2001 Alaska Press Club Contest For Excellence In Journalism

Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2001

2001 Alaska Press Club Contest For Excellence In Journalism The Rules

1. All entrants must live in Alaska or have lived in Alaska during 2000.

2. Entrants need not be members of the Alaska Press Club.

3. All entries must be original work broadcast or published in 2000, in Alaska or Outside publications.

4. Each entry may be entered in only one category except where noted.

5. The entrant is responsible for selecting the proper category, but the awards committee may reassign any entry.

6. All entries must be submitted as they were published or broadcast. Photocopies of print entries are acceptable.

7. All entries must have been prepared for a bona fide news purpose. Entries may not have been commissioned by or paid for by the subject of the entry or by anyone other than a bona fide news outlet, as determined by the board of the Alaska Press Club. In-kind support of a news report (i.e. a ride in an airplane to the site of a crash) does not make an entry ineligible.

8. Entry must be submitted in the medium for which it was created.

9. Each entry must be accompanied by:

a) Entry form. Photocopies are acceptable.

b) Entry fee, as follows: Press Club members, $8 per entry. Non-members and all organizations or institutions, $15. Note: Each individual in a group entry must be a member or the fee is $15. Make checks payable to the Alaska Press Club. DO NOT MAIL CASH. 10. All entrants are encouraged to keep a log of their entries, with date of publication and other pertinent information, and to include a copy of that log with the entry package. This will aid in rejudging or other remedies in case judges packages are lost in the mail or are otherwise unrecoverable. 11. The Alaska Press Club is a volunteer organization that runs the press club awards competition as a public service. The decision of the Alaska Press Club in any dispute concerning entries is final. All entrants and sponsors agree to hold the Alaska Press Club harmless from liability for any decision made in connection with the awards competition.

ENTRY FORMAT 1. Print entry submissions should be full-page tearsheets or full-page photocopies with the entry form attached. A diagonal line should be drawn through all articles on the tearsheet that are not being entered.Entries consisting of more than one tearsheet should be clearly numbered in a sequence, for example, ''1 of 3'' and ''2 of 3'' with ''end'' on the final tearsheet. 2. All radio entries must be submitted on standard audio cassettes with each tape labeled separately. Do not use Dolby or other noise reduction on entries. Each television entry must be on a VHS tape. Anchor intros, either audio/video or print, are optional, except where noted. Each radio and television entry must be on a separate tape except where noted. The entry form should be folded around the tapes and secured with a rubber band. Take care to package entry form with information visible so entries can be sorted easily. 3. Photo entry submissions should be full-page tearsheets or photocopies with the entry form attached. Entries must be clearly labeled. Entries consisting of more than one photograph should be numbered in sequence, as with print entries above. 4. In all categories, entries shall consist of a single story unless otherwise noted.

PRINT Each entry should list both a category number and classification letter. It is permissible for a nondaily publication to enter in the daily category, but a daily may not compete in the nondaily classification. Magazines may compete in only the daily category. In all cases, the term ''story'' may include a main story and associated sidebars, all relating to the same event and all appearing together as a package in a single edition. A story submitted as part of a series or comprehensive coverage may be entered by itself in other categories. A) Daily newspapers those published at least five times a week and magazines; B) Nondailies those published fewer than five days a week.

PRINT CATEGORIES 1. Best Breaking Story. A single story written under the pressure of deadline. Include a one-paragraph note explaining the deadline. 2. Best General News Story 3. Best Use of Story and Photos by a Reporter (Nondailies only) 4. Best Feature Story 5. Best Comprehensive Coverage or Series. Entries may be submitted by individuals and do not have to be packaged as a series. Each entry should consist of two or more stories. 6. Best Reporting on Government or Political Issue. Includes government on local and state levels. 7. Best Reporting on a Business, Economic, Consumer, or Emerging Technologies Subject. 8. Best Reporting on Education. 9. Best Profile. Includes obituaries. 10. Best Reporting on the Environment. 11. Best Reporting on Crime or Courts. 12. Best Reporting on Health or Science. 13. Best Editorial Writing (submit three examples). 14. Best Columnist (submit three examples). 15. Best Sports News Reporting. 16. Best Sports Feature. 17. Best Sports Game/Event Story. 18. Best Sports Columnist. (Dailies and nondailies compete together. (submit three examples.) 19. Best Coverage of the Arts. 20. Best Section (submit three examples). 21. Best Headline Writing (submit six examples on full-page tearsheets). 22. Best Weekly Newspaper. Each newspaper should submit one issue from May and one from October, then choose a third issue from any month. The entries will be judged on content, layout, diversity of stories and public service.

