Division VIII (c): Print — Weeklies/biweeklies

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

If demand warrants, weekly and biweekly categories will be separated.

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

Please note: Content from a weekly/biweekly organization, even if published online-only, should be entered in the Weekly/Biweekly Print categories.

Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs.

A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.pdf)

1(c). General Excellence

Submit three issues representing publication’s best work from 2015.

Create three PDFs – one for each issue date. PDF file names should be styled with the publication name (can use acronym or nickname, if it’s intuitive) and the issue date.

For example, a General Excellence PDF from the Puget Sound Business Journal of Sept. 10, 2015, should be named: psbj09-10-2015.pdf  OR pugetsoundbusinessjournal09-10-2015.pdf

2(c). 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. Content from an organization’s website will satisfy the requirements of this category.

3(c). 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 three examples published during the contest year.

4(c). 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(c). Feature

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

6(c). 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; and b) demonstrates an obvious need for change in law/policy/behavior.

(updated 11/17/2015)

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