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PitchIt! Student essay contest
PitchIt! Student essay contests happening in Colorado, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania
Student voices are catalysts for positive change in schools and communities. You can empower them to be well-informed and civically engaged when you participate in the News Literacy Project’s PitchIt! contest.
This is an authentic way to get middle and high school students to learn about and express their thoughts about current events from a news literacy perspective. In addition to exploring an issue important to them, they can help combat misinformation or work to protect freedom of the press.
Created by NLP news literacy ambassador Monica Valdes in 2020 for Miami-area teachers, the contest has expanded to all of Florida, Colorado, New York and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
To have your students participate in PitchIt! and get the most out of it, use NLP’s free resources and curriculum guides. You choose the top essays from your class to submit for judging and prizes.
The submission deadline is April 17, 2023!
For contest rules and details, follow the links below:
- Florida: Click here for details.
- Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Click here for details.
- Colorado: Click here for details.
- New York: Click here for details.
Not in one of these regions? NLP encourages you to contact your local news literacy ambassador or our staff (email@example.com) and adapt our contest rules to create a contest for your learning community.
Curious to what participating teachers had to say?
“PitchIt! utilizes news literacy curriculum to broaden the understanding of how media influences all of us every day. Students then analyze and learn for themselves the power of using information with and without bias. I highly recommend facilitating part or all of the curriculum in classrooms across the board in Social Studies, English, Science, and more. It shows students that language, facts, and biases impact us comprehensively.”
— Renee A. Cantave, iWrite magnet educator, Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Miami, Florida
“PitchIt! was a great experience for my students. Not only did it raise awareness among them regarding the importance of good writing and of an important current issue in our community, the culminating event gave contest winners a chance to verbally express their positions, while receiving important feedback.”
— Rolando Alvarez, Coral Way K-8 Center, Miami, Florida
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