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Within each division are all or some of the following categories.

General Excellence: A news organization’s quality, strength and consistency over time.

Breaking News:  Coverage of a single news event on the day it breaks. Can be reactive reporting of news that breaks, or proactive news broken by a reporter or news organization’s reporting staff. Judges will be asked to give greater weight to the latter.

Investigative: In-depth, watchdog reporting that: a) presents important information that was unknown to the general public and was unavailable from other sources before publication; b) demonstrates an obvious need for change in law/policy/behavior.

Explanatory: In-depth reporting that presents, defines, unpacks, and simplifies a single important topic and/or news event in a way that allows the reader to understand it more clearly.

Feature: A single story or series that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches writing and/or presentation.

Commentary: Reported coverage that reflects the point of view of a writer, writers and/or news organization. Includes blogs as well as unsigned editorials and individual columns.

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