The Sigma Delta Chi Awards
are presented annually by the Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists , formerly known as Sigma Delta Chi, is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. It was established in April 1909 at DePauw University, and its charter was designed by William Meharry Glenn. The ten founding members of...
for excellence in journalism
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The Awards, according to the SPJ, did not begin in 1932 when the society chose six individuals for their contributions to journalism. In 1939 the awards program began as it is today when the SPJ awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. These awards later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
A fee is collected from each entry. In 2007 the fee for members of the Society of Professional Journalists was $60, $100 for non-members. All entries must be accompanied by three copies of the entry form.
In addition each entry must include a cover letter
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that includes a summary of the story or stories, a discussion of the major findings and results, a review of the process followed to get the story and an account of the difficulty or uniqueness of effort in obtaining the story.
Materials are judged by "distinguished, veteran journalists. For each category one award is issued and judges may withhold an award if they deem no entry worthy.
Entries are judged on readability, effectiveness of interpretation, accuracy and completeness, enterprise, clarity and style, resourcefulness of the reporter in overcoming obstacles, interest and adherence to the SPJ Code of Ethics.
The 48 categories are assigned according to publication type or the type of work in journalism. There are awards for newspapers/wire services, magazines, art/graphics, radio
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, newsletters, research
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and online reporting
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