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2018 Golden Press Card Award Categories

General Reporting

An individual story that demonstrates excellence in beat reporting, continuing coverage or enterprise reporting of a general news story.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Newspaper, circulation over 25,000
  • Radio
  • Television

Deadline/Breaking News Reporting

Coverage of a news event within 24 hours of the event. Entry should consist of a single story. A brief description explaining deadline pressures or obstacles overcome may be submitted with your entry.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Radio
  • Television

Continuing Coverage

Please submit one document outlining continuing coverage of a major developing story over an extended period of time. Entry may include on air coverage, screenshots of web, social media and news alerts, as well as a description of events.

Feature Reporting

A single story covering a human-interest or profile subject that is not breaking news or investigative in nature.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Radio
  • Television

Investigative Reporting

Entry must demonstrate original and outstanding journalistic enterprise on an issue of community concern. This may include up to 5 stories by an individual or team. Entry should demonstrate extensive research. Each entry must include a cover letter describing the report techniques and effort put into the report. Submission may include any records or documentation of allegations that support the reporting.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Radio
  • Television

Series/Package/Project Writing

Entry may include up to three stories from an individual or team series on a related topic. Stories may have been published or broadcast over several days (Need not be consecutive) or as a one-day package.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Radio
  • Television

Documentary/Public Affairs Programming

Entry may be either a special effort on a particular topic/theme or one broadcast of a regularly scheduled program. Do not include material broadcast during regularly scheduled newscasts. Entries must be no longer than 30 minutes (May be edited for time).

Sub-categories:

  • Radio
  • Television

Sports Reporting

A single story covering a particular event, team or individual.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Newspaper, circulation under 25,000
  • Radio
  • Television

Editorial Writing

Entry may consist of up to three pieces of writing representing the opinion of an editorial board.

Sub-categories:

  • Newspapers

Personal Columns/Review/Criticism

Entry may consist of up to three columns, reviews or criticism pieces by a single writer. Includes all signed opinion, humor, analysis/observation, movie, theater, music, book, restaurant columns, as well as other reviews.

Open to:

  • Newspapers

Best Newscast

Submit one regularly scheduled newscast. Commercial breaks must be removed from the entry, but no other editing is allowed. Radio submissions must be under 3 minutes. Television submission must be under 30 minutes.

Sub-categories:

  • Radio
  • Television

Best News Anchor

Entrants may submit one piece that showcases their efforts in newscasting, interviewing, field reporting, hosting and/or associated on-air duties. Special or unplanned/breaking coverage can be included in montage. Submission must be under 5 minutes.

Sub-categories:

  • Radio
  • Television

Page Design/Graphic Design/Art/Illustrations

Entry may consist of up to 3 pages designed in-house by a single page designer on any dates during the contest year.

Open to:

  • Newspapers

Best News Photography (Still)

Entry should include one photo of breaking news, continuing coverage or a specific news event.

Best News Photography (Video)

Entry should include one video of breaking news, continuing coverage or a specific news event. Video submission must be under 3 minutes.

 

Best Sports Photography (Still)

Entry may consist of one photo showing coverage of an event, team or individual.

Freelance Writing

Entry may consist of a newspaper, magazine, booklet, book, trade publication, academic journal or company newsletter.

Best Digital Content

Submission can include up to three articles created specifically for online platforms. Please do not submit content repurposed from print or television to a digital platform.

Best Use of Video Online

Use of a single online video produced independently or to enhance coverage of news or feature story. Please do not submit content repurposed from print or television to a digital platform.

Best Blog

Submit up to three articles from an online blog. Submissions are accepted from any blog with consistent content over the past year.

Horace V. Wells Jr. Community Service Award

This award is named for one of the strongest editorial voices and community consciences in Tennessee journalism history and recognizes journalism that has had an impact on the community. Entries can be a single story (Print or online) or video that demonstrate results in the community. They must include a description stating the problem or issue, the media organizations efforts and the results achieved.

Only in East Tennessee

This category is open to all media and highlights what an unusual, interesting and occasionally shocking area we cover. This is the place for your outlandish stories that go viral and the ones that sum up the uniqueness of covering news in East Tennessee.

Golden Press Card Award

The best entry judged from all of the top winners from each category.

3 Comments

  1. Help! We are trying to make entries for this year’s awards. On the Google form, I’m trying to enter items and having problems putting all information in the different fields. For example, the title and the url in the same field. I also may need to enter several links for one entry. Also, where do I enter a letter to accompany an entry? Sorry I’m confused. Thanks for your help.

    • Kristi Nelson

      Hi, Ken, sorry I am just now seeing this; if you sent an email I didn’t receive it.

      Cover letters and PDFs don’t go on the entry form. The form is simply a spreadsheet. You email the actual entry as an attachment(s) to etspjawards@gmail.com with the category number in the subject line. (There are explicit directions for this under “rules”.) You do the same with the links for online content, although obviously those don’t have to be attached — they can be pasted in the body of the email.

      Thanks,
      Kristi

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