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Post Seeks Prep Journalists with the Most

By T.C. Cameron

Nominations have opened for The Washington Post’s Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP). The program seeks to recognize the best work and other significant achievements of D.C.-area high school journalists and journalism advisers.

The Washington Post’s Jaye Linnen says all high school journalists and advisers that meet the award criteria and/or are eligible to be nominated are encouraged to apply. The nomination period runs through April 19 at 5 p.m.

A selection committee, made up of reporters from The Washington Post, YJDP mentors and Washington area journalism advisers, will review nomination packets and select four award recipients. Along with a personalized award, winners will receive automatic acceptance into select 2013-14 YJDP programs, mentoring opportunities with Post reporters and will be featured in an ad to run in The Post.

Winners will be announced the week of May 6. The four categories are:

Emerging Young Journalist: High school sophomores who demonstrate an aptitude for high school or community journalism are eligible.
Young Journalist Leadership: High school juniors or seniors who exhibit excellence in journalism and/or have made solid contributions to high school or community journalism are eligible.
Inspire Award: Presented to a journalism adviser with less than five years’ experience who has demonstrated dedication to promoting interest in high school journalism and has inspired fellow journalism advisers and students.
Mentoring Excellence: Presented to an adviser with more than five years’ experience who has demonstrated dedication to promoting interest in high school journalism and has inspired fellow journalism advisers and students.

Complete nomination guidelines and forms can be found here. Email Jaye Linnen or call 202-334-4917 for more information. You can also visit www.washingtonpost.com/youngjournalists or join YJDP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaPo.YJDP.
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