Please use the form below to report your two sources for the editorial:
The NY Times contest indicates that without a subscription, you can use the learning network articles which are free. Scroll down to the “search” feature. https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
If this is not working for you, I will access my NY times subscription in order to share the article with you. Please use the form below:
The NY times has compiled a list of topics to be considered for Editorials.
Here is the link to the document: https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6776-130-new-prompts-for-argumentat/6969cf8dd40a723f6b9c/optimized/full.pdf#page=1
You can also access the list as a PDF file from this post.
2020 Contest Guidelines
1. You can write your editorial about any topic you like, as long as you use at least one source from The Times.
2. Use at least one non-Times source. But make sure that the source you use is a reliable one. We encourage you to find sources that offer different perspectives on an issue.
3. Always cite your sources. Our submission form contains a required field for entering your citations. We include an example as well, though you can use M.L.A. or A.P.A. styles, or just list the web addresses. Even if you use a print source or an expert interview, you must provide a citation. Readers (and judges) should always be able to tell where you got your evidence. However, there is no need to provide in-text citations.
4. The editorial must not exceed 450 words. Your title and list of sources are separate, however, and do not count as part of your 450-word limit.
Mrs. Rao will not accept editorials less than 360 words.
5. Have an opinion. Editorials are different from news articles because they try to persuade readers to share your point of view. Don’t be afraid to take a stand.
6. Write your editorial by yourself, but please submit only one editorial per student.
7. Be original and use appropriate language. Write for a well-informed audience, but include enough background information to give context. Be careful not to plagiarize. Use quotation marks around lines you take verbatim from another source, or rephrase and cite your source.
8. We will use this rubric to judge entries, and the winning editorials will be featured on The Learning Network. Your work will be judged by Times journalists, Learning Network staff members and educators from around the country.
2020 Eligibility and Submission Rules
1. Students who are ages 10-19 from anywhere in the world can participate.
This contest is intended for middle school and high school students. (Because the term “high school” means different things in different places, age is the primary eligibility requirement.)
Further, to respond to new national and international privacy laws, we now offer two ways to submit work:
Teachers can use the teacher submission form on behalf of students from anywhere in the world who are ages 10-19.
We define “teacher” as someone who is 18 or older, who helps to educate a child. This definition can include traditional teachers as well as tutors, librarians and parents.
This option allows students under 16 to participate. Teachers can use one application to submit on behalf of multiple students.
2. We have two entry categories for this contest: “middle school” and “high school.”
Eligibility for each category is determined by age, and we will announce two sets of winners.
Students who are ages 10 - 14 from anywhere in the world can participate in the middle school category.
The middle school category is open to all students between the ages of 10 and 14 who attend a middle school or the international equivalent of a middle school.