MKL

Public Relations

NATIONAL STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION TIMELINE

JANUARY 20

Invite newspapers to support student voices speaking for freedom of the press

FEBRUARY 17

Press release and call-for-entries templates sent to participating newspapers

FEBRUARY 24

Call-for-entries posted in participating newspapers

APRIL 20

Participating newspapers begin judging their local entries

MAY 25

Newspaper judging concludes

Winning essays submitted to xxxxxxx

JUNE 1

National and local announcement of winners (become semi-finalists)
(Announcement/press release templates sent to participating newspapers)

JUNE 8

Semi-finalist judging

JUNE 15

Semi-finalist judging of the winning essays at the local level

JULY 20

Announce semi-finalist winners

JULY 27

Begin judging finalists

AUGUST 24

Announce winners except for overall winner to be determined by highest ranking among the three categories.

All winners announced at 2020 Fall Lecture, “In Praise of Independent Journalism,” sponsored by the McCarthey Family Foundation