El País, the most widely-read medium in Spanish, holds an annual student journalism competition.
In groups of up to 30 and led by at least 1 teacher, students must submit a completed newspaper comprising a cover page and 2 to 5 sections of 1 to 2 pages each.
In addition to the prize to the best newspaper overall, awards are given for best reportage, interview, comic strip/illustration, photography, awareness campaign, cultural critique, videoblog and section in English.
Newspapers made up of secondary school students between 4 and 6 years away from graduation compete in a separate category with its own prize.
Success in this competition may substantiate valuable traits such as writing, research, analytical thinking and teamwork and leadership.
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Costs can be expected to be handled by schools
This contest aims to provide students with an introductory experience to the world of journalism and concretely student journalism; no experience is required
Commitment unlikely to exceed 5 hours a week on average
School staff must fill out application form to register; schools will follow own internal procedures in selection of participants