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2024 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards Student Reporter Search

Are you a student at an Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards (IHSMTA) Participating school (click here for list) with a passion for musical theatre, social media, and news reporting?  We are seeking Student Reporter applicants to cover the Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards on Monday, May 13, 2024. From the applicants, one student will be selected to work with the Broadway In Chicago Social Media team to cover the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards on social media and be in the running to be the Jimmy Awards Student Reporter.

The ideal candidate is a student who loves theatre, is poised and energetic on camera, confident with their social media skills, and interested in news journalism. For the 2024 IHSMTA Student Reporter search, applicants must be students (grades 9-12) at an IHSMTA participating school but cannot be students who have played a qualifying role in their school’s musical and have applied, or will apply, to participate as a nominee at IHSMTA.

In addition, The Jimmy Awards is seeking two Student Reporters from around the country to travel to New York and cover the 2024 Jimmy Awards on social media. The student selected as the IHSMTA Student Reporter will be submitted to be considered for one of the positions as the Jimmy Awards student reporter, so they must be available May 13 (IHSMTA) and June 22-24 (the Jimmy Awards). Click Here for additional information on The Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Search.

Materials needed for the application include: A Submission Video, Release Waiver, Short Answer Essay to a prompt, and A Letter of Recommendation from an educator, director, or member of your school’s musical team.

For the Student Reporter Video: Applicants should create a video up to 60 seconds in length showing or describing how they would uniquely cover The Jimmy Awards® on social media, focusing on promoting the live stream of The Jimmy Awards® ceremony. Parameters for the video submission are as follows:

  • The video should include at least one unedited segment of at least 20 seconds in length with the applicant speaking directly to camera.
  • The video must not include any performance footage; the content of the videos is otherwise up to the applicant.
  • Any pre-recorded music used must be royalty-free.
  • Submissions must meet the requirements for Instagram video with an aspect ratio between 1.91:1 and 9:16 and minimum resolution of 720 pixels.
  • Please talk about how you would cover The Jimmy Awards®, NOT how you would cover IHSMTA.

We want to see your personality shine in this video! Show us how you would use your unique perspective to build interest in and awareness of the Jimmy Awards. This is an opportunity to showcase your skills in event coverage, visual storytelling, video editing, videography, photography, and/or social media.

PLEASE NOTE: the Student Reporter Application requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher or director. Student Reporter applicants should have their Teacher/Director e-mail their letter of recommendation to us directly at We will pair it with your application. This is a required piece of the application, and applicants without a letter of recommendation will not be eligible. 

You can find can additional information here. IHSMTA Student Reporter Submissions are due on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 12:00 pm. Please email with any questions.

We can’t wait to see your creative submissions!