Good journalism knows no limitations, but good journalists know when to avoid a deadly pathogen. So this year’s Journalism Contest will be as competitive and inspiring as ever, but our awards ceremony will be held online.

Instead of our traditional gathering of top journalists in a glittering dining hall to honor the brightest work of the year, we will gather around our screens and adjust to our new reality. The honor and prestige of the awards will go on, but the clinking of glasses and the companionship of the evening will wait until the danger of the virus passes. And like soldiers hunkering down during a deadly attack, we will survive to prevail in another time, another place. The need for journalists to shine light in the darkness has never been greater.

So, collect your best work of the year and use the attached entry instructions. Our online process has been updated and streamlined. Notice that, because of the limitations imposed by the coronavirus, the entry fee has been lowered this year. Professional entrants are $35, college entrants are $10 and entrants to the overall excellence division are $50.

The San Francisco Press Club Journalism Contest invites entries from all media — print, online, TV, radio, podcasts and public relations. Whatever your format, enter the contest, sign up to become a club member, and join your fellow journalists in the never-ending fight for freedom of speech and excellence in communications.