Student Journalism: Publication Award

NEHS is proud to work with The Harvard Crimson to provide an opportunity for students to share their journalistic skills with the world. The aim of this competition is to recognize high school students who, through the study and practice of student journalism, have made a significant contribution to their own lives, the lives of others, the school they attend, and the community in which they live via digital or print journalism. We hope that this competition will encourage NEHS Chapters around the world to found a student publication and teachers to incorporate student journalism into their classrooms.


The NEHS-Harvard Crimson Student Publication Award is given to the editorial boards of on-going student-led school-wide journalistic publications produced at schools with active NEHS chapters. The award recognizes quality and style in both writing and presentation.

NEHS will provide first, second, and third place awards in the Student Publication Award:

  • First place: $500
  • Second Place: $400
  • Third Place: $275

The Harvard Crimson will award a summer 2024 internship to the Editor-in-Chief and another member of the editorial team winners of the Student Publication Award.


  1. All members of the publication’s editorial board must be NEHS student members enrolled in a school with an active NEHS chapter.
  2. Only one submission can be made per NEHS chapter.

Submission Requirements

  • Editorial boards should submit one complete edition of their on-going student-led school-wide journalistic publication (magazine or newspaper) by uploading a high-quality PDF document.
  • The publication should have been produced and published, with the permission of school authorities, within the current academic year.
  • Literary magazines, anthologies of creative writing, and yearbooks cannot be submitted to this award. Only journalistic publications will be accepted.

Submission Process

  1. All submissions must be made via the NEHS AwardSpring platform by uploading a PDF document during the spring submission application period.
  2. Applicants must complete demographic data questions prior to submitting their documentation.
  3. Applicants must include a brief history of their publication as well as a group photo and short individual biographies of the editorial team.
  4. Applicants must agree that they are willing to provide a written report and photos detailing the impact the creative process and award has had on them, which can be used by both Harvard Crimson and NEHS to promote this and other competitions in future years, if they receive one of the awards.

Evaluation Process

  1. All submissions will be evaluated by at least two NEHS evaluators.
  2. All submissions will be evaluated against a rubric containing (but not limited to) the following categories:
    1. Quality of Content and style
    2. Format
    3. Organization
    4. Use of journalistic conventions and editing
    5. Presentation