CCP launches new award for student journalism

Published on January 12, 2019 by in Features, News


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Attention postsecondary students!

The Canadian Church Press association is launching a new student journalism award with a $250 prize.

The award is open to Canadian postsecondary students of all ages.

The deadline for entries to this new annual award is February 1, 2019.

Entries must be news articles or journalistic essays/opinion writing published during the preceding calendar year. Self-published materials (e.g., on a blog managed by the author of the article) are not eligible. Judges will look for excellence in journalistic reporting, research and writing.

This annual student journalism award is a new category within the larger Canadian Church Press awards, which are judged annually by independent judges with professional experience. Every entry benefits from constructive comments regardless of whether it wins or not. Judges are paid an honorarium.

Winners are normally announced at a spring awards banquet, held as part of the annual CCP convention – which in 2019 will be held in Winnipeg, May 2-3.

Entry process for student articles published by CCP members

If the student article was published by a CCP member publication or website, the staff of that member publisher can enter the student article on behalf of its author, as is done with most other contest entries. Each entry requires a nominal fee (around $12) paid by the member publisher, which goes toward honoraria for judges and related expenses.

Entry process for non-CCP articles

Articles that are published in a periodical or on a website that is not a CCP member can be entered directly by their author, as long as the author is an associate member of the CCP or takes out such a membership as part of the entry application. In the case of the student category, the CCP is waiving the cost of associate membership, normally $30 per year, as well as the entry fee for the first entry. So a student who directly enters one article in the student category can do so for free, and also gains a free one-year membership to the CCP association. If the student wants to enter a second or third article, each of those would incur the usual fee of $12 per entry.

Entry forms will soon be available at

Questions are welcome at

Entrants must reside in Canada, be enrolled at a Canadian postsecondary institution and personally identify as a Christian.

This new award is co-sponsored by Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, and by Love Is Moving, Canada’s Christian youth magazine.

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