Student Journalism Awards

Announcing the 2021 Student Journalism Award recipients. Learn More

Submissions for 2022 awards will open in late August of 2022.

Until then, review what you need to do to apply for next year by reviewing the information on this page.


Three Awards sponsored by:

One award sponsored by the estate of:
Don Matheson

One award sponsored by the estate of:
Keith Bradbury

This award recognizes Jack Webster and his legacy of insightful, accurate and uncompromising reporting from his more than 40 years of print, radio and television journalism.

One $2,000 award is available to a worthy recipient from each of the following journalism programs in British Columbia:

  • BCIT
  • KPU
  • Langara
  • TRU
  • UBC.

Therefore, up to a total of five awards will be awarded. If there is not a candidate deemed worthy of the award from one of the above noted institutions, then the Foundation reserves the right to award more than one award to another institution’s worthy applicant. The award will be paid directly to each student’s account at their respective post secondary institution.

  • NEW! – An eligible applicant is a student who is enrolled in any year of a post-secondary journalism program at one of B.C.’s journalism schools.
  • Eligible journalism programs: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia.
  • To be considered, a student must be attending the current fall and spring terms and must be a full-time student.
  • A student is also eligible if they already hold a postsecondary degree and is in one of the above programs.
  • One award will be given to a B.C.-born journalism student.

Fill out the online application. You will be asked for the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Phone Number/Email Address
  • Are you a full time student? Yes or No?
  • Name of educational institution
  • Expected graduation year
  • Upload reference letter #1 from someone who explains why they think you should receive this award, including their name, email and phone number
  • Upload reference letter #2 from someone else who explains why they think you should receive this award, including their name, email and phone number
  • Upload two pieces of journalism (published or not) that you have written/created– print/audio/video accepted, audio and video to be no more than 30 minutes each
  • Upload your resume
  • Opportunity to share additional information regarding challenges/obstacles you face that receiving this award would mitigate
  • Upload an essay of not more than 500 words addressing the following questions, not necessarily in this order:
  • What made you chose journalism as a career path?
  • Where do you hope it will lead you?
  • Which journalist’s work do you most admire and why?
  • Without exceeding the word count, feel free to weave in additional points that will demonstrate to the judges your suitability for this award.

Recipients will be announced in October.


Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award paid directly to their post-secondary institution.


One award endowed by the Estate of Don Matheson, a former BC journalist, requires that the student selected be a BC-born student.