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Call for entries announced for annual Mark of Excellence Awards competition for collegiate journalism



For Immediate Release

Lauren Rochester, Awards Coordinator, (317) 927-8000, ext. 210, awards@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce open entries for the Mark of Excellence Awards, a contest that honors the best collegiate journalists in the U.S.

The Mark of Excellence Awards recognize exceptional work by student journalists in print, radio, television, photography and online. The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. and studying for an academic degree in 2009. To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2009 calendar year.

SPJ student members may enter for $9. The nonmember price is $18. Entrants are first judged on the regional level and regional award winners will be honored at SPJ’s spring conferences. First place regional winners are forwarded on to the national competition. National winners will be honored at the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas Oct. 3-6.

NEW THIS YEAR: Entrants can submit their work online. The new format allows students to enter easily and efficiently. Contest rules and categories are here. Visit the SPJ Awards site for more information and to enter.

The entry deadline is Jan. 27, 2010.

For more information, contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or awards@spj.org.

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 about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.


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