SD-SPJ scholarship contest is now open

This year, SPJ San Diego will award up to five $1,500 scholarships to local college students in the categories of print, photojournalism and video/audio/multimedia. We are also awarding one $1,400 scholarship in honor of former North County Times columnist Agnes Diggs and one $1,000 scholarship in honor of former San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Bradley J. Fikes.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 9 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2023. See below for the full contest rules.

If you have any questions, email

Enter to win a print, photography or multimedia scholarship.
Enter to win the Agnes Diggs scholarship.
Enter to win the Bradley J. Fikes scholarship.


Who Pushed (or Blocked) Transparency in 2022?

It’s that time again. The San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is preparing to continue our annual spring tradition of recognizing the most helpful — and least helpful — public agencies and officials. We’re now seeking nominations.

Our Wall Award will go to the person or public agency that made it hardest for journalists to do their jobs in 2022, ignoring requests or otherwise compromising the public’s right to know.

The Window Award will go to the person or public agency that most prioritized transparency and the public’s right to know in 2022.

And our Sunshine Award will go to a journalist or community member who worked the hardest to make government more transparent and hold elected officials accountable.

In recent years, we have also awarded Skylight Awards to San Diegans who have devoted their careers to championing the public’s right to know. 

Submit nominations here by Feb. 6, 2023. You can read up on last year’s winners (and losers) here.

Stay tuned for more details on this year’s SD-SPJ Walls and Windows celebration in the weeks to come. 

San Diego SPJ Announces Changes to its Annual Journalism Awards

San Diego SPJ is kicking off its annual journalism contest a little early this year. We figured your best stories from 2022 will be fresh in your mind and we’re excited to introduce some new awards categories. The official contest launch date is Monday, Jan. 30. We’ll accept submissions through Monday, Feb. 27. Early bird pricing will be available through Monday, Feb. 20, and regular entry pricing takes effect on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Here’s all the information you need to enter:

How to enter
Contest guidelines
Contest FAQ

Stay tuned for more details later this month. We’ll announce the contest launch here on our website, via email and on social media — including a link to the contest website — so keep an eye out.

Students: Please note that we are not launching our scholarship contest on Jan. 30. It will kick off at a later date, to be announced.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Save the Date: San Diego Media Holiday Mixer

Join San Diego SPJ, the San Diego Association of Black Journalists and the San Diego Press Club for a fun holiday mixer!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Church by The Lost Abbey, 1313 J St. in East Village

The space is mostly outdoors, so we recommend bringing a sweater. We’ll provide pizza and dessert. Drinks are available for purchase at the bar. Street parking is available, or you can park in the Padres’ Tailgate Park parking lot.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5.