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The 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.


The deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.


The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is innovative, well-written and incisively reported and has outstanding multimedia. A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities, and a new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.


All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.


Here are the changes to the 2014 awards:


- A new category – Community Engagement – has been added. This award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and encourages more community dialogue.


- The Tom Curley Sweepstakes for the First Amendment Award will be given to a news organization that is selected from all the entrants and is not a winner of an individual division category. Thus, a best of the best from all from the entrants will be chosen by judges.


- The International Perspective Award will have two circulation categories: up to of 59,999 average daily circulation, and 60,000 or more.


- News organizations can submit the same entry in only two categories.


Four of the awards categories will offer monetary prizes: the Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes in the First Amendment Awards.


The entry fees are $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members.


The awards will be presented at the joint ASNE-APME Conference in October at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will make presentations at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.


Nominations are received online only.


The website is: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


The first step is signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site. Please keep your entrant username and password. You will need it to submit entries and return to the site to edit or add more entries before submitting them for judging. Submit all entries before accessing the payment page to check out.


The deadline to submit entries is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.


For more information, contact Sally Jacobsen (sjacobsen@ap.org) at The Associated Press at 212-621-1838 or Sue Price Johnson (sue.price.johnson@ gmail.com) at 919-846-2388.


Here are the categories:


45th Annual Public Service Awards


The APME Public Service Awards are given to Associated Press or Canadian Press member newspapers for meritorious service to the community, state or nation. From the three division winners, an overall winner will be chosen and receive $1,500, provided by the APME Foundation.


Criteria: Entries will be judged on the basis of how the newspaper made full use of its resources in serving the public good and on the high quality of journalism exhibited in the work. Work that demonstrates evidence of positive change that has benefited the public or its institutions will be given strong consideration. The entry may be a single article or a series, and, in addition to the primary print coverage, can include sidebars, graphics, online work, commentary and editorials.


Nominations: Nominations may be made by a newspaper itself, by other newspapers, by AP bureaus or by civic or cultural organizations.


Circulation categories: There shall be three awards: one for newspapers with average daily circulation to 39,999; one for newspapers with average daily circulation of 40,000 to 149,999; another for newspapers of 150,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures. APME reserves the right to decline to award a winner in any category. Only newspapers are eligible to submit entries, except that bureau work may be entered by a single newspaper for judging in the 150,000-and-over circulation category regardless of the size of the paper in which the work appears.


Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of clippings of stories, series and/or editorials and community reaction. No more than 20 electronic files may be submitted, including a detailed letter outlining the background, accomplishments and results of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or the approach of the entry, and steps the newspaper took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections or clarifications.


Judging: Judging will be done by the president and three past presidents of APME plus a senior editor of The Associated Press. Judges will select the overall winner from the three division winners.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


45th Annual First Amendment Award and Citations


The 2014 APME First Amendment Awards will be given to journalists or newspapers for work that advances freedom of information, makes good use of FOI principles or statutes, or significantly widens the scope of information available to the public. Other distinguished efforts will be honored with First Amendment citations. The Tom Curley Sweepstakes of $1,000 will be given to the entry that overall best exemplifies the spirit of the First Amendment. The sweepstakes winner will not be one of circulation category winners, but will be chosen as the best of all the entrants. The prize is sponsored by the APME Foundation.


Criteria: The objective is to honor journalists and newspapers for significant or breakthrough work that protects or advances the First Amendment or federal and state FOI statutes. A story or project that makes good use of an FOIA law does not necessarily meet the criteria for the APME First Amendment Award, and may be deserving of consideration in the APME Public Service competition. Judges in the First Amendment contest will give preference to entries that break ground in the use of freedom of information principles or overcome significant official resistance to legal application of the First Amendment or FOI laws. Newspapers must choose whether to enter their projects in the First Amendment or Public Service contests.


Nominations: Nominations will be made by individuals, newspapers, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others.


