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Call for Entries - Now Open - 2022 Cincy SPJ Excellence In Journalism Contest

 


2022

GREATER CINCINNATI 

SPJ PRO CHAPTER

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 between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, in Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati & Dayton markets), Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.

This is a chance for publishers, editors, reporters, photographers and videographers to promote excellence in journalism by showcasing work that informs and enlightens the public with truth, integrity and ethics.

Entries must be submitted by a recognized news organization or individual based in Greater Cincinnati or Greater Dayton. National or regional news organizations may enter, but the contest will only accept submissions focusing on people and events from those two regions.

ENTRY DEADLINE:

11:59 P.M. - MARCH 15, 2022

ENTRY CATEGORIES

Entries can be made in one or more of five categories:

ALL-MEDIA: includes the four most significant awards the chapter presents for work done in any medium in 2021.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: covers articles appearing in a newspaper, in a magazine, in a blog or posted online during 2021.

BROADCAST COMMUNICATION: includes stories that were broadcast on a television station, radio station or appeared online during 2021.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: new category to showcase outstanding student work in 2021 in the areas of written and broadcast communication.

BEST OF SHOW: includes the most outstanding work in print, online or aired on broadcast outlets.

ALL MEDIA AWARDS

ENTRY CODE 100 -- 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.

101 -- 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 detailing the public service value of the project and the overall impact of the work.

102 -- 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  individuals or institutions trying to interrupt the free flow of information.  A LETTER IS REQUIRED stating the background of the story and how challenges faced in completing it were overcome.

103 - OUTSTANDING NEW JOURNALIST

This award recognizes journalistic excellence shown by an individual who has worked five years or fewer in their market. The winner will be chosen based on a REQUIRED NOMINATING LETTER and supporting documents. Submit a portfolio of up to five pieces by the nominee.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 

104 - NEWS STORY

This category focuses on outstanding coverage of a single news event by an individual or team.  Entries are limited to one story which could be general assignment reporting or breaking news - the basic day-to-day journalism that keeps the public informed. Judges will consider the importance of the story, clarity and the quality of the writing.

105 - FEATURE STORY

Submit one story of reporting that goes beyond traditional journalism to capture the human spirit. Judges will consider clarity, creativity and the topic’s impact on the community.

106 - BREAKING NEWS/DEADLINE COVERAGE

A single story within 24 hours of an unanticipated news event that exhibits clear and accurate reporting. COVER LETTER REQUIRES outlining deadlines and obstacles overcome to produce the story.

107 - BEAT REPORTING

This award spotlights a reporter covering a single area or topic on a daily basis.

Submit up to six articles for judges to consider in terms of depth of coverage, clarity and reader understanding.

108 - TEAM COVERAGE

Excellence by a team in covering multiple angles of a single story within a 72-hour period.  Up to 10 stories can be part of the entry. Judges will consider thoroughness of coverage, creativity and accuracy.

109 - SOCIAL/CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

Reporting that tracks cases from law enforcement through the courts. Up to six story segments can be entered. Judges will focus on accuracy of the reports and their focus on solutions looking forward.

110 - HUMAN RIGHTS/MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

Excellence in reporting on solutions for people living in communities that are often under-covered.  Up to six segments can be entered. Judges will focus on clarity, outlining the issues involved and proposed solutions.

111 - GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY ISSUES REPORTING

Outstanding reporting that focuses on solutions for citizens dealing with important government and/or community issues. Up to six segments can be entered. Judges will focus on clarity of explanation and an eye toward solutions.

112 - ELECTION ISSUES REPORTING

Elections are vital to a democracy. This category recognizes clear and accurate reporting on election procedures, challenges to how elections are conducted and what the future holds. A maximum of six segments can be entered. 

113 - INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Original in-depth reporting on an issue with wide-ranging community impact.

This reporting shows determination in obtaining information that is not readily available.  The entry may include three stories on the same topic.

114 - USE OF PUBLIC RECORDS REPORTING

This award recognizes a reporter or reporters for producing important stories that would only have happened through the acquisition of public records. The entry may include up to six stories.

115 - CONTINUING COVERAGE OR SERIES

Excellence by an individual or team in following developments in a story over an extended period-of-time.  The entry may include up to six segments.

116 - BUSINESS/CONSUMER NEWS STORY

Excellence in reporting by an individual or team on a business topic or consumer issue that impacts a wide range of citizens. Up to three stories can be submitted.

