San Diego SPJ launches its 2023 Journalism Contest **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 6, 9 P.M.**

Deadline extended! Submit your entries to the ’23 contest by March 6 at 9 p.m.

The 2023 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition recognizes outstanding work by San Diego-area student and professional journalists published or broadcast during the calendar year 2022. Our contest opens early this year — entries will be accepted beginning Monday, Jan. 30, through Monday, Feb. 27. Entries submitted by 9 p.m. PST on Monday, Feb. 20, will get $10 off their entry fees ($5 off for students) in every category but our Distinguished Coverage Award and Excellence in Journalism Award. Entry fees for those two categories will remain the same.

This year’s Distinguished Coverage Award will honor stories about the cost of living in San

Diego. Each outlet that produced reporting related to this topic should submit its best story, series, or segment, along with an essay of no more than 500 words on why the coverage merits recognition. This award is open to all outlets and the fee to enter is $50.

Submit your entries using the BetterBNC Media Awards platform — we’ve added several new categories this year that we hope will offer more journalists the chance to have their work honored. To register or enter the contest, open a new browser window or tab to Keep this window open to refer to as you submit your awards.

If you have entered awards via the BetterBNC platform before — either for the SD-SPJ competition or for the SD Press Club awards — you should already be in the system, and you just have to select the 2023 SPJ awards contest.

All contest entries must be submitted online via the BetterBNC platform and must be entered by or on behalf of the individuals who produced the work and must identify each individual involved in producing the work.

Students: This year’s scholarship contest will be run separately from the San Diego Area Journalism Competition. Please stay tuned for additional information to be posted later this week. 

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

Best of luck to all of our applicants!

How to Enter
Contest Guidelines and Categories 2023
FAQs 2023


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.