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 generally opens for professional entrants between January and February. (Note: The college contest has different deadlines, typically between April and May.)

Click here to learn more about this year’s contest, including categories and circulation class.

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 Kathleen Farmer 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.

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.

Click here to get to the contest site.

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