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 New America Rules

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Entry Deadline: March 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

SPJ’s New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities currently living in the United States. Although not required, collaboration with ethnic media is taken into account.

This year, the New America Award will be presented in three categories: Print/Online, Audio (includes radio and podcasts) and Television. In addition, the winners in those three categories will be placed in a final competition for a New America Overall Excellence Award.

 To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2023 calendar year. SPJ welcomes nominations from media outlets, journalists, community and issue advocacy groups, individuals and others concerned with ethnic issues. 

 Entries for the New America Award must be submitted online by March 4, 2024.

Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the significance of the issue and why it was chosen to report on. The letter should explain any obstacles encountered and benefits gained. The letter can also provide background about the nominees and talk about the effects of the journalism produced. Entries may be in any language; however, English translations must be supplied for entries that are not in English. For broadcast entries, transcripts in English are required.

A $35 entry fee must accompany each submission for SPJ members. A $50 entry fee must accompany each submission for non-members.

Our award entry system is comprised of the following steps:

  1. Provide information about your entry
  2. Upload your entry file(s) and other materials
  3. Confirm your entry information is correct
  4. Provide payment information
  5. Your entry is now ready for judging!

These steps may be completed at any time. Once you have completed the first step, you may return at any time to edit, upload files, and complete your entry. Once the entry is completed and confirmed, no changes can be made.

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