Foodprints for the Future

Journalism Contests

The Scoop & The Scoop High School: Foodprints For the Future Journalism Contests

Young people have become the leaders in the fight against climate change. Greta Thunberg, Jamie Margolin, Isra Hirsi and others are paving the way for youth voices in the media and the environmental movement. You can be a leader, too!

Earth Day Network presents The Scoop Journalism Contest and invites you to submit an original essay, podcast or video reflecting on the following prompt:

The prompt

The world is starting to recognize the serious negative impacts of our food system on our planet, particularly those caused by intensive animal agriculture. How does climate change impact your community? What role do our food choices have in creating solutions to climate change?


Each competition will have three categories to choose from: essay, video or podcast. Each contestant may only submit to one of the three categories. There will be one winner for each of the three categories for both The Scoop and The Scoop High School competitions, with a total of six winners.

Each winner and a guardian or guest will receive a trip to Washington, DC that includes transportation and lodging to participate in Earth Day 2020 activities on the National Mall on Saturday, April 25th, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This includes backstage passes to the anniversary concert on the Mall.

By submitting an entry to this contest, all entrants agree to our official rules.

Who can enter?

The Scoop: Individual students ages 18-25 who are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program located within the United States.

The Scoop High School: Individual students currently enrolled in an accredited high school (grades 9-12) or equivalent GED program located within the United States.

How to apply?

In essay, podcast or video form, tell your story using the above prompt.

Specific instructions for original essay, podcast and video submissions:

Essay submissions must be between 600 – 800 words. All references must be cited in the document. Citations will not be included in word count.

Podcast and Video submissions must be between 3 – 6 minutes in length. In the body of your email submission, please include a brief explanation of your piece in 50-200 words.

The following file types will be accepted:

Essay:            .docx or .pdf
Video:            .mp4 or .mov (or link to a Youtube upload)
Podcast:       .mp3 or .wav

All submissions must be sent via email:

The Scoop: [email protected]

The Scoop High School: [email protected]

All submissions are final, and no revisions are accepted.


We have officially added an extension for this contest! Entries must be submitted via email before 11:59 p.m. PST on February 14, 2020. If you have a technical issue or special problem, let us know as quickly as you can at (202) 518-0044 or email us (see above). Earth Day Network staff will be available to help troubleshoot until 3:00 pm PST on this date. We encourage early submission to avoid missing the deadline.

Contest Timeline

Contest begins12:00 a.m. PST on November 18, 2019
Contest ends11:59 p.m. PST on February 14, 2020
Judging will occurFebruary 2020
Winners will be notifiedEmail notification early March 2020
Winners will be publicly announcedMid-March 2020
Trip to DC to participate in Earth Day eventsApril 24 – April 26, 2020

For more information, please email us at:

The Scoop: [email protected]

The Scoop High School: [email protected]

Learn more about Foodprints for the Future

Help build the world we want, one bite at a time

Foodprints for the Future