About Us

The Deadline Club is the NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, serving the New York area since 1925. SPJ, founded as Sigma Delta Chi in 1909, is the nation’s broadest-based organization for newspaper, magazine, television, radio and online journalists, as well as J-school educators, recent graduates and students.

SPJ and the Deadline Club are dedicated to upholding freedom of the press and journalism’s highest professional and ethical standards. They further encourage excellence through annual awards contests, scholarships and lifetime achievement awards. Career development and skills training are available through regular live and virtual speaker events and programs.

The Deadline Club currently has several hundred members and regulars, plus a guest list of a few thousand more, providing great contacts and camaraderie through its social networking mixers at trendy venues around the city.

Each spring, the Deadline Club recognizes the best in New York-area journalism through its highly competitive awards contest. The winners are announced at an awards dinner at the Harvard Club, where they are presented with the Deadline Club’s distinctive “Rube” statuettes, designed by American artist Rube Goldberg. Through the Deadline Club Foundation, it also awards scholarships to talented New York journalism students. 

Deadline Club members have privileges at the historic Salmagundi Club arts center, its headquarters at 47 Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, where they can enjoy the fine restaurant, bar, pool room, parlor, gallery, library lounge, and select events.

The club additionally administers the New York Journalism Hall of Fame. Since 1975, in a series of luncheons at Sardi’s Restaurant, nearly 100 honorees have been presented with lifetime achievement awards.