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Introduction W. Page Pitt began the United High School Press Program in 1927 in order to help build strong high school journalism programs. (The journalism school is named in his honor.) The United High School Press Program later became the United High School Media to reflect a growing emphasis on electronic media, advertising and public relations. Students from high schools all over the tri-state compete in the annual UHSM programs hosted by the professors of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The Scholastic Journalism Program, held each fall, allows sixteen area high school students to immerse themselves in the life of a college journalism student. United High School Media UHSM competition is hosted each spring on the Marshall University campus. Students submit work to be judged by professionals in the field of yearbook, newspaper and broadcast journalism. More than 150 awards are given each year for the best work in high school journalism. The competition also includes workshops, a Media Challenge quiz bowl and a meeting of the West Virginia Journalism Teachers Association.