Keystone SPJ expands its contest to include NJ

Editor’s note: Stay tuned for news about NJ SPJ’s contest, which opens Jan. 2. However, do know that because of a sharp decrease in contest entries, our contest has been scaled down to our four signature awards: Courage Under Fire (for journalists who, despite strong opposition, defend the principles of a free press), the Barto (our “rookie of the year” award); the Awbrey (for local journalism that goes above and beyond); and the O’Brien (for investigative journalism that digs deep through effective use of public records).

To those who miss the old NJ SPJ contest that we all know and love, there’s no need to despair.

The SPJ Keystone Chapter has invited Jersey journalists to enter their annual 2018 Best in Journalism Contest. The contest — which is comprised of about 30 categories — is open for submissions from now until Feb. 26.

As our members know, we had hoped to run a joint contest with Keystone but there were logistical issues, so we are elated that our friends in Pennsylvania have expanded their contest to include submissions from New Jersey.  As members of SPJ’s Region 1, our two chapters have had a strong relationship: we have shared news about jobs, sought solutions to the issues facing the profession, and opened our doors to each other’s seminars.  We hope this invitation will help strengthen Keystone’s contest and foster further bonding between our two chapters.

The contest may be opened at through this link:

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Pat Trosky at or

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