The Society of Professional Journalists National Awards 2014

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Entries are now being accepted for the Society of Professional Journalists National Awards. For the students on break this winter, now is the chance to do some reporting in your spare time and get recognized for it, see the awards list below.

Mark of Excellence Awards: The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in collegiate journalism. Judged at the regional and national level, the annual competition offers categories in newspapers, magazines, photograph, radio, television and online journalism. Entries due January 24, 2014 at midnight ET.

Sigma Delta Chi Awards: The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are among the premiere prizes in the profession and recognize achievement in all forms of journalism: print, television, radio, graphics, magazines, research, newsletters and online. Entries due by February 7, 2014 at midnight ET.

New America Award: SPJ’s New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. Entries due February 7, 2014 at midnight ET.

National High School Essay Contest: SPJ wants to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Free Media to our lives. The top three national winners will receive scholarship awards. Postmark deadline March 7, 2014.

For more information on SPJ awards and contests, click here.

SPJ co-sponsors the first internship panel of the semester

The Stony Brook University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists co-sponsered an internship panel discussion on Nov. 6, in which intern advisers at Newsday, Patch, Hamptons.com and News 12 Long Island offered tips on what it takes to land a journalism internship and make a lasting, positive impression.

The group outlined the basic skills expected of intern applicants, offered tips on how to nail an interview, and shared secrets on what it takes to take full advantage of the role.

Panelists included:

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Nicole Brewer, Executive Editor, Hamptons.com and executive vice president of PCLI

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Carl Corry, Newsday’s online local news editor and chairman of the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism at Stony Brook

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Margarita Kuyenov, Talent Acquisition Manager at News 12 Networks

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Ann Bernzweig, intern coordinator at News 12 Long Island

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Henry Powderly, Suffolk regional editor at AOL’s Patch.com

More than 30 Stony Brook journalism students attended the panel discussion.

The event, hosted by the Press Club of Long Island, the local professional chapter of SPJ, was also co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University School of Journalism and the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism.

Brewer, who moderated the discussion, emphasized that students must not exaggerate their experience or skills on their resumes.

There was some discussion on the question of whether “passion” trumps “experience” for internship applicants. Some panelists said specific examples of good work are paramount in their consideration of potential candidates.

In the absence of that experience, however, someone who exudes passion for journalism and a desire to learn can stand out, said Bernzweig, of News 12.

Even an applicant’s online presence is taken into consideration, said Corry, who mentioned that newsday.com¬†values strong social media and multimedia skills. Corry, who is also a director at large of national SPJ, said candidates should set up a website using WordPress or a similar service that highlights their best work.

Panelists also stressed the importance of keeping in contact with supervisors from previous internships because it can ultimately lead interns to secure great opportunities before or after graduation.