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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2022 Awards Contest Now Open

The Deadline Club’s journalism competition, one of the most prestigious in New York, is now open for entries. The 2022 contest covers work that was published or broadcast in 2021 by news organizations in the New York metropolitan area. Finalists will be announced in early April, and winners will be announced during the annual awards program in May. Each winner will receive a “Rube,” an award statuette designed exclusively for the Deadline Club by Rube Goldberg, the “dean of American cartoonists.”

Freedom of Information Law Workshop

Tuesday, January 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

To jumpstart your 2022 reporting, get your Freedom of Information knowledge honed and questions answered with longtime media lawyer Matthew Leish. Get clarity on the differences between New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Leish has extensive appearance with filings at both the state and federal level. He will be able to answer questions on framing your request, the timing rules, appealing a FOI officer’s decision, and when tougher legal tactics are necessary to gain access to information the public deserves to know.

Past Events

Muckraking Journalism Walking Tour

The Alarming World of Deepfakes

On Deadline with Adrienne Shih

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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