Ohio’s Best Journalism – 2015



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DEADLINE:  4:29 pm, May 2, 2015.  No entries will be accepted after 4:29 pm, May 2, 2015


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Ohio’s Best Journalism, presented collaboratively by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland Pro Chapters of The Society of Professional Journalists, honors print, broadcast, online, trade and college journalists in Ohio for their best work during 2014.

This is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service. This program also recognizes the best college daily and weekly newspapers, and awards up to $2,000 in scholarships for excellent college journalistic writing in news, feature, sports and opinion.

ELIGIBILITY: Journalists are eligible who work for newspaper, magazines, radio, television, trade, online and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio. Freelancers who are Ohio residents are eligible, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast.  Entrants need not be members of the Society of Professional Journalists. The work must have been published, broadcast or webcast in 2013.

DEADLINE:  4:29 pm, May 2, 2015.  No entries will be accepted after 4:29 pm, May 2, 2015

FEES: A $30 entry fee must accompany each submission in each category, except College,  College students pay a $10 entry fee for entries in the subcategories of news, feature, sports and opinion.  College newspapers may enter free.  You may submit any given article in as many relevant categories as you wish. Submissions from trade publications, newsletters and other print alternatives are welcome. This contest is for journalists in the state of Ohio and immediately adjoining states whose publications / stations / work have significant reach into Ohio. There is a $5 discount per entry for work done by SPJ members. The work must have been published or broadcast in 2013.

SPJ MEMBER DISCOUNT:  Become a member and save $5 per entry.  To qualify for the SPJ Member Discount, you will have to provide the SPJ Member Number of the person who did the work.  In the event of a team project, at least one member of the team must be an SPJ member to qualify for the SPJ Member Discount. 

VERIFY YOUR SPJ MEMBER NUMBER:  To look up your SPJ Member Number, go to https://www.spj.org/members_edit.asp, or call Linda Hall, SPJ Membership Director, at (317) 927-8000

JOIN SPJ:  To become an SPJ member go to http://www.spj.org/join.asp.

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DEADLINE:  4:29 pm, May 2, 2015.  No entries will be accepted after 4:29 pm, May 2, 2015