Circulation categories: There shall be three awards: one for newspapers with average daily circulation to 39,999; one for newspapers with average daily circulation of 40,000 to 149,999; another for newspapers of 150,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures. The Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award, carrying a $1,000 prize, will be given to the winning entry that best exemplifies the spirit of the First Amendment and will be separate from the category winners, thus being the best of the best. APME reserves the right to decline to award a winner in any category.


Eligibility: Individual staff members of The Associated Press or Canadian Press member newspapers, or the newspapers themselves, are eligible. However, an individual or newspaper may be nominated for contributions to freedom of information over the years.


Submissions: The objective is to honor newsmen, newswomen and newspapers for efforts to obtain information to which the public otherwise would not have access. It is important that entries emphasize and document those efforts. Electronic images of pages must include publication dates. A total of 20 files may be uploaded and can be a combination of published pages, documentation and/or multimedia files. A detailed explanation of the entry to be submitted as a document file to your online application should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or the approach of the entry, and steps the newspaper took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections.


Judging: Nominations will be judged by members of the APME Executive Committee, the chairman of the APME First Amendment Committee and distinguished experts on public access issues.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


Ninth Annual Innovator of the Year Award


The award recognizes innovation in print, online, management, structure or other areas that demonstrates a bold, creative effort to improve a news or information product and increase audience. Demonstrable success is required for the entry’s standing. The winner will be awarded $1,000. The sponsor is GateHouse Media.


Definition of Innovation: A new, creative and forward-thinking concept that has long-lasting effects and attracts new audiences or dollars. It can be a product, a technique or a new structure, but it must be able to show how it met a specific goal over a period of time. It should have potential to become an industry standard over a period of time.


Eligibility: The competition is open to any editor or staff member of an AP-member news organization, a team from a member news organization or a member news organization.


Submissions: A total of 20 files can be uploaded with each entry. This can include a combination of documents, published pages and multimedia files, if applicable.


Online innovation: The entrant is responsible for making the site available to judges through a Web link. URL should be submitted with the application.


Print innovation: Submit electronic files of published tear sheets.


Online and print: Combinations are welcome, and should be submitted according to rules for both.


Management, structure or other: Explain thoroughly the innovation and how it improved or increased efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and audience or enhanced the newspaper’s competitiveness or ability to improve content. Provide examples of resulting content as appropriate.


Judging: A panel of APME board and committee members will judge all entries and select three finalists. The finalists will be presented to attendees of the ASNE/APME joint conference, and a vote of attendees will determine the winner. A representative of each finalist will be asked to present his or her news organization’s entry at the conference. Attendance is not required to win, but it will difficult for attendees to select a winner without a representative’s presentation.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


Fourth Annual Innovator of the Year awards for Television and Radio


The awards recognize innovation in television and radio that demonstrates bold, creative efforts to improve a news or information product and increase audience. Demonstrable success is required for the entry’s standing. An award will be given for the TV winner; another for the radio winner.


Definition of Innovation: A new, creative and forward-thinking concept that has long-lasting effects and attracts new audiences or dollars. It can be a product, a technique or a new structure, but it must be able to show how it met a specific goal over a period of time. It should have potential to become an industry standard over a period of time.


Eligibility: The competition is open to any news manager or staffer of an AP-member TV or radio station or network, or a team from a member TV or radio station or network.


Submissions: A total of 20 files can be uploaded with each entry. This can include a combination of produced segments or stories, documents, and/or multimedia files as appropriate.


Management, structure or other: Explain thoroughly the innovation and how it improved or increased efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and audience or enhanced the station or network’s competitiveness or ability to improve content. Provide examples of resulting content as appropriate.


Judging: A panel of APME board members will judge all entries and select the winner.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation Journalism

 

This award recognizes groundbreaking work by a newspaper that creatively uses digital tools in the role of being a community’s watchdog. The winner in each circulation category will be awarded $2,500.

 

Eligibility: The awards are given to Associated Press or Canadian Press member newspapers.

 

Criteria: This award recognizes groundbreaking work by a newspaper that creatively uses digital tools in the role of being a community's watchdog. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium.

 

Nominations: Nominations may be made by a newspaper itself, other newspapers, by AP bureaus or by civic or cultural organizations.

