Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter
2017 EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONTEST
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter
of the Society of Professional Journalists
is looking for the most outstanding work appearing
in print, online and on-air during 2016
in Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati and Dayton markets),
Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
ENTRY DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Entries can be made in one or more of four categories:
ALL-MEDIA: includes the three most significant awards the chapter presents
for work done in any medium.
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: covers articles appearing in a newspaper, in a magazine or posted online during 2016.
VISUAL COMMUNICATION: includes stories that were broadcast on a television station or appeared online during 2016.
AUDIO COMMUNICATION: covers material broadcast on any form of radio or produced as a podcast for online listening during 2016.
ALL MEDIA AWARDS
AM-1 -- GERALD WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD
This is the most prestigious award presented by the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
It’s named in memory of longtime Cincinnati Enquirer investigative reporter Gerald White. The award is presented to an individual or team for excellence
in investigative reporting in any medium.
Entries will be judged on enterprise, depth of research and overall presentation.
The entry must include a one-page summary of the circumstances that prompted the story, the hurdles overcome in completing production and the impact generated by the story.
AM-2 -- CAMILLA WARRICK AWARD
This award honors journalists in any medium who use their professional role to make an impact on people in the community.
It's named for the late Cincinnati Enquirer and Post reporter and columnist Camilla Warrick.
Entries can be the work of an individual or team and must include a written statement that details the public service value of the project and the overall impact of the work.
AM-3 -- FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD
A free press is essential in a democracy and this award honors an individual journalist or group of journalists in any medium going to extraordinary lengths to protect the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The award recognizes excellence as journalists face constant challenges from governments, corporations or individuals trying to interrupt the free flow of information.
W-1 -- BEST NEWS STORY
Outstanding coverage of a news event by an individual or team. This is coverage that clearly stands out from the competition.
W-2 -- BEST NEWS FEATURE/NEWSMAKER PROFILE
Reporting that goes beyond traditional journalism to capture the human spirit of people who are clearly making an impact on the community.
W-3 -- BEST BEAT REPORTING
Outstanding work done by a single reporter or reporting team covering an assigned beat. The entry may include up to six stories.
W-4 -- BEST INVESTIGATIVE/DATABASE REPORTING
Original in-depth reporting of an issue with wide-ranging community interest and impact.
W-5 -- BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE OR SERIES
This award reflects excellence in multiple reports on a single topic by an individual or team. The entry may include up to six stories.
W-6 -- BEST BUSINESS NEWS STORY
This award honors excellence in reporting by an individual or team on business topics.
W-7 -- BEST BUSINESS FEATURE/ANALYSIS/COLUMN
An article that goes beyond the business headline and takes an in-depth look at how an issue impacts consumers.
W-8 -- BEST NEWS COLUMN
Outstanding reporting and writing that explores unique angles of an issue or issues important to the community. Entries may include up to six columns
W-9 -- BEST EDITORIAL
Best opinion/editorial articles appearing online or in a newspaper or magazine. Entries may include up to six pieces by the same writer.
W-10 -- BEST SPORTS STORY
Outstanding reporting and writing about a sporting event. The entry can be a single report or series of reports by an individual or team.
W-11 – BEST SPORTS FEATURE
Best reporting that goes beyond the scores and highlights of a game and focuses on people at the high school, college and professional levels.
W-12 -- BEST GOVERNMENT ISSUES STORY
Best reporting and writing about government issues and the impact they have on citizens.
W-13 -- BEST EDUCATION STORY
Best reporting and writing about education issues at the primary, secondary and collegiate levels.
W-14 -- BEST HEALTH/MEDICAL STORY
Best reporting and writing on health and medical matters and the impact they have on citizens.
W-15 -- BEST LIFESTYLE FEATURE
Outstanding reporting and writing that captures of the essence of emerging trends impacting the lives of citizens.
W-16 -- BEST COMMUNITY ISSUES STORY
Outstanding reporting and writing focusing on solutions to issues that are important to both urban and suburban communities.
W-17 -- BEST ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT STORY
Excellence in reporting and writing about arts and entertainment, including music, dance, theater and art.
W-18 -- BEST ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT CRITIQUE
Excellence in critiquing arts and entertainment performances and exhibitions.
W-19 – BEST NEWSPAPER SPECIAL SECTION
Excellence by a newspaper in presenting news, sports or other special sections.
Please submit two copies of the entry.
W-20 -- BEST NEWSPAPER
Best overall daily, weekly or monthly newspaper. Please submit two copies of the entry.
