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UIL Journalism Contests

The UIL sponsors five journalism contests - News Writing (45 minutes), Feature Writing (60 minutes), Editorial Writing (45 minutes), Headline Writing (30 minutes) and Copy Editing (15 minutes). Students compete at the district level, and then the top three places advance to regionals. From regionals, the top three places advance to state competition. The UIL journalism program has seen increased participation in recent years. Many contests winners have gone on to excel as professional journalists.


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2018 Cen-Tex News Prompt

2018 Cen-Tex Feature Prompt

2018 Cen-Tex Editorial Prompt

2018 Cen-Tex Headline Prompt

2018 Cen-Tex Headline Answer Sheet

2018 Cen-Tex Copy Editing Contest

2019 Cen-Tex News Prompt

2019 Cen-Tex Feature Prompt

2019 Cen-Tex Editorial Prompt

2019 Cen-Tex Headline Prompt

2019 Cen-Tex Headline Answer Sheet

2019 Cen-Tex Copy Editing Contest


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