117 - BUSINESS FEATURE/ANALYSIS/COLUMN

An in-depth look at how a business issue impacts corporations and consumers.

Up to three stories can be submitted.

118 - EDUCATION STORY

Best reporting on education at the primary, secondary and collegiate level.

Up to six stories can be submitted. 

119 - REPORTING ON CHILD/YOUTH/TEEN ISSUES

Outstanding coverage of issues impacting young people and their parents.

A maximum of six stories can be submitted.

120 - HEALTH/MEDICAL EREPORTING

Best reporting on health and medical matters and their impact on citizens. A maximum of six stories can be entered.

121 – COVID PANDEMIC REPORTING

Submit a story, series or package of stories on the COVID-19 pandemic. Judges will consider depth of coverage, focus on the public impact and solutions to the issue.

Up to six items can be submitted.

122 - ENVIRONMENTAL/SCIENCE REPORTING

Reporting on the essence of emerging trends dealing with the environment and science, the people behind them and the impact on the community. Entry can include up to six stories.

123 - EDITORIAL

Best opinion/editorial articles representing a news organization’s position on a topic or issue.  Entries may include up to six pieces. Judges will consider originality, creativity and public interest.

124 - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING

Excellence in reporting on music, dance, theater and art. The entry can include up to six articles.

125 - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT CRITIQUE

Excellence in critiquing arts and entertainment performances and exhibitions.

The entry can include up to six articles.

126 – JOURNALIST’S BLOG

Outstanding blog by a journalist on any topic presented in a newspaper, magazine or online. Judges will consider originality, creativity and public interest in the topic.

127 - SPORTS/SPORTS FEATURE REPORTING

Outstanding reporting about a sporting event and/or the participants. Stories can focus on previews, games or matches, personalities or opinion. Up to 10 stories can be submitted.

128 – UC BEARCATS FOOTBALL TEAM COVEAGE

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team had it best campaign ever during 2021 with an undefeated regular season (13-0), the first non-Power Five conference program to earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs and a CFP game with the defending national champions. Submit up to 10 stories which demonstrate the depth and quality of covering the team. NOTE: stories from January 1, 2022, are permitted.

129 - MAGAZINE REPORTING

Outstanding reporting on any topic appearing in a regularly published magazine.

130 - NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE DESIGN

Best overall design of daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine.

131 - WEBSITE DESIGN

Best overall design of a website affiliated with a media organization. 

132 - NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER PORTFOLIO

Best photography by a single photographer of news events and their participants.  Entries can include a maximum of 15 images. Judges will focus on creativity and image quality.

133 - SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER PORTFOLIO

Best photography by a single photographer of sporting events and their participants.  Entries can include a maximum of 15 images. Judges will focus on creativity and image quality.

134 – PHOTO SPREAD/PHOTO ESSAY

Outstanding display of photographic work included in a single or a double page spread on a single theme. Work can be from newspapers, magazines or online.

BROADCAST COMMUNICATION

135 - NEWS STORY

Outstanding coverage of a single news event by an individual. Submit one story on the topic. Judges will consider the importance the story, clarity and the quality of the writing. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

136 - FEATURE STORY

Submit one story of reporting that goes beyond traditional journalism to capture the human spirit. Judges will consider clarity, creativity and the topic’s impact on the community. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

137 - BREAKING NEWS/DEADLINE COVERAGE

A single story within 24 hours of an unanticipated news event that exhibits clear and accurate reporting. A COVER LETTER IS REQUIRED outlining deadlines and obstacle overcome to produce the story. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

138 - TEAM COVERAGE

Excellence by a team in covering multiple angles of a single story within a 72-hour period. Up to 10 stories can be part of the entry. Judges will consider thoroughness of coverage, creativity and accuracy. Entry time limit:  15 minutes.

139 - SOCIAL/CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

Reporting that tracks cases from law enforcement through the courts. Up to six story segments can be entered. Judges will focus on accuracy of the reports and their focus on solutions looking forward. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

140 - HUMAN RIGHTS/MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

Excellence in reporting on solutions for people living in communities that are often under-covered.  Up to six segments can be entered. Judges will focus on clarity outlining the issues involved and proposed solutions. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

141 - GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY ISSUES STORY

Outstanding reporting that focuses on solutions for citizens dealing with important government and/or community issues. Up to six segments can be entered. Judges will focus on clarity of explanation and an eye toward solutions. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

142 - ELECTION ISSUES REPORTING

Elections are vital to a democracy. This category recognizes clear and accurate reporting on election procedures, challenges to how elections are conducted and what the future holds. A maximum of six segments can be entered. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

143 - INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Original in-depth reporting on an issue with wide-ranging community impact.

