Stop Cyberbullying Editorial Contest

Stop Cyberbullying Editorial Contest

Date

Deadline to enter March 26, 2021

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/or video creativity.  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 and video contest to raise awareness about the dangers of cyberbullying.

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 cyberbullying.

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

The “Stop Cyberbullying” contest is open to all Pennsylvania high school students and offers a $500 prize for the written column or editorial video that best explains “Why cyberbullying 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.

Pennsylvania newspapers are invited to 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 or produce a video about the dangers of cyberbullying.  Thanks to the generous support of AT&T, the PNA Foundation will donate $200 to local winners’ cash prizes for the first 10 PNA member newspapers who contact us about their local “Stop Cyberbullying” contests.  Entries may also be submitted by individuals from unsponsored areas.


 

Past Contests

Beginning in 2020, the PNA Foundation has joined with AT&T to host a statewide “Stop Cyberbullying” editorial contest.  PNA member newspapers are invited to host local contests to encourage high school students in their communities to help raise awareness about the dangers of cyberbullying.  A winner is recognized in each participating community and entered into the statewide contest.

Past statewide winners

2020: First place – Jordan Mosinskis, Palisades High School. Read Jordan’s winning entry. Read our Stop Cyberbullying press release.

Alexander Mohler, Midd-West High School, received second place honors while Johnson Yang, Emmaus High School, placed third. (View Mohler’s entry and Yang’s entry.)

Hold a “Stop Cyberbullying” 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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Be sure to check out the details about the It Can Wait Editorial Contest, too!