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Contest details just days away

This year’s Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards will include new categories for online media and public relations professionals.

The “Call for Entries” will be posted on this page in the next couple of days, and those who wish to compete in the contest will have until Feb. 29 to submit entires for work done in the 2011 calendar year.

As always, the contest will have categories for entries by those in the TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and online industries.

But the Press Club’s board, at its meeting Wednesday, decided to create a new category for journalists who use Twitter.

The board has also added a new category for public relations professionals. PR professionals have been apart of the Press Club since it was founded in 1974, but the board wants more entries from them. Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies have spokespeople who provide information to the news media, and the new category of “best press release or press kit” is intended to increase their participation in the annual contest.

The entry fees will not change — $15 for members, $55 for non-members, and $30 for a company with 25 or more entries. Those who cannot afford the fees can apply for a scholarship with a letter stating need.

All entries can be submitted online.

Check back to this page for the “Call for Entries.”

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