Journalism Competition

The Witmarsum staff meeting

celebrating excellence in high school journalism

High school students and journalism/media clubs are invited to participate in the Bluffton University Journalism Competition. 

Submit your best work before Dec. 11, 2019. Cash prizes will be awarded in several individual categories and for the best overall team.

First, second and third prizes of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded in each individual category at the Jan. 29 award ceremony.

Individual categories

  • Feature story - print, online, audio or video
  • Hard new story - print, online, audio or video
  • Sports story - print or online
  • Opinion piece - print or online
  • News feature photography

Team category

  • Best overall portfolio from a school (minimum of five pieces)
    • $500 to the best overall school/media organization


To compete, submissions must be uploaded before Dec 11, 2019. There is no entry fee. 

Please submit

  • PDF for hard copy print pieces
  • JPG for photos
  • Link to website for online, audio or video files

Prizes will be presented at an awards banquet on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

The Witmarsum, Bluffton's student-driven media website, is hosting this competition.

Competition award ceremony

Participating high school journalism/media clubs and students are invited to campus Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Awards will be presented at that time. Must be present to win.

Bluffton University's student-driven media outlet

The Witmarsum

The Witmarsum is the student-driven media website of Bluffton University,  featuring student-produced news and feature stories.