Deadline approaching for student journalism awards

Each year, The Signal recognizes the achievements and hard work of dozens of local journalism students. Here's a few of the 2017 recipients from West Ranch High School. Photo by Katherine Lotze

The Signal is gearing up for its annual journalism awards ceremony and asking for student submissions.

Each year, The Signal hosts the event, in partnership with the William S. Hart Union High School District, to recognize student achievement in broadcast and print journalism.

The awards honor student achievement in categories such as Best Feature — Print, Best News Photography and Best Feature — Video, in addition to several others. (For a copy of the submission form, visit

“We’ve been doing this with The Signal for the last few years, and it’s always such a great recognition of our students and their hard work in journalism,” said Dave Caldwell, spokesman for the Hart District. “The recognition they receive is validation for their hard work.”

Signal Editor Tim Whyte said awards programs like this are valuable to help encourage young students who may be the next generation of journalists.

“This is an exciting, changing profession, and as the modern media environment continues to evolve there will be a need for people who are not only comfortable with technology, but also are natural storytellers,” Whyte said. “Students who are comfortable not only with the written word but also with multimedia storytelling tools and technologies will be poised for success.”

The deadline to submit work for consideration is May 15. The ceremony is scheduled Friday, May 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Valencia High School.

Anyone who’d like more information about the submission process or upcoming award ceremony can contact Signal Managing Editor Perry Smith at 661-287-5599.

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