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Editorial Contest Categories

Categories and descriptions for 2016 Editorial Contest, honoring work completed in 2016.

Online or Mobile Only

Entries were published on online or mobile platforms only.

E01     General Social Media Reporting

Coverage of a planned news event or any non-breaking news story. Submit screenshots of interaction between a publication and its readers regarding a particular story.  Entry should show a continuing effort by the publication to reach its readers in a timely and accurate manner.

E02     Breaking News – Social Media

Posts on a single breaking news item published on social media. Not planned or labeled as a series.  Submit screenshots or a Storify package.

E03     Best Web Video

E04     Best Use of Interactive Media

Presentation using digital media and cutting-edge technology in innovative ways to reach and engage the audience. May include features such as Google cardboard, video, interactive maps, podcasting, photo and slide shows, article archives, polls, transcripts, PDFs, blogs and community feedback.

News & Beat Reporting

Entries may be published in print, online or mobile platforms.

E05     Breaking News

Coverage of single news event that is unplanned and unexpected. Submit one story or a group of stories that were published in the same issue, written under deadline pressure.

E06     General News Story

Coverage of a planned news event or any stories that do not fit into one of the specialty categories (such as education, business, etc.) Submit one story or a group of stories in the same issue.

E07     Continuing Coverage

Multiple stories on a single issue or news event published in more than one issue. Not planned or labeled as a series.

E08     Investigative Reporting

A distinguished example of investigative reporting; emphasizing the originality of the subject, depth of reporting and clarity of writing. May be one or more stories.  Supporting documents or a cover letter may be submitted.

E09     Local Government

Single story or designated series that explains the impact of local government.

E10     State Government

Single story or designated series that explains the impact of state government.

E11     Public Service

Single story or designated series intended to spur action from the community. Supporting documents may be uploaded.

E12     Wild Card:  Drug Use in Communities

Drug use and its effect on local communities. May be a single story or ongoing coverage.

E13     Multimedia Storytelling (News)

Presentation supporting the telling of or enhancing the impact of a single news story. May include, but is not limited to, audio, video, animation, slide shows and sound bites.

E14     Business Reporting

Single story or a designated series.

E15     Medical/Science Reporting

Single story or a designated series.

E16     Education Reporting

Single story or a designated series.

E17     Environmental Reporting

Single story or a designated series.

E18     Arts/Entertainment Reporting

Single story or a designated series.

E19     Religion Reporting

Single story or a designated series.

E20     Growth & Land Use Reporting*

Single story or a designated series.

Commentary

Entries may be published in print, online or mobile platforms.

E21     Editorial

A single editorial.

E22     Editorial Cartoon* 

A single cartoon.

E23     Local Column: Critical Thinking

Includes commentary, news-related or political columns.

E24     Local Column: Feature or Humor

Includes advice, humor or feature-type columns.

E25     Online Commentary or Blog

May be staff or citizen created.

Features

Entries may be published in print, online or mobile platforms.

Please note categories for feature photos (category E38), sports feature photos (category E42) and feature page design (category E44).

E26     Feature Story: Profile

A single story.

E27     Feature Story: Non-Profile

A single story.

E28     Multimedia Storytelling (Feature)

Presentation supporting the telling of or enhancing the impact of a single feature story. May include, but is not limited to, audio, video, animation, slide shows and sound bites.

E29     Special Section

A section of predominantly local copy on a single topic or theme, published no more than once each year (not advertorial) that is distributed with the publication. Two entries per publication. Judged for writing, editing, photography, graphics and design.
For files over 15MG, upload to Dropbox and provide a link.  For publications with more than 20 pages, select 20 on page count.

E30     Series *

Must be planned and designated as part one, part two, etc., and must have run in a planned sequence.

E31     Headline

Submit story with the headline.

Sports

Entries may be published in print, online or mobile platforms.

Please note: Sports Page Design is in Design section

E32     Sports Story

Sport news event coverage. May be a single story or a group of stories.

E33     Sports Feature Story

Single story.

E34     Multimedia Storytelling (Sports)

Presentation that supports the telling of and enhances the impact of a single sports story. May include, but is not limited to, audio, video, animation, slide shows and sound bites.

E35     Sports Column *

Includes commentary, features or humor columns.

Photography

E36     General News Photo

A photo or group of photos in the same issue of a planned event, or any assigned photo or group of photos other than sports.

E37     Breaking News Photo

A photo or group of photos published in the same issue, covering a single news event that is unplanned and unexpected, under deadline pressure.

E38     Feature Photo

Single photo.

E39     Photo Series

A group of photos published in the same issue on a single subject.

E40     Best Photo Gallery

Present a minimum of four photos.

E41     Sports Photo (Sports Action)

Single photo.

E42     Sports Photo (Feature)

Single photo.

Design

E43     Page 1 Design

Front page of the publication only; not section fronts.

E44     Feature Page Design

Includes any lifestyles, entertainment, or feature-style pages.

E45     News Page Design *

All news pages eligible, including lifestyles, entertainment and feature-style pages. Double-truck layouts are accepted.

E46     Sports Page Design *

Double-truck layouts are accepted.

E47     Informational Graphics *

General or sports-related informational graphics such as graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, etc.

E48     Art or Illustrations *

Organization-wide awards

E49     General Web Site Excellence

A panel of judges will visit the website and evaluate it according to the following criteria: (1) social media and engagement (2) local news coverage (3) navigation and design, (4) multi-media/data visualization, (5) mobile responsive design.

E50      James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award

Body of work, which may include news stories, columns, editorials, or documents, that shows a news organization’s efforts to (1) gain access to public records; (2) pursue open meetings; or (3) address other FOI issues. Resources available to each entrant shall be considered by the judges. Please include a summary letter describing the arc of the work and the effect the work had on the public. A panel of judges will bestow one award across all divisions.

Personnel

E51     Rookie of the Year

This award honors a new journalist with less than 18 months’ experience in the field. Submissions should include three to five clips of that reporter's work, and a letter of recommendation from his or her manager, including date of hire. Managers: Please be specific in what has impressed you about the reporter, and what s/he has contributed to your publication(s). The panel of judges will bestow one award across all divisions.

*           Judged by daily or non-daily division, not by circulation unless two entries or more per division are received. If two or more entries per division are received, the category will convert to judging by circulation.

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