EDN reaches out to High School Journalists

This past week, representatives from Earth Day Network were in San Antonio, Texas, at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention to promote the first annual Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards. 

The award competition, which requires students to publish an article in their school paper about healthy and sustainable food choices in the cafeteria, is designed to raise awareness among students, parents, and administrators.  Earth Day Network, along with the UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism, the Edible Schoolyard Project, and critically acclaimed food author Michael Pollan, will be judging entries and awarding six cash prizes of up to $1500.

The convention brought together high school journalists and their faculty advisors from all over the country, and it featured representatives from academia, publishing, print media, and other journalism-related fields.  Earth Day Network was proud to be one of the few nonprofit organizations advocating for students to make a difference in their community through their writing. 

The response to the competition was overwhelmingly positive. And almost all the students we spoke to agreed that their school’s lunches would never be classified as healthy or environmentally sustainable. By providing the students with an avenue to voice their concerns on issues related to school lunch, they’ll not only be educating their peers on the importance of eating healthy, they’ll also be joining a nationwide movement to ensure that every student receives healthy food that’s produced sustainably.

Do you know someone who might be interested in entering the Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards competition?  Make sure you share the details and have them visit www.earthday.org/journalismaward to learn more.  Remember, the deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013!