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Radio/Podcasts

Spot News

A radio/podcast story or stories produced in a single day about an unscheduled news event for which there is no advance notice. Entrant may submit attachment including explanation of any problems reporter(s) had to overcome in obtaining the story and meeting deadline.

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

Must show unusual enterprise and initiative in uncovering story. May be a single radio/podcast report or series of reports on an investigation conducted by the entrant(s). Reporter(s) should indicate time spent on story, problems associated in gathering information and what resulted from bringing the investigation subject to light.

News feature

A hard news radio/podcast feature not falling under spot news or investigative story categories. (This category could include such things as medicine, law enforcement, politics, economics, etc.) May be a single story or series of stories on one subject.

"Human interest" Feature

A “slice of life” or whimsical radio/podcast feature with no significant hard news value.

sports story

Radio or podcast story which concentrates on particular sport and/or its participants.

sports show

A single radio or podcast program or series of programs on same subject.

regularly scheduled local newscast

Entry may be a single complete radio or podcast newscast or a number of complete newscasts to illustrate scope of coverage on a single story or series of stories.

special program

A radio or podcast program not regularly scheduled on a specific event. May be a single program or series of programs on same subject. Category includes public affairs programs and documentaries.

Print/Digital (daily, non-daily, special interest)

D=DAILY

Daily general circulation newspaper or daily news website

ND=NON-DAILY

General circulation publication or website not published daily

S=SPECIAL INTEREST

Publication/website for specific audience, i.e., institutional, religious, or trade; includes magazines and newsletters

For these categories, entries from daily news organizations will only be judged against other daily news organizations.

All non-daily entries, including those from special interest print, will be judged together.

D/ND/S NEWS FEATURE/SERIES

A written hard news feature not falling under “spot news” or “investigative story” categories. (This category could include such topics as health, law enforcement, politics, economics, etc.) Reporter can enter one story or series of stories on one subject.

D/ND/S “HUMAN INTEREST” FEATURE/SERIES

A “slice of life” or whimsical written feature with no significant hard news value.

D/ND/S SPORTS STORY

Story or series of written stories on one subject concentrating on a particular sport and/or its participants.

Print/Digital

For these categories, all entries will be judged together. This category is judged for written news coverage only.

SPOT NEWS

Coverage of an unscheduled news event for which there is no advance notice. This can be a single written story or group of stories appearing on the same day which clearly demonstrates reporter’s, or team’s, ability to deal with breaking story under deadline pressure. Weight will be given to superior coverage provided against nearest deadline. Reporter(s) should indicate difficulties in covering story or gathering information.

COLUMN

Single column which best exemplifies columnist’s work. Any columnist (news, sports, humor, lifestyle, etc.) may enter. The Robert Haggart Award for Best Column is presented in memory of the celebrated Syracuse Post-Standard columnist.)

FRONT PAGE DESIGN

At least three examples of print front pages should be submitted. Entry will be judged on layout and design, graphics, typography, readability and ease of use. (Digital/web front pages should be submitted under the Best Website category.)

INVESTIGATIVE STORY/SERIES

May be a single written report or series of reports on an investigation conducted by the entrant(s). Reporter(s) should indicate time spent on story and problems associated in gathering information. Also indicate what resulted from bringing the investigation subject to light.

EDITORIAL

A written editorial showing quality reporting, clearness of intent, and call to action. Entry may indicate what effect editorial had on subject.

CRITIQUE

A written critique of entertainment topic (including TV, radio, movies, stage shows, books, etc.)

HEADLINE WRITING

Entry should include three samples of headlines and accompanying articles. Entry will be judged on creativity, relevance to article, and concise writing.

Magazine

MAGAZINE

Entries judged on overall writing quality, layout, and graphics. Entries must include a cover and contents page with entire publication. 

Web or Issuu links are accepted.

BEST NEWSLETTER/TRADE PUBLICATION

Publications operated for the purpose of promoting an organization or service. Entries judged on overall writing quality, layout, and graphics. Entries must include the entire publication. Web or Issuu links are accepted.

Still Photography

CARL SINGLE AWARD FOR SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Single photo of unscheduled news event with no advance notice. (Awarded in memory of Syracuse Post-Standard photographer Carl Single.)

FEATURE PHOTO

Single photo of human interest or “slice of life.”

SPORTS PHOTO

Single photo of a sporting event.

PORTRAIT

Single photo of a person or group of people.

PHOTO ESSAY

Series of photos telling or showing a story.

