Announcing the

2018 ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDIA EDITORS AWARDS
HONORING JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

Contest deadline extended to midnight EST Saturday, March 10!

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, which honors excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites.

The deadline for entries is now midnight EST March 10, 2018. Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. News organizations are allowed to submit the same entry in up to two categories.

There are two notable changes in this year’s contest.

First, several awards are divided into categories based on size. In the past, size was determined by circulation or DMA ranking. Now, size is determined by the number of full-time-equivalent employees in a newsroom – all those involved in reporting, editing, visuals, multimedia, design and production. See specific award descriptions for details.

Second, the contest used to be open only to Associated Press and Canadian Press members. Now, it is open to all AP and CP customers, as well as members.

The fee remains $75 per entry for APME members, $100 per entry for non-APME members. For those who submit three or more entries, the fee is discounted to $60 per entry for members, and $85 per entry for non-members. For universities and college students, the fee remains $25 per entry.

Entries should include electronic files in PDF format of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a cover letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The entry should address significant challenges to accuracy, and all published corrections or clarifications.

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Awards will be presented at the 2018 APME-ASNE Conference, Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas. A highlight of the conference: Finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award will make presentations, with the winner selected on-site by attendees.

The first step in entering is to REGISTER in the upper-right-hand corner of this page. 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 Laura Sellers (lsellers.newstrain@gmail.com) or Paula Froke (pfroke@ap.org). 

Here are the categories:

Public Service

For the best example of using resources in service of the public good through journalism, with demonstrable benefits to people, communities or their institutions. There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-25 employees), medium (26-75 employees), and large (76 or more employees) news organizations. A grand prize of $1,000, sponsored by GateHouse Media, will be awarded to the best overall entry.

First Amendment

For the best example of protecting or advancing freedom of information principles, and/or overcoming significant resistance to the application of the First Amendment. There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-25 employees), medium (26-75), and large (76 or more) news organizations. A grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry.

Innovator of the Year
For the best example of creating, executing and sustaining 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 and mission of a news organization. Three finalists will be selected. Each will make presentations at our annual convention in fall 2018, after which a winner will be selected.

Innovator of the Year for College Students

For the best example of creating, executing and sustaining 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 and mission of a student news organization.

Investigative Reporting – The Al Neuharth Award

For the best example of watchdog journalism that holds people and institutions accountable, using innovative tools that advance and enhance the audience experience. There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-50 employees) and large (51 or more) news organizations.

News Reporting
For the best example of covering a breaking news event or issue, combining urgent reporting with context and breadth. There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-25 employees), medium (26-75), and large (76 or more) news organizations. A grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry.

Storytelling

For the best example of feature and/or explanatory reporting in a compelling narrative that integrates a range of tools into the full experience of the story. There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-25 employees), medium (26-75), and large (76 or more) news organizations. 

International Perspective – The Sally Jacobsen Award

For the best example of effective and thoughtful coverage that demonstrates the interconnectedness of our world, and sheds light on international connections to a local audience. There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-50 employees) and large (51 or more) news organizations.

Mobile Platform

For the best example of creating a significant improvement to a mobile application or platform. This can include advancements in content, design, usefulness and engagement, with demonstrable positive results.

Community Engagement

For the best example of 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. There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small (0-50 employees) and large (51 or more) news organizations. 


APME Associated Press Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards 

APME Awards for the AP staff are due at midnight EST, March 10, 2018.

Deadline Reporting

The APME Deadline Reporting award recognizes the best coverage in all formats of a major breaking story. Entries should demonstrate urgency and competitiveness. The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME. The entry can be for an individual or team.

Enterprise Reporting (investigative or enterprise package)

The enterprise award recognizes hard-hitting investigative journalism by AP staff. The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME. Judges are especially interested in the significance of the enterprise effort. This should be reflected in the cover letter. What was the impact? Did the story or stories cause action to be taken? Entries should embrace multi-format storytelling, and include video, photo and interactive materials employed to tell the story. The entry can be for an individual or a team.

Feature Writing, Single Story or Series

The feature writing award recognizes excellence in writing and reporting. It is for a single story or a series of stories on a single subject (including narratives), NOT a body of work. Length is not a factor. The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME. If the entry had a multimedia element, please provide URLs to the presentations. In addition, screen grabs showing the play of a story online, if available, may be submitted with the nominating letter. The entry is for an individual.

John Winn and Margo C. Miller Award

The John Winn and Margo C. Miller Award honors exemplary work by an AP staff member in any format who is 30 years old or younger as of Dec. 31, 2017. It is named for a longtime editor of the Gannett newspapers in Rochester, New York, who played an active role in APME and worked hard to promote good writing. The winner receives $1,000 and a plaque from APME. The entry must include at least three stories, photographs, interactives, videos or other work, but MUST NOT exceed five and focus on work largely done between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.

State News/Charles Rowe Award

The award recognizes distinguished reporting in the state bureaus. The winner receives $1,000 and a plaque from APME. Entries can be for individuals or teams. Each entry should include enough stories to give a fairly complete picture of the individual's or bureau's coverage of the subject, but should not exceed 10 items of content.

Best Use of Video

The award recognizes material that tells all or part of the story in video and either advances the story further by providing material to put complexities in context or contains exclusive visual information. The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME. Entries can be for individuals or teams. Each entry should include enough work to give a fairly complete picture of the coverage of the subject, but should not exceed 10 stories.

Global Sports Accountability Reporting

The sports accountability award recognizes strong investigative or enterprise journalism by AP staff on sports topics. The winner receives $1,000 and a plaque from APME. The story or package should have had a significant impact on the sports issue it addresses.  This should be reflected in the cover letter. What happened as a result of the story or package? Did the story or stories cause action to be taken? Entries should embrace multi-format storytelling, and include video, photo and interactive materials employed to tell the story. The entry can be for an individual or a team.

Best Digital Storytelling

The award recognizes material that tells the story in a unique online format and either advances the story further by providing material to put complexities in context or contains exclusive video, audio, graphic or multimedia content. The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME. Entries can be for individuals or teams. Each entry should include enough work to give a fairly complete picture of the coverage of the subject, but should not exceed 10 stories.