Welcome to the Deadline Club

NYC Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

As one of SPJ’s largest chapters, serving New York-area journalists since 1925, the Deadline Club is dedicated to perpetuating freedom of the press, encouraging the highest standards of excellence and ethics and fostering career development through its awards, scholarships, workshops, talks and social networking mixers.

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2023 Deadline Club Awards

The annual celebration of new york's finest journalism work

The Deadline Club’s journalism competition, one of the most prestigious in New York, stretches back to 1957, when the club introduced the James Wright Brown Award honoring outstanding journalistic achievement in the metropolitan area. Today, the competition draws more than 600 entries each year, awarding the iconic “Rube” statuette to the very best submissions across all media types.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2023 Awards. Early bird submissions are due by February 7, with a final deadline of February 14 at 11:59 p.m ET.

Upcoming event

Navigating Your Next Steps as a Mid-Career Journalist

Experts reveal how to get unstuck and build the career of your dreams

In this talk moderated by Insider’s Anna Medaris, editorial experts and recruiters will discuss how reporters and editors with a decade or so of experience can avoid stagnation and make their next move in a turbulent and fast-paced industry.

Panelists include: NBC talent recruiter Ali Stelzer, editorial recruiter and founder of The Talent Fairy Chandra Turner, author and “The Root” deputy editor Tatsha Robertson, Insider executive managing editor Lyndsay Hemphill, and URL Media CEO S. Mitra Kalita.

SPJ members can now join the Deadline Club chapter at no extra cost

Click here to learn about some of our benefits and resources and for information on how to join or get our email invites and updates.

About the club


Officers, advisory and executive councils


The Hall of Fame luncheon


Established in 1925

Why join the Deadline Club?

I joined as a grad student. Club leaders had organized talks at my school, welcoming me to events and making introductions at networking events and panels. At regional and national conferences, I developed skills, built my network and made new friends. Now, as a professional journalist, I’ve joined the club board to give back to a community that has given me so much.

Kimberly Chin

The Wall Street Journal

I joined the Deadline Club around 1990, at the dawn of a marketing-driven post-truth news era. Like today, it posed new and growing challenges to some fundamental principles of our trade. Many rank-and-file journos became discouraged, but I saw the Deadline Club had our backs in ways that employers couldn’t. I was elected President in 1992 and never looked back.

Steve Dunlop

Former anchor/correspondent
Fox and CBS News

It’s rewarding to be involved in a group where everyone has one single concern: supporting and advocating for journalism, and seeing the impact of it on the community. The members of the Deadline Club come from all work backgrounds in media and span all ages, but we are all enthusiastic about being involved. It feels good to put in the effort of nurturing our profession.

Daniel Roberts

Decrypt Media


Benefits & Resources





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