 

Circulation categories: There shall be two awards: one for newspapers with average daily circulation up to 75,000, and the other for newspapers of 75,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures. The winner in each category will receive $2,500 in prize money. APME reserves the right to decline to award a winner in any category.

 

Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of clippings of stories, series and/or editorials and community reaction. No more than 20 electronic files may be submitted, including a detailed letter outlining the background, accomplishments and results of the effort. Entrants are responsible for making the digital tools available to judges through a Web link. URL should be submitted with the application. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or the approach of the entry, and steps the newspaper took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections or clarifications.

 

Judging: Judging will be done by a panel of APME board members, including the APME president.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy



Fourth Annual Innovator of the Year Award for College Students


The award recognizes innovation by university students in print, online, management, structure or other area that demonstrates a bold, creative effort to improve a news or information product and increase audience. Demonstrable success could improve the entry’s standing.


Definition of Innovation: A new, creative and forward-thinking concept that has long-lasting effects and attracts new audiences or dollars. It can be a product, a technique or a new structure, but must be able to show how it met a specific goal over a period of time. It should have potential to become an industry standard over a period of time.


Eligibility: The competition is open to a student or faculty member enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.


Submissions: A total of 20 files can be uploaded with each entry. This can include a combination of documents, published pages and multimedia files, if applicable.


Online innovation: The entrant is responsible for making the site available to judges through a Web link. URL should be submitted with the application.


Print innovation: Submit electronic files of published tear sheets.


Online and print: Combinations are welcome, and should be submitted according to rules for both.


Management, structure or other: Explain thoroughly the innovation and how it improved or increased efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and audience or enhanced the newspaper’s competitiveness or ability to improve content. Provide examples of resulting content as appropriate.


Judging: A panel of APME board members will judge all entries and select the winner.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


NEW: Community Engagement Award


This award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and/or encourages more community dialogue.


Eligibility: The competition is open to an AP-member news organization, a team from a member news organization or a member news organization.


Circulation categories: There shall be two awards: one for newspapers with average daily circulation to 59,999; and one for newspapers with average daily circulation of 60,000 or more, according to the latest audited figures. APME reserves the right to decline to award a winner in any category.


Submissions: A total of 20 files can be uploaded with each entry. This can include a combination of documents, published pages and multimedia files, if applicable.


Online: The entrant is responsible for making the site available to judges through a Web link. URL should be submitted with the application.


Management, structure or other: All entries must have a 500-word (maximum) statement that explains how the partnership or engagement enhanced the dialogue within the community, produced results because of it and promoted more engagement from the news organization. It should be clear to judges why the entry made an impact and that plans are in place to continue the engagement in the future.


Judging: A panel of APME board and committee members will judge all entries and select the winner.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


Second Annual Best Mobile Platform


This award is presented to the news organization that produces or made significant improvements to a mobile (smartphone or tablet) application or platform in 2014, which most advances the state of the art in utility and engagement. The ideal entry will embody improvements in content, design, functionality and technology that set an example worthy of emulation by the industry.


Eligibility: The competition is open to any editor or staff member of an AP-member news organization, a team from a member news organization or a member news organization.


Submissions: A total of 20 files can be uploaded with each entry. This can include a combination of documents, published pages and multimedia files, if applicable.


Online: The entrant is responsible for making the site available to judges through a Web link. The URL should be submitted with the application.


Management, structure or other: Explain thoroughly the mobile application and how it improved or increased efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and audience or enhanced the newspaper’s competitiveness or ability to improve content.


Judging: A panel of APME board and committee members, including one who has experience with development of mobile apps, will judge all entries and select the winner.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


Digital Storytelling Awards


The award recognizes Associated Press or Canadian Press member newspaper, television, radio and online partners for the effective use of digital storytelling.


Criteria: These awards recognize print-online or broadcast-online combinations that draw on feature storytelling, data visualization, social media, use of apps, games, video and/or blogs in presenting the story. The article can be on any topic, but it must have a narrative or feature approach to it. Entries should demonstrate the effective use of the digital medium, highlighting its ability to engage readers, viewers or listeners and present information in compelling new ways.


