Are you the next watchdog reporter?

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is seeking outstanding examples of student investigative journalism for its second annual National Young Watchdog Reporter contest for investigations reported by high school journalists.

The first place winner will win a spot in NECIR’s 2018 Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute at Boston University at the session of their choice ($2,600 value), and have his/her work published on NECIR’s student programs website. The winning student is responsible for travel and any Boston University boarding costs (housing and meal plan), if staying on campus.

Second and third place winners will receive a $600 discount to attend the workshop, and 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.

The contest will be judged by NECIR staff investigators and special guests (stay tuned to find out who).

Contest Guidelines:

Submit your investigations that have been published/broadcast between September 2017 and March 2018. Submissions should include:

  • Student’s name, postal address, email address and phone number
  • High school
  • Graduation year
  • Scan or file 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 300-350 words).

Submissions will be judged based on quality of writing and strength of investigation.

Finalists and award winners will be listed on our website and featured in The Beat, our student newsletter. First, second and third place winners announced on April 20.

Deadline for entries is April 2, 2018. Your submissions will be judged based on quality of writing and strength of your investigation.