2020 San Diego SPJ Special Awards and Scholarships

Sol Price Award for Responsible Journalism: Jeff McDonald, Kelly Davis and Lauryn Schroeder of The San Diego Union-Tribune for their series “Dying Behind Bars”

Diversity Prize: Claire Trageser of KPBS for her piece “DR JS: How a Gang Shooting Changed Southeast San Diego”

Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for Humor Writing: Irv Erdos with The San Diego Union-Tribune.

First Amendment Award: Tom Jones, Mari Payton, Bill Feather, Paul Krueger and Jay Yoo with NBC 7 for “Border Agents Created Secret Database of Journalists, Attorneys and Immigration Aid Workers”

Excellence in Journalism prize: Brad Racino and Jill Castellano with iNewsource for “Risky Research” 

Neil Morgan Community Impact Award: gWill Huntsberry with Voice of San Diego for “Exposure of Doc Who Helped Families Avoid Vaccination Led to New State Law”

Gloria Penner Award for Political Affairs Reporting: Mary Plummer with inewsource for the story “San Diego Voters Promised Billions in Infrastructure Fixes, But Money Running Dry”

Distinguished Coverage Award: KPBS’ Claire Trageser, Erik Anderson, Steve Walsh, Matt Hoffman and David Washburn for “San Diego’s Climate Crisis”

2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

SPJ Scholarship Winners:

Jack Trent Dorfman, UC San Diego

Victoria Holmes, University of San Diego

Lance Nelson, Mesa College/Columbia University

Bella Ross, San Diego State University

Amber Salas, San Diego State University

Agnes Diggs Scholarship:

Katy Stegall, Southwestern College/San Diego State University

Announcing This Year’s SD-SPJ Award Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of this year’s annual journalism contest. We’ve appreciated your patience as we considered how to best celebrate this year’s winners during a pandemic that has brought new challenges and tough decisions for all of us. 

Click here to view a list of award winners—except for our special awards and scholarships, which will be announced Monday, Aug. 24, via video. The video will also feature a short speech by our Journalist of the Year, who we’ll be announcing Aug. 20 — stay tuned! First-place winners can also check out comments on those awards here.

Congratulations to all our winners! Your hard work and dedication to your craft consistently impress us!

Special note about receiving your awards: As in past years, first place winners will receive a plaque. First place winners will be notified when plaques arrive, and will be sent pick-up instructions. Second and third place winners will receive a certificate. We’ll announce dates and locations for picking up your awards later this month. If you received a second or third place award, and DO NOT want a certificate, please email spjsandiego@gmail.org by Wednesday, Aug. 26, to let us know.

Congratulations 2019 Award Winners

Thanks to everyone who made it to our awards banquet last night! It was a splendid evening with great attendance. If you didn’t make it, here is the final list of who won what and comments from the judges.

Our Journalist of the Year, KPBS border and immigration reporter Jean Guerrero, gave a rousing speech that you can view here.

If you were not able to attend and would like to snatch your 1st place plaque or 2nd or 3rd place certificates, please send us an email at spjsandiego@gmail.com. Congrats to all the winners!

2019 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition

CALLING ALL WINNERS! SAN DIEGO SPJ IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR OUR 2019 CONTEST.

The 2019 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition will recognize outstanding work by San Diego-area student and professional journalists published or broadcast during the calendar year 2018. Contest entries will be accepted through Monday, April 8. Those submitted by 9 p.m. PST on Monday, April 1 will get $5 off their entry fees in every category but our top and special awards. Student rates do not change.

This year’s Distinguished Coverage Award will honor stories about migrations and movements. People engage in movement(s) for many reasons: to escape harm, to seek opportunities, to improve their communities, and to bring attention to issues. Did your outlet cover it best? Each outlet should submit their best story, series, or show, along with a 500-word essay on why the coverage merits recognition. This award is open to all outlets and the fee to enter is $100.

We are also accepting applications for five $1,000 San Diego SPJ scholarships and one $1,000 Agnes Diggs scholarship from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation we look forward to handing out to eligible local journalism 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 2019 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 AND CATEGORIES 2019

3. FAQS 2019

4. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION