Finalists named for 2023 Diamond Journalism Awards

Finalists named for 2023 Diamond Journalism Awards

The Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2023 Diamond Journalism Awards, a regional competition that recognizes journalism excellence among professionals and students from Arkansas and six bordering states.

Arkansas SPJ will present the winners at an awards ceremony on June 27 at Brewski’s Pub & Grub, 315 Main St., Little Rock. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m.. with the awards presentations starting at 6 p.m.

This year’s competition for work published or broadcast in 2022 drew 363 entries in more than 80 categories, including Diamond Journalist of the Year and Outstanding New Journalist, the Robert S. McCord FOI Award, the Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder Public Service Award, and the Garrick Feldman Community Journalism Award.

Judges were members of the Washington D.C. SPJ chapter.

Finalists for the 2023 Diamond Journalism Awards listed by the outlet in which their work appeared:

225 Magazine
Maggie Heyn Richardson, Olivia Deffes, Zane Piontek, Mark Clements

501 Life Magazine
Tammy Keith

Arkadelphian.com
Joel Phelps

Arkansas Catholic
Dwain Hebda

Arkansas Now News
Hannah Campbell

AY Magazine
Austin Castrellon, Mike Bedgood, Dwain Hebda

Arkansas Advocate
Sonny Albarado, Tess Vrbin, Hunter Field,

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Michael R. Wickline, Teresa Moss, Joseph Flaherty, Sean Clancy, Rex Nelson, Nick Popowitch, Staci Vandagriff, Thomas Metthe, David Barham, Alexandria Brown, Remington Miller, Lisa Hammersly, Jenn Terrell, Will Langhorne, Frank Lockwood, Bill Bowden, Dwain Hebda, Democrat-Gazette Staff, Colin Murphey

Arkansas Money & Politics (AMP) Magazine
Lora Puls, Dwain Hebda

Arkansas Times
Dwain Hebda, Mandy Keener

The Arkansas Traveler (University of Arkansas)
Sarah Komar,

The Associated Press
Andrew DeMillo

Black Vitality
Dwain Hebda

The Commercial Appeal/The Tennessean
Daniel Connolly, Duane Gang, Arriel Cobert, Joe Rondone, Mel Fronczek, Ana Hurler

The Daily Citizen
Greg Geary

Do South Magazine
Dwain Hebda

The Echo (University of Central Arkansas)
Sarah Smythe, Madison Ogle, Courtney Shepherd, Delaney Van Wilpe, Anna Yanosick, Bennett Tinnermon, Emilee Hagewood, Mia Waddell, Maci England, Emily Kennard

Fort Worth Weekly
Edward Brown, Anthony Mariani

InRegister Magazine
Kelli Bozeman, Hoa Vu, Jordan Hefler, Collin Richie, Sean Gasser

KARK 4 News
Caitrin Assaf, Lauren Swaim

KHBS/KHOG (40/29)
Brett Rains, Katie Hamner, Colleen Clement, 40/29 TV Staff

KLRT-FOX 16
Kevin Kelly, Stephen Goodale, Lauren Swaim, Ashlei King, Julian Jones

KLSU-FM
Patricia Caputo, Liam Haley

KNWA-TV
Chelsea Helms

KTHV (THV11)
Skot Covert, Kelly Tibbit, Zach Keast

KUAR Public Radio
Daniel Breen, Josie Lenora, J. Bradley Minnick, Mary Ellen Kubit, Joseph Fuller

Leader Newspapers
Rick Kron

Mississippi Free Press
Nick Judin, Donna Ladd, Grace Marion, Torsheta Jackson, Aliyah Veal, Ashton Pittman, DeAnna Tisdale Johnson, Acacia Clark, Kristin Brenemen, Kayode Crown, William Pittman, Lukas Flippo

Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
Nancy Henderson

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism
Jacob Steimer, Mikhaila Markham, Andrea Morales, Brittany Brown, Wendi C. Thomas, Carrington Tatum, Andrea Morales, Ashli Blow

New Lines Magazine
Sarah Komar

Reveille (Louisiana State University)
Josh Archote, Reveille Editorial Board, Claire Sullivan, Katy-Ann McDonald, Will Nickel, Patricia Caputo, Brandon Poulter, Ally Kadlubar, Piper Hutchinson, Connor Barney, Henry Huber

