2022 DIAMOND JOURNALISM AWARDS
ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY RULES
ENTRY DEADLINE: MARCH 4, 2022
DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 11, 2022
All professional journalists, including freelancers, and student journalists who reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas can submit entries or have entries submitted on their behalf by news organizations that published or broadcast their work. Authors who live in the contest region may also submit work published or broadcast outside those states.
You DON’T have to be a member of the Society of Professional Journalists to enter, but members get a discount on entry fees. SPJ members must provide their membership number to qualify for the discount. You can join SPJ here.
ELIGIBLE WORK MUST HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED OR BROADCAST BETWEEN JAN. 1 AND DEC. 31, 2021.
Entries may be submitted in more than one category, but a separate entry fee is required for each category.
Non-English entries should also provide an English translation if possible.
Any signiﬁcant challenges or corrections to an entry must be provided with the entry. If not noted, an entry will be disqualiﬁed.
Cover letters and supporting material are required only with nominations for the Student Special Project Award, Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder Public Service Award, Garrick Feldman Community Journalism Award, Robert S. McCord FOI Award, Outstanding New Journalist Award and Diamond Journalist of the Year Award. Entrants in other categories may submit cover letters or supporting material at their discretion but should keep them brief.
Please ensure entry URLs remain valid through June 30, 2022, to accommodate judging and awards presentation.
Contest administrators reserve the right to combine entries in the same category from diﬀerent platforms or circulation groups to make a category more competitive.
SPJ members: $10 per entry.
To claim the member fee, you must supply your SPJ member number (in the entry platform’s comments box). A team entry may claim the fee if at least one team member is an SPJ member. That person’s name and SPJ member number must be listed in the comments box.
Nonmembers: $20 per entry.
Student SPJ members: $5 per entry. Provide your member number.
Student nonmembers: $10 per entry.
No fees will be refunded.
HOW TO ENTER
The Diamond Journalism Awards uses the Better BNC contest management platform for entries and judging.
If you’re familiar with the BNC platform, go here to enter, find our contest in the drop-down menu, then click “open call login” and follow the instructions.
Please note: All photo entries should be submitted under the “VISUAL JOURNALISM” division, not “PHOTOGRAPHY.” All newspapers, whether daily or non-daily, and magazines should submit entries other than photos under the “PRINT/ONLINE” division, except for the Features and Sports categories, where there are separate divisions for newspapers and magazines.
If you are new to the BNC platform, you can find instructions on how to enter on this page.
Go here (https://arkansasspj.org/diamond-awards-payment-page/)to submit payment for entries.