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One of the most important functions of the Western Washington Pro Chapter is to raise funds for student scholarships. These $2,000 awards make a big difference in the lives of Washington's future journalists, and we are asking for your help. If you have items you think that other media professionals would want to buy, we are asking you to donate them to the chapter so that they can be sold or auctioned at our annual awards banquet on Saturday, May 21.

The Western Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ is happy to announce that it will host its annual awards banquet at the Diamond Club inside Safeco Field. Please mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, May 21. This is a new venue for the chapter's annual awards banquet. But it will still have all the things you love: Recognition for our Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest winners, a silent auction to benefit student scholarships, food, drinks, plenty of time to socialize, an entertaining program and a lot of fun. Did we mention there will be a bar?

Northwest journalists, photographers, editors, designers and more are encouraged to submit their best work from calendar year 2010 to SPJ’s annual regional award contest. Here is what you need to know: The deadline to submit entries is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Late submissions will not be considered. All entries...