SPJ-SD’s Annual Journalism Awards Contest Kicks off Monday, April 4


Need to renew your SPJ membership to take advantage of our special membership entry fees? Through Friday, May 6, SPJ is offering $25 off the regular membership price of $75 (the website still advertises the cost as $75, but trust us — it’s $50).


The 2022 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition will recognize outstanding work by San Diego student and professional journalists published or broadcast during the 2021 calendar year. Contest entries will be accepted Monday, April 4, through Monday, May 2 at 9 p.m. May 9 at noon, PST. Awards submitted by 9 p.m. PST on Monday, April 25, will get a discounted entry rate (please see instructions for actual fees).

This year’s Distinguished Coverage Award will honor stories about education, either coverage of a specific issue or ongoing education coverage. Each outlet should submit its best story, series or show/program along with an essay of no more than 500 words explaining why the coverage merits recognition. This award is open to all outlets.

We are also accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships (in print, photography and multimedia), one $1,000 Agnes Diggs scholarship from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and our $1,000 Bradley J. Fikes scholarship (preference is given to applicants who show an interest in science or technology reporting).

Winners of the awards and scholarships will be announced on Thursday, July 21, at our awards reception at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station.

Submit your entries using the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. To register or enter the contest, open a new browser window or tab to http://www.betterbnc.com. Keep this window open to refer to as you submit your awards.

If you have entered other contests on this platform before, either for last year’s SD-SPJ competition or for the SD Press Club awards, you are already in the system.

Below are directions for preparing and submitting entries. If you have questions, please contact Terry Williams at 619-743-3669 or spj.sandiego@cox.net.

All entries must be submitted online (except for entries in the College Media Best Newspaper category, which must be mailed and postmarked by the contest deadline to: SPJ P.O. Box 880482, San Diego, CA 92168-0482). All entries must be entered by or on behalf of the individuals who produced the work and must identify those individuals.

Best of luck to all of our applicants!

How to Enter

Contest Guidelines and Categories 2022

Scholarship Details

FAQs 2022


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