Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Entries are first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners advance to the national competition. National winners will be showcased on spj.org.
The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. studying for an academic degree in 2022. International SPJ student members may also enter. Students who have had full-time, professional journalism experience, outside of internships, are not eligible. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the 2022 calendar year. Regional winners are scheduled to be announced in Q2 of 2023 and national winners will be announced later in 2023.