The Society for Collegiate Journalists promotes good, ethical journalism through annual contests and awards. For more details on the contests and how to enter, see the official rules and award descriptions below.
ANNUAL NATIONAL CONTEST
SCJ sponsors a National Contest for all current SCJ members. All entries are judged by professionals in the field. There is no entry fee for current members of active chartered chapters.
For full details, see our contest rules: 2018 SCJ Contest Rules.
NOTE: The 2018 Contest is closed to submissions.
SCJ MAJOR AWARDS — DEADLINE JUNE 1, 2018
The following is a brief description of the SCJ Major Awards. All members and active chapters are eligible to compete. The awards must be mailed (with all supporting materials) or emailed (with all supporting materials in a .pdf or linked file). Award decisions are made by the Past Presidents, Art Barlow and Dr. Sheridan Barker. If you would like a printed copy of the applications please phone or email the National office. All applications are available at the links below.
- Edward E. McDonald Chapter of the Year Award — Edward E. McDonald spent 15 years of his retirement working tirelessly as national secretary-treasurer of Pi Delta Epsilon; the organization merged with Alpha Phi Gamma in 1975 to become SCJ. This award, in his memory, is given to a chapter that upholds the highest ideals of college student journalism. It is an award for a long-standing chapter. To nominate your chapter please complete the entry form available at the link above. The National Office will also submit outstanding chapters for consideration. To make a nomination, please use the Edward E. McDonald Chapter of the Year Award online nomination form.
- Arthur H. Barlow Student Journalist of the Year Award — The award is named for longtime SCJ Executive Director, Dr. Arthur H. Barlow. This award is based on outstanding contributions to college journalism. It is designed to allow SCJ chapter advisers an opportunity to bring national recognition to a student journalist who meets the highest standards of ethics, service, leadership and technical skills. The student must be an initiated member of the Society to be considered. In addition, the Barlow Award is supported with a $500 scholarship. To make a nomination, download the application: Barlow Award Nomination Form
- Sheridan Barker Adviser of the Year Award — This award recognizes the commitment and contribution the adviser makes to an SCJ Chapter. Excellent SCJ chapters thrive and endure because of the commitment of the SCJ adviser. The adviser is a mentor and a facilitator, a motivator and a link to the chapter’s past and the national organization’s future. The Barker Award recognizes such individuals who are the foundation of our national organization. It is a citation of lifelong achievement. Chapters may nominate advisers for consideration and the National Council will also submit outstanding advisers for consideration. To make a nomination, please use the Sheridan Barker Adviser of the Year Award online nomination form.
- Louis Ingelhart SCJ Freedom of Expression Award — The lnglehart Award recognizes the active student or adviser SCJ member who contributes to freedom of expression at the risk of personal and/or professional cost. It is awarded on occasion, not yearly. It is the only SCJ Award that may be awarded to non-members. To make a nomination, please use the Louis Inglehart SCJ Freedom of Expression Award online nomination form.
- Outstanding New Chapter — This award is given to a chapter that has been chartered or reactivated for a period no longer than 6 years and no shorter than 2 years. The purpose of this award is to recognize a new and energetic member of the SCJ family. In order to be eligible this chapter must have had at least one induction each academic year for 2 consecutive years. The National Office will also submit outstanding new chapters for consideration. To make a nomination, please use the Outstanding New Chapter Award online nomination form.
- Outstanding New Adviser — This award is given to an adviser who has advised a chapter (new or existing) for a period of no longer than 6 years and no shorter than 2 years. The purpose of this award is to recognize a new and energetic member of the SCJ family. In order to be eligible this adviser must be part of a chapter that has actively participated in SCJ activities (i.e., inductions, contest, philanthropy, conventions) for 2 consecutive academic years. To nominate your adviser please complete the entry form at the above link. The National Office will also submit outstanding new advisers for consideration. To make a nomination, please use the Outstanding New Adviser Award online nomination form.
- Mary Beth Earnheardt Award for Service — This award is named for Dr. Mary Beth Earnheardt and recognizes outstanding service work done by SCJ chapters. According to the SCJ constitution: ‘the dominant tradition of the Society for Collegiate Journalists is service. Because the Society stands for service, membership in it is not to be regarded as an honor in itself, but also as an opportunity for rendering greater service. Whatever traditions may accrue to the Society and its membership in the future, none shall ever supplant the tradition of service.’ While all journalism is technically driven by commitment to community service, this particular award aims to recognize leaders who demonstrate service beyond the norm. The Mary Beth Earnheardt Award for Service recognizes the importance of advancing community through: service projects; innovative, in-depth public affairs reporting projects; sustained awareness campaigns; or projects that require the reporter(s) to overcome major opposition. To make a nomination, please use the MaryBeth Earnheardt Award for Service online nomination form.
Certificate of Merit and Medal of Merit
The Certificate of Merit may be awarded to a member (current or alumni) who has made significant contributions to campus media. The Certificate of Merit is a printed citation which the SCJ National Office makes available to chapters at no cost. Two Certificates of Merit can be awarded each year by an active SCJ Chapter. They should be made for real distinction and are not mandatory for each active chapter each year. They should be presented in recognition of superior work. Certificates may be requested by any chapter at any time. Please allow three weeks to process the application. If you are requesting the certificate, please complete the Certificate of Merit Nomination Form: Certificate of Merit Nomination Form
The text of the certificate reads: “Certificate of Citation for Significant Contributions to Collegiate Journalism [Recipient Name] has been awarded the Certificate of Merit by the National Council of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (Pi Delta Epsilon-Alpha Phi Gamma) Honorary Collegiate Journalism Society.” It is on letter size parchment cardstock and signed by the National President and the National Executive Director.
One Medal of Merit may be awarded each year to a chapter member (current or alumni) making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of college journalism. The Medal of Merit is a medallion, the cost, $12.00, is paid by the chapter making the award. Medal of Merit nominations are processed in the Spring semester between January 15 and May 15 of each year. Allow three weeks to process nominations. Please complete the Medal of Merit Nomination Form: Medal of Merit Nomination Form
Basic conditions for making the merit awards are:
- That the recommendations for the awards be made to the National Executive Director by the local chapter faculty adviser, a Dean, Vice President or President at the institution, director of student publications or director of student activities. Chapters should make nominations to the appropriate adviser, administrator, or director with supporting evidence of the work done.
- That the required evidence, nomination form and recommendation be received by the National Executive Director, along with the fee for medals, before the beginning of the next school year.
- One Medal of Merit for each chapter each year was authorized by the 1977 SCJ National Convention. Two Certificates of Merit for each chapter each year were authorized by the 1973 SCJ National Convention.
In 2003, the National Council voted to fund scholarship that had a direct impact on student journalism. The $500 SCJ grant is available to advisers and students of SCJ chapters. The scholarship must concentrate on the study of student journalism, and the author must provide a news release detailing the results to the National Office within two years of receiving the grant. Additional details can be obtained by contacting the National Executive Office.