The award is presented to a high school student journalist or a team of student journalists who showed determination, despite difficulty or resistance, in lawfully exercising First Amendment press rights.
This award may be earned by demonstrating the following criteria: overcoming particularly impactful personal issues; facing a hostile or problematic school administration; or other types of oversight or hindrances.
Recipients of the award will receive a plaque and recognition during the KSPA State Contest opening ceremony and be profiled on the KSPA website.
Past Courage in Journalism Award winners include:
- 2018-19: Grace Altenhofen of Shawnee Mission North High School and Anna Cowden of Blue Valley Northwest High School