Are you sharp enough?
Napoleon once said, Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than 1,000 bayonets.
On most campuses, administrators and student leaders fear just one newspaper. Yours.
So in 2016, were looking for the bravest journalist at the fiercest newspaper. The student who...
- Uncovered uncomfortable truths about their school.
- Did so through reporting, not opinion.
- Caught some hell for it.
- Handled that hell with more maturity than those dishing it out.
That student wins $500 cash. No strings and no questions. Theres also a piece of paper suitable for framing, and a winners profile suitable for resume-linking.
What not to do
What we dont want is just as important as what we do. While its stressful getting harassed for flexing your First Amendment rights, lashing out never helps. Dont do these silly things...
- Post mugshots of administrators Photoshopped with devils horns and fangs.
- Tweet insults about the sexual inadequacies of Student Government leaders.
- Write long, whiny screeds about how your feelings are hurt.
The best way to triumph over journalistic adversity is with a wry smile and a big stick. If smile, well hand you the stick. Thus, SMACK doesnt just help you fight the man (or woman), we can get you paid for doing it the right way.
Conversely, too many students crumple in the face of controversy. They figure its safer to do nothing, when actually, theyre more likely to get harassed in the future. Because you know what happens when you dont stand up to a bully.
• Eligibility: Open to any student journalist in the United States, at a public or private school, who overcomes adversity in 2016.
• Deadline to enter: If youre nominating someone, give us a brief outline of the weirdness by Jan. 15, 2017.
• Where to send stuff: Use our contact form. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Got questions? Same places.
• Winner announced: Monday, Feb. 1, 2017.
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