Television Journalism

SPOT NEWS

Broadcast coverage of an unscheduled news event for which there is no advance notice. Entry should include explanation of any problems reporter and/or photographer had to overcome in obtaining the story and meeting deadline, etc.

INVESTIGATIVE STORY/SERIES

Must show unusual enterprise and initiative in uncovering story. May be a single report or series of reports on an investigation conducted by the entrant(s).

NEWS FEATURE Short FOrm

A broadcast feature that is less than 2-minutes in length. Entries should be of a harder nature not falling under “spot news” or “investigative story” categories.

NEWS FEATURE Long FoRM

A broadcast feature that is more than 2-minutes in length. Entries should be of a harder nature not falling under “spot news” or “investigative story” categories. 

“HUMAN INTEREST” FEATURE

A “slice of life” or whimsical broadcast feature with no significant hard news value. (Strong picture/word coordination is important).

SPORTS STORY

Broadcast story which concentrates on a particular sport and/or its participants. (Strong picture/word coordination is important).

SPORTS SHOW

A single broadcast sports program or series of programs on same subject.

REGULARLY SCHEDULED SPORTSCAST

Entry may be a single complete sportscast or a number of complete sportscasts that regularly air as segment on scheduled newscast. This is different from a “sports show,” in that a sportscast includes multiple sports news stories.

SPECIAL PROGRAM

A program not regularly scheduled on a specific event. May be a single program or series of programs on same subject. Category includes public affairs programs and documentaries.

broadcast
PHOTO ESSAY

Highly visual story without narration utilizing natural sound and/or music. (Entry may include anchor introduction, if necessary).

BROADCAST VIDEO JOURNALISM

Each entry must be three broadcast stories showing work in news, sports, feature or weather-related video as one entry. Entry may not be entered in the Online category.

REGULARLY SCHEDULED LOCAL NEWSCAST

Entry may be a single complete newscast or a number of complete newscasts to illustrate scope of coverage on a single story or series of stories.

BEST WEATHERCAST

A report from a regularly-scheduled newscast that provides the viewer a clear, understandable view of the current weather and what can be expected in the future.

Online Journalism

online BREAKING NEWS

Best coverage of breaking news event, featuring video, text and/or sound.

MULTIMEDIA STORY

Best single news, feature or sports story utilizing multiple platforms – video, print, web – in a single entry.

NEWS WEBSITE

Websites operated by a news organization for the purpose of disseminating news and information. This category is judged based on the appearance of the website on the day of the judging. Each website is considered one entry. Entries will be judged on ease of use, graphic design, information offered, and functionality of content. This category is judged based on the appearance of the website on the day of the judging.

BLOG

An online blog adding depth, context and perspective to a news, feature or sports story. Entrants submit up to three blog posts per entry.

online GRAPHICS

Best single digital graphic element published by a news organization. The entry can be published by print, broadcast or online platforms but cannot be entered in any other category. Entries may include: interactive graphics, infographics, motion graphics, etc.

online VIDEO JOURNALISM

Each entry must be three online video stories showing work in news, sports, features, or weather-related video as one entry. Entry may not be entered in the Television category.

BEST USE OF
SOCIAL MEDIA

Entries will be judged on impact/engagement, creativity and level of innovation, as well as how they helped to further the audience’s understanding of a particular story or issue. Submit three social media posts.

Student Journalism

Open to full-time students of accredited colleges or universities in the Syracuse Press Club service area for work done for on-campus media.

student RADIO/PODCAST
NEWS STORY

General hard news or news of the day story on student radio.

STUDENT PRINT/DIGITAL NEWS STORY

General hard news or news of the day story in a student newspaper or student website.

STUDENT VIDEO/Television
NEWS STORY

General hard news or news of the day story on student television or student website.

STUDENT RADIO/PODCAST
SPORTS STORY

Coverage of a collegiate, local or regional sports story on student radio.

STUDENT PRINT/DIGITAL SPORTS STORY

Coverage of a collegiate, local or regional sports story in a student newspaper or student website.

STUDENT VIDEO/TELEVISION SPORTS STORY

Coverage of a collegiate, local or regional sports story on student television or student website.

STUDENT RADIO/PODCAST
FEATURE STORY

Lighter human interest story on student radio.

STUDENT PRINT/DIGITAL FEATURE STORY

Lighter human interest story in a student newspaper or student website.

STUDENT VIDEO/TELEVISION FEATURE STORY

Lighter human interest story on student television or student website.

BEST student USE
OF MULTIMEDIA

News, sports or feature story or series that relies on multiple forms of media, including text, video, photo, design, etc. to produce a cohesive and engaging package.