31 Jan Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest is live
Help the Society of Professional Journalists recognize your work. Entries for the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest are open through Feb. 6.
The competition is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and honors journalists across the very diverse SPJ Region 10 including works from journalists and organizations in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.
ENTRY FEES & PAYMENT
All entries are $20 each, for both SPJ members and nonmembers. General Excellence entries are $50 each. All payments will be online this year, using a credit card or Paypal account.
Who is eligible to enter the 2016 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest?
Anyone who lives within Region 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana) and has had professional journalistic work published in the region is eligible. For example, if a wire service edits a piece written in Oregon, the piece is eligible for entry into the contest. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more clarity.
I am a student journalist. Can I enter this contest?
Students may only enter work published in professional media. Work published in college publications is not eligible.
How many entries can an individual submit?
There’s no limit to the number of entries you may submit, just pay close attention to the category description for specific entry requirements. (E.g. When an entry specifies “one photo,” that means one photo should be submitted per entry.)
How many categories can I enter?
There is no limit to the number of categories you may enter. You may submit the same entry in two different categories if it fits the description of each category. You must fill out an entry form for each entry that you provide. One piece/story/item may win in multiple categories in the contest.
Can an editor, publisher or administrative staff member submit entries for multiple entrants?
Yes. They can register as an entrant and then submit work on behalf of others.
What size category do I enter?
First, please note that this year Writing, Photography and Design categories are broken up into three size categories. Audio and Visual categories are broken up into two size categories. Your organization may be a “medium” in writing competitions but a “large” in video. Your organization’s staff size is its number of full-time (or full-time equivalent) news/editorial employees, including reporters, photographers, sports, editors, designers, etc. For instance, an organization with 15 full-time writers, one half-time photographer, and two three-quarter-time copy editors would have 17 staff members. (If you’re unsure, please check with a manager or administrator in the company to avoid any confusion. Entries submitted in the wrong size category will be disqualified.)
Staff counts include digital producers and engineers but do not include people in sales or distribution, interns or non-staff freelancers. Email email@example.com with questions.
Can anyone enter the LARGE category?
Yes. Any entry can be submitted into the large category by any organization, but the same entry cannot also be entered into a smaller size category. Any entries incorrectly submitted into a small or medium category will be disqualified.
I am a freelancer. When setting up your contest profile, what do I use for Organization?
Please enter “Freelance” when creating your contest profile. Specify the name of the organization for each specific entry.
I am a freelancer. How do I determine the size category in which to enter my work?
Please reach out to the organization that published your work for their staff size.
I have an entry to submit that is located behind a paywall. Is this OK?
If you have an entry behind a paywall, you MUST provide a viable username and password so that judges can access it. If you are unable to provide viable access to the entry, your entry will be disqualified.
Can I submit photo outtakes from a 2016 photo shoot that were not published?
No. To be eligible for entry, all submitted work must have been published either in print or online within the eligibility year.
I am uploading a published article or column. What file types do you accept?
You can upload *.pdf, *.doc or *.txt files. Our preference is *.pdf so we can see the article as it originally appeared online or in print.
I am uploading photos. What file types do you accept? Are there size or resolution restrictions?
Most photo file types are acceptable, such as .jpg and .png. File sizes are restricted to 20 megabytes. If you need more space, feel free to upload items to a file hosting service like Dropbox or Google Drive and paste the link in your submission.
My video file is too large. It won’t upload.
If your video is not available through your media organization’s website, upload it to a site like Vimeo or YouTube and post the URL with your entry instead.
Are all entries being submitted online this year?
In photo categories, how much editing is allowed for a photo to be eligible?
All visuals entries, except Graphics & Illustrations, must adhere to the NPPA Code of Ethics. Excessive editing or manipulation is not allowed in visual categories.
NOTE: Please be accurate with your contest entry information. The entry title, classification, category, contributor name and company name will appear on your award. If you are entering this contest on behalf of someone else, be sure to enter the correct name into the entrant/contributor info.
Do all entries proceed to judging?
Not automatically. We require that each category have at least three entries before proceeding to judging. If we don’t have at least three entries, we will disqualify that category and issue refunds to the entrants.
Who judges our entries and determines the winners?
We secure journalists outside of Region 10 to judge our entries. Judges are responsible for organizing a panel for their assigned categories to complete judging. Entries are sent to them on or near March 1 for judging, with results due back to us on or near April 1.
How will I know if I’ve won?
If you’ve won an award, you will receive an email notification in early May.
What places will be awarded this year?
