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The following is a list of categories for our 2016 Golden Press Card Awards. These are subject to change. Click here for entry form.

Please note: Some newspaper categories offer daily (circulation more than 25,000 and less than 25,000) and non-daily newspaper divisions. In any category that offers such a division, reporters for non-daily newspapers (fewer than five days a week) may compete in the applicable daily division if they choose. If a non-daily newspaper enters the daily division in any category, it must classify all of its entries in the same division.

  1. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING. Coverage of news events within 24 hours of the event. A brief letter explaining deadline pressures or obstacles overcome may be submitted with your entry.
  • Division 1-A. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations.
  • Division 1-B. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, RADIO.
  • Division 1-C. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, TELEVISION.
  • Division 1-D. DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, ONLINE. (Entry must have been posted on an internet site within 24 hours of event and should include internet-only content in addition to anything that was published or broadcast.)

2. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS – Coverage of other bona-fide news events (i.e., beat reporting, continuing coverage or enterprise reporting).

  • Division 2-A. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 2-B. GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 2-C. GENERAL REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY
  1. GENERAL REPORTING, BROADCAST – Coverage of other bona-fide news events (i.e., beat reporting, continuing coverage or enterprise reporting).
  • Division 3-A. GENERAL REPORTING, RADIO
  • Division 3-B. GENERAL REPORTING, TELEVISION

4. CONTINUING COVERAGE, ONLINE – Entry may include two or more reports demonstrating ongoing coverage of a news event and should include online-only content. Both media-affiliated and independent websites can enter.

  1. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS – Includes reporting of human-interest matters, personalities, travel and events not considered traditional news events. Entry may include sidebars published the same day.
  • Division 5-A. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 5-B. FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 5-C. FEATURE WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

6. FEATURE REPORTING, BROADCAST – Includes reporting of human-interest matters, personalities, travel and events not considered traditional news events.

  • Division 6-A. FEATURE REPORTING, RADIO
  • Division 6-B. FEATURE REPORTING, TELEVISION
  1. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS – Includes individual or team effort in research, writing and reporting. Entry must indicate that reporter(s) employed documents and human sources and that the findings have been previously unrevealed. Emphasis in the news story, series of reports or project should be on thorough reporting of an issue of community concern. Impact or action the reporting forces in the community may be considered by the judges but is not crucial. Entry may include supporting information posted on the newspaper’s website (include a complete URL where the information can be viewed). Each entry must include a cover letter describing the reporting techniques and effort put into the report.
  • Division 7-A. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 7-B. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 7-C. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY
  1. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, BROADCAST – Includes individual or team effort in research, writing and reporting. Entry must indicate that reporter(s) employed documents and human sources and that the findings have been previously unrevealed. Emphasis in the news story, series of reports or project should be on thorough reporting of an issue of community concern. Impact or action the reporting forces in the community may be considered by the judges but is not crucial. Entry may include supporting information posted on accompanying website (include a complete URL where the information can be viewed). Each entry must include a cover letter describing the reporting techniques and effort put into the report.
  • Division 8-A. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, RADIO
  • Division 8-B. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, TELEVISION
  1. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS – Includes individual or team effort in a series of stories on a related topic, published over several days (need not be consecutive) or as a one-day package. Entry may include material posted on the newspaper’s website (include a complete URL where the information can be viewed). Entry must include a cover letter describing origin and significance of effort.
  • Division 9-A. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 9-B. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 9-C. SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY
  1. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING – 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.
  • Division 10-A. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, RADIO
  • Division 10-B. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, TELEVISION
  • Division 10-C. DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, INDEPENDENT WEBSITE.

11. SPORTS REPORTING– Coverage of a particular event, team or individual. NOTE: Sports stories may also be submitted in Deadline Reporting, General Reporting, Feature, Series/Package/Project; columns should be entered in Personal Columns category, and investigative reporting in sports should be entered in the Investigative Reporting category.

  • Division 11-A. SPORTS REPORTING, ALL NEWSPAPERS.
  • Division 11-B. SPORTS REPORTING, RADIO.
  • Division 11-C. SPORTS REPORTING, TELEVISION.
  • Division 11-D. SPORTS REPORTING, INDEPENDENT WEBSITE.
  1. EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations. – Entries may consist of up to three editorials.
  1. PERSONAL COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS – Includes all signed opinion, humor and analysis/observation columns. Entries may consist of up to three pieces by a single writer.
  • Division 13-A. COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 13-B. COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 13-C. COLUMNS, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY
  1. REVIEWS/CRITICISM, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations – Includes movie, theater, music, book, restaurant and other reviews. Entries may consist of up to three pieces by a single writer.
  1. BEST NEWS ANCHOR – Entrants may submit one piece, not to exceed three minutes in length, that showcases their efforts in newscasting, interviewing, field reporting, hosting and associated on-air duties. Special or unplanned/breaking coverage can be included in montage. All work must have aired on entrant’s station in 2014 (no unaired cutting-room floor material).
  • Division 15-A. BEST NEWS ANCHOR, RADIO
  • Division 15-B. BEST NEWS ANCHOR, TELEVISION
  1. BEST NEWSCAST

16-A. BEST NEWSCAST, RADIO – Submit three unedited local newscasts, each not to exceed three minutes in length (commercial breaks may be removed). Please submit as one audio file.

