Rules & EligibilityHonorees

Extended Entry Deadline:
March 11, 2024
Entries accepted beginning December 1, 2023

SPJ’s New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes issues of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. Although not required, collaboration with ethnic media is taken into account.

To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2023 calendar year. SPJ welcomes entries from media outlets, journalists, community and issue advocacy groups, individuals and others concerned with ethnic issues.

Entries for the New America Award must be submitted online by March 11, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The New America Award will be presented in three categories: Print/Online, Audio (includes radio and podcasts), and Television.

In addition, the winners of these three categories will be placed in a final competition for a New America Overall Excellence Award.

Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the significance of the issue and why it was chosen. The letter should explain any obstacles encountered and benefits gained. The letter can also provide background about the entrants and discuss the effects of the journalism produced. Entries may be in any language; however, English translations must be supplied for entries that are not in English.

General Rules

– Work from any platform is eligible.
– Awards will be given in three categories — Audio, Print/Online and Television — and one of these award recipients will also be given an Overall Excellence award.
– Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
– Mark the date of the publication or broadcast on the entry form.
– Entries may be in any language — however, English translations must be supplied for entries that are not in English.
– An entry fee — $35 for SPJ members, $50 for non-members — must accompany each submission. If any entry is submitted to SPJ without the appropriate fee, it will be disqualified.
All entries must be submitted online to SPJ's awards site.
– All video files must be .mp4, .mov, wmv or .mpeg format. Video files should not exceed 30 minutes.
– All audio-only files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav or .aiff format. Audio files should not exceed 30 minutes.
– Entries that submit inaccurate or incomplete URLs will be disqualified. Web links must remain active until the award winners are announced in June 2024.
– The date of publication should be visible. If the date of publication is not listed on the entry, submit a cover or table of contents showing the date as part of the entry.
– Multiple pieces may be submitted as a single entry. However, entrants should use discretion to ensure the number of pieces submitted is a manageable amount for judges to consider. Parts that are not submitted may be summarized in the cover letter.


The SPJ Awards Committee, and its designated judges, collaborates with organizations such as NAJA, NABJ, NAHJ and JAWS to evaluate New America award entries.

For More Information

For more information, contact SPJ Headquarters via email.