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Mark of Excellence Awards

High school journalists play an important role in their communities.  From developing important skills to tackling controversial issues, the annual Mark of Excellence Competition recognizes budding journalists for their talent and hard work.

The 2020 Kentucky Mark of Excellence Competition, sponsored by the Western Kentucky University School of Media, rewards the outstanding efforts of high school journalists throughout the region.  We urge high school newspaper, magazine, yearbook, website and broadcasting advisers to enter their staffers in one or more categories described in the contest rules.

All entries must be submitted online using the links below. This will save your school on postage and eliminate delays in mail handling. There are separate entry forms for newspaper/magazine/online categories, broadcasting categories, and the most valuable staffer categories.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Please read the contest rules carefully; any entries not received by the deadline, or that do not meet the requirements will be disqualified without notice. You will receive an email confirmation when your entry has been successfully submitted.                          

If you have any questions please contact Sam Oldenburg at samual.oldenburg@wku.edu or 270-745-3055.

Winners will be announced on this web page by Friday, April 23.


Contest Rules and Categories


Past Winners

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

2017 (Excel Spreadsheet)

2018 (Excel Spreadsheet)

Sam Oldenburg, KHSMI Coordinator | samual.oldenburg@wku.edu | 270-745-3055

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 Last Modified 2/15/21