GRAPHICS: Each entry must list category number and classification letter: A) Daily newspapers those published at least five times a week and magazines. B) Nondailies Newspapers published fewer than five times a week. 1. Best Editorial Cartoon. Submit a note of less than 100 words to describe the background of the cartoon if necessary. 2. Best Illustration. 3. Best Page Layout. 4. Best Information Graphics.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Each photographer may enter three photos per category. A photo from a photo series may be entered by itself. Color or black and white photos are eligible. Photo entry submissions should be full-page tearsheets or photocopies, with the entry form attached. Each entry must list category number and classification letter: A) Daily newspapers those published at least five times a week and magazines. B) Nondailies Newspapers published fewer than five times a week. 1. Best News Photo. 2. Best Picture Story. 3. Best Sports Photo. 4. Best Scenic Photo. 5. Best Portrait. 6. Best Feature Photo.

RADIO 1. Best Breaking Story. Single story written under deadline pressure. Attach a one-paragraph note explaining deadline and a copy of the anchor intro. 2. Best Reporting, Single Story. Submit entire story. 3. Best Reporting, Comprehensive Coverage or Series. Can involve one or more reporters. Does not have to be packaged as a series. Submit up to three parts of the series, not to exceed 15 minutes total. Include anchor intro. 4. Best Public Affairs Program, One-Time Special. Submit program in its entirety. 5. Best Public Affairs Program, Ongoing. Airs at least monthly. Submit entire program. 6. Best Commentary, Editorial or Review. 7. Best Documentary. 8. Best Arts Story. 9. Best Reporting on Political Issue. Includes government on local and state levels. 10. Best Reporting on Business, Economic, Consumer, or Emerging Technologies Subject. 11. Best Reporting on the Environment. 12. Best Reporting on Crime or Courts. 13. Best Education Reporting. 14. Best Reporting on Health or Science. 15. Best Radio Feature. Limited to 10 minutes or less, emphasizing use of sound. Submit anchor intro. 16. Best Profile. Includes obituaries. 17. Best Sports Reporting (live or produced). 18. Best Coverage of a Live Event. Submit tape not to exceed 15 continuous minutes in length. Include one-paragraph note explaining procedures used in reporting the event. Portions of this entry may be submitted in other categories. 19. Best Short Newscast. Submit three examples of newscasts 10 minutes or less with local focus. 20. Best Daily News Program. Submit one example 10 minutes or longer.

TELEVISION 1. Best Breaking News Story. Attach one-paragraph note explaining deadline pressure and script of anchor intro. 2. Best Television Reporting, Single Story. Attach anchor intro. 3. Best Television Reporting, Series. 4. Best Documentary. 30 minutes or longer. 5. Best Reporting on Health or Science. 6. Best Reporting on the Environment. 7. Best Reporting on Crime or Courts. 8. Best Reporting on a Political Issue. Includes government at local and state levels. 9. Best Reporting on Business, Economic, Consumer, or Emerging Technologies Subject. 10. Best Television Feature Reporting. 11. Best Arts Story. 12. Best Public Affairs Program, One-Time Special. Submit entry in its entirety. 13. Best Public Affairs Program, Ongoing. Airs at least monthly. Submit three examples on one tape, not to exceed 30 minutes for each example. 14. Best Sports Coverage. On one tape, submit complete sportscast plus two individual reports on local sports subjects. 15. Best Profile. Piece should demonstrate ability to capture a human being on tape. Includes obituaries. 16. Best Live Special. Submit tape not to exceed 15 continuous minutes in length. Include one-paragraph note explaining procedures used in reporting the event. Portions of this entry may be submitted in other categories. 17. Best Editing. 18. Best Feature Photography. 19. Best Spot News Photography. 20. Best Sports Photography. 21. Best Photographic Essay. 22. Best Daily Newscast. Submit three examples of a regularly scheduled, locally produced news show that airs at least five times a week, 52 weeks a year. Entry should be in the name of the station, and does not preclude individual stories from this entry being submitted in other categories.

