Cash for College Newspaper Reporters

Anyone who’s ever interned in D.C. will tell you that a little extra cash is always a good thing.  How’s an extra $5,000 sound?  Do I have your attention?  Good.  If you’ve written for your college newspaper in the past year, you could be eligible to enter our annual Robert Novak Excellence in Collegiate Journalism Award contest.

If you’ve written something that display’s good solid reporting skill, all you have to do is: 1) Make five copies of your entry 2) Stick em in the mail and your done. Talk about easy money. 

If your entry takes first place you get a check for $5K, a plane ticket to DC, and one night in a comfy hotel.  That’s not all.  You’ll receive your award at the National Press Club along with award winners from our professional awards program.  The Second Place winner gets $2500 and third place is nothing to sneeze at-$1500.

Last year’s first place winner’s were Aaron Hedge and J. David McSwane, a dynamic duo from Colorado State University. Their reporting for The Rocky Mountain Collegian, helped bring about the resignations of their school’s president and chief of police. During the award ceremony McSwane and Hedge hobnobbed with reporters from the Wall Street Journal and The Seattle Times – winners of the two professional awards.

So what’s the catch? There is none. It’s the biggest no brainer in history.  Send your entries (five copies) to:

Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Awards Committee

1706 New Hampshire Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

Questions may be directed to Joe Starrs, Director – Institute on Political Journalism at or (202) 986-0384

Entry Guidelines:

Judges will recognize stories or series of stories that show initiative, original reporting and superior writing skills.

  • Only one entry per person, up to 3 stories per entry
  • Entries must be postmarked by April 15th  2010
  • Entrants must be undergraduate students, currently enrolled in a college/university in the United States
  • Entries must have been published in a print or on-line student publication
  • Entries should be news stories; commentary or editorials are not eligible
  • Entries must have been written between April 12, 2009 and April 12, 2010
  • Stories should be copied from the original publication, onto 8.5 x 11 paper
  • Enclose a cover letter with entrants’ contact information
  • Must submit 5 copies of each entry

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