The National Young Watchdog Reporter Award

The National Young Watchdog Reporter Award

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 2017 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop at Boston University at the session of their choice ($2,500 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 $500 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. Deadline for entries is May 5, 2017.

Contest Guidelines:

  • Submit your investigations that have been published/broadcast between January 2016 and April 2017.
  • Email 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).
  • Send your submissions to NECIR Student Programs Manager Ermolande Jean-Simon at with the subject line: 2017 WATCHDOG CONTEST.
  • Submissions will be judged based on quality of writing and strength of investigation.
  • A list of six finalists (student name and school) will be announced on NECIR’s student programs site on May 9, with first, second and third place winners announced on May 11.



New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University seeks to strengthen democracy through producing and preserving investigative reporting in the public interest. Its work appears regularly in the Boston Globe and on WGBH, as well as national news outlets. Its reports have trained hundreds of high school, college students and mid-career journalists through workshops, classes and seminars. Learn more at

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