Earn Your Diamonds

Enter the 2020 Diamond Journalism Awards Today!

Attention professional and student journalists in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas:

The 2020 Diamond Journalism Awards entry period is underway.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Diamond Journalism Awards is open to any professional or student journalist, including freelancers, working in Arkansas and bordering states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee).

Eligible work must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019.

Entries are now being accepted online at https://betternewspapercontest.com/. Submitted entries can be either pdfs or URL links or both. No Word documents accepted.

The entry deadline is March 20, 2020

For details on entry rules and requirements please visit here.

To pay for entries, go here.

2018 Diamond Awards accepting entries

Attention professional and student journalists within 250 miles of Little Rock, it’s time to enter the Diamond Journalism Awards!

Sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, the Diamond Journalism Awards recognize outstanding journalism by professionals and students from Arkansas and bordering media markets in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Eligible work must have been published or broadcast between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Entries can be submitted starting April 20, 2018 and has been extended until 11 p.m. CDT, JULY 16, 2018.

 

Go here for rules and other information.

2013 Journalism Contest is open for entries!

The Arkansas Pro Chapter SPJ has issued the call for entries to its 2013 journalism contest. Employees of all print, broadcast, and online media outlets based in Arkansas are eligible to enter their work from 2012.

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, March 22. The annual awards banquet will be held in Little Rock in May, with national SPJ President Sonny Alborado as the guest speaker.

For a copy of the contest guidelines and entry form, contact chapter president Eric Francis at Eric.Francis@yahoo.com.

Arkansas SPJ Honors State’s Journalists

Media watchers in Arkansas heard from NPR’s Debbie Elliott this Wednesday, at the annual banquet honoring the winners of the Arkansas Pro SPJ chapter’s journalism contest.

Elliott, who has covered Congress and anchored Weekend All Things Considered, has returned to her native Alabama to live and work. She told the assembled group that she loves reporting in the field but grapples with the added demands of producing stories in several formats besides radio.

‘It’s something I think a lot of us are dealing with these days,” she said. “When do you put down the microphone and pick up the camera?”

Elliott also shared pieces that she has produced in conjunction with the Oxford American magazine, based in Conway, Arkansas, with video modules added to stories produced for NPR.

Dozens of awards were handed out to Arkansas journalists, including:

Best Use of FIO: Debra Hale-Shelton, Arkanas Democrat-Gazette
Best Spot News, TV: Marci Manley & Stacy Smith, KNWA
Best Feature, Div I Newspapers: Democrat-Gazette NW Staff
Hard News: AP Staff
Outstanding New Journalist: Chad Day, Democrat-Gazette

Full results are available under the “Contest” tab above. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who made the banquet a success!