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Student Journalism Awards

This program recognizes the outstanding work of students studying writing, graphic design, video, and social media communication. Work created for both print and digital publications is eligible.

Participation in the Student Journalism Awards is an important step in a student’s career. Each entry receives an evaluation by potential employers and working journalists. The program helps students build their resumes and create awareness of their talent.

The CPA announces winning entries names in late-April and mails award certificates in early May. The association announces recipient names during the Catholic Media Conference in June, publishes them in the Awards issue of The Catholic Journalist, and showcases them on the CPA Website.


  • Students enrolled full or part-time in an accredited university or college.
  • Original student work appearing in a recognized college or university publication during the preceding calendar year.
  • Students may enter work on their own, or
  • Professors or advisers may enter work on behalf of a student.

2021 Program

Key Dates

2021 Categories announced: September 1st

Submission Period: October 5th through February 8th

Hard Copy Materials Due: February 10th


Entry Fees

Submissions: $18 per entry

General Excellence: Best Writing - Feature (S06a): One Free Entry


Category Listing

The Student Journalism Awards packet specifies eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and a full category list. 

2021 Student Journalism Awards Packet


Ready to Enter?

The link to the submission site will be available when the program opens.


Congratulations to the 2020 Winners

2020 Student Journalism Award Winning Entries



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