Virtual Press Day
This high school news event gives students an opportunity to explore their passion for media. Students may also participate in the Quill Awards.
Discover and Explore your Passion – Annual High School Special Event Series
Long gone are the days when paperboys hit the streets to call attention to breaking news. The media world has since evolved through social media, blogs, radio and TV. At Press Day on Friday, February 18, 2022, we will uncover some tricks of the trade from the craftsmen and women of the media industry, including newspaper and magazine editors, online and newspaper reporters and freelance writers.
The highlight of the event is the presentation of the Quill Awards, featuring 9 categories this year: Best News Article, Best Feature Article, Best Sports Story or Column, Best Opinion Piece (Column or Editorial), Best Visual (Photograph or Artwork), Best Arts Review, Best Layout, Most Outstanding Reporter and Most Outstanding Newspaper (Printed or Online). Find out more about each category! Find out more about each category!
The maximum number of students allowed to participate in Press Day is 20 students per school. The event is free and open to all high school grade levels and will be held virtually this year.
Covering Trauma and Tragedy
Covering traumatic story assignments is often central to a journalist’s job. Even student journalists may be tasked with reporting on things such as death, violence, sexual assault, self-harm, depression and eating disorders. Doing so requires sensitivity. It also requires self-care, as journalists may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from covering traumatic events. Journalists may also be the victims of violence. This year’s Press Day will feature a panel of journalists, journalism professors and mental health experts discussing how student journalists should deal with trauma.
Questions That Will Be Explored and Discussed Include:
- Should you report on traumatic or tragic events? Is it insensitive to do so? Is it newsworthy?
- How should you work with a grieving parent, a survivor of sexual violence, a witness at the scene of a traumatic event?
- How should you approach people, interview them and film them with sensitivity?
- How can journalists take care of themselves while covering trauma? How can they avoid burnout and PTSD?
- What should journalists do if they are threatened or harmed as a result of doing their job?
This year’s keynote speaker will be Bradley Wilson.
Bradley Wilson is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and an associate professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Bradley Wilson received his doctoral degree in public administration with research work in media agenda-setting and local governments. Dr. Wilson is the editor of the national magazine, Communication: Journalism Education Today, for the National Journalism Education Association and managing editor of College Media Review for the College Media Association. In 2020, the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him the David Adams Educator of the Year Award.
Press Day Student Contract
All students must have a signed Press Day Student Contract by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in the event. This form will be provided upon registration.
Quill Awards Competition
To submit work to the Quill Awards competition, please be sure to follow the instructions listed below and click here to download the Quill Awards Competition Submission Form.
Any materials received that are not in accordance to with these guidelines may be disqualified.
- All submissions must be submitted no later than Friday, January 28, 2022.
- Each school may enter up to six categories with a maximum of one entry per category.
- A copy of the Quill Awards Competition Submission Form must be attached to your email submission and labeled.
- To be considered for an award, all submissions must have been produced between February 2021 and January 2022.
- Be sure that all submissions including editorials, layout design and cartoons, have a byline and title as submissions will not be eligible for a Quill Award without this information.
- Students must participate in Press Day to be eligible to receive a Quill Award. All students must attend Press Day with a faculty advisor.
- All submission materials must be emailed to email@example.com.
- Most Outstanding Newspaper (Printed or Online)
- Most Outstanding Reporter
- Best News Article
- Best Feature Article
- Best Sports Story or Column
- Best Opinion Piece (Column or Editorial)
- Best Visual (Photograph or Artwork)
- Best Arts Review
- Best Layout