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Outstanding SPJ chapters honored with Circle of Excellence and Large and Small Chapters of the Year awards


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9/2/2021


CONTACT:
Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, lharry@spj.org
Zo Berg, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, zberg@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS The Society of Professional Journalists annually honors select professional chapters for their commitment to SPJs mission and the journalism profession. In addition, SPJ distinguishes seven of its professional chapters with this years Circle of Excellence Awards, a collection of awards that recognize outstanding work in First Amendment/Freedom of Information, professional development, diversity and student relations (formerly campus relations).

The Large Chapter of the Year award is open to chapters with 75 or more members, while the Small Chapter of the Year award is open to chapters with fewer than 75 members.

Large Chapter of the Year

This year, SPJ Florida was selected as the Large Chapter of the Year. It had an excellent year and was worth recognizing.

Small Chapter of the Year

This years winner of Small Chapter of the Year is the Cincinnati Pro Chapter, which also had an excellent year worth recognizing.

Chapters with 75 or more members are eligible for Large Circle of Excellence Awards. Small Circle of Excellence Awards are for chapters with fewer than 75 members.

Finalists for Large and Small Chapter of the Year are:
Large Chapter of the Year:
New Jersey Pro Chapter, Washington D.C. Pro Chapter, SPJ Florida Professional Chapter, Chicago Headline Club, Oregon Territory Pro Chapter
Small Chapter of the Year:
Virginia Pro Chapter, SPJ Georgia, Cincinnati Pro Chapter, Indiana Pro Chapter, Minnesota Pro Chapter, St. Louis Pro Chapter, Fort Worth Pro Chapter, Rio Grande Pro Chapter, Arkansas Pro Chapter, Inland NW Pro Chapter

Congratulations to this years Circle of Excellence winners:

Large Circle of Excellence
Professional development: Chicago Headline Club
Diversity: New England Pro Chapter
FOI/First Amendment: New Jersey Pro
Student relations: SPJ Florida

Small Circle of Excellence
Professional development: SPJ Georgia
Diversity: Oklahoma Pro Chapter
FOI/First Amendment: SPJ Georgia
Student relations: Cincinnati Pro Chapter

The winning chapters were honored during the Opening Business Session at SPJ21. Read more about the selection process and past winners.

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