East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

Categories

[Updated 2/6/08] 

NEWSPAPERS (Reporters at non-daily newspapers may enter either division)

1. DEADLINE/SPOT NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS  Coverage of news events within 24 hours of the event. A brief letter explaining deadline pressures or obstacles overcome may be submitted with your entry.

Division 1-A. DEADLINE/SPOT NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 1-B. DEADLINE/SPOT NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 1-C. DEADLINE/SPOT NEWS REPORTING  NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

2. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS  Coverage of other bona-fide news events (i.e., beat reporting, continuing coverage, or enterprise reporting).

Division 2-A. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 2-B. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 2-C. GENERAL REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY  

Division 2-D. GENERAL REPORTING, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

3. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS  Includes reporting of human interest matters, personalities, travel and events not considered traditional news events. Entry may include sidebars published the same day.

Division 3-A. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 3-B. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 3-C. FEATURE WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY 

 Division 3-D. FEATURE WRITING, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

4. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS  Includes individual or team effort in a series of stories on a related topic, published over several days (need not be consecutive) or as a 1-day package. Entry may include supporting information posted on the newspaper’s Web site (include a complete URL where the information can be viewed). Entry must include a cover letter describing origin and significance of effort.

Division 4-A. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 4-B. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 4-C. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

Division 4-D. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

5. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS  Includes individual or team effort in research, writing and reporting. Entry must indicate that the reporter(s) employed documents and human sources and that the findings have been previously unrevealed. Emphasis in the news story, series of reports, or project should be on thorough reporting of an issue of community concern. Impact  the action the reporting forces in the community  may be considered by the judges but is not crucial. Entry may include supporting information posted on the newspaper’s Web site (include a complete URL where the information can be viewed). Each entry must include a cover letter describing the reporting techniques and effort put into the report.

Division 5-A. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 5-B. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 5-C. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY  

6. SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS  Coverage of a particular event, team or individual. NOTE: Writers may submit sports stories in Categories 1-5; columns should be entered in Category 8

Division 6-A. SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 6-B. SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 6-C. SPORTS REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

7. EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS  Entries may consist of up to three editorials.

Division 7-A. EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 7-B. EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 7-C. EDITORIAL WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

8. PERSONAL COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS  Includes all signed opinion, humor and analysis/observation columns. Entries may consist of up to three pieces.

Division 8-A. COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 8-B. COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000  

Division 8-C. COLUMNS, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

Division 8-D. COLUMNS, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

9. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS  Includes movie, theatre, music, book, restaurant and other reviews. Entries may consist of up to three pieces.

Division 9-A. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 9-B. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 9-C. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST

10. NEWS REPORTING  Coverage of news topics and events, including spot news and general news events.

Division 10-A. NEWS REPORTING, RADIO

Division 10-B. NEWS REPORTING, TELEVISION

Division 10-C. NEWS REPORTING, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

11. FEATURE REPORTING  Includes reporting of human interest matters, personalities, travel and events not considered traditional news events.

Division 11-A. FEATURE REPORTING, RADIO

Division 11-B. FEATURE REPORTING, TELEVISIONDivision

11-C. FEATURE REPORTING, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

 12. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING  Includes individual or team effort in research, writing and reporting. Entry must indicate that the reporter(s) employed documents and human sources and that the findings have been previously unrevealed. Emphasis in the news story, series of reports, or project should be on thorough reporting of an issue of community concern. Impact  the action the reporting forces in the community  may be considered by the judges but is not crucial. Entry may include supporting information posted on the station’s Web site (include a complete URL where the information can be viewed). Each entry must include a cover letter describing the reporting techniques and effort put into the report.

Division 12-A. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, RADIO

Division 12-B. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, TELEVISION

13. SPORTS REPORTING  Coverage of a particular event, team or individual. NOTE: Sports stories also may be submitted in Categories 10 and 11; investigative reporting in sports is included in Category 12.

Division 13-A. SPORTS REPORTING, RADIO

Division 13-B. SPORTS REPORTING, TELEVISION

14. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING  May be either a special effort on a particular topic/theme or one broadcast of a regularly scheduled program. Do not include material broadcast during regularly scheduled newscasts.

