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1. The Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting
In-depth coverage of an important topic whose probing had or could have significant public impact. Entries may be a single article or a series of no more than five articles on a single subject, and may include sidebars. Open to all newspapers, wire services, their digital media outlets and independent digital media outlets that are unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company.

2. Newspaper or Digital Beat Reporting
Coverage by a single reporter or a team of reporters of a particular subject area. Entries must include at least four and no more than six articles concerning a single subject. Open to all newspapers, wire services, their digital media outlets and independent digital media outlets that are unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company.

3. Newspaper or Digital Feature Reporting
Trend, profile, human-interest or any other type of feature that is not a breaking, hard-news story. Entries must be a single article, but may include sidebars. Open to all newspapers, wire services, their digital media outlets and independent digital media outlets that are unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company.

4. Newspaper or Digital Spot News Reporting
Deadline reporting of a single event. Entries must have been published no later than the 24 hours following the event or appeared in the issue that directly followed the event. Entries must be a single article but may include sidebars. Open to all newspapers, wire services, their digital media outlets and independent digital media outlets that are unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company.

5. Newspaper or Digital Enterprise Reporting
A non-investigative news story that explains a news event or important issue, or places it in context. Entries must be a single article, but may include sidebars. Open to all newspapers, wire services, their digital media outlets and independent digital media outlets that are unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company.

6. Newspaper or Digital Local News Reporting
Coverage of the New York City area on any particular subject. Entries may include a single article or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars. Open to all newspapers, wire services, their digital media outlets and independent digital media outlets that are unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company.

7. Reporting by Newspapers with a Circulation under 100,000
Spot news, series, investigative or feature stories. Entries may be a single article or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars. Open to all newspapers with a circulation under 100,000 in the New York metro area.

8. Reporting by Independent Digital Media
Reporting for a digital media outlet that is unaffiliated with a print or broadcast media company. Entries may be a single article or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars.

9. Magazine Personal Service
News or information that is intended for practical use, such as helping readers improve their health, finances, career or relationships. Entries must be a single article, but may include sidebars. Open to all magazines with general circulations, magazine sections of newspapers, Sunday supplements and any digital media affiliated with these publications.

10. Magazine Profile
An in-depth profile of an individual who may either be well known—such as a celebrity, politician or athlete—or unknown to general readers. Entries must be a single article, but may include sidebars. Open to all magazines with general circulations, magazine sections of newspapers, Sunday supplements and any digital media affiliated with these publications.

11. Magazine Investigative Reporting
In-depth coverage of a topic in a single article or related articles in the same issue. Entries may include no more than three articles on a single subject, and may include sidebars. Open to all magazines with general circulations, magazine sections of newspapers, Sunday supplements and any digital media affiliated with these publications.

12. Magazine Feature Reporting
Trend or human-interest story, or an article providing analysis of current events. Entries must be a single article, but may include sidebars. Open to all magazines with general circulations, magazine sections of newspapers, Sunday supplements and any digital media affiliated with these publications.

13. Headline Writing
A single headline for any type of article, whether breaking news, feature or investigative reporting. Entries must include the article that ran with the headline. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

14. Arts Reporting
Coverage of theater, dance, literature, film, music or visual art. Entries may be trend stories, profiles, reviews, criticism or investigation. Entries may be a single article or up to three related articles and may include sidebars. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

15. Business Feature
Trend, profile, human-interest or any other type of feature that is not a breaking, hard-news story. Entries may be a single article, and may include sidebars. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

16. Business Investigative Reporting
Investigative reporting of any business news or issue in either a singe story or a series. Entries may be a single article, or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

17. Opinion Writing
Editorial, regular column or guest column on any topic. Entries may be a single article or up to three articles. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

18. Science, Technology, Medical or Environmental Reporting
Breaking news, feature, analysis or investigation about scientific discovery, application or situation. Entries may be a single article or up to three related articles and may include sidebars. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

19. Sports Reporting
Coverage of an event, feature, profile or business story related to organized sports. Entries may be a single article or up to three related articles, and may include sidebars. Open to all written media, whether distributed in print or through digital media outlets.

20. Spot News Photo
Photo of a breaking news story, either scheduled or unscheduled. One to three related photos per entry. Open to photos distributed through all media outlets.

21. Feature Photo
Photo that does not involve a breaking news story. One to three related photos per entry. Open to photos distributed through all media outlets.

22. Sports Photo
Photo of athletes or sports event. One to three related photos per entry. Open to photos distributed through all media outlets.

23. Multimedia, Interactive Graphics and Animation
A cohesive package of words, photographs, graphics, audio, and/or video that enhances understanding of a single subject in a digital publication or in the digital version of a print or broadcast media outlet.
 
24. Digital Innovation
Digital innovation in the course of reporting or presenting a news trend or investigative story, or covering a particular news topic or event. Entries may involve development or use of digital tools such as interactive, data storytelling or mobile applications that significantly enhance the journalism.


25. Radio or Audio Reporting 
Spot news, feature, series or investigative report on any topic. Entries may be a single broadcast or a series of up to three parts. Complete entries may be up to 30 minutes long, and may be edited to length. Open to radio and satellite networks, local radio stations and digital media, including streaming audio and podcasts.

26. Digital Video Reporting
A spot news, feature or investigative report created for original audiovisual presentation on the Internet or a mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone. Entries must be no more than ten minutes long, and may be edited to length. Open to all audiovisual media produced originally for digital distribution.

27. Television Spot News Reporting
Coverage of an event as it is unfolding, with initial reports broadcast within 24 hours of the event. Can include up to five follow-up reports. Complete entries may be up to 20 minutes long, and may be edited to length. Open to broadcast and cable television networks and local stations.

28. Television Feature
Trend stories, profiles, humor, human-interest stories or any other type of feature. Entries may be a single broadcast up to 20 minutes long, and may be edited to length. Open to broadcast and cable television networks and local stations.

29. Television Series or Investigative Reporting
A series or investigative report on any topic. Entries may be a single broadcast or a series of up to three parts. Complete entries may be up to 45 minutes long, and may be edited to length. Open to broadcast and cable television networks and local stations.

30. Minority Focus
Coverage of a particular minority community, or of an issue with particular impact on such a community, that has import to the community at large. Entries may be a single article or broadcast, or a series of no more than five related parts, including editorials, commentary and sidebars. Open to all media.
 

31. Public Service Award
Given to a news organization that renders a public service to the communities it serves through extensive coverage of controversial issues facing those communities. Entries may be a single story or a series of no more than five related stories, and may include editorials or commentary. Open to all media.

 

 

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

  • Read Getting Started for an overview of what will be expected of all judges this year.
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  • Make sure you click on Your Assignment and select Preliminary Review.
  • Skim the list of entries assigned to you by clicking on the respective Entry Title. Inform us immediately if there are any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Once inside the respective entry, click the Submission tab then click the icon underneath whre it says "File Image" to download/view the files uploaded by the entrants.
  • After reading each respective submission, please click either "Yes" or No" as to whether it should be a candidate for a finalist.
  • Read the Judging Guidelines and make certain that you understand them before meeting the rest of your team to make your final choices.
  • Inform us immediately if you will be late or unable to attend a judging session, if you were assigned one.
  • Bring a mobile device such as a laptop or iPad to review the entries with your fellow judges during the judging session at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Contact us at awards@deadlineclub.org if there is anything you do not understand.

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