Entry Categories for 2017

  1. PROJECT OF THE YEAR

For the most exceptional journalistic endeavour of the year – deep, compelling and ground-breaking treatment of subjects of vital importance to the community. These projects enlighten and inform the public interest and often transform elements of society. Judges are instructed to focus on journalistic impact, not technology.

REQUIREMENTS: There is no restriction on the volume of content, but entries should emphasize quality, not quantity. A supporting letter explaining the purpose of the project, its impact, and any other relevant information about the circumstances of the work is required.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of three submissions per entering organization.

 

  1. PRESENTATION

For exceptional design, imaginatively conceived and creatively executed. May use illustration, graphics and design elements, alone or in combination.

REQUIREMENTS: Maximum of three related or unrelated parts. A two-page spread in print counts as one part, as does a themed section or series.

FORMATS: Newspaper tearsheets, or screens designed for web or tablet.

RESTRICTIONS: One submission per entrant.

 

  1. LOCAL REPORTING

For exceptional reporting of a significant local issue.

REQUIREMENTS: Up to 10 elements on a single subject.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Open to all organizations approved for entry in the competition, except for (a) news agencies, or (b) the following Canadian daily newspapers – the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, La Presse, Le Journal de Montreal, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun/Province, the Calgary Herald/Sun, the Ottawa Citizen/Sun, Ottawa Le Droit, the Edmonton Journal/Sun, the Winnipeg Free Press, Le Journal de Quebec, Le Soleil and the Hamilton Spectator. Maximum of two submissions per entrant. Entrants may submit work entered in Local Reporting in another category.

 

  1. SHORT FEATURE

For an exceptional example of feature writing at shorter length, with an emphasis on original, compelling stories, gracefully told.

REQUIREMENTS: A single written story of up to 1,000 words. Word count must be provided on the entry form. Entries must be submitted in plain text format.

FORMATS: Text only.

RESTRICTIONS: One submission per entrant.

 

  1. LONG FEATURE

For exceptional feature writing, with an emphasis on original, compelling stories, gracefully told.

REQUIREMENTS: A single written story longer than 1,000 words, or up to three related written stories. Entries must be submitted in plain text format.

FORMATS: Text only.

RESTRICTIONS: One submission per entrant.

 

  1. EDITORIALS

For exceptional editorial expression.

REQUIREMENTS: Up to three editorials.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: One submission per entrant.

 

  1. COLUMNS

For exceptional reporting and/or writing by individuals whose work is published regularly in column format.

REQUIREMENTS: Up to three columns.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: One submission per entrant.

 

  1. EXPLANATORY WORK

For exceptional reporting to explain complex or arcane subjects. This category should demonstrate mastery of the subject and answer a single question: why or how?

REQUIREMENTS: A single story with up to 10 elements.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. EDITORIAL CARTOONING

For exceptional cartooning illustration.

REQUIREMENTS: A portfolio of five cartoons.

FORMATS: JPG format, not less than 2048 pixels on the longest side and not larger than 3072 pixels. Compress the JPG file so that the file size is not more than 1.5 megabytes.

RESTRICTIONS: One submission per entrant.

 

  1. INVESTIGATIONS

For exceptional work in investigations, where powerful reportage reveals information of importance to the public. Emphasis is on enterprise reporting.

REQUIREMENTS: Up to 10 elements related to a single investigation.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL

For exceptional, compelling reporting on an important world event or issue.

REQUIREMENTS: Work must result from reporting done outside Canada. A single story and sidebars, or a series of related stories, or up to three unrelated stories and sidebars.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. BREAKING NEWS

For quick, accurate, authoritative, creative, original and comprehensive coverage of breaking news on any platform.

REQUIREMENTS: All content must have been published over a 36-hour period within the first 72 hours of the news breaking. Entries must specify the times when the 36-hour period began and ended. There is no restriction on the volume of content, but entries should emphasize quality, not quantity.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of two submissions per entering organization. Maximum of two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. BEAT REPORTING

For exceptional, authoritative coverage by a reporter regularly assigned to a beat or specialized subject matter, demonstrating evidence of original thinking, initiative and consistency of coverage.

REQUIREMENTS: Up to five stories and related sidebars. A supporting letter from a supervising editor explaining the reporter’s qualifications and experience in the coverage area is required.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of one submission per entrant.

 

  1. BUSINESS

For exceptional, compelling reporting on business, economics and/or personal finance.

REQUIREMENTS: A single story and sidebars, or a series of related stories and sidebars, or up to three unrelated stories and sidebars.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of one submission per entrant.

 

  1. SPORTS

For exceptional, compelling reporting and/or writing on sports.

REQUIREMENTS: A single story and sidebars, or a series of related stories and sidebars, or up to three unrelated stories and sidebars.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of one submission per entrant.

 

  1. ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT

For clever, entertaining and exceptional reporting, features, criticism or columns on any subject within the realm of arts and entertainment.

REQUIREMENTS: A single story and sidebars, or a series of related stories and sidebars, or up to three unrelated stories and sidebars.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of one submission per entrant.

 

  1. POLITICS

For exceptional, compelling reporting on politics.

REQUIREMENTS: A single story and sidebars, or a series of related stories and sidebars, or up to three unrelated stories and sidebars.

FORMATS: An entry in this category may use all journalistic tools, including text, video, audio, photos and social media. However, photos submitted as part of an entry must not be the primary element of the entry.

RESTRICTIONS: Maximum of one submission per entrant.

 

  1. NEWS PHOTO

For an exceptional example of a news photograph. Includes coverage of news events for which advance planning was either possible or not possible. This includes both breaking and scheduled news events or stories.

REQUIREMENTS: A single image.

FORMATS: JPG format, not less than 2048 pixels on the longest side and not larger than 3072 pixels. Compress the JPG file so that the file size is not more than 1.5 megabytes.

RESTRICTIONS: Up to two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. PHOTO PORTFOLIO/PHOTO ESSAY (NEW IN 2017)

For a multiple-picture series that showcases exceptional photography either as a group of unrelated images published over a period of time or a picture-story or essay on a singular subject or theme, published at the same time.

REQUIREMENTS: Maximum of 10 images. Images entered in this category may not be entered in other Photo categories.

FORMATS: JPG format, not less than 2048 pixels on the longest side and not larger than 3072 pixels. Compress the JPG files so that they are not more than 1.5 megabytes.

RESTRICTIONS: Up to two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. FEATURE PHOTO

For an exceptional example of a feature photograph.

REQUIREMENTS: A single image. May include photographer intervention, but not contrived submissions.

FORMATS: JPG format, not less than 2048 pixels on the longest side and not larger than 3072 pixels. Compress the JPG file so that the file size is not more than 1.5 megabytes.

RESTRICTIONS: Up to two submissions per entrant.

 

  1. SPORTS PHOTO

For an exceptional example of a sports photograph.

REQUIREMENTS: A single image.

FORMATS: JPG format, not less than 2048 pixels on the longest side and not larger than 3072 pixels. Compress the JPG file so that the file size is not more than 1.5 megabytes.

RESTRICTIONS: Up to two submissions per entrant.