Waynesburg University will host the third annual John C. Knox Writing Contest Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsored by the Observer Publishing Company, the contest is free and open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in writing or journalism. Students attending public, private or home schools in 14 different Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia counties are eligible to register; the registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 28.
The contest, hosted by the University’s Department of Communication and student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will begin at 9:30 a.m. After a welcome, students will enter a one-hour press conference with a local newsmaker, followed by a two-hour writing period during which participants will craft feature stories about the object of the press conference.
Following the contest, lunch will be provided free of charge in the University dining hall. Optional campus tours will be available after lunch.
Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at the University and coordinator of the event, said he hopes the high school students come out of the contest with an understanding of the Waynesburg experience and an idea of what a career in writing or journalism may be like.
“The most important thing for me about the contest is the way it can serve as an encouragement for high school students who care about writing and have an interest in journalism,” said Szuminsky. “These are increasingly important skill sets, and the contest is one small way to help nurture the next generation of writers and journalists.”
Participating students’ work will be judged by local journalists, members of the University chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and members of the Department of Communication.
A total of $1,000 will be awarded to the contest winners: $500 to the first-place winner, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The first-place winner will also see their story published in the University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.
To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/knox-writing. For more information, contact Szuminsky at 724-852-3247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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