Announcing the

2018 ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDIA EDITORS AWARDS
HONORING JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

December 1, 2017

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 March 1, 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.

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 signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site at http://bit.ly/2018APMEawards. 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. A grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry.

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.