Feb. 3, 2014  

Sunshine State Awards Celebrates 20 Years of Recognizing Excellence in Journalism

Sunshine-State-Awards-BlueSunshine State Awards Celebrates 20 Years of Recognizing Excellence in Journalism

This year SPJ Florida’s annual awards contest, the Sunshine State Awards, celebrates 20 years of recognizing excellence in journalism. Last year, SPJ Florida voted to change its name from SPJ South Florida to SPJ Florida. One of the reasons was to better reflect its annual awards contest, which has been the largest statewide journalism competition for decades.

“We are pleased to continue this tradition of recognizing the best of journalism in Florida,” said Jason Parsley, president of SPJ Florida. “Each year as I look through our award winners, it makes me proud to be in a profession with such individuals who strive to report the truth, give a voice to the voiceless, tell rich meaningful stories, and expose corruption.”

This year SPJ Florida announced several additions to this year’s contest. They partnered with the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to offer Spanish language categories. They also expanded the competition’s eligibility to include journalists from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The early bird price is $28. After that the price goes to $33. SPJ and NAHJ members receive their second entry free.

Mark your calendars; early bird deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, February 21 with final deadline 5 p.m. February 28. The competition is open to all print, broadcast and online journalists in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Find out more about the awards. Read the awards categories here.

The competition recognizes quality journalism in the best tradition of our profession. Out-of-state journalists will judge all entries and may award first-, second- and third-place honors in each category.

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