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SPJ announces Circle of Excellence recipients


Tara Puckey, SPJ Membership Strategist, (317) 920-4784,
Maggie LaMar, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785,

ORLANDO, Fla. The Society of Professional Journalists has distinguished nine of its professional chapters as the Circle of Excellence, a collection of awards that recognize outstanding work in five areas: First Amendment/freedom of information, professional development, chapter communications, diversity and campus relations.

Large Circle of Excellence

Campus Relations: Press Club of Long Island
Chapter Communication: Colorado Pro
Diversity: Louisville Pro
First Amendment & FOI: NorCal Pro
Professional Development: Colorado Pro

Small Circle of Excellence

Campus Relations: San Antonio Pro
Chapter Communication: Cleveland Pro
Diversity: North Carolina Pro
First Amendment & FOI: New England Pro
Professional Development: Charlotte Pro

The chapters were recognized during the SPJ Opening Business Session at Excellence in Journalism 2015 on Sept. 18.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information on SPJ, please visit


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