Journalism write-off tips for your students

The first time I took students to a journalism write-off in the fall of 2009, only two students attended. Both received awards that day and that encouraged other students to sign up and compete at the spring write-offs. Now, it’s grown to 10 writers (the maximum) and two photographers at the local write-off.

My students have had success at some of these write-offs, getting awards and placing. And then there are times when they come back empty-handed. But that’s ok. The main goal is that they had fun competing and hopefully learned something during the process.

Two of my students who have competed in write-offs a few times at the local, state and national levels, compiled a list of tips to encourage other students to compete. I hope you can share this with your students.

And if you or your students have additional tips, please share the in the comments below.

Here is a list of upcoming Journalism Education Association-associated write-offs in the Los Angeles area:

East Los Angeles – Feb. 28 at Schurr High School Contact: Carrie at

Orange County – Feb. 28 at Fullerton College Contact: Lindsay at

North Los Angeles – March 7 at CSU Northridge Contact: Kim at

South West Los Angeles – March 7 at Redondo Union HS Contact: Mitch at



Celebrate Scholastic Journalism Week

Invite professional journalists to be guest speakers. Tweet about the First Amendment. Thank advertisers and faculty who help or support your publication.

These are just a few of the ways you and your journalism students can celebrate the benefits of scholastic journalism next week during Scholastic Journalism Week. The event, which is Feb. 22 to 28, is an event sponsored by the Journalism Education Association.

This link has many ideas to celebrate this week, recognize the importance of scholastic journalism and promote your publications, too. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SJW2015
Scholastic Journalism Week