Society of Professional Journalists Seeks Input on National Convention

The SPJ Board of Directors is seeking input via an online survey from SPJ members regarding the 2021 national convention.

The directors will be discussing whether the convention should take place in New Orleans this year as a hybrid in-person/virtual event or be entirely virtual.

If the event is hybrid, participants can attend in-person on-site, or remotely via online streaming.

The board will make its final decision on several factors including the cost to cancel the hotel contract, forecasts for vaccine distribution, travel considerations and more.

The survey can be filled out by visiting

The Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award Contest to Close March 5

The Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award honors New York Herald Tribune reporter and recognizes outstanding achievements in reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States.

Reporters can enter themselves, or be nominated, by visiting

The deadline to enter is March 5.

The award was established at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1959 during the heart of the civil rights movement to honor Paul Tobenkin.

2021 Top of the Rockies Contest to Close Feb. 1

The 2021 Top of the Rockies contest, administered for more than a decade by the SPJ Colorado Professional Chapter on behalf of SPJ chapters in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, will officially open on Dec. 17.

The contest, which encourages journalists, editors and photographers to submit their best work, will be open through 10 p.m. Feb. 1.

For the first time, Top of the Rockies has four divisions based on newsroom staff size: fewer than five staff members; five to under nine staff members; nine to under 15 staff members; more than 15 staff members. News organization are allowed to compete in a division with a larger staff size; they are not permitted to drop a division. If your news organization has not been placed in one of the new divisions, contact Deb Hurley Brobst at

For a full list of contest rules, and categories, visit

Awards will be announced April 30 at the awards ceremony at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver — or online if an awards ceremony is not possible.

For additional questions, contact Deb Hurley Brobst at

Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism Application Deadline March 1

Take your journalism career to the next level and deepen your understanding of environmental issues by applying for the 2021-2022 Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. Five accepted candidates will audit courses, participate in weekly seminars and field trips, and work on a significant project. In partnership with the Scripps Howard Foundation, these positions are offered by the Center for Environmental Journalism, part of the College of Media, Communication and Information. Thanks to a campus-wide commitment to research and teaching on the many facets of environmental problems, the university provides Scripps fellows with unparalleled intellectual resources that can be tailored to meet their needs and interests.

For more information, and to apply, visit

Deadline for LinkedIn for Journalists Quarterly Webinar to close March 2

The LinkedIn for Journalists program is limited to full time and freelance journalists working in editorial roles at news organizations.

Applications will close March 2 at 5 p.m. PT. If you apply by February 11, we will respond on February 26. If you apply February 11-March 2, we will respond on March 11.

To apply, visit