CMA Student Journalism Awards




This program is for students studying writing, graphic design, video, and social media communication. Work created for both print and digital publications is eligible.

Participation in the Student Journalism Awards is an important step in a student’s career. Each entry receives an evaluation by potential employers and working journalists and helps students build their resumes and create awareness of their talent.

The CMA announces winning entries names in late-April and mails award certificates in early May. The association announces recipient names during the Catholic Media Conference in June, publishes them in the Awards issue of The Catholic Journalist, and showcases them on the CMA Website.


  • Students enrolled full or part-time in an accredited university or college.
  • Original student work appearing in a recognized college or university publication in 2022.
  • Students may enter work on their own, or 
  • Professors or advisers may enter work on behalf of a student.

2023 Program

Key Dates

  • 2023 Categories announced: September 2022 
  • Entry Dates: TBD 

Entry Fees

  • Submissions: $18 per entry
  • General Excellence Category - Best Writing: One Free Entry

Category Listing

The CMA Student Journalism Awards packet specifies eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and a full category list.