St. Louis Public Radio
Avery Lea Rogers, Danny Wicentowski

Stuttgart Daily Leader
Kelly Connelly, Kristen Siler

Tiger TV (Louisiana State University)
Ava Borskey, Aria Pons

The Trucker
Dwain Hebda

World Christian Broadcasting
Paul Ladd

2023 Diamond Awards Categories

2023 DIAMOND JOURNALISM AWARDS

CONTEST CATEGORIES

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A NOTE ON CONTEST DIVISIONS: Please pay attention to entry requirements. For most categories, entries can be submitted in two divisions — print/online and audio/video (includes podcasts, radio and TV). However, some categories allow entries to be submitted in the following subdivisions: newspapers, magazines, online publications, TV/video, and audio/radio.

DIAMOND HONORS – ALL MEDIA

GARRICK FELDMAN COMMUNITY JOURNALISM AWARD — For focused coverage of a community or neighborhood, awarded in honor of the late Garrick Feldman, publisher of The Leader newspapers, Jacksonville, Ark., and proponent of strong local journalism. COVER LETTER REQUIRED. Submit no more than six stories and related multimedia content. Audio and video entries should not be longer than 60 minutes total.

01. ALL MEDIA

CHARLOTTE TILLAR SCHEXNAYDER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD — For journalism that seeks to benefit society through extensive coverage of an issue facing a community, state or region. Named in honor of the late Charlotte Schexnayder, journalist, small-town newspaper publisher and Arkansas legislator. Entry MUST INCLUDE A NOMINATING LETTER providing background and context and results, if any. Judges will consider significance of the issue, journalistic initiative, presentation, and results. Submit no more than 10 items – stories and opinion pieces. Audio and video entries should not be longer than 60 minutes total.

02. ALL MEDIA

THE ROBERT S. MCCORD FOI AWARD — For coverage that focuses on the public’s right to know and that carries on the legacy of the late Robert McCord, a former national SPJ president who is considered the father of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. COVER LETTER REQUIRED in support of the nomination. Submit stories, opinion pieces, letters or other material (including audio or video) that demonstrate how the nominee contributed to the protection or enhancement of the public’s right to know.

03. ALL MEDIA

OUTSTANDING NEW JOURNALIST AWARD — For journalistic excellence demonstrated by an individual  who has worked five years or fewer in their market. The winner will be chosen based on a NOMINATING LETTER and supporting documents. Submit a portfolio by the nominee of five pieces representative of their work over the year.

04. ALL MEDIA

OUTSTANDING STUDENT  JOURNALIST AWARD — For journalistic excellence demonstrated by an individual student journalist. The winner will be chosen based on a NOMINATING LETTER and supporting documents. Submit a portfolio by the nominee of five pieces representative of their work over the year. 

05. ALL MEDIA

DIAMOND JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR — For journalistic excellence by a journalist in any medium over the preceding 12 months. Submit a portfolio by the nominee of five to seven pieces and a NOMINATING LETTER from a ranking editor or producer.

06. ALL MEDIA

PROFESSIONAL MEDIA

BREAKING NEWS For  clear, accurate and engaging coverage of a single, unexpected news event by individuals, teams or news. Judges will consider deadline pressure and complexity of the subject. 

07. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit up to three articles, any sidebars and related multimedia content. 

08. AUDIO/VIDEO –  Submit audio or video from up to three stories not longer than 30 minutes total and any related multimedia content.

GENERAL NEWS — For  coverage of a news-related topic. May include planned coverage of a single event or in-depth or enterprise reporting.

09. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit up to three articles and any related multimedia content.

10. AUDIO/VIDEO – Submit audio or video from up to three stories not longer than 30 minutes total and any related multimedia content.

ONGOING COVERAGE For continuing coverage over time of a topic or major event demonstrating solid reporting and presentation with complexity and perspective. 

11. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit up to five stories along with any related multimedia content. Entries may include a mix of story types, e.g. breaking news, features and explanatory.

