CTSPJ annual dinner, Journalism Hall of Fame and FOI awards canceled due to COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the Connecticut SPJ to cancel this year’s Excellence in Journalism dinner.

We are in the midst of a global news story that will, if it hasn’t already, impact every town in the country.

Now is the time journalists rally so we can report on this evolving news story as it develops. But we must also be careful, from practicing social distancing to washing our hands more often to stop the spread of the corona-virus.
That being said, it’s prudent the Connecticut SPJ use that same advice.
Although we are sad to announce this news, the CT SPJ board voted unanimously on Sunday to not hold the annual Excellence in Journalism awards dinner scheduled for May 21 at the Hawthorne.
With no dinner planned, the CT SPJ will also not make any inductions into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame and present no winners for the Helen M. Loy Freedom of Information Award this year.
The contest judging will continue. We had more than 800 entries into our contest this year, and we are in the process of swapping entries with the Utah Chapter of SPJ. We plan to announce the winners of the contest on May 21 on our Facebook page and on our website. Stay tuned.
Please continue your hard work over the next several months and please stay safe.

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