Special Awards

There’s still time to enter for a special award from SPJ for 2021 work!

NEW deadline: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5 pm MT.

Note: Honors nomination are FREE and are made by submitting a one-page letter outlining the contributions of an individual, group or organization to journalism in Utah

Honors
Note: Honors nomination are FREE and are made by submitting a one-page letter outlining the contributions of an individual, group or organization to journalism in Utah. Submit letters to utahspj@gmail.com

Public Service Award: An article, a package or series of stories on one topic that demonstrates exceptional coverage that benefits the community. Nominations should describe the impact the work had on the community.
Don Baker Investigative Reporting Award: Honors the late Don Baker, a respected journalist who reported for the Standard-Examiner and Deseret News. Submit a single story, single-issue package or multi-issue series on any topic. Work must demonstrate exceptional investigative effort. Entry also may include a one-page synopsis of difficulties faced and overcome.
Josephine Zimmerman Pioneer in Journalism Award: This award is given to someone who broke ground in journalism for a particular group or in a particular area. This award is named for Josephine Zimmerman, a long-time political reporter at The Daily Herald in Provo.
Quintus C. Wilson Ethics Award: Honors Quintus C. Wilson, past chair of the University of Utah journalism department and founding member of Utah Headliners. Nominee’s work should demonstrate outstanding concern for journalism’s ethics or pursuit of ethics.
Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award: Honors the late Roy B. Gibson, who was a pioneer in TV broadcasting, a University of Utah communications professor and an ardent First Amendment advocate. Nominee’s work should demonstrate outstanding efforts to raise awareness of and protect access to government records and meetings, expose abuses of freedom of information laws, or use those laws to produce significant public service reports.
Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award: Honors the late Cliff Cheney, who served as Utah Headliners president in 1978. This award honors an individual for an outstanding contribution to Utah’s journalism industry. Accomplishments could include work as an educator or academic, mentoring young journalists, advocating for the industry, or other like actions. 
Lifetime Achievement Award: This award honors an individual for exceptional lifetime dedication to journalism. Selection is based on the nominee’s lifelong commitment to the profession and to the values of the Society of Professional Journalists including the tenacious pursuit of the truth; adherence to high ethical standards; service to the community as a watchdog; advocacy for freedom of information and a free press; and the inclusion of diversity in coverage and in the workplace.

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