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Division V: News Agencies

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Division IV: News Agencies

Eligible entrants: Primary business activity is distributing news to news organizations and other business entities.

A one-page cover letter may be submitted with entries as a PDF. (To help the judges keep track of things, please style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.PDF)

Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs.

Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to five elements, including but not limited to stories, videos, graphics.

1. General Excellence

Entrants will demonstrate excellence by submitting elements from several facets of coverage:

1. Breaking news: Choose three items from the agency’s coverage of the announcement of the Twitter IPO on Sept. 12, 2013.

Here’s the tweet announcing the IPO:

We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

Entrants may include a description of the full day’s coverage plan to give a broader context.

2. Enterprise: Two enterprise stories of the agency’s choice.

3. Multimedia: One example of business-­‐related multimedia, i.e. video, interactive graphic.

4. Project: The main story of a large-­‐scale project or investigative piece. Entrants may include a description of the overall package.

2. Breaking News

Coverage of a single news event on the day it breaks. Can be reactive reporting, or proactive news broken by a reporter or news organization’s reporting staff.

3. Investigative

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

4. 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/listener/viewer to understand it more clearly.

5. Feature

Reporting that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; and b) demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation.

6. Commentary

Reported coverage that reflects the point of view of a writer, writers and/or news organization. Category includes unsigned editorials, individual columns and blogs.

Entrants should choose their best four examples and submit them as permalink URLs.

Enter the contest here.

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