12. AUDIO/VIDEO – Submit audio or video from up to five stories not longer than 60 minutes total along with any related multimedia content. Entries may include a mix of story types, e.g. breaking news, features and explanatory.

ENTERPRISE/IN-DEPTH REPORTING — For coverage that reflects a reporter’s or team’s initiative, ingenuity, use of sources and/or special research to dig deeper or capture more complexity than a typical news story.

13. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit a single story or a series of up to three stories and any related multimedia content.

14. AUDIO/VIDEO Submit audio or video from a single report or a series of reports not longer than 30 minutes total and any related multimedia content.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING — For reporting that  demonstrates initiative, persistence and resourcefulness in pursuing information that is restricted or not easily available and is of public interest and significance. COVER LETTER REQUIRED, explaining reporting process and impact or results.

15. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit one story or a series of no more than six stories and any related multimedia content.

16. AUDIO/VIDEO – Submit a single piece or a series on the same topic with a maximum combined run time of 60 minutes and any related multimedia content. 

EXPLANATORY REPORTING — For reporting and writing that elucidate significant stories and complex situations, that deepen understanding of a subject or that focus on subjects covered minimally or not at all by most media. 

17. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit one story or a series and any related multimedia content. If entering a series, please submit no more than six stories.

18. AUDIO/VIDEO  – Submit one audio clip of up to 30 minutes.

EDITORIALS — For opinion writing that represents a news organization’s position on a topic or issue. Judges will consider importance to the community, writing style, reasoning, originality and reader interest. 

19. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit three editorials as one entry.

20. AUDIO/VIDEO – Submit three editorials as one entry.

COMMENTARY — For commentary or analysis by an individual. News-related blogs also are eligible. Judges will consider quality of expression, clarity  and originality.

21. PRINT/ONLINE – Submit three samples as one entry.

22. AUDIO/VIDEO – Submit three samples as one entry.

FEATURES — For individual storytelling excellence. Judges will consider the use of narrative, use of humor or drama, style, creativity, clarity and suitability of the writing to the subject.

23. NEWSPAPERS – Submit one story.

24. MAGAZINES  – Submit one story. 

25. ONLINE ONLY (For stories, audio or video published or broadcast online only.) Submit one story or audio/video of not more than 15 minutes.

26. TV/VIDEO – Submit one story of not more than 15 minutes.

27. RADIO/AUDIO – Submit one story of not more than 15 minutes.

PROFILES — For reporting that  depicts the character and personality of a story  subject.

28. NEWSPAPERS Submit one story.

29. MAGAZINES Submit one story.

30. ONLINE ONLY (For written, audio or video stories published or broadcast online only.) Submit one written story or audio/video story of not more than 15 minutes.

31. TV/VIDEO Submit one story of no more than 15 minutes.

32. RADIO/AUDIO Submit one story of no more than 15 minutes.

SPORTS — For coverage of any sport or athletic endeavor. Judges will consider clarity and style.

33. NEWSPAPERS – Submit a single story or no more than three stories representing continuing coverage of a single topic.

34. MAGAZINES – Submit a single story or no more than three stories representing continuing coverage of a single topic.

35. ONLINE ONLY (For written, audio or video stories published or broadcast online only.) Submit a single story or no more than three stories covering a single topic. Audio/video entries should not be longer than 15 minutes total.

36. AUDIO/VIDEO Submit audio or video of no more than three reports covering a single topic with a run time not longer than 15 minutes. 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE — For reporting on the arts, entertainment, restaurant and other cultural news. Entry may include columns, profiles and features. Judges will consider the quality of the writing and presentation and, where appropriate, analysis.

37. NEWSPAPERS – Submit up to three stories or a series of up to three stories.

38. MAGAZINES – Submit up to three stories or a series of up to three stories.

39. AUDIO/VIDEO Submit audio or video of no longer than 15 minutes.

40. ONLINE ONLY (For written stories, audio or video stories published or broadcast online only.) Submit one written story or audio/video story of not more than 15 minutes.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CRITICISM/REVIEWS — For writing that demonstrates a journalist’s competence in evaluating performance, restaurants, books, recorded music or other cultural events or entities.

