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

Entries are now being accepted for the 2023 Deadline Club Awards. The final deadline to submit work is February 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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.


On March 23, the Deadline Club will induct six new members into its historic New York Journalism Hall of Fame.

Established in 1975 as part of the Club’s golden anniversary celebration, the Hall of Fame was conceived as a lifetime achievement award recognizing reporters, writers, correspondents, editors, publishers and media executives whose work had made a significant contribution to American journalism. 

Hall of Fame's History

This year’s ceremony, the first since the COVID-19 Pandemic, continues a tradition dating back nearly five decades.

From the beginning, the Hall of Fame was conceived as a lifetime achievement award recognizing reporters, writers, correspondents, editors, publishers and media executives whose work had made a significant contribution to American journalism. Numbered among the original class of honorees were Walter Cronkite, Sylvia Porter, James Reston and Lowell Thomas. More recently, honorees have included Pete Hamill, William Safire, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters and Gloria Steinem.

Today, the Hall of Fame encompasses nearly 100 individuals with an indelible legacy both within and beyond journalism. The Club’s most recent ceremony in 2019 inducted six new members: Tom Brokaw, Richard Drew, Ted Koppel, Peggy Noonan, Jane Pauley.

Visit the link below to discover more about the Hall of Fame, including past programs and a full list of honorees, ahead of this year’s special event.

SPJ members can join the Deadline Club at no extra cost

If you are not already an SPJ member, join at and select New York Deadline Club as your chapter. Members receive member discounts on events year-round and exclusive access to Salmagundi in Greenwich Village.

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

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