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Full list of FOX61 Student News Awards nominees

The winners will be announced on June 2

HARTFORD, Conn. — FOX61 News will present its 2020-21 FOX61 Student News Awards in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, June 2 at noon. The program will be hosted by FOX61 News Anchor Keith McGilvery and streamed on the FOX61 News Facebook page.

FOX61 News partners with high schools and middle schools in Connecticut to empower multi-media journalists in grades 6-12 across the state. More than a hundred schools participated in this year’s FOX61 Student News program, with dozens of stories produced on a wide variety of topics. Students produce every aspect of reporting on stories, events and issues affecting their local communities.

Every Friday and Saturday during the school year, we air a story produced by students from a school around the state from middle and high schools that participate in the FOX61 Student News program.

We also hold workshops for teachers and students, on the broadcast industry.

Each year, a panel of judges reviews all the stories submitted to FOX61 from schools across Connecticut. Entries may compete in multiple categories. We nominate the best in each category and then pick the best. 

“The pandemic changed the way students have produced stories for FOX61 Student News this school year, but it has not discouraged our young people from creating incredible content,” said Jon Hitchcock, president and general manager of FOX61/CW20. “We congratulate all participants, teachers and families who helped make this year so special.”

Presenting sponsor Big Y and supporting sponsors the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Load Authority (CHESLA), the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts and the Connecticut Department of Education provide financial and promotional support to FOX61 Student News.

In a challenging year, the students did a great job, and it's always hard to pick the best.

And here are the nominees for the 2020-21 school year.

Check out the links and see the stories that have aired so far. 

Hard news - Given to the best hard news story - $2,500 award

Community Events - Given to the best community news story  - $2,500 award

Big Y - Given to the best student news story that reports on local businesses - $2,000 award

Feature - Given to the best feature news story  - $2,500 award 

CHESLA - Given to the best student news story that reports on education - $1,000 award

Arts - Given to the best student news story that reports on the arts in Connecticut and careers in the arts industry - $1,000 award

  • Silver Spiral Creations is Pretty Handmade Jewelry - Marialyz Rivera, Manuel Cosme, Richard Alexander  ACES Whitney Academy
  • Center Stage Community Theater - Daniella Berry, Marissa Manzo, Ethan Oko, Padin Larkin, Olivia Jansen Shelton Intermediate School
  • Playhouse Sees Bright Future - Peter Carson Dodd Middle School


If you'd like to participate next year, send us an email for more information to studentnews@fox61.com

To see all the Student News stories go here

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