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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
8:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Press Day

Discover and Explore your Passion – Annual High School Special Event Series

Press Day

Long gone are the days when paperboys hit the streets to call attention to breaking news. The media world has since evolved through social media, blogs, radio and TV. At Press Day on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, we uncover some tricks of the trade from the craftsmen and women of the media industry, including newspaper and magazine editors, online and newspaper reporters and freelance writers.

The highlight of the event is the presentation of the Quill Awards.

The maximum number of students allowed to participate in Press Day is 15 students per school.

What are Your Rights as a Student Journalist?

High school journalists face many legal obstacles when reporting the news, including censorship from administrators, difficulty gaining access to school records, and takedown requests from story subjects. They also must be careful not to trample on others rights when reporting by avoiding libel and respecting privacy. To provide guidance on these challenges, this year’s Press Day will focus on legal issues affecting scholastic media. The event will kick off with a panel discussion featuring a Q&A with media law professors, student media advisors and a lawyer who specializes in student press rights.


Wednesday, February 26

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion/Q&A  

10:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Quill Awards Presentation



As of January 14, 2020, the Press Day registration reached capacity. To be added to the wait-list please contact

All faculty and students must have a signed Photo Release Form by a parent or legal guardian. Faculty must either bring all the completed camera release forms on the day of the event or send them in advance via email to

Once your school is registered, an email will be sent out to all participating students confirming their registration and explaining next steps. 

Quill Awards Competition

To submit work to the Quill Awards competition, please be sure to follow the instructions listed below. 

Submission Form

Competition Guidelines

Any materials received that are not in accordance to with these guidelines may be disqualified. 

  • All submissions must be submitted no later than Friday, January 17, 2020. 
  • Each school may enter up to six categories with a maximum of one entry per category.
  • A copy of the Quill Awards Competition Form must be attached to each submission.
  • To be considered for an award, all submissions must have been produced between February 2019 and January 2020. 
  • Be sure that all print matter, including editorials, layout design and cartoons, have a byline and title as submissions will not be eligible for a Quill Award without this information.
  • Students must participate in Press Day to be eligible to receive a Quill Award. All students must attend Press Day with a faculty advisor.
  • All submission materials must be mailed to the following address: 

Office of University Admissions
Nexus Building
Melinda Neus
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530


Award Categories

  • Most Outstanding Newspaper 
  • Most Outstanding Reporter 
  • Best News Article 
  • Best Feature Article
  • Best Editorial 
  • Best Opinion Piece 
  • Best Arts Review 
  • Best Sports Story or Column 
  • Best Page-One Layout 
  • Best Layout 
  • Best Photograph 
  • Best Illustration or Cartoon
  • Best Online Newspaper
  • Best Online Writing
  • Best Freelance Work

This event is part of the Annual High School Special Event Series. Learn more about Adelphi’s Department of Communications.

Coronavirus Update: As New York is on a "pause" for social distancing purposes, all in-person events for the next several weeks have been converted to online, postponed or canceled. Please check this page as information will be updated as possible—and call ahead before any upcoming in-person events until further notice. Thanks.