2018 Journalism Contest

Calling all winners! San Diego SPJ is now accepting entries for our 2018 contest.

We’ve updated numerous categories this year to reflect new journalism trends in areas such as social media, multimedia, data/visualization and much more, so please review all your options at the outset. We’ve also renamed two of our top awards as follows: The Mark of Excellence Award that honors the best story, series or show is now known as the Excellence in Journalism Award and the Wildcard Award is called the Distinguished Coverage Award, which this year honors the outlet that best covered immigration and the border.

Contest entries will be accepted until 9 p.m. on Monday, April 9. Those submitted by midnight on Monday, April 2 will get $5 off their entry fees in every category but our top and special awards. We are also accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships through Monday, April 9. One, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s Agnes Diggs Road to College Scholarship, is open to San Diego County or Riverside County students from underserved communities. The others are open to all San Diego County students.

Winners will be announced in mid-to-late-May or early June.

Submit your entries using the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. If you have entered other contests on this platform before, either for last year’s contest or for the SD Press Club, you are already in their system and you just have to ask to enter the 2018 SPJ awards contest.

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 contest 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 to 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.

To register or enter the contest online now, open a new browser window or tab to http://www.betterbnc.com. Keep this window open to refer to as you submit your awards.

1. How to Enter

2. Contest Guidelines 2018

3. Categories 2018

4. FAQs 2018

5. Scholarship Instructions

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2017 SPJ San Diego Winners Announced, Banquet Tickets For Sale

The SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Awards Contest.

Here’s the list of first place, second place and honorable mention awards. You’ll have to wait until the banquet to find out who won what!

We’re also proud to honor the 2017 Journalist of the Year: Morgan Cook, a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m.
Where: The Kona Kai Resort & Spa, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Cocktail hour on the Point Loma Terrace, banquet in the Ballroom.
Cost: $55 per person, $50 for students, $440 for reserved tables of eight
Registration: Please register and pay here.

The event usually sells out, so don’t delay. Register and purchase your tickets today!

Our contest is sponsored in part by BetterBNC, an online contest entry and judging platform created by SmallTownPapers in Washington. Learn more about this great company at smalltownpapers.com.

Now Accepting Entries for the 2017 Awards Contest

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Calling all winners! San Diego SPJ is now accepting entries for our 2017 contest.

Find all the information on how to enter — including this year’s wildcard award — here.

Contest entries will be accepted until midnight on Monday, April 10. Those submitted by midnight on Monday, April 3 will get $5 off their entry fees in every category but our top and special awards. We are also accepting applications for three $900 scholarships through Monday, April 10.

The winners will be officially announced in mid- to late-May or early June. Winners’ names will be listed on our SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter website at http://www.spjsandiego.org. Winners will not learn which categories they have won until the awards banquet in July. A complete list of winners with categories will be posted on our website following the awards banquet.