July 31 – Birger Young Biz Journalist Contest Deadline

Posted By Crystal Beasley

The contest is now open

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 31 at 5 p.m. ET.

The winner will receive $1,500 plus a stipend toward travel expenses for a trip to SABEW’s next conference where the award will be presented.

A team of five journalist/judges will determine the winner, as well as up to four named finalists.

A total of 23 young journalists entered in 2018, with one winner and two finalists named.


– Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2018 are eligible. A journalist who turned 30 during 2018 is eligible.

– Freelancers are eligible but must meet all criteria except supervisor recommendation.

How to enter:

– Entrants should send a one-page resume and one letter of recommendation (1-2 pages) from a nominating supervisor.

– Entrants must also include two professional references other than the nominating editor. Names (with title), e-mail and telephone number must be included with each reference.

– Entrants must include five (5) published work samples or video packages from the period 2014 through 2018. They should represent a mix of long- and short-form journalism. Digital samples are allowed. The work should show sophistication and acumen in the covered topic.

– Entrants may submit up to three (3) work samples with multiple byline credits, but samples with single bylines are strongly preferred by the judges.

– Up to five (5) supporting elements may be included with an entry. Supporting elements include text sidebars, videos, photos, multimedia pieces, etc.

– Contest entries will be accepted in PDF and/or through permalinks from URLs.

There will be no charge for entries. You must be a SABEW member, or be part of a SABEW institutional membership to enter.

Specific instructions for entering the contest:

Log in through the SABEW Member portal and select “Enter Contest” in the left side bar. Select Larry Birger Young Business Journalist.

– Enter the contest through the orange “Enter Contest” button.  You will be taken to the Publication page.

– Even if you are affiliated with a specific publication, please enter Larry Birger Young Business Journalist in the Publication search bar. This will allow your entry to be independent without ties to a publication.

– On the Contributors page, please select yourself and continue.

– On the Select Contest page, please select the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Contest.

– On the Entry Details page, use your first and last name as the entry title. Add a description, credits and your mailing address.

– On the Upload Entry page, add your work using PDF and/or URL. You are not limited as to how many pages/links you are allowed to upload in order to fully represent your five main work samples. After you attach each PDF/URL, click on Save Attachment and Add Another. Even if you have only one attachment you must click on Save Attachment and Add Another. A green box at the top will confirm that your attachment has been saved. Once all attachments are submitted, click on Finish and Review Entry.

– Review the entry details, and click on save and review order.

– Click on Complete Order, then Complete Purchase to submit your entry. You will see a confirmation page after the entry has been submitted successfully.

Click here to begin.

If you have questions about membership status or contest entry, please email rmcgivern@sabew.org.


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