Illinois JEA

IJEA Newspaper & Digital News Media Contest

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(All contest submissions must be made from contest homepage)

Submission Deadline for 2021 Competition:
11:59 p.m. March 15, 2021


About the Contest

To be eligible for the 2021 contest, your students’ work must have been published between March 16, 2020, and March 15, 2021. The eligibility window includes work published on March 16, 2020, or on March 15, 2021.

There is one exception to this eligibility window. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we will again offer a special category: Best COVID-19 Coverage. This category is meant to recognize outstanding student coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on school communities. The eligibility window for entries in this category is from April 1, 2020, to March 15, 2021.

General information about the contest and specific instructions concerning categories and submissions are available at the contest homepage.

Advisers, please note: In order to enter your students’ work in the 2021 contest, you must be a 2020-21 member of IJEA. Membership dues are $25 per year.

To join IJEA, please complete and submit our online membership form OR our PDF form. In either case, mail your $25 membership fee to: Jenn Galloy, IJEA Treasurer, 7405 Kenicott Lane, Plainfield, IL 60586. All necessary payment instructions are included in both the online and PDF membership forms. For more information about IJEA membership, click here.

As a benefit, each member is entitled to waive the $10 contest fee for one of our two publication contests (newspaper and yearbook). So if a member advises just newspaper and enters the contest, then there is no fee. If a member advises both newspaper and yearbook and enters both contests, the member would pay just one of the contest fees.


Contest Winners Since 2010

Congratulations to all of our winning publication staffs and advisers over the years! Our contest is dedicated to recognizing the hard work and dedication you put into telling the stories of your schools. Prior to 2011 this contest was known as the Eastern Illinois High School Press Association Newspaper Contest.


Official site: Illinois Journalism Education Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
IJEA Newspaper & Digital News Media Contest