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Entry DEADLINE EXTENDED
ENTRIES close Friday AUGUST 7, 2015

You are invited to enter as many categories as you wish, however you can only enter each category once.

JOURNALISTS, INCLUDING REPORTERS, SUB EDITORS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ARTISTS AND CAMERA OPERATORS, WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS ALLIANCE, ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO ENTER.

 Entry fee $50 per entry for non MEAA members

PRINT/TEXT JOURNALISM

Print/text journalism recognises journalism delivered primarily through the written word across print or digital media. It replaces the traditional print section.

News Report

Up to three (3) related stories or a series

Awarded for the best news story or series of news stories, recognising accuracy, research, newsworthiness, storytelling and public impact.

The Tom Barrass  Memorial Award for Regional Journalism

Entrants are required to submit a body of work up to five (5) stories

This award is given in memory of the long serving past president of the northern NSW branch and AJA Gold Badge recipient, the late Tom Barrass.

It is open to all journalists working on newspapers outside Newcastle and Wollongong.

 

RADIO/AUDIO JOURNALISM

This platform recognises journalism produced primarily in an audio format, for radio or digital platforms.

News and Current Affairs

Up to three (3) related stories or a series

Awarded for excellence in newsworthiness, impact and incisiveness, recognising research, production skill and public benefit in a news story or feature.

TELEVISION/AUDIO-VISUAL JOURNALISM

This platform recognises journalism primarily produced in audio-visual formats. It replaces the traditional television section.

News and Current Affairs

Up to three (3) related stories or a series

Awarded for excellence in newsworthiness, impact and incisiveness, recognising research, production skill and public benefit in a news story or feature.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography in News, Feature or Sport

Up to five (5) images to form a body of work

This award recognises the special role that photography plays in getting the message through to the reader/ viewer of publications or broadcasts.

Judges are looking for the best use of the medium to advance a news story or a feature article. However, the emphasis generally will be on the news value or impact of the image/s and the skills that the photographer has exercised in obtaining the image.

If a series is submitted AT LEAST ONE of the images must have been published/broadcast

ALL MEDIA

Broadcast Camerawork

A single piece of work or a body of work up to three (3) stories

This category has been expanded to include photographers working on online video. This award recognises excellence in camerawork in Australian news, current affairs and documentary as well as videography and photo films in digital formats, representing the highest standards of the craft.

Feature /Documentary

Up to three (3) related stories or a series

This category aims to recognise feature stories, current affairs, analysis of news events and longer reports. Reports should highlight research, effective storytelling and impact and have been produced ethically. Public benefit and courage in reporting will be considered favourably.

Sports Journalism

Up to three (3) stories not necessarily related

This award recognises the special nature of sports reporting in our media and is open to all journalists working in the area.

Commentary, Analysis Opinion and Critique

Up to three (3) stories not necessarily related

This award recognises the best commentary or analysis in a news story of 2014 delivered in any media. The judging criteria include the newsworthiness of the article/s, the impact on the reader, listener or viewer, compliance with the ethics of the profession, writing excellence, skill of the journalism, the depth of research and any public benefit.

Investigative Journalism

Up to three (3) related stories or a series

Recognising its valuable role, this category will reward well-researched and presented investigations. Works will be judged on accuracy, ethics, tenacity and public benefit.

MAJOR AWARDS

The PF Adams Young Journalist of the Year

Up to three (3) examples of their work

This award is named after a stalwart of the branch. This prize recognises outstanding achievements and potential by a young journalist in any field of journalism

It is open to all cadets, trainees or journalists with four years or less experience in the industry, under the age of 26.

Journalist of the Year (Self-Entry or Peer Nomination)

Submit a Body of Work - five (5) examples minimum eight (8) maximum

  • The journalist has demonstrated skill in breaking stories that have an impact on the state/national news agenda
  • The journalist has shown initiative and investigative skill
  • The journalist has demonstrated a commitment to journalism in the public interest
  • The journalist consistently produces work that is both informative and entertaining

Other criteria considerations:

  • Impact and contribution to society - The journalist's work(s) bring to light important
  • Information and significantly contribute to public understanding.
  • Research and Investigation - The journalist's work(s) are well researched; they draw on the most relevant sources and contribute new information.
  • Perspective - The journalist's work(s) provide a balanced coverage of the issue, seamlessly incorporating a range of views or details
  • Presentation - The journalist's work(s) entertain and inform. They are professionally written and presented, capturing and holding the audience.

Judges can consider other categories winners for this award as well.

Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (Peer Nomination Only )

Peer-nominated award for long-term commitment to excellence in journalism and achievement in the industry.

Nominations for this category should include as much information as possible about the candidate, and if possible include supporting material (suggested below).Please send information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Name of nominee
  • Nominated by
  • Occupation of nominee (journalist, photographer etc):
  • Employment history (places of past media-based employment and dates):
  • Awards and/or other significant achievements throughout career:
  • How has the nominee contributed to quality journalism, particularly in regional NSW, throughout their career? (Statement up to 400 words)
  • Attach any examples of work that demonstrate the above point.
  • Attach any references from colleagues.