Entry Categories for 2016

REMINDERS: All entry forms [see www.nna-ccj.ca] must be submitted online.

Entries in all categories must be submitted either online or through the provision of technology that allows judges to assess the work in its intended form.

The Multimedia Feature category has been eliminated.

Organizations may submit up to three entries in Project of the Year.  Previously, only one entry was allowed in the category.

Entries in Short Feature and Long Feature must be submitted only in uniform text format.

Tablet entries: In submitting the entry, the entrant must identify the Entry ID number supplied by the NNA system when the entry was registered online. Entrants submitting content in tablet format may be required to provide (a) tablets with the entry content pre-loaded, or (b) information that allows judges to access the entry on their own tablets (where applicable). Entrants supplying tablets on loan are required to cover shipping and handling costs.

Although only required in Project of the Year and Beat Reporting, covering letters can be a useful guide to judges in most categories. They should be brief and the emphasis should be on context and/or on the challenges experienced while producing the work.

 

1. PROJECT OF THE YEAR
For the most exceptional journalistic endeavour of the year using any journalistic format. Deep, compelling and groundbreaking treatment of subjects of vital importance to the publication’s community. These projects enlighten and inform the public interest and often transform elements of society. Emphasis is on journalistic impact, not the technology. A letter explaining the purpose of the projects, and their impact, is compulsory for each entry. Up to three submissions per outlet. Content in this category may be submitted either online or through the provision of technology that allows judges to assess the work in its intended form.

2. PRESENTATION
For exceptional design, imaginatively conceived and creatively executed for maximum impact. Portfolio entries of up to three pieces, which can include illustration, graphics, design or a combination of all three. A double-page truck or a themed section or series counts as one piece. One submission per entrant. Content in this category must be submitted online in PDF form, through the provision of technology that allows judges to assess the work in its intended form, tearsheets or full-size reproductions.

3. LOCAL REPORTING
For exceptional reporting of significant local issues, working with any journalistic format(s). Open to newspapers with average daily circulation of 30,000 or less. Ideally represented by a single story or series of related stories of up to five elements, including multimedia. Maximum of two submissions per entrant or team. Entrants may submit a Local Reporting entry in another category.

4. SHORT FEATURE
For an exceptional example of feature writing at shorter length. A single written entry of up to 1,000 words. One submission per entrant.

5. LONG FEATURE
For exceptional feature writing, with an emphasis on original, compelling stories, gracefully told. One written piece longer than 1,000 words, or a series of up to three written parts. One submission per entrant.

6. EDITORIALS
For exceptional editorial expression, working with any journalistic format(s). Up to three editorials; one submission per entrant. Editorials can be explanatory, descriptive or prescriptive.

7. COLUMNS
For exceptional reporting or writing in columns, working with any journalistic format(s). Up to three columns; one submission per entrant.

8. EXPLANATORY WORK
For exceptional reporting and writing demonstrating complex or arcane facts or processes behind a story in the news, working with any journalistic format(s). Does this work of text, illustration, graphics or video answer a single question: Why or How? This category must show mastery of the subject working with any journalistic format(s). Maximum of two submissions per entrant.

9. EDITORIAL CARTOONING
For exceptional cartooning illustration. A portfolio of five cartoons; one submission per entrant.

10. INVESTIGATIONS
For exceptional work in investigations, where powerful reportage reveals information of importance to the public, working with any journalistic format(s). Entries may include up to 10 elements, including multimedia. Be wary of taxing the judges with incremental stories. Emphasis is on enterprise reporting. Maximum of two submissions per entrant.

11. INTERNATIONAL
For exceptional, compelling reporting and writing on important world events and issues, working with any journalistic format(s). Ideally represented by compelling reporting, writing and enterprise on an important subject. Work must result from reporting done outside Canada. Up to three related stories and sidebars published on the same day as those stories; maximum of two submissions per entrant.

12. BREAKING NEWS
For quick, accurate, authoritative, creative and exceptional coverage of breaking news online and in social media combined with original, comprehensive coverage for packages within a 36-hour period from the time the breaking news event began, working with any journalistic format(s). This honours the best, most complete reporting using every available journalistic tool. Any work produced within the 36-hour period can be entered with the understanding that it should demonstrate the quality, not the quantity, of the entry. Be wary of taxing the judges with incremental stories. Maximum of two submissions per entrant and two teams per newspaper.  Please confirm the 36-hour period with the NNA office if the time of the event’s beginning is not clear.

13. BEAT REPORTING
For exceptional, authoritative coverage of any beat or specialty, working with any journalistic format(s). This requires evidence of original thinking, initiative and consistency of news coverage. A letter stating the entrant is a regular beat or specialty reporter is required. Up to five stories and related sidebars published on the same day as those stories; one submission per entrant.

14. BUSINESS
For exceptional reporting in the area of business, working with any journalistic format(s). Ideally represented by a single major or series of significant news breaks, or by a single enterprise or investigative piece, columns or series thoroughly compelling in originality, scope or unique treatment. A single story or related series, or up to three unrelated stories, and sidebars published on the same day as those stories; one submission per entrant.

15. SPORTS
For exceptional reporting in the area of sports, working with any journalistic format(s). Ideally represented by a single major or series of significant news breaks, or by a single enterprise or investigative piece, series or columns thoroughly compelling in originality, scope or unique treatment. A single story or related series, or up to three unrelated stories, and sidebars published on the same day as those stories; one submission per entrant.

16. ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT
For clever, entertaining and exceptional news, features, criticism or column coverage on arts and entertainment, working with any journalistic format(s). Ideally representing by well informed, compelling and entertaining writing in any arts field. A single story or related series, or up to three unrelated stories, and sidebars published on the same day as those stories; one submission per entrant.

17. POLITICS
For exceptional reporting in the area of politics, working with any journalistic format(s). Ideally represented by a single major or series of significant news breaks, or by a single enterprise or investigative piece, series or columns thoroughly compelling in originality, scope or unique treatment. A single story or related series, or up to three unrelated stories, and sidebars published on the same day as those stories; one submission per entrant.

18.  NEWS PHOTO
For an exceptional example of a breaking news photograph. A single image; up to two submissions per entrant. Images must not have been digitally altered beyond normal cropping, toning and balancing.

19. NEWS FEATURE PHOTO
For an exceptional example of a news feature photograph. A single image; up to two submissions per entrant. Includes coverage of events for which advance planning was possible.

20. FEATURE PHOTO
For an exceptional example of a feature photograph. A single image; up to two submissions per entrant. Photographs may include photographer intervention, but should avoid contrived submissions.

21. SPORTS PHOTO
For an exceptional example of a sports photograph. A single image; up to two submissions per entrant. Ideally represented by an image that either tells an eloquent story or captures a single moment, thoroughly riveting for its drama, poignancy, pathos or humour.