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Society of Professional Journalists’ 2020 High School Essay Contest Now Open

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has opened its 2020 essay contest for all high school students enrolled in grades 9-12 in a public, private or home school within the United States.

This year’s topic: “During a presidential election cycle, how can local journalism help foster more civil discussion in communities around politics and democracy?”

The goal, says the SPJ Foundation and the Journalism Education Association, is to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives.

National winners of the 300-500 word essay contest receive scholarship awards: $1,000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place and $300 for the Third Place winner.

All students must submit original work.

Submissions must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee and must be postmarked or uploaded by February 21, 2020. Details and how to submit essays can be found here.

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