Illinois JEA

IJEA Newspaper & Digital News Media Contest

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(All contest submissions must be made from contest homepage)

Annual Submission Deadline:
11:59 p.m. March 15 of Current School Year


About the Contest

To be eligible for the 2020 contest, your students’ work must have been published between March 22, 2019, and March 15, 2020. The eligibility window includes work published on March 22, 2019, or on March 15, 2020.

There is one exception to this eligibility window. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are establishing a special one-time category: Best COVID-19 Coverage. This category is meant to recognize outstanding student coverage of the coronavirus and its impact. The eligibility cut-off date for entries in this category is March 30, 2020. Anything published in this category up to and including March 30 will be eligible for judging. The cut-off date for other categories remains March 15, 2020.

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 this contest, you must be a 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: Katie Comeford Fernandez, IJEA Treasurer, 2221 W. Belmont Ave. #204, Chicago, IL 60618. 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.


Previous 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