The Student Voice Awards

Each year JLI celebrates excellent student journalism with the Student Voice Awards. Stories published in The Student Voice, Black Student Magazine, or produced through our Effective Communicators partner school sites are considered. As our programs have expanded across the nation, this year’s celebration won’t be an in-person event, but available to view on demand.

Please read the Award Categories and Eligibility sections below before submitting student work for consideration.

Award Categories

Student Categories
Social Impact Award acknowledges student work that has illuminated an important or overlooked issue in the community.
Commentary Award recognizes student work that employed research and critical thinking to effectively examine a topic or issue of relevance to the community
Multimedia Award recognizes outstanding visual or audio storytelling (photo, video, audio, interactive, or immersive). Outstanding visual stories are those that demonstrate technical, stylistic, and journalistic excellence.
Educator Categories
Emerging Leader recognizes an educator new to JLI who models exceptional teaching of Journalistic Learning practices.
Outstanding Mentor recognizes a mentor whose efforts have helped students find their voices and express themselves effectively (2 recipients).
Distinguished Educator recognizes educators who have made a significant impact to the field of teaching and have furthered the principles and methods of Journalistic Learning. To be considered for this award, a teacher must have worked with an embedded JLI Educator in a classroom, been a JLI Educator Fellow, or completed a JLI professional development course or workshop.
Work must have been published to The Student Voice, Black Student Magazine, or produced through one of our Effective Communicators partner school sites between April 2, 2023 and April 1, 2024.
Students must be enrolled in a public, private, or charter middle school or high school in the United States or U.S. territories.
Work published during this year’s eligibility period (April 2, 2023 through April 1, 2024) will not be considered for future Student Voice award competitions.
Each winner will only receive one Student Voice award per competition period.
Each story is only eligible for one award category. Stories will not be considered for an award in more than one category.
Judging Criteria
The Student Voice Awards recognizes students whose work stands out as exceptional. Work published in The Student Voice and Black Student Magazine are reviewed and edited by a panel of college journalists to ensure it meets our quality standards, making all Student Voice content eligible for an award.
Work produced through our Effective Communicators partner school sites are also reviewed for quality; stories that meet our quality standards are eligible for The Student Voice Awards and may also be republished to The Student Voice digital news site.
A panel of judges will select category winners in early April. Winners will have their award presented to them over Zoom by one or more of the judges. Awards will be sent to recipients by mail.
Awards & Acknowledgement
The winner of each category will receive an engraved Student Voice Award acknowledging their achievement. Awards will be delivered to winners by mail. If you receive a Student Voice Award, one of our staff will contact you to obtain your mailing address.
In addition to the engraved award, each winner will receive a $100 Amazon eGift card. Gift cards will be sent to recipients by email.
Winners will also be acknowledged in writing on The Student Voice website and announced during The Student Voice Awards virtual showcase near the end of April 2024.

Student Voice Awards 2023

Student Voice Awards 2022

Thank You to Our 2024 Student Voice Awards Sponsors and Partners

We encourage you to support the businesses that have been generous in their support of youth learning programs.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Directory of Philanthropy and Partnerships, Glenda Gordon:


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