The Arkansas Society of Professional Journalists has been nominated by its national umbrella organization as a finalist in the ‘Small Chapter of the Year’ category.
The national Society of Professional Journalists recognizes local/state chapters for “their commitment to the organization’s mission and journalism overall.” Founded in 1909, the SPJ promotes the “free practice of journalism” while encouraging “high standards of ethical behavior” among its 6,000 members.
Small Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with fewer than 75 members.
In the past two years, the Arkansas SPJ has won the ‘Small Chapter of the Year’ category. In 2019, the Arkansas chapter beat out the St. Louis chapter to win for the second consecutive year.
This year, the Arkansas chapter will be squaring off with the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. Cincinnati’s chapter has an established history as a Small Chapter of the Year winner, having received the honor three times. It won the honor in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The winner of the 2020 Small Chapter of the Year award will be announced at the SPJ2020 Journalism Conference’s closing ceremony. The conference will be held Sept. 12-13.
In addition, the Northwest Arkansas Society of Professional Journalists received a Small Circle of Excellence Award for diversity.