This reporting shows determination in obtaining information that is not readily available.  The entry may include six stories on the same topic. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

144 - USE OF PUBLIC RECORDS REPORTING

This award recognizes a reporter or reporters for producing important stories that would only have happened through the acquisition of public records. The entry may include up to six stories. Entry time limit: 30 minutes.

145 - CONTINUING COVERAGE OR SERIES

Excellence by an individual or team in following developments in a story over an extended period-of-time.  The entry may include up to six segments. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

146 - BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING

Excellence in reporting by an individual or team on a business topic. Up to six stories can be submitted.  Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

147- EDUCATION REPORTING

Best reporting on education at the primary, secondary and collegiate level. Up to six stories can be submitted. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

148 - CHILD/YOUTH/TEEN ISSUES REPORTING

Reporting on the essence of emerging trends and the people impacted by them.

Up to three stories can be submitted. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

149 - HEALTH & MEDICAL REPORTING

Best reporting on health and medical matters and their impact on citizens. A maximum of six stories can be entered. Entry time limit: 20 minutes

150 - COVID PANDEMIC REPORTING

Submit a story, series or package of stories on the COVID-19 pandemic. Judges will consider depth of coverage, focus on the public impact and solutions to the issue. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

151 - ENVIRONMENTAL/SCIENCE REPORTING

Reporting on the essence of emerging trends and the people impacted by them.

Up to six stories can be submitted. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

152 - SPORTS/SPORTS FEATURE REPORTING

Outstanding reporting about a sporting event and/or the participants. Stories can focus on previews, games or matches, personalities or opinion. Up to six stories can be submitted. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

153 - UC BEARCATS FOOTBALL TEAM COVEAGE

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team had it best campaign ever during 2021 with an undefeated regular season (13-0), the first non-Power Five conference program to earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs and a CFP game with the defending national champions. Submit up to 10 stories which demonstrate the depth and quality of covering the team. NOTE: stories from January 1, 2022, are permitted. Entry time limit: 30 minutes.

154 - UC BEARCATS FOOTBALL TEAM SPECIAL PROGRAM

Best special program focused specifically on the UC Bearcats Football Team and the 2021 season. Remove commercials before entering. Time limit: 60 minutes.

NOTE: stories from January 1, 2022, are permitted. Entry time limit: 30 minutes.

155 - SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE  

Outstanding coverage of a known event. Remove commercials before entering. Entry time limit:  60 minutes.

156 - DOCUMENTARY

Production on a single topic with widespread community interest. 

Entry time limit:  60 minutes.

157 - VIDEOGRAPHY

Best videography in a news story that appeared on television or online.  Please submit a composite of work lasting no more than 15 minutes.

NEW THIS YEAR: COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY 

158 - BEST STUDENT REPORTER - PRINT/ONLINE

Excellence in news, feature or sports reporting by a college or university student appearing in student media. Judges will consider depth of the reporting, clarity and accuracy. Entry can contain up to 10 articles.

159 - BEST STUDENT REPORTER - BROADCASTING

Excellence in news, feature or sports reporting by a college or university student appearing in student media. The package or newscasts can be designed for radio or television. Judges will consider depth of the reporting, clarity and accuracy. Entry can contain up to six segments. Entry time limit: 20 minutes.

 

160 - BEST STUDENT NEWS/SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO

Excellence by a college or university student in news and sports photography. Submit up to 15 images for consideration. Judges will consider creativity, clarity of idea and image impact.

161 - BEST STUDENT NEWS/SPORTS VIDEOGRAPHY REEL

Excellence by a college or university student in videography of a news or sporting event. Submit up to six packages or segments for consideration. Judges will consider creativity, clarity of idea and package/segment impact. Entry time limit: 10 minutes.

162 - BEST STUDENT PODCAST

Excellence in student produced podcasts on any topic. Entry can include a maximum of 10 minutes each from three separate podcasts. Judges will consider public interest on the topic and quality of production.

