Entries are open for the 2021 Golden Press Card Awards, an annual competition of the East Tennessee SPJ Pro Chapter recognizing journalism excellence in the region.
(The entry deadline has been extended from midnight Feb. 7 to midnight Feb. 15.) Entries are being accepted from Jan. 4 to Feb. 15, 2022 at our special contest site.
Last year there were nearly 70 first and second place winners in radio, television, metro and small newspapers, digital only news organizations and other publications. Some categories have winners by media type while others have all entries competing together.
There are 21 categories plus a “Best of Show” award, “The Golden Press Card,” selected from the category winners.
One special category is the Horace V. Wells Jr. Community Service Award, named for a legendary East Tennessee journalist. Entries can be a single story or video that demonstrates impact. We encourage all news organizations to consider entering this category.
Works created during 2021 can be entered.
All entries and entry payments are made online via Paypal through the contest site.
If you entered last year, your contest login and password already exist for this year’s contest. (Most newsrooms have a contest coordinator who can do entries for the entire newsroom so check to see what your newsroom is doing.)
If you are entering for the first time or need a refresher, we have “help” and “how-to” information on the site. If you run into problems or have questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call contest administrator Jack Lail at (865) 686-6033.
Judging will be done by members of another SPJ professional chapter.