Indiana Environmental Reporter to host high school journalism contest

October 15, 2019

The Indiana Environmental Reporter will host a high school journalism contest, inviting students from around the state to submit news features about environmental issues impacting their communities.

Winning stories will be published on the IER website and distributed to news outlets throughout the state.

“At IER, our focus is on educating Hoosiers about environmental issues,” said producer Enrique Saenz. “Hosting a high school journalism contest allows us to encourage young journalists, highlight important issues in communities across the state and promote conversations about the environment.”

The contest will open on Jan. 6, 2020. Students will have six weeks to conduct interviews, write their news features and submit their materials. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2020.

News features should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, include original sources and address a local issue of environmental importance under one of the following categories: Agriculture, Climate & Energy, Government, People or Science. Photographs and other visual elements are encouraged but not required.

Full contest rules will be posted soon on the IER website.

For more information about the contest, please email us at

Indiana Environmental Reporter to host high school journalism contest