Science and Agricultural Journalism Writing Contest for Young Journalists

$1,000 Scholarship Offered to Winner in Each Category

Open to all High School Seniors


Category 1
Science and Environmental Journalism
What is the most important science or environmental frontier of today and what is the role of journalists in communicating this to society?

Category 2
Food Journalism
How do the foods you grew up with reflect the culture of your family, heritage and/or community?

Category 3
Agricultural Journalism
What role will agricultural journalists play in solving the problems of food insecurity, both in the United States and abroad?

Our Writing Contest

Select the category you are most interested in (Science and Environment, Food, or Agriculture) and write an essay focused on the official topic for that category.

Essays should be three to four pages in length, 12-point Times, double spaced and stapled. Please put your name and email address in the top right corner of each page.

Deadline for entries: Must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15, 2016.

Mail three copies of your essay, along with a signed entry form that verifies that your essay is your own, original work, to this address:

Sharon Wood-Turley
Science and Agricultural Journalism Program Chair
112 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Winners will be notified by Dec. 30, 2016. Scholarship is dependent upon acceptance into the University of Missouri fall semester 2017 with a declared major in Science and Agricultural Journalism.

About our Program

Consumer interest has never been greater in topics such as:

  • Food production
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Water quality
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Food safety
  • Local foods

The Science and Agricultural Journalism Program teaches students how to communicate (using traditional and new media) about issues that affect people's everyday lives. The degree is offered in partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism.

Our program is designed for students who see themselves on the forefront of reporting about the food system or the environment, and every topic that falls under those big categories — if this appeals to you, the MU Science and Agricultural Journalism degree program could be the perfect fit.

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