The Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts the Excellence in Journalism Contest each year to recognize the work of journalists in the state. The contest is open for professional entrants between December and February. College students may enter the college contest in April.

The entries are judged by qualified journalists through a swap with SPJ chapters around the country. All entries are judged by journalists outside of Connecticut. CTSPJ judges entries from other states as part of the arrangement. If you’re interested in volunteering to help judge, please sign up for judging swaps with Contest Clerk Jessica Garin at Organizations who help judge will get one free entry for every 10 categories they sign up to judge. Individuals will who sign up to judge will get one free entry for every two categories they sign up to judge.

Click here to download a PDF list of all winners in the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Contest.

Money raised from the annual Excellence in Journalism Contest supports various journalistic causes throughout the state each year, including the Connecticut Council for Freedom of Information, Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, student SPJ chapters, SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund, the SPJ Region 1 fund and CTSPJ scholarships. The money also funds administrative costs of the contest and the Connecticut Pro Chapter of SPJ.

We will begin accepting entries for the 2017 contest on Dec. 24. The contest deadline is Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. All entries must have been published or broadcast in 2017.

Click here to get to the contest site. (Note: The contest deadline for professional members has passed) 

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