Volunteer to judge SPJ college journalism contest

SPJVA members, can you help judge this year’s SPJ Mark of Excellence journalism contest recognizing outstanding student journalism? Judges from Region 2 (Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states) will be judging another region’s entries. It’s all online with about a month to wrap up. Details:

Most categories have a large (student enrollment of 10,000 or more) and a small (under 10,000) subsection. As a reminder, examples of these categories: Newspaper Breaking News Reporting, Newspaper General News Reporting, Newspaper Sports Writing, Newspaper General Column Writing.

The radio, television, online and magazine categories all compete against each other (i.e., no distinction between large and small). Some categories within the newspapers also have no distinction, such as editorial writing and sports column writing. Also being judged are photography, photo illustrations and editorial cartooning.

Here is a link to SPJ’s page with all the details (including categories and submission guidelines) about the Mark of Excellence competition — you can use it as a guide to selecting preferred categories.

Anyone with an interest can email Amy Fickling, Region 2 coordinator, SPJ Mark of Excellence contest, at afickling@warren-news.com. Let Amy know which categories you prefer.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

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