Dispatch Media Group and the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists are partnering again to recognize the next generation of news gatherers.

We are seeking nominations for The Martys, an editorial contest for high school journalists. Entries must have been published in the current academic year, by Feb. 28. The submission deadline is March 10. There is no entry fee.

The contest, in its eighth year, is co-sponsored by Central Ohio SPJ and Dispatch Media Group, the parent company of ThisWeek Community News.

It was started in 2011 in memory of Martin L. Rozenman, the longtime editor of Suburban News Publications, which merged with ThisWeek in 2012. Rozenman also was a reporter with The Columbus Dispatch, a freelance writer with other Dispatch Media Group publications and a member of the Central Ohio SPJ board of directors.

Mentoring young journalists was a hallmark of Rozenman’s career. He died in 2010 after a lengthy battle with a rare blood disorder.

The contest features five categories: feature writing, news writing, opinion writing, photography and sports writing. Winners and runners-up receive award certificates and first-place finishers also get a cash prize. Category winners compete for the top honor, named The Marty.

For more information about the contest, check out the entry form.

Read about last year’s winners.

jhohbach@columbusparent.com