16-B. BEST NEWSCAST, TELEVISION – Locally originated and regularly scheduled newscast. Judges will examine news judgment, writing, editing, use of audio/video and live capabilities. Each entry must consist of one 30-minute stand-alone newscast or a 30-60 minute block from a longer show, edited to remove commercial breaks.

EDITING/DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION and PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. HEADLINE, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations. – Use of alliteration, play on words, humor or other devices to attract readers. Entry must include three samples and the story for each headline. One headline writer per entry, please.
  1. PAGE DESIGN – Three pages, any dates during the contest year, by a single page designer.
  • Division 18-A. PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 18-B. PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 18-C. PAGE DESIGN, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY

19. INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations – Chart, map or diagram used to illustrate information (submit tear sheet or PDF of full page).

20. ART ILLUSTRATION, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations – Drawing, painting, photo illustration (“created” photo) or other medium used to illustrate a story or enhance a page (submit tear sheet or PDF of full page).

  1. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY – Includes photos/video taken of a breaking news or sports event and used either in print or on a news Web site. Can include a sequence portraying a single breaking news event. Newspapers should submit tear sheet(s) or PDF(s) of full pages, including captions.
  • Division 21-A. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 21-B. DEADLINE/PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 21-C. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY
  • Division 21-D. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, TELEVISION
  • Division 21-E. DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, ONLINE ONLY.
  1. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – Includes photos/video taken for stories other than those covered in Deadline Photography. May be a single photograph or photo sequence relating to general coverage, personalities, entertainment, the arts, sports, etc. Newspaper entries must submit tear sheet(s) or PDF of full page, including captions.
  • Division 22-A. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation over 25,000
  • Division 22-B. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS, circulation under 25,000
  • Division 22-C. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS ONLY
  • Division 22-D. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, TELEVISION
  • Division 22-E. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, ONLINE ONLY.
  1. EDITORIAL CARTOON, NEWSPAPERS, all circulations – Entry must include tear sheet or PDF. Up to three examples, per entry, by a single cartoonist. A brief note of explanation may be included for context.
  1. WORK FOR OTHER MEDIA – This category is for freelance or unaffiliated journalists who live in East Tennessee and write or report for media which may or may not be produced in East Tennessee. Recognizing that many journalists are and recently have become freelancers, this newly expanded category includes all other journalism-related work produced by an East Tennessee journalist that was printed or aired somewhere besides a newspaper, radio or television station, or independent website.
  • Division 24-A. FREELANCE WRITING FOR PRINT (newspaper, magazine, booklet, book, trade publication, academic journal, company newsletter, etc.)
  • Division 24-B. FREELANCE VISUALS FOR PRINT — Includes page design, informational graphics, art and photo illustrations, photographs or cartoons.
  • Division 24-C. FREELANCE VISUALS FOR ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MEDIA— Includes page design, informational graphics, art and photo illustrations, or cartoons.
  • Division 24-D. FREELANCE REPORTING FOR BROADCAST. Includes radio and television.

25. OVERALL INTERNET SITE – Submit the URL of the site and a letter explaining how the entry makes best use of the medium. Describe how the site is used and special features. Judging criteria will include content, construction, ease of navigation, interactive participation, design and aesthetics. The editorial department/office of the Web site must be located in the East Tennessee area defined in the entry rules.

  • Division 25-A. OVERALL SITE, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED INTERNET SITE (includes newspapers, television, radio and magazines)
  • Division 25-B. OVERALL SITE, INDEPENDENT INTERNET SITE
  1. ONLINE USE OF PHOTO– Use of photos and galleries, with or without audio, to enhance original story.
  1. ONLINE USE OF VIDEO – Use of online video, independently or to enhance coverage of news or feature story.
  1. BEST BLOG – Includes blogs affiliated with media organizations and those that are independent.
  1. ALL MEDIA – HORACE V. WELLS JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD This award, named for one of the strongest editorial voices and community consciences in Tennessee journalism history, recognizes journalism that has had an impact on the community. Entries may be a single story or series of stories and may include editorials. Entries will be judged on results, enterprise, soundness, presentation and significance. Emphasis will be on demonstrated results in the community. Entries must include a cover letter stating the problem or issue, the media organization’s efforts, and the results achieved.
  1. ONLY IN EAST TENNESSEE – This category, open to all media, highlights what an unusual, interesting and occasionally shocking area we cover. This is the place for your outlandish stories that go viral, the ones that sum up the uniqueness of covering news in East Tennessee.

Click here to access the GPC Entry Form.

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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