The Washington Post Announces 2014 YJDP Award Winners

Annual awards recognize excellence in student reporting and applaud high school journalism advocates


WASHINGTON—June 30, 2014— The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP) has announced winners of the third annual YJDP Awards. The awards recognize significant achievements and contributions of Washington area high school journalism students and advisors.  Award recipients were chosen by a selection committee consisting of mentors and reporters from The Washington Post and will receive automatic acceptance into select 2014-15 YJDP programs, mentoring opportunities with Post reporters and personalized trophies.

 “These awards not only recognize outstanding talent but reward the winners’ interest in high school journalism and their dedication to enhancing its quality," said Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post. 

The four awardees are:

Emerging Young Journalist Award Winner

-  Sarah Santoro, Stone Bridge High School (Loudoun County, VA)

Young Journalist Leadership Award Winner

-  Claire Parker, Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, DC)

Inspire Award Winner

-  Michelle Santos , Richard Wright Public Charter School (Washington, DC)

Mentoring Excellence Award Winner

-  Alan Weintraut, Annandale High School (Fairfax County, VA)

Winners will also be featured in a 1/2 page in-paper ad to run in The Washington Post, in the papers ‘In the Community’ window display on 15th Street, NW, and listed in the Community Relations section of

For more information about The Washington Post YJDP Awards and the 2014 recipients, visit   

The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program provides year-round skills training workshops, seminars, scholarships and mentoring opportunities to high school journalists and advisers across the Washington area.  Click here for additional details.

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