Why? This year’s NJ-SPJ Excellence in Journalism awards contest got off on a late start. We had been scheduled to begin January 1, but because of some technical glitches, we were not able to accept entries until January 8.
This gave people less time to prepare their entries. And as our March 1 deadline loomed, several entrants complained that they needed more time to prepare their entries.
So, to make sure that everyone gets a fair shot, the contest committee has decided to extend the deadline to March 11. To enter, go to njspj.org — or go directly to the contest interface atwww.betterbnc.com and create an “open call” account.
Cost is $20 per entry for members whose dues are up-to-date, $25 for non-members. Hint: This might be a good time to join SPJ and pay the lower rate. But either way, don’t miss this opportunity to enter the contest.
An NJ-SPJ award is prestigious primarily because our contest is judged by journalists in other parts of the United States. That means there is no favoritism, no politics, no cronyism. And people who hire journalists know it. An NJ-SPJ award on your resumé often helps if you are seeking new employment.
Here’s an idea: if you already entered, consider adding more entries.You can enter as many items in each category as you like, and in most cases, you just attach a link to your story or submit a PDF. You can also submit a paper entry (no charge for the first page, then $1 per page).