41. NEWSPAPERS Submit three samples of the author’s work.

42. MAGAZINES Submit three samples of the author’s work.

43. AUDIO/VIDEO Submit audio or video of no longer than 5 minutes.

44. ONLINE ONLY (For written stories, audio or video stories published or broadcast online only.) Submit one written story or audio/video story of not more than 15 minutes.

BUSINESS — For coverage of business or finance by an individual or team. Submit up to five samples and any related multimedia content. Run times for audio and video should not exceed 5 minutes.

45. ALL MEDIA Submit up to five stories and related multimedia content or audio/video with a run time of not more than 15 minutes.

EDUCATION — For coverage of education (news, features, analysis and investigative). 

46. PRINT/ONLINE Submit up to five samples and any related multimedia content as one entry.

47. AUDIO/VIDEO Submit audio or video with a run time of not more than 15 minutes.

HEALTH — For reporting clearly on health, including medicine, community health and health policy, and the health effects of COVID-19. 

48. ALL MEDIA Submit up to five stories and related multimedia content or audio/video with a run time of not more than 15 minutes.

SCIENCE — For reporting clearly on science, including technology, and its impact on individuals and society. 

49. ALL MEDIA Submit up to five stories and related multimedia content or audio/video with a run time of not more than 15 minutes.

ENVIRONMENT — For coverage of environmental issues, including climate change.

50. ALL MEDIA Submit up to five stories and related multimedia content or audio/video with a run time of not more than 15 minutes.

POLITICS — For coverage of public issues, political campaigns, candidates or campaign finance. 

51. PRINT/ONLINE Submit up to five stories and related multimedia content as one entry.  

52. AUDIO/VIDEO Run times for audio or video should not exceed 15 minutes total. 

SPECIAL SECTION/NICHE PUBLICATION — For a niche publication or special section devoted to a single topic. Judges will consider depth of coverage, presentation, and quality of writing. 

53. PRINT/ONLINE Submit one section or niche publication. 

PODCASTS — For public interest podcasting that stands alone or is part of a series. 

54. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three episodes as one entry. Podcast entries may have also aired as radio or TV broadcasts.

VISUAL JOURNALISM & DESIGN

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY — For photojournalism produced on deadline. Judges will consider deadline pressure, complexity of subject and visual presentation.

55. ALL MEDIA Submit photos with cutlines from up to three stories as one entry, but no more than six images in all. Be sure to include the accompanying story or link to the story.

GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY — For photojournalism by an individual for any non-deadline news event.

56. ALL MEDIA Submit a single photo with cutline/caption. Link to or include accompanying story – if any.

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY — For feature photography by an individual..

57. ALL MEDIA Submit a single photo with cutline/caption. Link to or include the accompanying story, if any, or contextual information.

PHOTO SPREAD/ESSAY — For a group of photographs on a single theme published as part of a single story or as a stand-alone layout. 

58. ALL MEDIA Submit no more than 10 images with cutlines. Link to or include the accompanying story or contextual information.

PHOTO PORTFOLIO — For photography that shows the work of a single photographer. 

59. ALL MEDIA Submit or link to no more than five photos with cutlines. 

DATA VISUALIZATION — For presentation of complex information using graphics, maps and other interactive tools to report on data.

60. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three samples, including the associated stories or links to them online.

GRAPHICS/ILLUSTRATIONS — For infographics or illustrations.

61. ALL MEDIA Submit three samples as one entry. Include or link to any accompanying story or text.

VIDEOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO — For video journalism by an individual.

62. ALL MEDIA – Submit up to three samples with a maximum combined length of 15 minutes.

VIDEO PROGRAM — For regular news-oriented programming over the air or online that focuses on a theme or subject, including but not limited to topics such as crime, politics or health.

63. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three samples with a combined length 15 minutes maximum.

FRONT PAGE/COVER DESIGN — For presentation that significantly enhances access to journalistic work and improves audience experience and engagement. Submit up to three samples as one entry.

64. NEWSPAPERS Submit up to three samples as one entry.

65. MAGAZINES Submit up to three samples as one entry.

PAGE DESIGN — For presentation on a page or pages other than a magazine cover or front page that significantly enhances access to journalistic work and improves audience experience and engagement.

