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January 27, 2021, 4:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Freelance Community Board meeting

Please email spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com to request login information.

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Contact: Hilary Niles

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January 28, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

D.C. Pro chapter freelancers' virtual happy hour

Join members of SPJ's DC professional chapter and other area freelancers for a discussion of all things freelance. RSVP to Stephenie Overman, saoverman@gmail.com, to get a Zoom link.

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Contact: Stephenie Overman

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January 29, 2021

Application Deadline: SPJ Student Trustee Council

The Student Trustee Council is comprised of nine SPJ student members. These leaders serve to strengthen SPJ and provide feedback, insights and recommendations on improving the campus chapter and general student experience.

Trustees will be invited to share their challenges and best practices, and are asked for insights and opinions on a variety of SPJ services and resources. STC members are ambassadors for the Society and help promote SPJ information and leadership development opportunities to their peers. In addition, Trustees facilitate peer-led meetings and focus groups coordinated by SPJ.

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Contact: Karyn Nishimura Sneath

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February 1, 2021

Application deadline: SPJ Foundation Grants

Society of Professional Journalists Foundation grants primarily support SPJ and also provide support to organizations and causes that further our mission.

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Contact: Larry Messing

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February 2, 2021, 6:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Race and the Media: Two Newspapers Address 100+ Years of Racism

Join STUFF (Wellington, NZ) editorial director Mark Stevens and Kansas City Star president and editor Mike Fanin talk about the deep dives into the past practices of their papers on reporting about race and minorities.

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Contact: Dan Kubiske

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February 12, 2021, 11:30 am Eastern (U.S.)

Caring for photojournalists: Preventing burnout, treating trauma and ensuring equity

Visual journalists have been on the front lines of the pandemic, injured at protests and attacked at the Capitol insurrection. Holding a camera makes those who are reporting on events a visible target for law enforcement or people angry at the media. And working remotely is not an option when you're the community's eyes and ears at the scene. So how do we care for photojournalists facing more pressure than ever under exhausting and dangerous circumstances?

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the National Press Photographers Association for honest answers to this question from visual journalists who understand the challenges and importance of capturing history.

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Contact: Julie Moos

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February 15, 2021

SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest - The Best in Journalism

The Society of Professional Journalist's Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest annually recognizes the best in journalism. The contest, which is not based on circulation but on the quality of the profession and what it stands for, is open to all journalists from Pennsylvania and New Jersey whose work appeared in a publication in one of the two states.

Proceeds from the contest go toward training, defending the First Amendment and open government, the legal defense of journalists, student scholarships, and other activities designed to improve journalism and its standing in society.

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Contact: Pat Trosky

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February 16, 2021

Entry Deadline: Sigma Delta Chi Awards

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are among the premiere prizes given in the profession, and are unique, because they recognize achievement in all forms of journalism: print, television, radio, graphics, magazines, research, newsletters and online.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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February 16, 2021

Entry Deadline: SPJ New America Award

SPJ's New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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February 19, 2021

Nomination Deadline: SPJ Black Hole Award

The Society of Professional Journalists launched the Black Hole Award to highlight the most heinous violations of the public's right to know. By exposing such abuses, SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee seeks to educate the public about their rights and call attention to those who would interfere with openness and transparency.

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Contact: Paul Fletcher

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February 19, 2021

Postmark Deadline: SPJ National High School Essay Contest

SPJ wants to increase high school students' knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Free Media to our lives. The top three national winners receive scholarship awards.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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February 25, 2021

Nomination Deadline: Fellows of the Society

Fellows of the Society is the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ, for extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism. Nominations are open to anyone in the journalism community. Winners will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism Convention.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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March 15, 2021

Nomination Deadline: SPJ Ethics in Journalism Award

The Ethics in Journalism Award honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior. Nominations are open. Self-nomination is permitted.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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March 15, 2021

Nomination Deadline: SPJ Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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March 15, 2021

Nomination Deadline: Historic Sites in Journalism Award

The Society's Historic Sites in Journalism program honors the people and places that have played important roles in American journalistic history. The program dates back to 1942.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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March 15, 2021

Nomination Deadline: Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award

This Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award honors a collegiate journalism educator and recognizes outstanding teaching ability, contributions to journalism, journalism education and contributions toward maintaining the highest standards of the profession.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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April 12, 2021

Nomination Deadline: Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award

Annually, the Society salutes individual members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapters. The Award honors Howard Dubin who has shown outstanding membership with his service to the Society. While he contributes great sums of time, energy and money to the national Society, Mr. Dubin continues grassroots service at the chapter level.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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April 12, 2021

Nomination Deadline: David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award

The Outstanding Campus Chapter Adviser Award is presented annually to the person who has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves as SPJ adviser.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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April 12, 2021

Nomination Deadline: SPJ Wells Memorial Key

Annually, a member who is judged to have served the Society in the most outstanding fashion during the preceding year or over a period of years is presented SPJ's highest honor for a member, the Wells Memorial Key.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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April 12, 2021

Nomination Deadline: Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award

Each of the Society's campus chapters are encouraged to select one graduate in journalism who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to their SPJ chapter. From this group, the Society's leaders will select one graduate who is considered the most outstanding for national recognition.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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June 22, 2021

Entry Deadline: Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award

Established by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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June 22, 2021

Entry Deadline: Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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September 1, 2021

SPJ 2021 National Convention

Join us in New Orleans for our 2021 National Convention! More details to come.

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Contact: SPJ

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September 23, 2021

RTDNA 21

The Year of the Team: Representation & Resiliency.

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Contact: Tara Puckey

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October 27, 2021

2021 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Gala

Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

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Contact: Tara Puckey

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As a journalist, you’re being required to do your job in a way you’ve likely never had to do it before — working remotely from home, conducting interviews virtually, juggling homeschooling children and taking care of elderly parents while still putting out the news every day. It’s stressful. It’s full of uncertainty. And SPJ joins together with journalism organizations everywhere to help you through this.

Here, you will find tools to help you do your job, continue your professional development — and take care of yourself — as we all navigate this together.

– Check our calendar of events — a centralized location for the latest journalism webinars and e-learning offerings from ALL our journalism friends and partners during the COVID-19 crisis.

– Obtain all the information you need to sign up for webinars related to covering the coronavirus pandemic, how to effectively and efficiently work from home, how to conduct a Zoom meeting and most importantly, how to take care of your physical and mental health during this uncertain time — and much more.

– Is your organization hosting a webinar you think would be of interest to journalists? Submit the details here and we’ll help spread the word!

Questions? Email us. On behalf of everyone at SPJ, thank you for all the hard work you continue to do under these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.