New Jersey High School Media Challenge


This Year’s Theme: “Communicating Inequality”



Win a $250 Prize for Your Entry in One of Two Challenges!


Challenge 1: Tell a Visual Story about Inequality in 30 Seconds

How good a visual storyteller are you?  Can you communicate a powerful, meaningful message in only 30 seconds?  Now, you can test your skills against other high school students from across the state.  What are we looking for?  Creative, compelling stories that highlight the concept of inequality as it exists in our world.  They can be either fiction or non-fiction. And, of course, they have to be 30 seconds.  Are you up for the challenge?

Top Prize: $250 Lauren D. Fraser Award

TO ENTER THE VIDEO CHALLENGE: You must obtain signed permission for all participants who appear on-camera in your video. Download and complete the permission form for children (under 18) or the form for adults (over 18). Create your 30-second video, post it to YouTube, and, finally, email the link to:, along with your name, email address, phone number, the name of your high school, and a scanned copy of the permission form.  You may also mail your signed permission forms to:

High School Media Challenge
School of Communication and Media
Morehead Hall 
Montclair, NJ 07043


Challenge 2: Write a Feature News Story (500—750 words) that Addresses Inequality

Can you put your journalism skills to work to bring real-life issues of inequality to light?  We are looking for well-written, well-researched, and captivating news stories that inform the public about inequality—in your community, across the state of New Jersey, around the world, or even in your own school.  Your feature article can either be written for your high school newspaper (or other journalism venue), or it can be original unpublished work.

Top Prize: $250 New Jersey Business and Industry Magazine Award

TO ENTER THE JOURNALISM CHALLENGE: Save the full text of your article as a Word file, and email it to, along with your name, email address, phone number, and the name of your high school.  Please check to make sure that the article is between 500 and 750 words.


A team of industry professionals and faculty will select the winners for both challenges by April 24.  The winners and their families will be notified by email, and invited to the campus to receive their award on May 6.