Minnesota Scholastic Journalism

Student Contests

This page will keep updated information on the contests sponsored by JEM and MHSPA. For national contests sponsored by NSPA, please click HERE to visit NSPA’s website.



Apply for the Minnesota Journalist of the Year

State winners will be considered for the national scholarships at the spring convention.

Find directions for the electronic portfolios at the JEA website. Please fill out the Minnesota State Submission form here:


All State Publications (sponsored by JEM)

Due: Mid September (website contest entries due in mid June each year). Click here to apply for the 2014 All-State publications competition

All publications staffs in Minnesota are encouraged to submit their work for this general excellence contest. Each entry will receive a short critique and be recognized at the MHSPA Awards Ceremony at the Minnesota High School Journalism Convention in Minneapolis in the Fall. Applications will be posted when they are available.

Gold Medallions (individual work, sponsored by the MHSPA

Due: June 27, 2014. Click here to apply for Gold Medallions.

All Minnesota high school and junior high school student journalists are eligible for the 2013 Gold Medallion Awards. Entries must be received at MHSPA by June 28 to be eligible. MHSPA recommends that advisers review all entries prior to submission. Winners will be announced at the Minnesota State Journalism Convention in October. Winners will receive award certificates. MHSPA reserves the right to publish winners and submissions on its Web site and in its publications.


North Star Awards (individual honors sponsored by MHSPA)

Due: May 9, 2014. Click here to apply for the North Star Awards.

MHSPA North Star Awards recognize student journalists who have excelled as journalists, leaders and scholars. All inductees will receive a certificate of recognition. A listing of all North Star Award recipients will be published on MHSPA’s website.

Minnesota Journalist of the Year

Please consider having one of your top students apply for the Minnesota Journalist of the Year. The deadline for JOY is at the end of February every year. The winner has his or her portfolio sent on to represent Minnesota at the National High School Journalism Convention in April of each year.  Stay tuned to this website for the 2015 postmark date.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have participated in high school journalism for at least two years.
  • Submit a portfolio.
  • A student of a JEA adviser.

Visit the JEA website at www.jea.org  to read the full set of directions for the portfolios. State Director Laurie Hansen is willing to help a student with portfolios in any way. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship from Journalism Educators of Minnesota, with 2nd and 3rd place awards also being given. Portfolios can be sent to

Laurie Hansen

Stillwater Area High School

5701 Stillwater Blvd. N.

Stillwater, MN 55082


[email protected]




Arts Journalism Day at the Guthrie


The Minnesota High School Press Association and Journalism Educators of Minnesota, in cooperation with the Guthrie Theater, will hold an arts review writing contest in February of each year at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Students selected to participate in this contest will attend and report on a performance of “Tristan and Yseult” by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, tour the Guthrie theater facilities, learn from a professional arts editor/writer and write a review of the performance on deadline.

Interested writers should submit the entry form by the due date, and Twenty-five selected participants will be contacted and given final details concerning the contest.

Each participant must pay a $20 fee to cover the tour and lunch.  Do not mail entry fee with application. Information about where to send payment will be sent to those selected to attend. Advisers may reserve tickets to accompany their selected students.

The winner will have his or her story published on the MHSPA website. Direct questions to Laurie Hansen, event coordinator, at [email protected] or (651) 351-8128.



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Student Contests