66. NEWSPAPERS Submit up to three samples as one entry.

67. MAGAZINES Submit up to three samples as one entry.

ONLINE DESIGN — For  presentation that significantly enhances access to journalistic work and improves audience experience and engagement.

68. WEB/MOBILE Submit up to three samples as one entry.

STUDENT MEDIA

STUDENT – SPECIAL PROJECTS — For special projects that show exemplary reporting, writing, photography or videography. These should be student-generated and not part of an ongoing university-sponsored project.  COVER LETTER REQUIRED.

69. ALL MEDIA Submit an entire issue of a publication, series of stories or single piece, or a broadcast of up to 60 minutes in length. 

STUDENT – BREAKING NEWS — For  clear and accurate reporting and engaging writing on deadline by individuals or teams regardless of platform. Judges will consider deadline pressure, style and complexity of the subject. 

70. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three articles and any related multimedia content. Audio and video clips should not exceed 15 minutes. 

STUDENT – GENERAL NEWS — For  clear and accurate reporting and engaging writing by individuals or teams regardless of platform. Judges will consider style and complexity of the subject. 

71. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three articles and any related multimedia content. Audio and video clips should not exceed 15 minutes. 

STUDENT – FEATURES — For individual storytelling excellence regardless of platform. Judges will consider use of narrative, humor or drama, style, creativity, clarity and suitability of the writing or video/audio presentation to the subject. 

72. ALL MEDIA Submit one story and any related multimedia content. Audio and video clips should not exceed 15 minutes. 

STUDENT – SPORTS — For  coverage of any sport or athletic endeavor regardless of platform. Judges will consider clarity and style. 

73. ALL MEDIA Submit a single story or no more than three stories representing continuing coverage of a single topic. Audio and video clips should not exceed 15 minutes. 

STUDENT – EDITORIALS — For  opinion writing that represents a student news outlet’s position on a topic or issue. Judges will consider importance to the community, writing style, reasoning, originality, and reader interest. 

74. ALL MEDIA Submit three editorials as one entry.

STUDENT – COMMENTARY — For  commentary, reviews or analysis by an individual on any platform. Blogs also are eligible. Judges will consider quality of expression, clarity, and originality.

75. ALL MEDIA Submit three samples as one entry. Maximum run time for video or audio: 15 minutes.

STUDENT – ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING — For coverage of arts, entertainment, restaurant and other cultural news. Entry may include columns, profiles and features. Judges will consider the quality of the writing and presentation and, where appropriate, analysis.

76. ALL MEDIA Submit three samples as one entry. Maximum run time for video or audio: 15 minutes.

STUDENT – ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CRITICISM/REVIEWS — For writing that demonstrates a journalist’s competence in evaluating performance, restaurants, books, recorded music or other cultural events or entities.

77. ALL MEDIA Submit three samples as one entry. Maximum run time for video or audio: 15 minutes.

STUDENT – BUSINESS — For  coverage of business or finance, including the business of college athletics and of institutions of higher learning. Judges will consider clarity. 

78. ALL MEDIA Submit a single story or no more than three stories representing continuing coverage of a single topic. Maximum run time for video or audio: 15 minutes.

STUDENT – EDUCATION — For  coverage on any platform of education, including institutions of higher education, teacher training and educational research. Judges will consider clarity and thoroughness. 

  1. ALL MEDIA Submit three samples as one entry. Maximum run time for video or audio: 15 minutes. 

STUDENT – NEWS PHOTO For  photojournalism by an individual for breaking or general news. Judges will consider deadline pressure, complexity of subject and visual presentation. 

80. ALL MEDIA Submit one photo with cutline. Please include the accompanying story or link the story. 

STUDENT – FEATURE PHOTO For  feature photography by an individual. Judges will consider the complexity of  the subject and visual presentation. 

81. ALL MEDIA Submit one photo with cutline. Please include the accompanying story or link the story, if any.

STUDENT – PHOTO SPREAD/ESSAY — For  a group of photographs on a single theme published  as part of a single story or as a stand-alone layout. 

82. ALL MEDIA Submit up to 10 images with cutlines and an explanation of the context or the accompanying story or text. Links are acceptable. 

