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

Annual Bench-Bar Event: Meeting This Moment

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to September 15.

The year 2020 first brought stay-at-home orders and unprecedented closures of the court system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then sustained protests over police treatment of African-Americans. During this extraordinary year, the Bench has grappled with how to maintain access to the courts. The Bar has confronted COVID-related challenges to the practice of law and its role in ensuring equal access to justice. Finally, media outlets have worked overtime to cover it all while managing unusual new obstacles to newsgathering. Panelists will discuss local efforts to confront these issues from their respective roles as legal community activists, journalists and law enforcement officials.

When: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15

Who: Hon. Dwayne Moring, Moderator, San Diego Superior Court, South County Supervising Judge

Hon. Lorna Alksne, Presiding Judge, San Diego Superior Court

Dana Littlefield, Public Safety Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Adam Racusin, Investigative Reporter, 10News

Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney

Andrea St. Julian, President, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association; Co-Chair, San Diegans for Justice

Where: Zoom link provided with registration

Register here.

Joint Media Groups Event: Mental Health and Self Care for Journalists

San Diego journalism groups are teaming up on Oct. 22 to host an important conversation about mental health and self-care for journalists during and after tragic events and the effect these events have on media consumers.
Please note that pre-registration is required for this event. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2mHPhiS
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
WHERE: Colt Hall at Point Loma Nazarene University – 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, California 92106
PANELISTS:
Pauline Repard, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rachel Moore, former U-T Copy Editor, now psychotherapist
Tammy McCoy-Arballo, psychologist
Wayne Beach, director of the Center for Communication, Health, and the Public Good, San Diego State University
ORGANIZERS: San Diego chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the San Diego Press Club and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest, Point Loma Nazarene University’s Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing & Languages

Oct. 14 : Making (Better) Headlines

With a flat headline, readers may never see the first sentence. A headline that oversells or misleads undermines our credibility and undercuts our hard work. How do you write compelling headlines and social media posts that leave readers and viewers wanting to know more and accurately reflect what’s in the story?

Join the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the San Diego Central Library on Monday, Oct. 14 for a panel discussion on headlines and social media posts. We’ll delve into the do’s and don’ts of what makes them sing.

Free and open to the public.

WHO: Ryan Bradford, web editor and writer, San Diego City Beat; Sara Libby, managing editor, Voice of San Diego; Paul Krueger, senior field producer, NBC 7 San Diego; Kelly Davis (moderator), independent reporter. Attorney Matthew Halgren, a specialist in news media law at Sheppard Mullin’s San Diego office and an SPJ San Diego board member, will also make introductory comments on legal considerations.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. social hour with light food, 6:30 p.m. start.

WHERE: San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101. Shiley Suite on the ninth floor. FREE PARKING IN LIBRARY GARAGE WITH VALIDATION STAMP IN LOBBY.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/391641318157485/

Bring your questions or send them in advance to spjsandiego@gmail.com.