Call for entries for SPJ-DC annual Dateline Awards Contest


           SPJ-DC is now accepting applications for its 2011 Dateline Awards Contest.

            It is open to SPJ members and non-members alike and to both print and broadcast media outlets throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. This includes the District of Columbia; Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Stafford and Prince William counties in Virginia; and counties throughout Maryland.

            The “Online Only” category and the “Blog” category were both introduced in the last two years in an effort to better represent the changes in the industry.

            Entries will be judged by journalists and related professionals whose primary assignments do not include local news. These judges will nominate entries worthy of the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award, which is presented to an applicant in any award classification whose entry best exemplifies journalism aimed at protecting the public from abuses by those who would betray the public trust.

            All entries must be postmarked by February 24, 2012. Awards will be presented to the winners at the Annual Dateline Awards Dinner, which will be held June 12 at the National Press Club. (Details on the dinner itself will be coming soon!)

            For a complete list of guidelines, rules and entry categories, visit

            Questions about the contest can be directed in an email to the contest coordinator, Joel Whitaker: