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HSPA Foundation to award two scholarships

The Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Foundation will award two $1,500 scholarships this year to future print journalists in partnership with the Indiana High School Press Association’s Indiana Student Journalist of the Year competition.

One scholarship goes for the best portfolio from a small school (less than 2,000 students) and the other to the best entry from a large one (more than 2,001 enrollment).

Journalist of the Year state winners compete in the Journalism Education Association’s national contest where more scholarships – $5,000 and $2,000 – will be given.

Students should send portfolios to Diana Hadley, 101 Branigin Blvd., Franklin College, Franklin, IN 46131 by the postmark deadline of Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Those who apply should go to the JEA website at www.jea.org/ awards/journalist.html to download additional information and the entry form.

Last year’s state winner, Victoria Ison from Bloomington High School North, won the national honor as well.

To qualify, applicants must:

·        Be a graduating high school senior;

·        Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;

·        Have participated in high school journalism at least two years;

·        Submit a portfolio;

·        Be a state winner;

·        Be a student of a JEA adviser (Can be arranged at the state level)

Portfolio checklist:

·        The official entry: www.jea.org/awards/PDFs/joyapplication.pdf;

·        A self-analytical evaluation of your “journalistic life,” using your most creative form.

·        An action photo of you doing something journalistic – interviewing someone, taking a photograph, designing a page, doing a broadcast standup or talking to your staff. Winners’ photos may be used in JEA publications.

·        An official copy of your transcript.

·        Three or four letters of recommendation from your adviser, other teachers who know your leadership and journalistic abilities, and practitioners with whom you have worked. A letter from the principal is desirable, but not absolutely necessary.

·        Samples of your work carefully selected to show your quality and diversity of reporting, writing, photography, design, broadcast, online media, etc.

·        A self-addressed, padded, stamped envelope large enough to hold your portfolio, if you want it returned.