OPEN TO ALL MEDIA 1. Humor

Submit one piece per entry, one entry per person. Entries may have been entered in another category as long as separate entries and fees are submitted. One award will be given. 2. Investigative Reporting

To be judged on enterprise, depth of research, significance and effectiveness of presentation. Does not include explanatory journalism. Attach a one-page letter explaining what prompted the investigations and the result of the publication or broadcast. Entries may have been entered in one other category as long as separate entries and fees are submitted. 3. Best Media Website

List website address in the ''entry title'' blank. 4. Public Service Award

Entries should be the result of a marshaling of resources above and beyond the routine excellence expected of all media. The mere existence of a program or publication is never sufficient grounds for entry in this category. Attach a letter explaining purpose and result. Entries will be screened by the awards committee to ensure that they meet the entry requirements. Entries may have been entered in another category as long as separate entries and fees are submitted. One award will be given. Limit of two entries per media outlet. Entry should be made in the name of the organization.

DEADLINE: All mail-in entries must be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, Jan. 19, 2001. Entries may also be delivered to the Anchorage Bureau of the Associated Press by no later than 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2001. Late entries will be disqualified. Please do not ask for exceptions. Mail entries to: Alaska Press Club P.O. Box 143426 Anchorage, AK 99514.

INSTRUCTIONS: Include one entry form for each entry and be sure they are securely attached. Complete each entry form thoroughly. When submitting more than one entry, please include a brief breakdown of entry fees covered by the check you are enclosing. Example for an individual: Four entries for Press Club member

$32. Example for a group or organization: 12 entries, eight for Press Club members ($64) and four for non-members ($60) $124. You must pay your 2001 Alaska Press Club dues to qualify for the lower ''member'' rate for award entries. If you are including annual dues with your entries, please fill out the separate membership form for each member and include the dues in the brief description of fees covered by your check.

QUESTIONS? Contact Allen Baker at 373-3908 or abakergci.net

NOTE: One big change in the rules. There is no longer a limit in the number of entries per category.

CONTEST CHECKLIST Did you include your check for your entry fees and Press Club membership? If you have multiple entries, did you include a list with a breakdown for the fees covered by the check you are enclosing? BROADCASTERS: Is each entry on a separate tape? Did you write the name of your entry and the contest category on the tape itself? Tape boxes sometimes get lost. Check your dubs! To be sure the sound and pictures are there? (Yes, one year a judge disqualified a station from a category because its entries were all blank.)

Alaska Press Club Contest 2000 Entry Form

Category number and Classification letter (A/B) if needed:

Entry title:

Publication or air date:

Entrant(s):

(Optional) If you want to ensure correct pronunciation of your name, include phonetic pronunciation:

News Organization:

Address:

City, State, Zip Code:

Phone: E-mail:

Entry fee: (Checks for multiple entries must include a written breakdown of how total was calculated) $8 per entry for Alaska Press Club Member $15 per entry for non-member

Total enclosed

Alaska Press Club 2001 Membership Form

Members name:

News organization:

Title:

Address:

City, State, Zip Code:

Phone: E-mail:

ANNUAL DUES The annual membership dues for regular members of the Alaska Press Club is $25 for individuals or organizations. Annual dues for 2001 cover membership from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2001. To qualify for the lower member rate for 2000 Alaska Press Club Awards entries, each individual entrant must be a current member by the award entry deadline of Jan. 19, 2001. Make checks payable to the Alaska Press Club and mail to : The Alaska Press Club, P.O. Box 143426 Anchorage, Alaska, 99514. When enclosing payments that include annual dues and fees for awards entries, please include a brief breakdown of the payment total.



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