Journalism Essay Class for High School Students

January 9, 2012

Judy Stiles
(417) 625-9777
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in this year's Society of Professional Journalists national essay contest. The local SPJ chapter, Southwest Missouri Pro, which is headquartered at Missouri Southern State University, is helping to promote the contest.  

The theme for this year's program is "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?" 

The essay should be 300-500 words and submitted to the national SPJ office with a five dollar entry enclosed.  A sponsoring teacher should sign the entry form. Students winning at the national level will receive a $1000 scholarship for first place, $500 for second and $300 for third place. 

The downloadable entry form and more information is available at .
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.  SPJ is a professional organization that includes broadcast, print and online journalists, journalism educators , and students interested in journalism as a career.