
Anna Hardcastle
North Shore Hebrew Academy High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: April Zabinksy
“R.I.P. Amanda Todd”

Second Place (Tie)
Chloe Cheng
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Things to Know Before You Go: College Myths Exposed”

Second Place (Tie)
Lauren Gabrio
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Robin Schauffler
"A Room for Mercy"


Sports Story
First Place
John Truong
San Gabriel High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Jennifer Kim
"Team Rituals and Cheers Increase Overall Confidence"

Writing in The Matador, Truong describes pre-game sports rituals with great detail and insight.

Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition. Critiques for all entries will be emailed to journalism advisers.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winners from Oregon Episcopal School


Seniors Sam and Miranda from the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland won first-place awards in the 2012 Santa Clara University High School Journalism Competition. Both submitted projects they had done as part of the Literary Journalism Project in junior English classes with teachers Kara Tambellini and Rick Rees (at right). Sam won first place in sports writing for his article titled "Chump Car Racing: Real Racing, Real Tracks, Real Cheap Cars." Miranda received first place in news writing for "Shelving Books? The Fate of Independent Bookstores and the Printed Word." The stories were published in the Upper School's online newspaper, the Blophish, and can be read there by clicking the links above.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

2012 Winners Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition.


News Story
First Place
Miranda Roethler
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Kara Tambellini
"Shelving Books"



Roethler, writing for Blowfish, an online student publication, examined the fate of independent bookstores and the printed word in the age of digital publishing. Judge Jeremy Herb, a reporter for The Hill, commented: "The author is clearly a talented writer and has a style that's both sophisticated and easy to read."


Feature Story
First Place
Camille Gacoscos
Jefferson High School
Daly City, CA
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Susan Sutton Callahan

"Holocaust Survivor Shares Painful Past"



In Tom-Tom, the Jefferson High student newspaper, Gacoscos movingly detailed the life of George J. Elbaum and his struggle for survival during World War II. Judge Mick Normington called it a "compelling story that captured a compelling life."




Sports Story
First Place
Sam LeFeber
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Kara Tambellini
"Real Racing, Real Tracks, Real Drivers, Real Cheap Cars"


LeFeber describes the world of amateur auto racing in a fast-paced story that appeared in Blowfish. Judge Max Garrone praised the story's "incredible and compelling" use of quotes, and the author's ability to capture the racing scene.



Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition. Critiques for all entries will be emailed to journalism advisers.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Deadline is May 4th

Just a reminder that the deadline for the 2012 contest is May 4th. Please have your entries postmarked by that date. The entry form can be downloaded from the tab above or the link in the right-hand column.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition.


News Story
First Place
Maru Arellano
Jefferson High School
Daly City, CA
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Susan Sutton Callahan
"Citizenship dreams dissipate with end of DREAM Act"

Arellano, writing for the Tom-Tom student newspaper, chronicled the failure of an immigration reform bill to pass the Senate. Judge Jeremy Herb, a Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, wrote: "Very nice reporting that explains and localizes a national issue."



Feature Story
First Place
Jamie Brown
Jefferson High School
Daly City, CA
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Susan Sutton Callahan

"Ocular enthusiasts go gaga over new contacts"


Brown explored the latest Lady Gaga-inspired fashion trend for the Tom-Tom student newspaper. Judge Katie Powers, a freelance journalist, praised Brown's "strong voice" in a story that was "engaging, crisp and fun to read."

Honorable Mention
Olivia Ly
KIPP San Jose Collegiate
San Jose, CA
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Keely Sweeny Gabbert
"Samantha Alberto on Call of Duty"





Sports Story
First Place
Clarence Ramirez
Jefferson High School
Daly City, CA
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Susan Sutton Callahan

"Softball season strikes out"

Ramirez reveals the real reason there will be no softball played at Jefferson High this year. Judge Max Garrone, an online media consultant, wrote: "Excellent quotes reflect your strong reporting in this story."





Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition. Critiques for all entries will be mailed to journalism advisers.