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Entries are open for the 2017 APME awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

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ANNOUNCING THE 2017

ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDIA EDITORS AWARDS

HONORING JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, honoring excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.

The 2016 awards reflect APME’s continuing commitment to serve news organizations of every size and mission by offering early-bird and multiple-entry discounts to members.

The final deadline for all entries is Monday, March 13, 2017.

Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. News organizations can submit the same entry in up to two categories.

The fee for APME members is $75, and $100 per entry for non-APME members. However, member organizations submitting three or more entries will receive a $15 discount and pay just $60 per entry until March 13.

To see if you or your organization is a member, please go to http://www.apme.com/search

Several awards recognize work done in different circulation categories. The Public Service Awards, First Amendment Awards, News Reporting and Storytelling Awards have three categories. The Investigative Reporting Awards, Community Engagement Awards, and International Perspective Awards have two categories. Please see the specific awards for details.

Entries should be online only, preferably in PDF format, and accompanied by a cover letter. All relevant photos, video, audio and interactive content should be included or linked. All corrections or significant challenges to the work should also be included.

APME reserves the right to decline selecting a winner in any category. Awards will be presented at the 2017 APME-ASNE Conference, Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C. A highlight of the conference: Finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award will make presentations at the conference, and the winner will be selected live by attendees.

The first step in entering is signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site. Please keep your entrant username and password. You will need it to 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.

For more information, contact Sue Johnson (sue.price.johnson@gmail.com) or Sarah Nordgren (snordgren@ap.org) at the Associated Press. 

Here are the categories. http://tinyurl.com/gug3ttc :


Public Service (including the Gatehouse Grand Prize winner — $1,000)

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how resources were used in serving the public good through high quality journalism, with demonstrable benefits to the public and/or its institutions.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Categories: There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small, medium and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 39,999; 40,000 to 149,999; and 150,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 150,000-or-more category.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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 sweepstakes winner from the three division winners.


First Amendment (including a Grand Prize winner — $1,000)

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they protect or advance freedom of information principles, and/or overcome significant resistance to the application of the First Amendment. Consideration will be given to work that widens the scope of information available to the public, and advances understanding of the importance of public access to that information.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Categories: There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small, medium and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 39,999; 40,000 to 149,999; and 150,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 150,000-or-more category.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections or clarifications.
  • 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.

Innovator of the Year ($1,000 prize from an anonymous donor)

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how journalists or their organizations create, execute and sustain a cutting-edge concept that could be successfully be adopted by other news media. The innovation can be in product development, organizational change, audience advancement, or any other effort that enhances the viability of news organizations.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections or clarifications.
  • Judging: The selection of three finalists will be made by a panel of APME board members. The finalists will make presentations at the ASNE/APME conference in October, and a vote of attendees will determine the winner.

Innovator of the Year for College Students

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how university students or their organizations create, execute and sustain a cutting-edge concept that could be successfully adopted by other college media. The innovation can be in product development, organizational change, audience advancement, or any other effort that enhances the viability of student journalism.
  • Eligibility:  Students enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian college or university, or departments within the school, or programs within the school (i.e. a student newspaper), are eligible.
  • Nominations: Journalism schools, individuals, news organizations, professional societies, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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.

Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Reporting (including a Gannett Grand Prize winner — $2,500) 

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they advance the role of community watchdog in helping a community understand and address important issues. Consideration will be given to innovative use of interactivity, new tools and creative use of any digital medium.
  • Categories: There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 75,000; and 75,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 75,000-and-up category.
  •  Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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.

News Reporting ($1,000 Grand Prize Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University)

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they report on a breaking news event or issue by combining urgent, compelling reporting with innovative tools that advance and enhance the audience experience.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Categories: There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small, medium and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 39,999; 40,000 to 149,999; and 150,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 150,000-or-more category.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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.

Storytelling

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they combine feature and/or explanatory reporting in a compelling narrative that integrates a range of digital tools into the full experience of the story.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Categories: There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small, medium and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 39,999; 40,000 to 149,999; and 150,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 150,000-or-more category.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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.

International Perspective

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they provide effective and thoughtful coverage that demonstrates the interconnectedness of our world. This could be reflected in a discriminating selection of wire service coverage; stories that shed light on international connections to a local audience; articles involving people living or traveling abroad; or the use of local expertise to shed light on international developments.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Categories: There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 75,000; and 75,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 75,000-and-up category.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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, and a senior Associated Press editor.

Mobile Platform

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by a news organization’s ability to produce or make significant improvements to a mobile (smartphone or tablet) application or platform in 2015. Consideration will be given to entries that advance the state of the art in utility and engagement, including improvements in content, design, functionality and technology.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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.

Community Engagement

  • Criteria: Entries will be judged by a news organization’s ability to provide a forum for effective dialogue with its community, play a supportive and contributing role in that dialogue, and seek partnerships that sustain that dialogue.
  • Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.
  • Categories: There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 75,000; and 75,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 75,000-and-up category.
  • Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.
  • Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization 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.

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