163 - BEST STUDENT SPECIAL PROJECT

Excellence of material produced for student media by individuals or groups of students. Judges will consider reporting, writing, photography, videography and production quality. These should be student-generated and not part of an ongoing university-sponsored project.  Submit up to three samples and a REQUIRED COVER LETTER.

BEST OF SHOW

164 - BEST OVERALL WRITTEN REPORTER

Best overall reporter for a daily, weekly or monthly newspaper, magazine or online.   Entry can include up to 12 articles.

165 - BEST OVERALL BROADCAST REPORTER

A compilation of work in radio or television showing how the reporter stands out from competitors.  A composite may be entered. Entry time limit:  15 minutes.

166 - BEST OVERALL MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

Excellence by an individual working as a videographer, writer, talent and editor

on a single or multi-part story.  A composite may be submitted.  Entry time limit:  15 minutes.

167 - BEST TELEVISION ANCHOR – NEWS/SPORTS/WEATHER

Anchor work that stands out from the competition.  A composite can be submitted.  Entry time limit:  15 minutes.

168 - BEST TELEVISION NEWSCAST

Best single television newscast.  Remove commercials from entry prior to submission. Entry time limit:  30 minutes.

169 - BEST RADIO NEWS ANCHOR

Best radio news anchor.  A composite may be submitted Entry time limit:  15 minutes.

170 -- BEST RADIO NEWSCAST OR NEWS PROGRAM

Best radio newscast or new program. A composite may be submitted. Entry time limit:  30 minutes.

171 - BEST PODCAST

Excellence in reporting/producing a news or sports themed podcast.  The entry can be a composite of multiple podcasts or a single show.  Entry time limit: 30 minutes.

172 - BEST OVERALL COLUMNIST/COMMENTATOR

For outstanding work in column writing or commentary.  If writing, submit up to 10 entries.  If broadcast, the time limit for a composite is 15 minutes.

173 -- BEST NEWSPAPER

Best overall daily, weekly or monthly newspaper.  Entry includes newspapers from three separate days in 2021.

174 -- BEST MAGAZINE

Best overall regularly published magazine.  Entry can include up to three issues from 2021.

175 -- BEST WEBSITE

Best website hosted by a newspaper, magazine, television or radio station. Entry must include a link to the website.

 176 - BEST OVERALL FREELANCE REPORTER

For outstanding work by an individual not directly employed by a media company. The entry can include up to 10 reports on a single topic or multiple topics or a broadcast composite of no more than 15 minutes.

GREATER CINCINNATI JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME 

Nominations are now being accepted for inclusion into the 2022 class of the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame.  This prestigious award recognizes a lifetime of journalistic achievement in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online or on other platforms.  The nominating letter should list the person’s credentials in the   media and other pertinent information to help in the decision-making process.

All nominations are due by March 15, 2022, and should be e-mailed to Ginny McCabe, Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter President, at ginnymccabe1@gmail.com. 

If chosen for 2022, the nominees will be inducted during the Excellence In Journalism awards program in June 2022.  Nominations for those individuals not selected in 2022 will be carried over into 2023 for consideration. More than 100 individuals have been inducted through the years.

EMIL DANSKER AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE IN JOURNALISM

Nominations are now being accepted for the Emil Dansker Award for Public Service In Journalism.

The late Dr. Dansker devoted more than 70 of his 90 years to journalism.  He was a reporter, writer, editor, professor, mentor and volunteer all in service to the profession. 

Dr. Dansker worked at The Cincinnati Enquirer, Toledo Blade and other newspapers.  He taught and mentored generations of students at Bowling Green State University and Central State University.  Co-founding the Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, he remained active with the chapter for more than 50 years.

This award honors an individual who has demonstrated a dedication to public service in the advancement of journalism in all aspects of their professional career.  The honoree will embody the spirit and legacy of Dr.Dansker.

Nominations should be e-mailed to Ginny McCabe, Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter President, by March 15, 2022, at ginnymccabe1@gmail.com.  The award will be presented during the annual Excellence In Journalism awards program and Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in June of 2022.


CONTEST RULES

1.     All entries must have appeared in print, online or on-air between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, in Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati and Dayton markets), Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The exception is stories regarding the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Football Team appearing on January 1, 2022, after the CFP game on December 31, 2021.

