News Action Challenge

Deadline: 31 January 2011 (y 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (U.S.))
Open to: high school student members of News Action age 18 and younger
Award: 1st prize: $1,000 ; 2nd prize: $500; reader’s prize: iPad

Hosted by the Student News Action Network, this online competition will run through January, 2011 with winners announced shortly thereafter.

News Action is an online platform bringing together student journalists from secondary schools around the world in a forum that enables them to use new media to address issues of local and global significance in a collaborative, peer-driven environment.  Relevant news stories will be evaluated both on how well the article “grabs” the reader and how well the article describes the current event.  All written contributions to News Action suited to the criteria listed above will be considered for the competition.

Topics can include any appropriate current event or issue, including but not limited to culture, environment, health, education, governance, economics or politics. In seeking to promote and enable more citizen-based journalism, we encourage students to report on current events and breaking news stories in their community – both locally and globally.

Entries will be evaluated upon the following guiding criteria: clarity & coherence, thoroughness, accuracy, persuasiveness, and fairness.


* contributions must be original and composed by high school student members of News Action age 18 and younger
* student journalists around the world who are writing on global and local issues
* authentic student-written content reporting on a relevant topic in fewer than 1,500 words
* contributions are exclusively submitted to News Action and should not be published elsewhere


Entries can be submitted beginning October 2010 with the launch of the new site and will run through the beginning of 2011.


1stPrize: $1,000
2ndPrize: $500
Reader’s Prize: iPad
*votes for the Reader’s Prize will be tallied on the NewsAction site by its members

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