Free Spirit

The deadline is March 1, 2022. Applications should include the completed application, journalistic work, two essays, letters of reference, a high school transcript, and a color headshot photo. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications may be accepted beyond the deadline from select states that have an insufficient number of qualified applicants.

No. Applicants are not required to list SAT or ACT scores, because juniors typically don’t take the exams until spring. However, scores should be supplied if they are available.

Two essays with a maximum of 500 words each must be submitted with the application. First, applicants are invited to share their interest in/passion for journalism; and second, what characteristics make them a “free spirit.”

We require samples of writing, photography, audio, video or other media that were produced for publication or for classroom assignments.

All applicants will be notified by email no later than mid-May.

The 2022 conference will be virtual June 20-23, 2022.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.