School Membership Application

To be eligible for a Quill and Scroll school membership, your high school must produce a magazine, newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, broadcast program or a website. Also eligible are schools with students who are under the supervision of a local news bureau, radio television station or publication. School membership applications are provided by the international office upon request. A Quill and Scroll school membership is granted for the lifetime of the school and there are no annual dues.

Student Memberships

Membership is open to all media staff members in a member high school. Current student membership prices and ordering information will be provided upon joining. To see if your school is currently chartered check out our Charters page.

Non-member Awards

Several awards are available for outstanding staff members not eligible for Quill and Scroll membership or for use in high schools that are not members. These awards include the sterling silver Creative Writing Award, the Gold Journalism Award, the Publication Award for Magazine, Newspaper or Yearbook Staffs and the Award of Honor Certificates.

The following awards are available for junior high and other non-member students:

  • Creative writing awards (Item N2)
  • Journalism awards (Items N3 and N4)
  • Publication awards (Items N5, N6 and N7)
  • Award of Honor certificates (Items C1 and C2)
  • Testimonial Scrolls (Items C3 and C4)
Non-Member Pin Creative Writing

Contests

Quill and Scroll offers contests to members and non-members to assist students in assessing, practicing and enjoying their journalistic experiences. Participation also bolsters leadership skills while enhancing characteristics considered by colleges and employers in the application process.

Areas of competition include writing, photography, multimedia, graphic arts, yearbook, news publications, websites and blogs.

Evaluations

Media staffs receive a one-of-a-kind evaluation of news publications and production operations in the annual Quill and Scroll News Media Evaluation. Members and non-members can participate in a self-assessment or choose to only receive ratings and overall feedback from evaluators. The self-assessment option, which we recommend, allows staffs to reflect upon areas of their journalistic production, identifying strengths and weaknesses as part of a learning experience. Evaluators consider those reflections and review media content when offering feedback.

News Media Evaluations offer options to address individual publications (newspapers, news magazines, websites) or the multiple media platforms produced by a news staff (websites, newspapers/news magazines, social media, video news programs) to assist students in assessing, practicing and enjoying their journalistic experiences. Participation also bolsters leadership skills while enhancing accomplishments that are considered by colleges and employers in the application process.

Results are returned to schools at the beginning of the new production cycle in the fall.

Quill and Scroll Stylebook: A Guide for Writers and Editors

Magazine & Publications

A twice-annual magazine, a website, books, social media and scholastic journalism resources are produced and made available by Quill and Scroll to members and non-members. Books include a style book, the Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism, Ethics in Action, How to Conduct a High School Poll, and Advertising Survival Kit. Examples of award-winning media from Quill and Scroll contests with comments from judges are available in PowerPoint presentations on CDs. Resources for scholastic journalism research are available on the organization website as are program forms and information.