Nominations: Nominations may be made by an AP-member newspaper or broadcast outlet itself or its online partner.


Circulation categories: There shall be three awards: one for newspapers with average daily circulation to 39,999; one for newspapers with average daily circulation of 40,000 to 149,999; another for newspapers of 150,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures. APME reserves the right to decline to award a winner in any category.


Submissions: Entry should include main URL, three supporting URLs, plus a 500-word (maximum) statement explaining why the work deserves recognition. Judges will give special weight to entries that highlight reader engagement and interactivity. You can include electronic files of stories, series and/or editorials and community reaction. No more than 20 electronic files may be submitted, including a letter describing the nominated story and how it was developed. The letter should discuss additional elements produced for online and how the online efforts contributed to development of the story in print or broadcast. The letter also should discuss any action resulting from the coverage. It also should mention significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, as well as steps the news media outlet and/or the online unit took to address those concerns. Published corrections or clarifications must be included.


Judging: A panel of APME board and committee members will serve as judges.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


International Perspective Awards


The 2014 APME International Perspective Awards will be given to Associated Press and Canadian Press member newspapers for outstanding coverage of international news for local readers.


Criteria: These awards recognize newspapers that provide effective and thoughtful coverage of world events for a local audience. This could be reflected in coverage from the newspaper's own foreign staff; consistent, discriminating selection of news agency and syndicate material with an eye to overall importance, the quality of writing and the specific interests of the local community; locally produced stories tracing the international connections of people, businesses and other organizations in the newspaper's circulation area; articles about, or by, local people living or traveling abroad; and the effective use of local experts to provide background on international developments.


Nominations: Nominations may be made by a newspaper itself, by other newspapers, by AP bureaus or by civic or cultural organizations.


Circulation categories: There shall be two awards: one for newspapers with average daily circulation to 59,999; and one for newspapers with average daily circulation of 60,000 or more, according to the latest audited figures. APME reserves the right to decline to award a winner in any category.


Submissions: An entry can include electronic files of stories, series and/or editorials and community reaction. The files should include proof of publication date. A total of 20 files may be uploaded, and should include a letter with a description of the newspaper’s criteria and philosophy for internationally related coverage. The letter also should discuss any accomplishments resulting from the coverage. It should also discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the newspaper took to address those concerns. Published corrections or clarifications must be included.


Judging: Judging will be done by a committee appointed by the president of APME, to include a senior online editor of The Associated Press and other top online journalists.


Enter at: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy


Here are last year’s award winners:


44th Annual Public Service:


-Winner of Public Service Best of Show and $1,500: 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deadly Delays.”


Over 149,000 circulation:

-Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deadly Delays.”

-Honorable mention: The Washington Post, "Homes for the Taking,” which revealed abuses by investors and the loss of hundreds of properties in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, often over tax debts of just a few hundred dollars.


40,000 to 149,000 circulation:

-Winner: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, "Other Than Honorable.”

- Honorable mention: Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla., "Breaking the Banks.”


Under 40,000 circulation:

-Winner: Virgin Islands Daily News, "EMS in Chaos.”

-Honorable mentions: Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho, "Never Again”, about wildland firefighting deaths; and The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va., "Inside ABC,” about abuses in the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agency.


Judges: APME President Debra Adams Simmons, vice president of news development, Advance Local; Bob Heisse, editor, The Times Media Co.; Hollis Towns, executive editor, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press; Bill Church, executive editor, Herald-Tribune Media Group, Sarasota, Fla.; Aminda Marques Gonzalez, executive editor, The Miami Herald; Laura Sellers, managing editor, The Daily Astorian, Astoria, Ore.; Jim Simon, deputy managing editor, The Seattle Times; and Brian Carovillano, managing editor, U.S. news, The Associated Press.

 



44th Annual First Amendment Award and Citations


-Winner of the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award and $1,000:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deadly Delays.”


Over 149,000 circulation:

-Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deadly Delays.”