2.     Entries must be submitted by a recognized news organization or individual based in Greater Cincinnati or Greater Dayton. National or regional news organizations may enter, but the contest will only accept submissions focusing on people and events from those two regions.

3.     The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

4.     The contest coordinator reserves the right and has the sole discretion to extend the deadline if needed.

5.     The contest coordinator, in consultation with the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter Board, has the final say on any questions or issues that arise regarding entries, awards or processes.

6.     ALL entry content must be accessible through June 30, 2022. Entries that cannot be viewed by the judges will be disqualified. 

7.      If entries are password protected or behind a paywall, the username and password information must be provided in the COMMENTS section of your entry.

8.     Please test the login from computers outside your office to make sure the login works. Entries that cannot be viewed by judges will be disqualified

9.      If your website requires a subscription after a certain number of entries, please provide a login that will allow judges to view all submissions.  If work samples are not accessible, the entry will be disqualified.

10. Judging for the 2002 Excellence In Journalism Contest will be done by SPJ members in good standing from the East Tennessee SPJ Professional Chapter and the Las Vegas SPJ Professional Chapter.

11.SPJ chapter leaders from East Tennessee and Las Vegas will select judges for each of the contest categories.

12.Judging will be done on the BNC platform

13.Entries will be judged on overall excellence, service to the community and contributions to the public understanding of issues and events.

14.The judges may also include in their reviews the depth of research, difficulty in obtaining information and the quality of the presentation.

15. Judges have the option of selecting a winner and two finalists in an individual category.

16. If, in the opinion of the judges, none of the entries in a given category meets the standards set for that category, no award would be issued.

17. Judges may reject entries that do not conform with contest rules.

18. Judges WILL provide written comments regarding the winning entry.

19. Judges have the option of providing written comments for finalists.

20. THE DECISIONS OF ALL JUDGES ARE FINAL.

21. Entrants be notified by email in early June 2022, whether they have been judged as a winner or finalist. However, the actual placings won’t be revealed until the Excellence In Journalism Awards Celebration in mid-June of 2022. This will be held in conjunction with the induction ceremony for the newest members of the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. The event may be in-person or online.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER

All entries must be submitted online using

the web-based BNC program.

http://betternewspapercontest.com

Greater Cincinnati SPJ Excellence In Journalism

Note:  BNC is optimized to use the Google Chrome browser and Firefox for PC and Safari browser  (Apple Mac). 

Please use recent versions to make entering easier.

1)     Log on to “betternewspapercontest.com"

2)  Click "Open Call Login" at the top of the page

3)      Look for "Create Your Open Call Account Here" and fill out the requested information, then press "submit"

4)   A validation email will be sent to you that you will need to click the link in to validate your account

5) After validating your account, log into your account via the “Open Call Login” page and navigate to the “My Contests” page

6)      Look for the “Greater Cincinnati SPJ Excellence In Journalism” contest in the “Available Contests” section & check the box next to the contest name

7)    Navigate to “Manage Entries” page - click "Submit Entry " on left side

8)     Select appropriate category by number

9)     Read the category note describing what is expected of each entry

10)     In box labeled “Who should be credited for this entry” enter the names of those responsible for the entry and click “submit."  You can enter three names, but anything above that enter "staff"

11)     To upload digital files and attachments, follow the instructions indicated

12)     To add web/audio/video content, copy and paste the content’s URL address into the provided website URL field.  Note -- there is a 20MB limit on file size. Here are examples of free streaming content websites where you can upload audio and video content:

           --AUDIO – www.kiwi6.com or www.tindeck.com

           --VIDEO – www.youtube.com or www.vimeo.com

If you have questions or problems click on

“Help & Support” atop of the BNC web site

OR: CONTACT CONTEST COORDINATOR

Tom McKee – tmckee9@yahoo.com – (513) 608-1782

ENTRY FEES

SPJ Members

$25.00 for each entry

PROOF OF VALID SPJ MEMBERSHIP NUMBER

IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THIS RATE

Non-Members

$35.00 for each entry

College/University Students

No fee

Paying through PayPal

·       When all entries are submitted, log onto your account

·       Navigate to the “Manage Entries” page

·       Click “Calculate Entry Fees”

·       Follow the instructions complete the transaction

Becoming an SPJ member is easy.  Simply sign up at spj.org. 

The annual national dues are $75 and can be paid

all at once or in monthly installments.

Designate the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter as the chapter you want to join.

The chapter has no local dues.