STUDENT – PHOTO PORTFOLIO — For  photography that shows the work of a single photographer. 

83. ALL MEDIA Submit no more than five photos with cutlines.  

STUDENT – DATA VISUALIZATION — For presenting complex information using graphics, maps or other interactive tools to report on data.. 

84. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three samples, including the associated stories or links to them online.

STUDENT – GRAPHICS/ILLUSTRATIONS — For infographics or illustrations on any platform. 

85. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three samples. Include any accompanying story or text. 

STUDENT – DESIGN — For presentation that significantly enhances access to journalistic work and improves audience experience and engagement. Design encompasses visual and sound elements as well as print and online display. 

86. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three samples as one entry. 

STUDENT – PODCASTS — For reporting and journalistic storytelling that stands alone or is part of a series. 

87. ALL MEDIA Submit up to three episodes as one entry with maximum run time of 60 minutes. Podcast entries may have also aired as radio or TV broadcasts.

2023 Diamond Journalism Awards Rules

2023 DIAMOND JOURNALISM AWARDS

ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY RULES

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED!

APRIL 5, 2023

All professional and student journalists, and freelancers, residing 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 reside in the contest states may submit work published or broadcast outside those states.

ALL ENTRIES MUST HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED OR BROADCAST IN CALENDAR YEAR 2022.

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 in order to qualify for the discount. You can join SPJ by submitting an application here. We suggest submitting entries after your SPJ membership has been confirmed.

Entries may be submitted in more than one category, but a separate entry fee is required for each category.

Any significant challenges or corrections to an entry must be noted with the entry. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of the entry.

Non-English entries should also provide an English translation if possible.

Cover letters and supporting material are required only in conjunction with nominations for the following awards: Student Special Project, Student Journalist of the Year, Public Service, Community Journalism, FOI, Outstanding New Journalist and Diamond Journalist of the Year. 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, 2023, to accommodate judging and awards presentation.

Contest administrators reserve the right to combine entries in the same category from different platforms or circulation groups if an insufficient number of entries make the category non-competitive.

ENTRY FEES

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 new to using the Better BNC entry platform, go here for instructions .

You can find all the categories here.

Go here to submit payment for entries.

Arkansas Pro Chapter wins SPJ Circle of Excellence Award

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The Arkansas Pro Chapter has been named a Circle of Excellence Award winner for a small chapter with fewer than 75 members in the area of diversity, the Society of Professional Journalists announced Monday.

Circle of Excellence Awards recognize chapters that perform outstanding work in the areas of campus relations, professional development, diversity, chapter communications and First Amendment/Freedom of Information Act.

In September 2016, our chapter was a partner in presenting a #BlackLivesMatter in the Media panel featuring local and regional activists such as Rae Nelson, Ashley Yates and Shaun King. This panel created a dialogue on #BlackLivesMatter news coverage and steps to better approach reporting on the movement.

In March 2017, during Women’s History Month, the chapter held a Women in the Media panel exploring the experiences of female Arkansan journalists who have print, radio and broadcast backgrounds. Panelists included Gwen Mortiz, Raven Richard, Jill Bleed and Ibby Captuo.

The Arkansas Pro Chapter also worked in partnership with the Islamic Center of Little Rock to hold a Journalism & Islam: Halal Food for Thought discussion, which featured an honest exchange of questions, ideas and thoughts on how Muslims are portrayed in the media.

Candidates for Circle of Excellence Awards are chosen based on their annual reports. Check out our 2016-2017 report of what we’ve accomplished here.

Large Circle of Excellence Awards are given to chapters with more than 75 members, and Small Circle of Excellence Award winners have fewer than 75 members. The Arkansas Pro Chapter is one of eight chapters to be awarded this year.

For more information on this year’s Circle of Excellence Awards, visit here.

Cocktails, a contest and good conversation

The Society of Professional Journalists, Arkansas Pro Chapter will host a cocktail mixer this Thursday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 until whenever at 109 and Co., 109 Main St., Little Rock, Ark. Come meet your fellow Arkansas journalists and enjoy a few specialty cocktails!

See the flyer below for more info. A big thank you to board members Jennifer Ellis and Chelsea Boozer for planning this!

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#SPJdesk Contest