We will award a trophy to the first place winner and a certificate to the runner up in each category. There will be no ties or honorable mentions. If our judges believe that no entry is worthy of an award in a particular category, none will be given.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced online sometime between May and June and at the respective annual banquets held by the Western Washington and the Oregon Territory chapters. Both the Western Washington and Oregon Territory Pro Chapters will host awards ceremonies for their area winners. Contact your local chapter president to find out how awards will be handled. If you do not have a local chapter, your awards will be mailed to the address submitted with your entry.
LIST OF CATEGORIES
WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN
(1st place and runner up winners in SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE)
SMALL: For an entrant to be considered “small,” the organization must have 15 or fewer FTE newsroom employees.
MEDIUM: For an entrant to be considered “medium,” the organization must have between 16 and 49 FTE newsroom employees.
LARGE: For an entrant to be considered “large,” the organization must have 50 or more FTE newsroom employees.
(NOTE: Any entry can be submitted into the LARGE category but the same entry cannot also be entered into a smaller size category. Any entries incorrectly submitted into a small or medium category will be disqualified. If you are unsure which size category to enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Arts & Entertainment: One article covering art, music, film, or other entertainment content.
Business Reporting: One article covering company, financial, or consumer reporting.
Column: Excellence in writing, reporting, story and development in a regular column written by the same person over time. Must provide three columns.
Comprehensive Coverage: A series package of one story over time with no more than five URLs.
Crime and Justice Reporting: One article reporting on crime, law enforcement, and the judicial system.
Editorial & Commentary: Three works by one author or editorial board that demonstrate critical commentary or group editorial work.
Health & Science Reporting: One article covering trends, issues, or people associated with the natural or scientific world.
Social Issues Reporting: One article covering education, religion, diversity, or social justice.
Government and Politics Reporting: One article covering public affairs reporting.
Investigative Reporting: In-depth reporting on a single topic, issue, or person that identifies a problem. May include up to three URLs.
Spot News Reporting: One article covering breaking news coverage as events happen.
Short-Form Feature News Reporting: One profile or a non-news article on a person, trend or issue no longer than 1,200 words.
Long-Form Feature News Reporting: One profile or a non-news article on a person, trend or issue longer than 1,200 words.
Sports Feature Story: Any single non-news article that looks at a person, trend, issue, or event related to sports.
Sports Reporting: Any single news article that looks at a person, trend, issue, or event related to sports.
Sports Column: Excellence in writing, reporting, story and development in a regular column written by the same person over time. Must provide three columns.
General Excellence: A complete publication from April 6, 2016 (or the closest to that date) and a date of your choice from the contest year.
Best Photo Portfolio: Five to 10 photos from one photographer that represents a portfolio. One entry per person.
Feature Photography: One candid, unposed photo that reflects a person, trend, issue, or event beyond basic news.
Portrait Photography: One posed photo that captures a human subject.
General News Photography: One photo of a planned news event.
Spot News Photography: One photo of an unplanned breaking news event.
Photo Essay: A collection of six images that explores a common theme or story.
Graphics & Illustrations: Up to three different works by one artist of a graphic or illustration.
Sports Action Photography: One photo of a sports figure, trend, issue, or event in action.
Sports Feature Photography: One photo of a sports figure or issue that is planned.
Page Design: Three print publication page designs in any section or series.
Digital Innovation: Digital design of a single article or project that showcases creativity, innovation and effectively engages readers through design. Submit one desktop and one mobile URL for each entry.
AUDIO & VIDEO (1st place and runner up winners in SMALL AND LARGE)
SMALL: For an entrant to be considered “small,” the organization must have 24 or fewer FTE newsroom employees.
LARGE: For an entrant to be considered “large,” the organization must have 25 or more FTE newsroom employees.
(NOTE: anyone can opt to enter the LARGE category but the same entry cannot also be entered into the small size category.)
Feature Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment reporting on feature news.
General News Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment on general news reporting.
Breaking News Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment covering spot or breaking news.
Investigative Audio Reporting: In-depth reporting on a single topic, issue, or person that identifies a problem. May include up to three podcast or radio segments.
Sports Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment on sports reporting.
Audio News Series: A multi-part podcast or radio series that explores a common theme or story.
Feature Video Reporting: A single video or television segment reporting on feature news.
General News Video Reporting: A single video or television segment on general news reporting.
Breaking Video Reporting: A single video or television segment covering spot or breaking news.
Investigative Video Reporting: In-depth reporting on a single topic, issue, or person that identifies a problem. May include up to three video or television segments.
Sports Video Reporting: A single video or television segment on sports reporting.
Video News Series: A multi-part video or television series that explores a common theme or story.