CPA Student Awards connect new journalists to the professional realm
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Posted by: Elise Freed-Brown
To nurture the next generation of Catholic journalists, the Catholic Press Association launched the CPA Student Awards for student contributors to collegiate publications.
The CPA Student Awards is an effort of the Young Communicators project, which will increase educational opportunities for students and encourage networking with CPA professionals. The CPA Student Awards gives students a chance to participate in a Catholic-based recognition program. Student journalists also become aware of the standards of the professional world and receive an expert’s assessment of their submissions.
Winners receive an award certificate and are acknowledged in the June issue of the Catholic Journalist and listed in the Catholic Press Awards program at the Catholic Media Conference. The winners are also recognized on the awards website, with their work available to view by the general public.
But the winning students are not the only ones to benefit from the program. Judges for the CPA Student Awards are active CPA members, and they provide critiques for all submissions. All submitters receive their critiques via email after the judging period closes. All participating students will get advice on improving their work from a professional journalist.
In January, CPA ran a pilot program with a few universities. Marla Krause, faculty advisor of The DePaulia at DePaul University, spoke about participating in the awards program: “Recognizing the students for their work and acknowledging the quality of their work is gratifying to me as a teacher. I also am always curious as to what schools similar to DePaul are doing journalistically and the contest gave us an opportunity to explore that.”
Submissions to the pilot program impressed our judges. Matt Schiller of Catholic New York stated, “The reporting, research and writing was not only well done, it was presented in a truly professional way.”
Gretchen Crowe of Our Sunday Visitor judged the Graphic Art and Photography category: “It was inspiring to see the work of the future journalists and to discover their passion for content and design.”
Kristi Anderson of The Visitor: "If the interest they have shown by submitting their work through the Student Awards pilot is any indication of their future interest in being a part of the Catholic press, we have a lot to look forward to in working alongside some of these bright students."
Any student enrolled in an accredited university or college may enter the awards program. The school does not need to be Catholic. All submissions must be in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. All submissions must have been published in the campus newspaper or campus news website in the calendar year 2016.
Professors/advisors may submit work on behalf of their students.
The submission period for the CPA Student Awards runs from September 6, 2016 to February 10, 2017. Eligibility requirements, submission fees, and a list of categories are in the awards packet available for download on the CPA website. For more information, visit the CPA Student Awards webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org.