Division 14-A. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, RADIO

Division 14-B. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, TELEVISION

EDITING/DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND WORK FOR OTHER MEDIA

15. HEADLINE  Use of alliteration, play on words, humor or other devices to attract readers. Entry must include three samples and the story for each headline.

Division 15-A. NEWSPAPERS

Division 15-B. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

16. PAGE ONE DESIGN  Three front pages, any dates during 2006.

Division 16-A. PAGE ONE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 16-B. PAGE ONE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 16-C. PAGE ONE DESIGN, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY  

Division 16-D. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

17. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN  Three inside pages or section fronts by the same page designer.

Division 17-A. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS with circulation over 25,000

Division 17-B. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS with circulation under 25,000

Division 17-C. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

Division 17-D.INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

18. INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC  Chart, map or diagram used to illustrate information (submit tearsheet).

Division 18-A. NEWSPAPERS

Division 18-B. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

19. ART ILLUSTRATION  Drawing, painting or other medium used to illustrate a story or enhance a page (tearsheet).  

Division 19-A. NEWSPAPERS

Division 19-B. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

20. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION  Any “created” photo used to illustrate a story or enhance a page (tearsheet).  

Division 20-A. NEWSPAPERS

Division 20-B. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

21. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY  Includes photos/video taken of a breaking news or sports event. Can include a sequence portraying a single breaking news event. Newspaper entries must include tearsheet(s), including captions.  

Division 21-A. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 21-B. DEADLINE/PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 21-C. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY  

Division 21-D. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, TELEVISION

22. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY  Includes photos/video taken for stories other than those covered in Category 21. May be a single photograph or photo sequence relating to general coverage, personalities, entertainment, the arts, sports, etc. Newspaper entries must include tearsheet(s), including captions.

Division 22-A. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 22-B. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 22-C. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

Division 22-D. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, TELEVISION

Division 22-E. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

23. EDITORIAL CARTOON  Entry must include tear sheet. A brief note of explanation may be included for context, if necessary.

Division 23-A. NEWSPAPERS

Division 23-B. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

24. WORK FOR OTHER MEDIA  Includes all other journalism-related work produced by an East Tennessee journalist that is not eligible for any of the preceding categories.

Division 24-A. WRITING — Includes work for a newspaper, magazine or Web site.

Division 24-B. VISUALS — Includes page design, informational graphics, art and photo illustrations, photographs or cartoons for print or electronic (including online) media.

25. WORLDWIDE WEB – OVERALL WEB SITE Submit the URL of the site and a letter explaining how the entry makes best use of the medium. Describe how the site is used and special features. Judging criteria will include content, construction, ease of navigation, interactive participation, design and aesthetics. The editorial department/office of the Web site must be located in the East Tennessee area defined in the entry rules.

Division 25A – Web site affiliated with newspaper, television, radio or magazine

Division 25B – Independent Web site (not affiliated with newspaper, television, radio or magazine)\ 

26. ONLINE REPORTING Submit the URL of the site. The editorial department/office of the Web site must be located in the East Tennessee area defined in the entry rules.

Division 26A – Web site affiliated with newspaper, television, radio or magazine

26A-1Deadline/spot news – Reporting of a single, unscheduled news event reported on deadline. Entry must have been posted on Web site within 24 hours of event and should include Web only content in addition to what was published or broadcast.

26A-2 Continuing coverage – Entry may include two or more reports demonstrating ongoing coverage of a news event and should include Web only content in addition to what was printed or broadcast.

26A-3 Multimedia – Use of photos, galleries, video and/or audio to enhance original story.

Division 26B – Independent Web site (not affiliated with newspaper, television, radio or magazine) 

26B-1 Deadline/spot news – Reporting of a single, unscheduled news event reported on deadline. Entry must have been posted on Web site within 24 hours of event.

26B-2 Continuing coverage – Entry may include two or more reports demonstrating ongoing coverage of a news event.

26B-3 Multimedia – Use of photos, galleries, video and/or audio to enhance original story.

 27. ALL MEDIA – HORACE V. WELLS JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD This award, named for one of the strongest editorial voices and community consciences in Tennessee journalism history, recognizes journalism that has an impact on the community. Entries may be a single story or series of stories and may include editorials. Entries will be judged on the results, enterprise, soundness, presentation and significance. Emphasis will be on demonstrated results in the community. Entries must include a cover letter stating the problem or issue, the newspaper or station¹s effort and the results achieved.    

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