The NJ SPJ contest is comprised of 10 Signature Awards:
The Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Journalism by a weekly or hyperlocal publication
The Wilson Barto Award for Outstanding “Rookie” Journalist of the Year
The David Carr Award for Reporter of the Year
The Ron Miskoff Award for Outstanding Journalism Educator of the Year
The Herbert Morrison Award for Best Audio News Story
The Tim O’Brien Award for Best Use of Public Records in a Story
The Gabe Pressman Award for Best Video News Story
The Barbara Reed Grassroots Journalism Award for Best Coverage by a Weekly or Hyperlocal
Best Investigative Journalism by a Daily Publication or Broadcast Outlet
Best Investigative Journalism by a Weekly Publication or Hyperlocal website
The contest opens Jan. 2, 2020 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 9, 2020. All entries will be judged by SPJ members from chapters in other states. Winners will be announced online in early May. An awards brunch will be held in June.
What work can be submitted: The 2020 competition recognizes work that was published, broadcast or posted online during the 2019 calendar year.
Eligibility: Any journalist who lives or works in New Jersey or who reports about New Jersey or the region. We also welcome submissions from people who live and work in New York City and Philadelphia, as long as the story affects New Jersey or New Jerseyans, or is about regional issues like transportation, the cleanliness of our beaches or the economic vitality of our region. We will accept stories on national and international issues if the authors live in New Jersey, or if the story has a strong NJ angle or if the publication, video channel or website is primarily situated in New Jersey.
All entries must be submitted using this form; entries without payment will not be considered. Fees (PayPal button is located below this form) are $20 per entry for dues-paying SPJ members and $25 for non-SPJ members. Money generated from the contest is used to fund SPJ programs in New Jersey, including this contest.
Note: all submissions should include any corrections, clarifications or retractions made after initial publishing or broadcast. Also, copies of any written challenges to the report’s accuracy sent to the entrant or the news organization by or on behalf of those mentioned — including but not limited to letters, e-mails or legal papers — must be included with the entry. Any responses by the news organization should also be included.
You may enter more than one submission per category.
For past winners, see our contest archives (sidebar on njspj.org's contest page).
Questions? Contact our contest coordinator Sue Toth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-378-0327.
Thank you for participating in NJ SPJ's annual contest and supporting NJ SPJ!