CSJ Covering Activism Award

The Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State is excited to announce the winner of the Covering Student Activism contest. The HiLite of Carmel (Ind.) High School will receive $500 for the school’s media program for “Fired Up,” a Sept. 20, 2019 web package that localizes activism for climate issues.


This award was offered in conjunction with the 15thannual Poynter KSU Ethics Workshop Sept. 19, 2019. “Act. Action. Activism?” explored the challenges journalists face covering activism yet still finding the balance between factual, unbiased reporting and advocacy.


“The HiLite entry definitely represents just what we hoped to see,” said Candace Perkins Bowen, CSJ director. The contest rules called for “powerful storytelling, examples of student journalists using their voices to focus on activism and focuses on problems, issues, grassroots movements, organized movements or individual examples of activism.”


The winning entry was created by Grace Xu, Sophia Hawkins (story); Rhea Acharya (spread design); Jackie Hur, Rhea Acharya, Riley TerBush,Calina He(graphics); and Maddie Kosc (photos). A list of resources at the end of the article also provides links to additional HiLite activism coverage.


The Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State is a national clearinghouse with information for and about student journalists and their advisers, a research center on issues affecting scholastic media, an educator of journalism teachers and an advocate for student press freedom and the First Amendment. It is also the home of the Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism.


For more information, contact Candace Perkins Bowen cbowen@kent.edu.