Excellence in journalism

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For the past 29 years, the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has selected from among the Bay Area’s best of the best for its acclaimed Excellence in Journalism Awards. These awards honor the journalists whose work best reflects the SPJ ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion.


ENTRY DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

** Save the date: This year's EIJ Awards dinner is on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Details to come! **

How the Awards Work

Stories must have been published between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, by a news outlet or individuals based in Northern California. Each entrant may submit only one entry per category.

Important: Entries will not be considered until payment has been received.

Multiple entries: Only stories or projects entered in the Public Service, Best Scoop or Outstanding Emerging Journalist categories may also be entered in one other category.

In addition to presenting the judged category awards, SPJ NorCal also confers a number of special awards selected by the chapter's board of directors. There is no fee to nominate candidates for Board Awards. A nomination letter is required; also see online instructions. The six special Board of Directors Awards are: Journalist of the Year, Career Achievement, Distinguished Service, Unsung Hero, Meritorious SPJ Service and the Silver Heart.

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Fee: $30 per entry for SPJ members*; $40 per entry for non-members.

* To be eligible for the $30 SPJ member entry fee, you must be a member of both the SPJ national organization (current membership fee: $75) AND the SPJ Northern California chapter ($20) as of the time-stamp of entry. Membership is good for 12 months, based on the date you joined. Chapter membership entitles you to free or reduced member admission to NorCal chapter activities, including the Excellence in Journalism Awards dinner. To join SPJ and the NorCal chapter, please go to: www.spj.org/join.asp.