National Newspaper Awards
Deadline: January, annually
Eligibility: Open to freelancers and members of the editorial staffs of daily newspapers, and news wire agencies. To be eligible, an entry must have first appeared in a Canadian daily newspapers in the previous year, in English or French. The same entry will not be accepted in more than one category, with these exceptions: component parts--for example, photos, editorial matter-- of an entry in the Special Project and the Layout and Graphic Design categories may also be entered in individual categories.
Value: $2,000 each category.
Canadian Newspaper Association
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Local Reporting -- For a story or series of stories that displays best reporting on a local subject among newspapers under 30,000 average daily circulation. Entries are limited to two from any competitor.
International Reporting -- For a story or series of not more than three stories on one subject or related subjects written by a reporter on permanent or temporary assignment outside Canada. Entries limited to two from any competitor.
Feature Writing -- Each entry shall consist of a story of feature news character handled with the drama or personalization, human interest, humour, pathos, novelty or other original treatment. Judges will pay particular attention to the quality of writing in the entries. Each entry, one per competitor, is limited to a single story or a series of not more than three related stories.
Enterprise Reporting -- Each entry shall consist of a story or series of not more than five stories or columns reflecting conspicuous enterprise and investigative skills in such areas as public affairs, business, science, public health, the environment, education or other field in the public interest. Entries limited to one from any competitor.
Layout and Graphic Design -- Given for layout, design and/or graphics. The award will be judged on originality, visual quality, use of design elements such as graphics and photos, and general design effectiveness. Entries will be limited to three broadsheet tearsheets or pages or equivalent tabloid facing pages showing layout and design. Entries limited to one from any competitor.
Critical Writing -- For sustained quality as exemplified by three articles of criticism, commentary or analysis dealing with such areas as literature, radio and television, theatre, films, music or the visual arts. Articles with a feature treatment must contain critical elements (or criticism) to be eligible. Entries are limited to one from any competitor.
Editorial Cartooning -- Should be a visual commentary featuring an idea made clearly apparent with good drawing and striking pictorial effect. The winner will be chosen on the basis of sustained quality as exemplified by five editorial cartoons. Entires are limited to one from each competitor consisting of five cartoons, preferably showing the artist's work on a variety of subjects. Proof of publication is required.
Spot News Reporting -- Given for excellence of reporting and writing for a story or a series of not more than three stories developing from a single news break, in Canada or abroad. Excellence under deadline pressure will be the key consideration for the judges. Entries are limited to two from any competitor.
Special Project -- Given for special project undertaken with a major investment of journalistic resources into a series or section dealing with a single subject. The entry may include editorials, cartoons, illustrations, infographics and photographs, as well as reporting. Entries are limited to two per newspaper.
Editorial Writing -- Given for sustained quality as exemplified by four editorials. Tests of excellence are clarity of style and sound reasoning, these terms to be broadly interpreted to include any type of writing -- light or serious, formal or colloquial. Entries are limited to one from any competitor.
Feature Photography -- Each consisting of a single picture or series of pictures to a maximum of three - are limited to two from any one competitor. A feature photograph must embody such features as drama, personalization, human interest, humour, pathos, novelty or other original treatment.
Spot News Photograpy -- Each consisting of a single picture or series of pictures to a maximum of three - are limited to two from any one competitor. Deadline pressure, difficulty of assignment and impact will be key considerations.
Sports Photography -- Each consisting of a single picture or series of pictures to a maximum of three - are limited to two from any one competitor. A sports photo can embody both news and/or feature treatment.
Columnist -- Given for sustained quality as exemplified by three columns written by a regular columnist writing at least weekly in a regular format. Ineligible are columnists writing less than weekly. Entries are limited to one per competitor.
Business -- Given for an article or series of not more than three related articles in the fields of business, finance or the economy. The award is open to news stories, features and explanatory or interpretive reporting or commentary. Entries are limited to two from any competitor.
Sports -- Offered for stories or columns. The award shall be judged on the quality of writing, reporting, and analysis in a single story or series of not more than three related stories. Entries are limited to two from any competitor.
Further Details: Most important in connection with entering is the provision of three published copies or legible duplications of the story, picture or cartoon concerned, along with full information. Each copy should be accompanied by an entry form and a $30 plus 7% GST entry fee payable to the National Newspaper Awards. The same entry will not be accepted in more than one category. Managing editors can accompany entries with a memorandum (in triplicate, as in the case of the stories or pictures themselves) setting forth the circumstances -- whether the story was a beat, whether it stood up as accurate, whether it was done on assignment or on the reporter's own initiative. In cases where the rules restrict the number of parts to a major story or series, managing editors may explain the context for the judges' information.
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