About SFJ’s annual Excellence-in-Features awards honoring storytellers



For more than three decades, the Society for Features Journalism has honored the best in features storytelling and design with the annual SFJ Excellence-in-Features Awards.

Though the contest categories have evolved through the years, the mission has remained the same: To highlight the writers and storytellers who strive to portray and preserve a slice of today’s culture.

The SFJ contest also awards $300 to first-place winners — a rarity in journalism contests.

For details on how to enter the 2020 SFJ contest, follow the first item under the “SFJ Contest” tab or go to featuresjournalism.org/2020/01/08/sfj-excellence-in-features-contest-adds-2-categories-including-podcast.

Good luck!


Show & Steal 2017: Sharing our favorite ideas that went viral, engaged readers

By Laura T. Coffey
writer, editor, producer, TODAY Parenting Team and TODAY.com
and Sharon Chapman

features editor, Austin American-Statesman

Huge thanks to all the hard-working features editors who shared so many amazing coverage ideas at the Society for Features Journalism conference in Kansas City! Remember, journalists are encouraged to borrow and adapt the ideas discussed at our Show & Steal presentations each year. We’re all doing more with less, we’re all eager for good ideas that worked — and, thankfully, we’re all in this together.

This year, editors shared dozens of smart submissions in the following categories:

Let us plan your year: Yes, the holidays, but also think seasonally — spring, summer, back-to-school, winterizing, hurricane prep — anything that happens annually. We want to help each other plan a calendar of content ideas.

New ideas that worked: A digital feature, a new digital presentation, a new way you grew audience or got reader solicitations. Content, events, whatever you tried that worked!

That’s entertainment: The name says it all — the best of your culture coverage, both high and low.

Editor’s favorite: Cool multiplatform presentations and anything else you loved.

It went viral: We all need the traffic. Tell us how you scored page views and engagement.

Also, in the wake of this year’s destructive hurricanes, we added a special category about how to handle coverage of hurricanes and other natural disasters while living through the danger on a personal level. Thank you to the Houston Chronicle in Texas and the Sun-Sentinel in Florida for taking the time to tell us how you did what you did.

Here are the Show & Steal ideas for 2017. Click on the link below the images for the PDF slideshow:

Plan your year


It went viral, for these reasons



Making the most of entertainment



Hurricane lessons for everyone


Hurricane coverage

Editors loved these ideas!



New ideas that worked

new ideas


SFJ Honors the Best in Features Journalism


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JUNE 23, 2015

Terry Scott Bertling, SFJ president, 210.250.3112
Andrew Nynka, SFJ executive director, 301.314.2631

The Society for Features Journalism has honored seven Pulitzer Prize winners and a host of other journalists as part of its 2015 Excellence-in-Features Awards contest.

Also receiving recognition were 10 newspapers for outstanding features sections and journalists in 15 other categories. Winners were announced today.

More than 800 entries were judged in the contest, which honors the craft of feature storytelling and the people who do it for a living at news organizations in the United States and Canada. Winners will be recognized at SFJ’s national conference Aug. 26-29 in College Park, Md.

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Digital Tool Tuesday

Digital Tool Tuesday Welcome to a new weekly feature of SFJ, in which we share tips about a digital tool to leverage for lifestyle and arts and entertainment coverage. The tool: Storymap

Storymap screenshot from the Burning of Columbia

Storymap screenshot from the Burning of Columbia

What does it do? Creates clickable map that allows you to tell a story at each point.

What’s cool about it? Embed video and photos at each point, bringing a map to life.

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