Announcing the 2016 NECIR High School Investigative Journalism Contest

The National Young Watchdog Reporter Award

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is seeking outstanding examples of student investigative journalism for its first annual High School Investigative Journalism Contest. The contest, to be judged by NECIR Executive Director Joe Bergantino and NECIR senior reporters, is open until April 15.

The first place winner will win a spot in NECIR’s 2016 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop at the session of their choice, tuition free* ($2,300 value), and have their work published on NECIR’s student programs website. The winner will also be the first annual recipient of The National Young Watchdog Reporter Award.

Second and third place winners will have their investigations published on NECIR’s student programs website as outstanding examples of investigative journalism for other high school journalists to reference. All winners will receive plaques recognizing their accomplishments

Contest Guidelines

  • Articles should have been published between January 2015 and April 2016
  • Submissions should be sent to NECIR Training Manager Jill Saftel at with the subject like “2016 CONTEST SUBMISSION.”
  • Email submissions should include:
    • Student’s name & contact information
    • High school
    • Graduation year
    • Scan of or link to the article being submitted
    • Brief summary including the importance of the investigation in your school or community and the process of reporting and writing the piece (roughly 400-500 words)
  • Submissions will be judged based on quality of writing and strength of investigation.
  • A list of 10 finalists (student name and school) will be announced on NECIR’s student programs site on April 22, with first, second and third place winners announced on April 29.

*The winning student will receive a place at our Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop, tuition free ($2,300 value). The winner will be responsible for travel and any Boston University boarding costs (housing and meal plan) if they will be staying on campus.

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