WPM Contest is open
Submit entries in 34 categories for the 2021 Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest
The 2021 Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest is now open for entries! This year we are offering 34 category contests, including four new categories:
- Climate and Environment Story
- Pandemic Coverage, Single Story
- Pandemic Coverage, Package or Series of Stories
- Sports Event Story
You can view a description of all 34 categories here.
In order to be eligible to submit your work, you must be a high school student and the piece must have been published, broadcast or run by a student media entity or professional news publication between Feb. 1, 2020 and Feb. 1, 2021. Yearbook spreads may be submitted if they fall within those parameters.
For the fourth consecutive year, WPM is completely digital — this means all entries must be accompanied by a link to the entry material that is shareable and viewable for our judges.
To enter, first click on this link to visit the School Entry Form. That form is filled out by someone representing the school or professional organization and can account for payment for entries. Once finished, press “Submit.” The form will automatically redirect you to the Student Entry Form where you will be able to submit entries.
Payment may be made by credit card, check or purchase order. Visit our website to learn more about completing each option.
The final entry deadline is February 5, but it is never too early to send in your entries!
THE SOURCE’ WPM series
Interviews with six Quill and Scroll judges, provide advice for entering contests
Have you been keeping up with our podcast series? This school year, we focused on providing you with the information you need to succeed in our contests as well as improve your journalistic skills. We’ve featured:
- Lyle Muller, former editor of The Cedar Rapids Gazette and current editor for Politifact Iowa
- Jann Nyfeller, music journalist and record shop owner
- Fred Wickman, journalist and former college journalism advisor
- Liz Martin, head photojournalist for The Cedar Rapids Gazette
- Trevor Ivan, Youngstown State University journalism instructor and former contest director for the National Scholastic Press Association
- Erica Hernandez, CNN digital producer and Quill and Scroll advisory board member
In our latest interview, host Sylvia Clubb sits down with CNN digital producer and Quill and Scroll Advisory Board member Erica Hernandez to discuss covering the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting your skills to multiple genres of journalism and setting the news agenda for your specific audience. Erica will serve as a pandemic coverage judge for our Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest.
All interviews are focused on improving your writing and photography skills with tips and advice provided by professional and accredited journalists. We still have interviews coming – stay tuned! Until then, make sure you’ve listened to our six judges!
Quill and Scroll student board establishes online discussion board for student editors
The Quill and Scroll Student Advisory Board is working on a project that will produce a monthly newsletter and a discord chat for editors to use, so they can give and receive help, tips and ideas from other editors.
If you are an editor at a yearbook or news publication or broadcast news entity, sign up on this Google Form to be a part of the discussion. If you’re an adviser, forward it to your editors, be they editors-in-chief, section editors, photo editors or any leader on your staff.
We would like our network to really encompass and connect as many editors as we can. Thank you so much for your time!
Induction season is here
It’s time to honor seniors and induct members
It’s that time of the year when Quill and Scroll chapters should be nudging their advisers to think about honoring seniors and inducting new members — be they sophomores, juniors or seniors — into our international journalism honor society.
We’re able to take and fulfill orders, even as Quill and Scroll staff work from both our home offices and our offices at the Adler Journalism Building on the University of Iowa campus.
We published this update in late 2020. It is still valid and includes a simplified order form for schools and advisers willing to pay via credit card, and an offer to host an online induction ceremony for your students. The sooner you induct new members, the sooner they’ll be able start planning chapter activities in the spirit of Quill and Scroll. Here’s a link to a PDF file of the Q&S Chapter Handbook if you don’t already have it.
A reminder about cords:
Students MUST HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE INDUCTED into the Society to earn the honor to wear an Honor Cord (GHC) or Honor Cord with Insignia (GCI). If you order cords for non-members, please choose the Non-Member Cord Option (NCD). Quill and Scroll exists because of the special unifying bond brought about by membership and the lasting legacy of the induction ceremony.
And, as always, feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions.