Celebrating the Student Press in Washington state!

SPI Reykdal will make a statement in support of a strong student press in Washington state, as we celebrate four years since Washington’s Student Press Rights “New Voices” bill was signed into law by Gov. Inslee.

A panel of 12 student journalists from schools around the state will then pose questions on topics of concern to their peers.

Student journalists, civics and social studies students are encouraged to attend!

Register student groups of up to 20 using this link.

It’s time to showcase student work as well as get some feedback from critique judges from around the country.

Submit your yearbook, website, newspaper/newsmagazine or broadcast program for critique and/or Emerald Award, which is the highest award presented by WJEA. Submissions must be made by Sept. 20. Emerald Award winners will be announced at J-Day, Nov. 1.

All members of WJEA are eligible to have their student media critiqued. The cost of the critique is $40, payable to the Washington Journalism Education Association. Submission into the critique automatically makes the media eligible for the Emerald Award.

New this year, WJEA is offering a Publication Audit in addition to the critique. This “Super Critique” (which includes submission to Emerald, the standard critique as well as the audit) is open to Washington State publications only and costs $80. Individuals interested in the Super Critique should contact Sandra Coyer ([email protected]).

Publications just wishing to enter the Emerald Award contest need to pay the $30 fee and submit the media the same way as if for critique.

Please follow the links below to enter each publication separately.

Emerald only submission (no critique)

Broadcast critique

Website critique

Yearbook critique

Newspaper/newsmagazine critique


If you are interested in judging/critiquing, please fill out this form. Critique judges are compensated $20 per critique. Yearbook judges, in addition to the compensation, get to keep the books they critique.

Due to the COVID shutdowns, we have delayed the submission deadlines for the Emerald Award and critiques. You MAY pay for and submit them at any time.

Media Submissions: Newspaper, Magazine, Broadcast, and Website = due no later than September 1

Yearbook Submissions: due no later than October 1.

Follow this link to pay for the $40 fee your Emerald Award consideration & Critique.

Post-Workshop Reflection Survey 2014

Please take a few minutes to help us make the WJEA Summer Workshop even better by completing this reflection survey.

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We made the front page of the Western Front!



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Sarah Nichols JEA Vice President 2014 Expert-In-Residence

 Sarah Nichols
JEA Vice President
2014 Expert-In-Residence

We’ve been committing acts of journalism

Here’s a quick overview of some of the work that’s been done at this summer’s workshop.


(a.k.a. Humans of Journalism Camp)



Maestro process with the Digital Photography, Intermediate/Advance Journalistic Writing and Graphic Design Master Sessions. BRAVO!

Special thanks to the subjects of these stories – students at the Marrowstone Music Camp and the WWU Cheer Camp.

Storify this!

Online News Basics student Nick Wahlgren (from Sedro Woolley H.S.) compiled this Twitter feed using Storify – something he learned about from Workshop Expert-in-Residence Sarah Nichols.