W-21 -- BEST MAGAZINE STORY
Outstanding reporting about people, places, issues, trends or other human interest topics appearing in a regularly published magazine.
W-22 -- BEST MAGAZINE INVESTIGATIVE/DATABASE STORY
Outstanding investigative reporting and writing appearing in a regularly published magazine.
W-23 -- BEST MAGAZINE
Best overall regularly published magazine. Multiple issues can be submitted.
W-24 -- BEST WEB SITE
Best web site hosted by a newspaper, magazine, television or radio station.
W-25 -- BEST NEWS/SPORTS BLOG
Outstanding news/sports blog in a newspaper, magazine and online.
W-26 -- BEST NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE DESIGN
Best overall design of daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine.
W-27 -- BEST NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE GRAPHIC
Best graphic appearing in a daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine.
W-28 -- BEST WEB SITE DESIGN
Best web site design.
W-29-- BEST WEB GRAPHIC
Best graphic appearing on a web site.
W-30 – BEST OVERALL REPORTER
Compilation of work that shows how an individual reporter stands out from the competition.
V-1 -- BEST NEWS STORY
Best news story on broadcast television or online.
V-2 -- BEST FEATURE STORY
Best feature story on broadcast television or online.
V-3 -- BEST INVESTIGATIVE/DATABASE REPORTING
Best investigative story on broadcast television or online.
V-4 -- BEST BUSINESS REPORTING
Best television or online business story.
V-5 -- BEST GOVERNMENT REPORTING
Best coverage of government issues and their impact on citizens.
V-6 -- BEST CONSUMER REPORTING
Best reporting of consumer issues on television or online.
V-7 -- BEST EDUCATION REPORTING
Best reporting of K-12 or collegiate issues on television or online.
V-8 -- BEST HEALTH/MEDICAL REPORTING
Best reporting on television or online of health and medical issues.
V-9 – BEST SPORTS STORY
Best sports story.
V-10 – BEST SPORTS FEATURE STORY
Best sports story that goes beyond the scores to focus on the individual.
V-11 -- BEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Best news photography in print or online.
V-12 -- BEST SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Best sports photography in print or online.
V-13 -- BEST VIDEOGRAPHY
Best videography on television or online.
V-14 -- BEST PHOTO OR ART ILLUSTRATION
Best illustration using photography and/or artwork in print or online.
V-15 -- BEST OVERALL VISUAL REPORTER
A compilation of work showing how the reporter stands out from competitors.
A-1 -- BEST NEWS STORY
Best news story appearing on radio.
A-2 -- BEST NEWS FEATURE STORY
Best feature reporting and writing of a news event or personality.
A-3 -- BEST BUSINESS STORY
Outstanding coverage of a business story.
A-4 -- BEST GOVERNMENT STORY
Outstanding reporting of government issues.
A-5 -- BEST EDUCATION STORY
Outstanding coverage of K-12 or collegiate educational issues.
A-6 -- BEST HEALTH/MEDICAL STORY
Outstanding coverage of health and medical issues.
A-7 -- BEST ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT STORY
Outstanding coverage of arts and entertainment issues and personalities.
A-8 -- BEST SPORTS STORY
Best sports story.
A-9 -- BEST NEWSCAST
Best single radio newscast.
A-10 -- BEST RADIO REPORTER
A compilation of work showing how the reporter stands out from competitors.
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:
1) Submit two copies of the entry form for each submission
2) Entries can include printouts, URL information, DVDs or CDs
3) Current SPJ member entry fee...
--$15.00 for the first entry
--$10.00 for the second entry
--$5.00 for each entry after that
4) Non SPJ member entry fee
--$25.00 per entry
MAKES CHECKS PAYABLE TO: GREATER CINCNNATI SPJ PRO CHAPTER
NOTE: SPJ members cannot use their membership to submit entries for non-members. Each entrant must pay the appropriate entry fee.
To become an SPJ member, sign up at spj.org and be sure to designate CINCINNATI PRO CHAPTER on the form. The annual national membership dues are $75.00 and can be paid in one sum or through monthly deductions. There are no local chapter dues.
MAIL OR BRING ENTRIES, ENTRY FORMS AND CHECKS TO:
Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter
1720 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
THE JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AWARDS BANQUET AND
GREATER CINCINNATI JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME
INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 22, 2017
AT THE QUEEN CITY SQUARE OFFICES OF FROST BROWN TODD