Newsletter Fall 2020

COVID-19 to be a focus of fall contest

When you show how issues that affect people in your state, your country or around the world also affect people in your own school community, that’s localizing.

This fall, a special focus of the contest is on how COVID-19 has had an impact on members of school communities that scholastic journalists cover.

In addition to COVID-19 coverage, localized reporting on other newsworthy topics is also welcome.

How to enter

To enter the fall 2020 contest, please send the broadcast or published work with the entry form and fee. Entries must have been published or broadcast by December 31, 2020.

Submissions can be artwork, blogs, charts, columns, diagrams, documentaries, editorials, essays, fiction, news or feature stories, podcasts, single photos or photo illustrations, photo essays, poetry, PSAs, special pages, special sections, slide shows or spreads.

For print media please send complete page, unmounted tear sheet on which entry appears.

Yearbooks please send either a PDF printout or photocopy of the pages from your 2020 book, tape a filled out copy of the entry form in the print PDF of Vol. 25, No. 3 to the upper right corner of the back of EACH entry.

Broadcasts please send DVD.

Put the web link to each online entry on the entry form.

Entry fee: NONE for NESPA members; $3 per entry for non-members.

Use the temporary address to send in entries to New England Scholastic Press Association.

Send them to Helen F. Smith, NESPA executive director, 130 Washington St., Newton, MA 02458

Deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. 

Winners will be notified by April 1, and results will be announced during the annual spring conference.

In addition, the winners will be announced in the summer issue of NESPA News.
 For an updated list of 200 topics to localize, please see NESPA News, Fall, 2020 on this site.

NESPA 2021 dates to note 

  • Friday, Jan 8, 2021: Localizing contest entries due. Nominations  for the Robert Baram Award and other individual honors also due. 
  • Friday, April 9: Annual publication and production contest deadline.
Details in the next newsletter. 
  • Friday, May 7: New England Scholastic Press
Association’s annual conference, which may feature a virtual presentation.
  • Friday, June 11: Yearbook contest deadline. Registration deadline for workshop for faculty on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.
  • Monday, June 21-Wednesday, June 23: Workshop on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.

For details and procedures on membership, registration, professional
award nominations and contest entry forms, please download the Fall, 2020 edition of NESPA News on this site.


Membership fee is $50 for each school entering publication and/or broadcast units. This change is to encourage more scholastic media including magazines and yearbooks to participate.

For more information on joining NESPA and entering contests, please see Spring, 2020 newsletter on this website.

Submit to Contests

  • To submit a web address for an entry in the Publication and Production and Special Achievements Contests, click here. Deadline: October 9. Although the deadline for receipt of material was extended, the entries themselves must have been published or broadcast between March 29, 2019 and April 4, 2020. Deadline for receipt of 2020 yearbook entries Friday, Jan. 8
  • To submit a web address for an entry in the Publications and Production Contests, click here. Deadline: October 9, 2020.
  • To submit a web address for an entry to the COVID-19/Localizing Contest, click here. Deadline for receipt of COVID-19/Localizing Contest entries Friday, Jan. 8