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Youth journalism contest opens door to multimedia reporting

By Youth Journalism International

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WEST HARTFORD, CT - For the first time, Youth Journalism International’s annual contest for teenage journalists around the world is including categories for multimedia reporting.

“We are seeing more young people than ever producing top quality audio, video and other multimedia stories that deserve recognition and don’t fit traditional newsgathering categories,” said Steve Collins, president of the Connecticut-based nonprofit.

The contest, the largest worldwide for student journalists, showcases the best journalism in English by young reporters, photographers and cartoonists around the world. Last year, it honored winners from 18 countries and 11 U.S. states.

Winners in major categories receive crystal trophies and other prize winners receive custom-made certificates.

There are a number of categories for entries, including Student Journalist of the Year, the Courage in Journalism award, Journalism Educator of the Year, The Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary and The Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News.

The new categories added to this year’s contest are for multimedia news and multimedia features.

“Every year, we are impressed with all the amazing work that young journalists are doing,” said Jackie Majerus, executive director at YJI. “These awards are a way to celebrate the best of it.”

Entries, which must be in English and published in print or online between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012, are due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 8 Awards will be handed out in May.

The contest is open to any journalist aged 19 or under, anywhere in the world. Only work by non-professionals – those who are not paid – is allowed.

Details on how to enter the contest are available under the Contests link at the top of Youth Journalism International’s website at

In an earth-friendly bid to reduce paperwork and ease the administrative hassle, entries can be done entirely online by filling out a form on YJI’s website and submitting work via email. A complete list of winners for the past three years is available on the website as well.

Youth Journalism International is a recognized 501(c)(3) public educational charity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. A non-governmental organization, YJI depends on donations from supporters to continue its important work training the next generation of journalists.

Its students’ work has been featured by The Huffington Post, National Geographic, PBS NewsHour Extra, The Tattoo teen newspaper, Radio Pacifica, Connecticut Public Radio. The Mash and other news organizations.

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