PULLMAN, Wash. — In conjunction with its annual symposium honoring leaders in the communication industry, the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University has added new awards to recognize the achievements of young journalists.

The Murrow School is hosting an awards competition for high school journalism students in the state of Washington. “It allows WSU a chance to meet some of the top young journalism talent,” said John Irby, associate professor and journalism program coordinator. “The new outreach effort gets high school students exposed to not only the symposium, but to WSU, the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and the journalism program.” Irby helped design the competition and will serve as a judge.

Washington state high school journalism students are encouraged to submit their best work for a student newspaper during the 2003-04 academic year. Categories include best photography, news, feature and sports writing and the best edition. Winners of the competition, along with their faculty advisers, will be announced during the Career Day events. Each will receive an invitation to be the guest of the Murrow School at a scholarship banquet. Plaques will be awarded to the five winning schools.

Competition details and information can be found online at http://www.wsu.edu/murrow/hs-journ-comp.html. Early entries are encouraged and must be postmarked by March 1.

The Murrow Symposium will be April 14 and includes a number of events including, a career day for students, professional speaker workshops and a scholarship banquet. The Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting will also be presented to this year’s recipient, Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

Jennings will accept the award in a 7:30 p.m. presentation at Beasley Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public. The Murrow Award recognizes a person or organization exemplifying the professional ideals of former CBS anchor Edward R. Murrow, who graduated from WSU in 1930.