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And the Region 10 contest is live

Whew – it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve here, but we should be good to go. To enter the 2013 SPJ Region 10 Excellence in Journalism contest please visit

The categories and entry prices are the same as last year. The deadline is February 19 – please meet the deadline. Please.
Some of you have a three-day weekend coming up and the stuff you are submitting was already published – please don’t procrastinate.

We have a new contest coordinator. Her name is Lorna Walsh and she is a communications professional here in Spokane. She was one of a handful of people who were interested in the job, and we are looking forward to working with her.
For now, your best contact for contest questions is Regional Director Pia Hallenberg – reach her at

We received more than 2,000 entries last year and are excited to see what you will be sending us this year. Remember, only entries published and broadcast in 2013 are eligible.

Regional SPJ contest winners to be announced this week

Update–Winners were announced on Friday, May 6. In most cases, I notified a central contact person at each media organization. In the case of individual submissions or freelancers, however, I also attempted to send those notifications personally. I have heard from several people who did not receive the email or whose email had gone into their junk mailbox. So if you haven’t heard anything and want to double-check, please contact me before Friday, May 20. Winners will be announced online at 10 pm PST on Saturday, May 21 following the Seattle and Portland awards banquets.


Entries for the 2010 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest have been judged. We are finalizing our records, and will be making email notifications to winners and/or administrative contacts early this week. To learn more about your chapter’s awards banquet or event, please contact your chapter leaders directly.

Winners for the regional (pro) contest will be posted on this website after 10 pm on Sat., May 21, 2011.

Thank you for your patience.

Dana Neuts, Regional Director

2010 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest Timetable

(Revised 1/11/11)

We are getting ready to launch the annual Region 10 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. Here is the timetable for this year’s contest, honoring work produced during 2010:

12/31/10 – Contest categories solidified (to include any new categories, changes, etc.)

01/14/11 – Online contest entry information posted

01/14/11 – Press release issued, announcing the contest:  official “call for entries”

02/22/11 – Entry deadline for all categories

02/25/11 – Payment deadline for all entries to advance to judging (pay online or via check)

02/28/11 – Contest entries submitted to out-of-state judges

03/31/11 – Judges’ decisions to be returned to regional director

04/30/11 – Notification of winners (names only, no place or category info. will be given)

05/21/11 – Awards banquets to be held in Seattle and Portland for those chapters; other chapters will receive trophies and certificates via mail around the same time. For information about your chapter’s awards, please contact your chapter president.

Questions? Please contact regional director Dana Howard Neuts or contest coordinator Ruth Pettis.

Congratulations to our 2009 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest winners!

This year our 2009 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest brought in 2,500 entries from Region 10, including entries from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The entries were submitted online for the first time this year, and judged online as well by journalists around the country. It was a big effort, but well worth it to be able to honor the very best in journalist in our corner of the world.

For those of you who were not able to attend the Portland or Seattle chapters’ May 22 awards banquets, or who belong to a chapter that doesn’t host an awards ceremony, we are pleased to be able to share the winners of this year’s Region 10 SPJ contest with you.

Download the winners here!

Congratulations to all of those who submitted entries this year! We are honored to work along side you!

Award results to be posted by midnight, May 23

Everyone is anxious to hear the results of the Region 10 Excellence in Journalism contest, and we’ve been getting lots of requests for more information about when winners will be posted. We’re glad you are so enthusiastic!

As in past years, we will post the winners by midnight the night of the Portland and Seattle banquets, May 22. So by 12 am on Sunday, May 23, the full list of regional winners will be posted at that time. They will be posted to Western Washington Pro Chapter’s website and passed onto other chapters who have websites. They will also be posted to the Region 10 blog.

If you have any questions, please direct them to your individual chapter presidents. Thank you and good luck!

2009 NW Excellence in Journalist Contest Launched Jan. 12

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

SPJ Announces 2009 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest, Contest is Now Online

Seattle, Washington, January 12, 2010 – Contest organizers in SPJ’s region 10 announced the launch of the 2009 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest today. The annual SPJ contest honors the best journalism work in daily newspapers, alternative newsweeklies, nondaily newspapers, magazines, online, radio and television. Each year thousands of entries are submitted, but only the very best receive the top awards.

Open to journalists in SPJ’s Region 10 (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana), this year’s contest offers some significant changes:

1.    Online submission:  Entries in most categories will be submitted via our new online contest system, rather than mailed in. See contest details for exceptions.

2.    Magazines:  The magazine contest is now open to all chapters in the five-state region. Previously, magazine entries were only permitted from the Western Washington Pro Chapter based in Seattle.

3.    Nondaily newspapers: The nondaily newspaper contest is now open to journalists in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Previously, only Western Washington publications could enter. (Note: The Oregon-Southwest Washington chapter has its own nondaily newspaper contest and is not participating in the regionwide nondaily contest.)

“This year we’re making a lot of positive changes to the contest. These changes will make entering the SPJ contest easier than ever before while reducing administrative and mailing costs,” regional director Dana Neuts said.

“For the first time, we’re making online submissions possible, and we are expanding the magazine and nondaily newspaper contests to be open to others within the region,” Neuts added. “We’re excited to take the contest to the next level.”

Contest entries may be submitted online starting today through the end of the day on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, the deadline for entry. Entry fees are $15 each and the contest is open to both SPJ members and nonmembers residing and working in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. For complete eligibility rules and instructions, please visit the SPJ website at

As the largest journalism organization in the United States, the Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press, promoting the free flow of information, and providing information to the public in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner. SPJ also offers continuing education, ethics and diversity training and relevant programs for journalists and the public it serves.

For more information, please contact:

Scott Maben, former regional director, Spokane, WA, (509) 459-5528
Ruth Pettis, contest coordinator, Seattle, WA, (206) 781-8097
Dana Neuts, regional director, Kent, WA, (360) 920-1737


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