THE BASICS

Any high school journalism student, whose adviser is a member of the Journalism Education Association, is eligible to apply.

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JOY celebrates the work of one high school student per state. State winners are then allowed to compete for the title of national JOY. WHEN The Wyoming deadline is February 15. Wyoming’s winner must submit their national portfolio by March 15.

Your hard work in high school journalism deserves recognition. You deserve to be recognized for the long hours, the crazy deadlines and the camera that was attached to your side throughout high school.

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JOY entrants will create a website outlining their work in 11 categories. Once complete, students will submit their portfolio website HERE.

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Portfolio submissions for this competition align with the Journalism Education Association’s national requirements.  A judge will sort through all of the applications and decide one winner for this year’s contest. The judge rotates to qualified candidates from around the country who have ample experience in scholastic journalism.

WHSSPA will provide a $500 scholarship to the selected JOY student who chooses journalism as a career, and it is funded by the WHSSPA.

The WHSSPA board reserves the right to not award this scholarship if funding is not available or if applications do not meet the instructions/standards communicated on the JEA website

The winner of the WHSSPA competition will move on to the next round in the state where a winning portfolio will be selected to move on to the national competition.

Adviser must be a member of JEA for student to qualify for the scholarship. If the advisor is not a JEA Member,  click here  to become a member, which is $65 a year and offers advisors great resources and curriculum.

Adviser must be a member of JEA for student to qualify for the scholarship. If the advisor is not a JEA Member, click here to become a member, which is $65 a year and offers advisors great resources and curriculum.


Below is the WHSSPA JOY Application form that needs to be completed prior to February 15th, 2020 at 5pm.

The winner of this competition will be named Wyoming High School Journalist of the Year, and his/her portfolio will be sent to the JEA to compete for national high school journalist of the year. 

The WHSSPA and its officers are not responsible for late or misdirected applications.

If you have questions, please contact Jill Miller, WHSSPA President at Jillgrace23@gmail.com or the JEA State Director, Dawn Knudsvig at dknudsvig@shr3panthers.com and Erika Quick, JEA State Director (director elect) at erikaquick@park6.org.

Other Opprotunities

  • The Journalism Education Associations Website offers plenty of awards. Check out their “Awards and Contest” section for both Teachers and Students.

  • Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is a category for each type of publication – online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.The contests are open to any NSPA member publication. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the dates specified on each entry form. View contest rules here.

  • For 93 years, Quill and Scroll has been honoring the best work done by student journalists around the world. We provide students and their advisers with resources to do great work and to have it evaluated. Whether it’s through our stories, our contests, our evaluation service, our scholarships or our pins and graduation paraphernalia, we salute great scholastic journalism at our charter schools. Start or renew your charter today.