CATEGORIES

Journalists may enter work in divisions of the following categories: newspapers, radio, television, Work for Other Media (freelance) and Internet. Please see each category for a definition and division depending on the size of publication or other factors. You will put the category/division number and letter on your entry form.

This year there are expanded categories for Radio and Television as well as Work for Other Media and  Internet, so please take note of those.

You are eligible to enter “work for other media” if you are a journalist who lives in East Tennessee but your work may appear in publications, broadcast, or online within or outside of East Tennessee. This category is meant especially for freelance writers.

You may have more than one entry in a category, but unless it is a category that specifies multiple articles or segments in a single entry, each entry will require a single article or segment (though supporting “sidebars” are optional) and its own entry form and fee.

NOTE: Journalists in all media are encouraged to enter community service work in the Horace V. Wells Jr. Award category. The winner will be judged across all platforms.

The overall “best of show” award, The Golden Press Card, will be selected out of all of the First Place/Awards of Excellence, and the winner will receive a cash award of $100 also.

The organizers and judges reserve the right to change the category of certain entries if necessary. You may enter the same work in different categories if applicable, but separate entry forms and fees are required for all. The judges also may decline to make awards in categories if they feel no entry merits an award.

Please submit either physically, delivering or sending tear sheets, CDs or DVDs of entries; or electronically. If you choose to enter electronically via e-mail attachment, attach entry form along with print, audio or video file, and send e-mail to nelsonk@knoxnews.com.

Acceptable formats:

Print: .pdf, .doc (but not .docx),  .jpg (if .jpg entry is of article, please make sure text is large enough/clear enough to read).

Audio: .mp3, .wav.

Video: .avi, .mpg/.mpeg, .wmv, .mov.

If you do not see the format of your entry listed here, contact Kristi Nelson.

Online categories: please make sure the URL is on your entry form and send supporting materials as attachments.

CATEGORIES

NEWSPAPERS
RADIO
TELEVISION
WORK FOR OTHER MEDIA (FREELANCERS)
ONLINE

ENTIRE LIST OF CATEGORIES

NOTE: Most newspaper categories offer daily (circulation more than 25,000 and less than 25,000) and non-daily newspaper divisions. In any category that offers such a division, reporters for non-daily newspapers (fewer than five days a week) may compete in the applicable daily division if they choose. If a non-daily newspaper enters the daily division in any category, it must classify all of its entries in the same division.

1. DEADLINE/BREAKING 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/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

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

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

2. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, BROADCAST – 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 2-A. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, RADIO

Division 2-B. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, TELEVISION

3. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, ONLINE – Coverage of a single, unscheduled news event reported on deadline. Entry must have been posted on an internet site within 24 hours of event and should include internet-only content in addition to what was published or broadcast.

Division 3-A. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED INTERNET SITE

Division 3-B. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, INDEPENDENT INTERNET SITE

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

Division 4-A. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 4-B. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 4-C. GENERAL REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

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

Division 5-A. GENERAL REPORTING, RADIO

Division 5-B. GENERAL REPORTING, TELEVISION

6. CONTINUING COVERAGE, ONLINE – Entry may include two or more reports demonstrating ongoing coverage of a news event and should include online-only content in addition to what was printed or broadcast.

Division 6-A. CONTINUING COVERAGE, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED INTERNET SITE

Division 6-B. CONTINUING COVERAGE, INDEPENDENT INTERNET SITE

7. 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 7-A. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

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

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

8. FEATURE REPORTING, BROADCAST – Includes reporting of human-interest matters, personalities, travel and events not considered traditional news events.

Division 8-A. FEATURE REPORTING, RADIO

Division 8-B. FEATURE REPORTING, TELEVISION

9. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS – Includes individual or team effort in research, writing and reporting. Entry must indicate that 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 or 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 9-A. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 9-B. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 9-C. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

10. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, BROADCAST – Includes individual or team effort in research, writing and reporting. Entry must indicate that 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 or action the reporting forces in the community may be considered by the judges but is not crucial. Entry may include supporting information posted on accompanying 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 10-A. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, RADIO

Division 10-B. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, TELEVISION

11. 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 one-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 11-A. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 11-B. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 11-C. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

12. 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 12-A. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, RADIO

Division 12-B. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, TELEVISION

13. SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS – Coverage of a particular event, team or individual. NOTE: Writers may submit sports stories in Deadline Reporting, General Reporting, Feature Writing, Series/Package/Project Writing and Investigative Reporting categories; columns should be entered in Personal Columns category.

Division 13-A. SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 13-B. SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 13-C. SPORTS REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

14. SPORTS REPORTING, BROADCAST – Coverage of a particular event, team or individual. NOTE: Sports stories may also be submitted in Breaking News, General Reporting and Feature Reporting; investigative reporting in sports should be submitted in the Investigative Reporting category.

