Stop Cyber Bullying Editorial Contest

Stop Cyber Bullying Editorial Contest

Date

Contest open - deadline to enter is March 6

Location

Harrisburg, PA

Contact

Teresa Shaak

Email

foundation@pa-news.org

Phone

717-703-3003

WRITE A WRONG! High school students can be recognized for their writing.  And, make the digital world safer for everyone.

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation and Pennsylvania’s newspapers along with AT&T are collaborating to host a statewide editorial writing contest to raise awareness about the dangers of cyber bullying.

According to DoSomething.org, about 37 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been bullied online and 30 percent have had it happen more than once. 95 percent of teens in the U.S. are online with a mobile device, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.

Recognizing that online safety is needed for all, this writing contest encourages positive change.  Social media can be productive and helpful.  But, words must be chosen wisely and with respect and compassion.

The “Stop Cyber Bullying” contest is open to all Pennsylvania high school students and offers a $500 prize for the column or editorial that best explains “Why cyber bullying is dangerous and should not be tolerated.” At the judges’ discretion, additional second and third place awards of $200 and $100, respectively, may be presented.  Winners will be announced in early March, and awards will be presented at a luncheon April 8, in conjunction with the Student Keystone Media Awards presentations and the It Can Wait contest winners.

Some Pennsylvania newspapers may host local contests and select winners from their community. Check with your local paper to see if you can enter through them. If not, please submit your entries directly to the PNA Foundation at foundation@pa-news.org.

We are also asking PNA members to hold local contests, with a monetary or other prize of their choosing, to encourage high school students to write a column or editorial about the dangers of cyber bullying.  Thanks to the generous support of AT&T, the PNA Foundation will donate $100 to local winners’ cash prizes for the first 10 PNA member newspapers who contact us about their local “Stop Cyber Bullying” contests.  Entries may also be submitted by individuals from unsponsored areas.

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Hold a “Stop Cyber Bullying” contest

We are asking PNA members to hold local contests, with a monetary or other prize of their choosing, to encourage high school students to write a column or editorial about the dangers of cyber bullying.

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For Students!  Enter the contest for a chance to win $500!

If your local news media company is not holding a contest in your area, we encourage you to enter with the PNA Foundation directly.

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