Do You Want To Launch A New High School Newspaper?

Posted Friday, November 5, 2021

Are you a New York City public high school teacher or administrator interested in starting a student newspaper at your high school? Registration is open for a free online certificate course taught by Baruch College Journalism Professor Geanne Belton that will begin in February 2022.

This online certificate course will instruct potential high school newspaper advisors on the nuts and bolts of launching a school newspaper. The course, free of charge for NYC public high school teachers, will address creating an online newspaper, brainstorming story ideas, fact-based news reporting, interviewing strategies, journalistic writing, photojournalism, navigating ethical and legal concerns, staff- building, layout, and copy editing. The course will provide certificates of completion for teachers who complete the course assignments and participate in ten course sessions. The 10-session course will take place on Mondays beginning in late October from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. It is open to NYC public high school teachers who have the support of their administrations to launch high school newspapers. Enrollment is limited to 20 high school teachers. To register, please contact Professor Geanne Belton at

Starting a High School Newspaper for Teacher-Advisors

Friday, September 24, 2021

We are pleased to be accepting submissions for 2021’s New York City high school newspaper awards – The Newsies! The competition – which is free of charge – is open to all NYC public high schools.

The entry deadline is October 25, 2021. Submission guidelines are below and also can be reached from the link above and the Navigation Bar at the top of this page.

We very much look forward to seeing and acknowledging the outstanding journalism being produced within New York City’s public high school communities.   

We also are now accepting applications for a new online certificate course we are offering to NYC public high school teachers who wish to launch new newspapers in their high schools. Please click on the “Starting a High School Newspaper for Teacher-Advisors” link above or the tab on the Navigation Bar above for more information.

Because of Covid-19 variants, we will not be holding an in-person 2021-22 conference. Instead, we will have a virtual conference for student journalists and newspaper advisors featuring workshops with journalism educators and practitioners via Zoom in early 2022. We will have our 2021 awards ceremony during the Zoom conference.

Stay safe and healthy! — Professor Geanne Belton

The Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 25, 2021.
  2. Entries must be submitted as PDFs of published pages or as links to online articles or editions.  All entries should be submitted to  Each entry should come as a separate email with the category and high school name as the subject line of the email. The email should begin with the name of your high school and the names of the student(s) who are responsible for the work being submitted. Entries must be sent to In a separate email, also to, please provide a list of all of your school’s entries and your contact information, including your cell phone number with “Entries and the name of your school in the subject line (We will refer to this email as the “list email.”) You will receive a reply to the list email with confirmation that we have received all of your entries. If you don’t receive a reply to your list email within 72-hours of sending all of your entries and the list email, please contact Professor Geanne Belton at with an email with the subject line “Urgent Newsies.” 
  3. There is no entry fee. Free!
  4. Only one entry is permitted per category for each school. If an article is a collaboration, more than one student’s name can be submitted. There is no limit on the number of times an individual student may be nominated in different categories. All entries must have been published in a school newspaper or on a school news website between October 1, 2020 and Sept. 1, 2021.
  5. Please note that by submitting entries to this contest, students are giving permission for their work to be promoted and for any portion or all of their work possibly published online and/or in print through Baruch College and with Baruch partners.
  6. Awards – Awards will be announced in early 2022.
  7. Questions? Contact: Geanne Belton (, cell: 914-522-7882.)
  8. Acknowledgments – This contest is being hosted by the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College and Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. We have received generous support from Baruch College and Baruch’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions, The David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, Google, and The Harnisch Foundation. 

Below are the categories for which we are accepting submissions. Note: submissions that use social media-assisted reporting or rely on data are to be submitted within the subject categories below.

  • School News: Coverage of a school or local community-specific issue with original reporting, including interviews (ideally with three or more sources who are independent of each other.)
  • National/World News with a Local lens: Best of your localized coverage, bringing outside stories home to your school through original reporting, including interviews conducted by student journalists (ideally with three or more sources who are independent of each other.)
  • Features: Soft news and more in-depth articles that fall outside of standard school/community/world news and contain multiple sources obtained through students’ reporting, including interviews conducted by student journalists (ideally with three or more sources who are independent of each other.)
  • Illustration/Comics/Political Cartoon: Showcase your best student artist here
  • Opinion/Editorial Writing: Persuasive commentary on issues relevant to the high school community.
  • Sports: Original reporting of school or local sports teams and events.
  • Photojournalism: A photo that, with its caption, tells its own news or feature story or significantly enhances an accompanying news or feature story
  • Multimedia News Reporting/Broadcast: Includes any video, audio slide shows, interactive graphics, podcasts, etc.
  • Best NYC high school online newspaper edition.  Please provide a link to the edition you would like to nominate and the name of the student editor-in-chief.

Please keep in mind that judging will be based on quality of reporting and writing/illustration/multimedia content. Any fabrication or plagiarism will disqualify an entry. Photo/art submitted with an entry must comply with copyright laws.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Despite the challenges and disruptions presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, New York City’s public high school students continued to produce some exceptional journalism and newspaper illustrations. Everyone involved in getting out a high school newspaper during this past year, including the teacher-advisors who provided education and guidance, deserves special credit and acknowledgment. Congratulations to all of the New York City public high school students and teachers who made the effort this past year under extreme circumstances to gather and publish high school news.

Please navigate to the list of 2020-21 Newsies winners, links to some of the winning entries, and judges’ comments from the 2020-21 Newsies Awards With Judges’ Comments And Bios tab above.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

This academic year’s NYC High School Journalism Conference took place online on Tuesday, January 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seventeen NYC public high schools participated, including more than 120 student journalists, high school newspaper advisors, Baruch College journalism professors, professional writers and editors, and Baruch College student journalists.

The agenda included breakout room activities, plenary discussions, seven journalism workshops, and the Newsies best in NYC public high school journalism awards recognizing outstanding journalism in nine separate categories.

Thank you to all of the student journalists, teachers and workshop leaders for your excellent participation!

Mon. October 12, 2020

We are pleased to have accepted submissions for 2020’s New York City high school newspaper awards – The Newsies! The competition – which is free of charge – was open to all NYC public high schools.

The entry deadline was October 7, 2020.

2020 Entry rules are available here: Entry Rules

Fri. Nov. 8, 2019

Baruch College’s NYC High School Journalism Conference and NEWSIES! Awards took place on November 8, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The 16th annual NYC High School Journalism Conference and Newsies best in NYC public high school competition served more than 30 NYC high schools from all five boroughs.  High school student journalists and teacher-advisors came to Baruch College’s Vertical Campus for a day of  workshops with journalism educators and journalists, a plenary news conference, and the Newsies! awards ceremony.  A continental breakfast and pizza lunch were provided.

First and second place award plaques and trophies were awarded to NEWSIES! winners in eight categories and a large first place plaque was awarded for the best high school newspaper edition.   The hard work of high school newspaper advisors and student journalists was recognized with Baruch College Certificates of Participation for each attending high school.

For further information, please contact Professor Geanne Belton at