Division 14-A. SPORTS REPORTING, RADIO, circulation over 25,000

Division 14-B. SPORTS REPORTING, TELEVISION, circulation under 25,000

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

Division 15-A. EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 15-B. EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 15-C. EDITORIAL WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

16. PERSONAL COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS – Includes all signed opinion, humor and analysis/observation columns. Entries may consist of up to three pieces by a single writer.

Division 16-A. COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 16-B. COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 16-C. COLUMNS, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

17. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS – Includes movie, theater, music, book, restaurant and other reviews. Entries may consist of up to three pieces by a single writer.

Division 17-A. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 17-B. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 17-C. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

18. BEST USE OF MEDIUM, BROADCAST – Outstanding use of sound or video to set the scene and enhance the story.

Division 18-A. BEST USE OF SOUND, RADIO

Division 18-B. BEST USE OF VIDEO, TELEVISION

EDITING/DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION and PHOTOGRAPHY

19. HEADLINE, NEWSPAPERS – Use of alliteration, play on words, humor or other devices to attract readers. Entry must include three samples and the story for each headline.  One headline writer per entry, please.

Division 19-A. HEADLINE, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 19-B. HEADLINE, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 19-C. HEADLINE, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

20. PAGE ONE DESIGN – Three front pages, any dates during the contest year.

Division 20-A. PAGE ONE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 20-B. PAGE ONE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 20-C. PAGE ONE DESIGN, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

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

Division 21-A. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS with circulation over 25,000

Division 21-B. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS with circulation under 25,000

Division 21-C. INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

22. INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC, NEWSPAPERS – Chart, map or diagram used to illustrate information (submit tear sheet or PDF of full page).

23. ART ILLUSTRATION, NEWSPAPERS – Drawing, painting or other medium used to illustrate a story or enhance a page (submit tear sheet or PDF of full page).

24. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION, NEWSPAPERS – Any “created” photo used to illustrate a story or enhance a page (submit tear sheet or PDF of full page).

25. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY – Includes photos/video taken of a breaking news or sports event and used either in print or on a news Web site. Can include a sequence portraying a single breaking news event. Newspapers should submit tear sheet(s) or PDF(s) of full pages, including captions.

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

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

Division 25-C. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

Division 25-D. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, TELEVISION

26. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – Includes photos/video taken for stories other than those covered in Deadline Photography. May be a single photograph or photo sequence relating to general coverage, personalities, entertainment, the arts, sports, etc. Newspaper entries must submit tear sheet(s) or PDF of full page, including captions.

Division 26-A. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000

Division 26-B. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000

Division 26-C. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

Division 26-D. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, TELEVISION

27. EDITORIAL CARTOON, NEWSPAPERS – Entry must include tear sheet or PDF. Up to three examples, per entry, by a single cartoonist. A brief note of explanation may be included for context.

28. WORK FOR OTHER MEDIA – This category is for freelance or unaffiliated journalists who live in East Tennessee and write or report for media which may or may not be produced in East Tennessee. Recognizing that many journalists are and recently have become freelancers, this newly expanded category includes all other journalism-related work produced by an East Tennessee journalist that is not eligible for any of the preceding categories.

Division 28-A. FREELANCE WRITING FOR PRINT (newspaper, magazine, booklet, book, etc.)

Division 28-B. FREELANCE WRITING FOR THE INTERNET

Division 28-C. FREELANCE VISUALS FOR PRINT — Includes page design, informational graphics, art and photo illustrations, photographs or cartoons.

Division 28-D. FREELANCE VISUALS FOR ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MEDIA— Includes page design, informational graphics, art and photo illustrations, photographs or cartoons.

Division 28-E. FREELANCE REPORTING FOR BROADCAST

29. OVERALL INTERNET 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 29-A. OVERALL SITE, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED INTERNET SITE (includes newspapers, television, radio and magazines)

Division 29-B. OVERALL SITE, INDEPENDENT INTERNET SITE

30. ONLINE USE OF PHOTO– Use of photos and galleries, with or without audio, to enhance original story.

Division 30-A. ONLINE USE OF PHOTO, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED INTERNET SITE

Division 30-B. ONLINE USE OF PHOTO, INDEPENDENT INTERNET SITES

31. ONLINE USE OF VIDEO – Use of online video, independently or to enhance coverage of news or feature story.

Division 31-A. ONLINE USE OF VIDEO, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED INTERNET SITE

Division 31-B. ONLINE USE OF VIDEO, INDEPENDENT INTERNET SITES

32. BEST BLOG

Division 32-A. BEST BLOG, AFFILIATED WITH MEDIA ORGANIZATION

Division 32-B. BEST BLOG, UNAFFILIATED WITH MEDIA ORGANIZATION

33. COLLABORATIVE REPORTING – Work produced when two or more separately owned media organizations collaborate. Can include collaborators of the same medium (two or more newspapers, etc.) or of different media (a newspaper and a television station; TV and radio; newspaper and independent Web site, etc.) Does not include reporting done for both Web and another medium within a single organization.

34. 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 had an impact on the community. Entries may be a single story or series of stories and may include editorials. Entries will be judged on 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 media organization’s efforts, and the results achieved.

 

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