40,000-149,999 circulation

-Winner: Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, "Breaking the Banks.”

Honorable mention: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Freedom of Information work on "Other than Honorable,” "Honor and Deception” and other projects.


Under 40,000 circulation:

-Winner: Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

-Honorable mention: The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla., for its work to gain access to public records held by the Lakeland Police Department.


Judges: Mark Baldwin, executive editor, Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, chairman; APME Vice President Alan Miller, managing editor, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch; Teri Hayt, executive editor, The Canton (Ohio) Repository; and Tom Kent, deputy managing editor/standards editor, The Associated Press.


International Perspective Awards


Over 149,000 circulation:

-Winner: Seattle Times, "Sea Change,” about how acidification is disrupting the Pacific’s marine ecosystem far faster and on a far bigger scale than first predicted.


40,000 to 149,999 circulation:

-Winner: Portland (Maine) Press Herald, "Arctic Partnership,” about the economic impact for Portland and Maine of the decision by an Icelandic shipping company to move its North American headquarters to Portland.


Under 40,000 circulation:

 -Winner: Times-News, Twin Falls, "At the Door,” about the rigorous training and eventual assignments of Mormon Church members as missionaries worldwide. It offered a rare look at how the missionaries’ personal lives change dramatically over the one-year assignment.

Judges: Gary Graham, editor, The Spokesman Review, Spokane, Wash., chairman; Thomas Koetting, assistant managing editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and John Daniszewski, senior managing editor, international news, The Associated Press.


 Digital Storytelling


Over 149,000 circulation:

 -Winner: The Denver Post, "Chasing the Beast,” about a storm chaser’s ride through central Oklahoma during a tornado.

 -Honorable mention: The Arizona Republic, "Alone on the Hill,” about the deaths of the Yarnell Hill firefighters.


 40,000 to 149,999 circulation:

 -Winner: Maine Sunday Telegram, "Challenge of our Age,” about the human impact of aging and how the state’s public and private agencies are poorly prepared to meet the needs of an aging population.

-Honorable mention: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, "Other Than Honorable.”


Under 40,000 circulation:

-Winner: Times-News, Twin Falls, "When the Smoke Clears,” about firefighter deaths in the West.

-Honorable mention: The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W. Va., "JFK: The Legacy Lives.”


Judges: APME Vice President Alan Miller, managing editor, The Columbus Dispatch, chairman; Alan English, executive editor/general manager, Shreveport (La.) Times; and Monica Richardson, managing editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Eighth Annual Innovator of the Year Award


-Winner: The Wall Street Journal, "Start-Up of the Year,” digital video offering, with a microsite, on 24 early-stage startups, which received mentoring from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business executives.


-Finalists: Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, "The Stolen Ones,” about sex trafficking of children in an underground economy; and The Columbus Dispatch, for its sustained enhanced format.


Judges: Joe Hight, editor, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, chairman; Meg Downey, former managing editor, The Tennessean, Nashville; George Rodrigue, managing editor, The Dallas Morning News; Linda Negro, managing editor, Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press; and Alison Gerber, editor, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press.


Third Annual Innovator of the Year Award for College Students


-Winner: Department of Journalism, College of Media, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for its mobile app "Virtual Dugout,” which allows fans to follow the university’s baseball team.


Judges: Chris Cobler, editor, Victoria (Texas) Advocate, chairman; Angie Muhs, executive editor, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.; Autumn Phillips, editor, Times-News, Twin Falls.


Fourth Annual Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism


75,000 circulation and below:

-Winner: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, "Other Than Honorable.”

-Honorable Mention: Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, "Breaking the Banks.”


Above 75,000 circulation:

-Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deadly Delays.”

-Honorable mention: The Washington Post, for its disclosures of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.


Judges: Sellers, chairman; Simmons; and Sonny Albarado, projects editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


Best Mobile Platform


-Winner: USA Today, for its mobile platform.

-Honorable mention: Knoxville News (Tenn.) Sentinel, for its iPad app.


Judges: Downey, chairman; Graham, and Church.

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