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EXTENDED Final Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Pro category entries: $38 each  -  Student category entries: $25 each

SPJ’s Florida Pro Chapter is pleased to announce the 23rd annual Sunshine State Awards competition, open to all professional print, broadcast and online journalists in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Spanish-language division is presented in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. We also offer a Student division for students at Florida colleges and universities.

The 2017 Sunshine State Awards recognize quality journalism from calendar year 2016. Out-of-state journalists will judge all entries and may award first-, second- and third-place honors in each category. The finalist list will be emailed to all entrants in late April. Winners will be announced at the annual Sunshine State Awards ceremony this summer.


All entries must be submitted online; no hard-copy entries are accepted. Read the category descriptions and follow all instructions carefully. If you have questions, please contact Contest Administrator Tim Dodson at tim@timdodson.com or 305-756-6763.

EXTENDED final entry deadline is Tuesday, March 7, at 11:59 p.m. Pro entries are now $38 each. Student category entries are $25 each.

SPJ & NAHJ MEMBER BENEFIT: get one entry FREE with your first paid entry. The free entry must list a current, dues-paying individual SPJ or NAHJ member as one of the entrants. If you have questions about individual membership status of your entrants, contact SPJ or NAHJ membership staff at their respective headquarters.


Descriptions of requirements for each category are displayed in the entry form. Simply start an entry and select a category to view. Or, you may view a complete list of categories and their descriptions at www.spjflorida.com.


A01      James Batten Award for Public Service

A02      Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

A03      Diversity Award

A04      First Amendment Foundation Freedom of Information Award

A05      Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting

A06      Journalist of the Year

A07      Anchor of the Year


B01      Breaking News Reporting

B02      Non-Deadline News Reporting (Large)

B03      Non-Deadline News Reporting (Small)

B04      Feature Reporting (Large)

B05      Feature Reporting (Small)

B06      Series

B07      Commentary & Criticism - General

B08      Commentary & Criticism - Arts

B09      Profile Reporting

B10      State and Local Election Reporting

B11      Presidential Election Reporting

B12      Data Reporting

B13      Editorial Writing

B14      Editorial Cartoon

B15      Headline Writing

B16      Beat Reporting - Arts

B17      Beat Reporting - Business

B18      Beat Reporting - Community

B19      Beat Reporting - Consumer Issues

B20      Beat Reporting - Crime & Courts

B21      Beat Reporting - Education

B22      Beat Reporting - Environment, Health & Science

B23      Beat Reporting - Food & Travel

B24      Beat Reporting - Government & Politics

B25      Beat Reporting - Hardship Issues

B26      Beat Reporting - Minority Issues

B27      Beat Reporting - Religion

B28      Beat Reporting - Sports

B29      Special Publication or Section


C01      Breaking News Photography

C02      Feature Photography

C03      Photography Story

C04      Art/Photo Illustration

C05      Infographic

C06      Front Page Design (Large)

C07      Front Page Design (Small)


D01      Public Service Reporting

D02      Investigative Reporting

D03      Feature Story

D04      Profile Story

D05      Commentary & Criticism

D06      Food and Travel Writing

D07      Trade or Special Interest Publication

D08      Cover Design

D09      Inside Design

D10      Best Single Issue


E01      Best Newscast

E02      Investigative Reporting

E03      Spot News Reporting

E04      Government & Politics Reporting

E05      Continuing Coverage

E06      Feature Reporting

E07      Public Affairs


F01       Best Newscast

F02       General Coverage

F03       Investigative Reporting

F04       Government & Politics Reporting

F05       Feature Reporting

F06       Public Affairs


G01      Blog

G02      News Web Site

G03      Online Breaking News

G04      Multimedia Feature

G05      Package

G06      User-Generated Content

G07      Infographics and Data Visualization

G08      Video

G09      Podcast

G10      Blog Writing

G11      Blog Writing - In Depth

G12      Social Media Package


H01      Periodista del Año – Print/Digital/Online

H02      Periodista del Año – Television/Radio

H03      Mejor Reportaje de Investigación – Print/Digital/Online

H04      Mejor Reportaje de Investigación – Television/Radio

H05      Mejor Cubrimiento Noticias de Última Hora (Breaking News) – Print/Digital/Online

H06      Mejor Cubrimiento Noticias de Última Hora (Breaking News) – Television/Radio

H07      Mejor Reportaje Especial (Features) – Print/Digital/Online

H08      Mejor Reportaje Especial (Features) – Television/Radio

H09      Election Reporting - All Media

H10      Mejor Trabajo Estudiantil – All Media


J01       College Journalist of the Year

J02       Best Student Publication

J03       Best Website

J04       Best News Story

J05       Best News Photo

J06       Best Profile

J07       Best Review

J08       Best Sports Story

J09       Best Sports Photo

J10       Best Opinion Column

J11       Best Page Design

J12       Best Video

J13       Best Coverage of LGBT Issues

J14       Best Coverage of Race and Minorities

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