Rhode Island Press Association







2016 Editorial Contest

 
 
  1. Frequently Asked Questions

Things you will need before entering:

  • Your news organization must be a member in good standing with the Rhode Island Press Association. 
  • Have your credit card information available.
  • Be sure your entry is in the correct format. Print stories and photographs must be submitted as PDFs, no larger than 50 MB. View our Uploading Help section.
  • In specified categories that require a nomination letter, you will upload a WORD DOCUMENT.
  • In specified categories, supplementary links may be provided for online material or videos. For sites with paywalls, please provide login and password information to allow judges unlimited access.
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Fees:

  • The fee is $20 for the first submission from a publication; $10 for each subsequent entry
  • Payment must be made by check or money order, payable to: The Rhode Island Press Association, (All entries must include the payment form specifying the number of entries in which categories.)
  • No refunds will be issued. 

Deadline:



  • The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 6, 2020
  • All entries must be submitted online, in PDF format, by this deadline. Photos may be submitted in jpeg format.
  • In specified categories that require mailing publications, entries must be received by the March 6 deadline. 

Categories:

There are 43 categories in four divisions: Writing, Design, Photography and Distinction.

WRITING

1. NEWS STORY (SHORT)

Recognizes the best single news story measuring fewer than 1,000 words on a local subject. Entries may include informational sidebars or features relating to the main story appearing in a single issue. Judging will be based on the depth of information presented, clarity of writing and evidence of enterprise.



2. NEWS STORY (IN-DEPTH)

Recognizes the best single news story measuring more than 1,000 words on a local subject. Entries may include informational sidebars or features relating to the main story appearing in a single issue. Judging will be based on the depth of information presented, clarity of writing and evidence of enterprise.



3. SPOT NEWS STORY

Recognizes the best single spot news story on a local subject. Entries may include informational sidebars or features relating to the main story appearing in a single issue. Judging will be based on depth of information gathered, clarity of writing and evidence of enterprise.



4. INVESTIGATIVE/ANALYTICAL NEWS STORY Recognizes an outstanding story that involves investigative, analytical or other in-depth reporting published on one day. Entries in this category must go beyond first-day news stories in approach and execution. Entry may include any sidebars. Judging will be based on the quality of reporting, depth of information presented and enterprise. 

5. SINGLE-TOPIC SERIES Recognizes excellence in ongoing, indepth coverage of one particular issue or news event. The series may be investigative or analytical -- or may simply showcase a news organization’s in-depth reporting on a given topic. Judging will be based on the quality of reporting and enterprise shown in providing readers with information that is not readily available elsewhere. Consideration will be given for use of digital tools to enhance coverage. Entries are limited to 10 items, including digital elements. (No supplemental exhibits, please.) Entries may include a brief nomination letter detailing coverage.

6. BUSINESS STORY

Recognizes the best single news or feature business story or stories on a local topic appearing in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



7. EDUCATION STORY

Recognizes the best single news or feature education story or stories on a local topic appearing in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



8. RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY STORY

Recognizes the best single news or feature story or stories on a local religious or spirituality topic published in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



9. REPORTING ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Recognizes best single news or feature story or stories on local topic dealing with the environment published in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



10. SCIENCE/HEALTH CARE STORY

Recognizes the best single news or feature story or stories on a local topic dealing with science or health care published in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



11. PROFILE OR PERSONALITY STORY

Recognizes the best single personality piece or profile of a local subject. Judging will be based on writing style, originality and extent to which piece conveys subject’s character, style or purpose.



12. FEATURE STORY (SHORT)

Recognizes the best feature story measuring 1,000 words or less on a topic of local interest published in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



13. FEATURE STORY (IN-DEPTH)

Recognizes the best feature story measuring more than 1,000 words on a topic of local interest appearing in a single issue. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



14. ARTS REVIEW OR CRITICISM

Recognizes the outstanding single critique or review of a local theater, dance or musical performance, gallery show, literary work, film, musical recording or other art form. Entries should convey a vital sense of the subject, effective writing style and depth of insight.



15. ARTS OR ENTERTAINMENT STORY

Recognizes outstanding arts and entertainment reporting or feature writing on a local topic, artist or entertainer. Judging will be based on originality, writing style and depth of insight.



16. FOOD & DINING STORY

Recognizes outstanding reporting on a topic related to food or dining. Judging will be based on style and technique of writing, originality and enterprise.



17. UNIQUE/MOST UNEXPECTED STORY

Recognizes the most unexpected, humorous, unique or creative stories. Judges consider quality of writing, originality and enterprise.



18. SPORTS STORY

Recognizes outstanding reporting of a story or stories about a sporting event or a local aspect of a trend in spectator or participatory sports or general recreation published in a single issue. Judging will be based on writing style, originality and enterprise, as well as the ability to communicate to both sports fans and non-sports fans.



19. SPORTS FEATURE STORY

Recognizes an outstanding local feature story or personality piece involving an organized sports or recreation program, including those examining a local aspect of a trend in spectator or participatory sport or general recreation. Judging will be based on technique and style of writing, originality and enterprise.



20. SPORTS COLUMNIST

Recognizes outstanding sports columnists. Judging will be based on writing style, originality and insight. Each writer’s entry should include three (3) different columns. A sports columnist’s work should appear at least on a monthly basis to qualify for entry.



21. EDITORIAL WRITER

Recognizes outstanding editorial writing on local subjects. Each writer’s entry should include three (3) different editorials. Judging will be based on the quality and clarity of writing and the depth of research. Entries must have been clearly published as editorials.



22. NEWS/FEATURES COLUMNIST

Recognizes outstanding column writing by a regular news or features columnist. Judging will be based on writing style, originality and insight. Each entry should include three examples of the writer’s work. The columnist’s work should be published at least once a month to quality



23. ARTS//NICHE COLUMNIST

Recognizes outstanding writing by an arts of niche columnist. Judging will be based on writing style, originality and expertise in the topic area. Each entry should include three examples of the writer’s work. The columnist’s work should be published at least once a month to quality.



24. HEADLINE WRITING

Recognizes outstanding headline writing on local subjects only (no wire/AP copy). Entries consist of three (3) different headlines from the same publication during the entry period (all of 2013). Judging is based on creativity, originality and accurate representation of story content. Headlines MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY STORY.



PHOTOGRAPHY

25. GENERAL NEWS PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding photograph of an anticipated event.



26. SPOT NEWS PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding photograph of a spot news event.



27. FEATURE PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding photograph, not necessarily of a specific news event. Judging will be based on skill and imagination.



29. PERSONALITY PHOTO OR PORTRAIT

Recognizes an outstanding portrait or profile photo of a local person.



29. SPORTS PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding photograph of a local sports event


30. PHOTO SERIES/PICTURE STORY

Recognizes an outstanding grouping of photographs that tells a story or covers one topic (with or without text) published in a single issue.

 

31. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding photograph of an event including, but not limited to, theatrical performance, concerts, and other various artistic displays and/or events

 

32. FOOD PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding feature photograph of a food item(s) and/or food environment.

 

33. WEATHER PHOTO

Recognizes an outstanding feature photograph that tells a story related to the weather.  

 

DESIGN

34. BEST NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGE

Recognizes the best front page of one newspaper published during the contest period. Judges will consider news content and organization, use of photography, headlines, design and layout.


35. BEST COVER

Recognizes the best cover of a publication. Entrants may include magazines, alternative newspapers or other qualified publications that appear at least monthly. Section covers are not eligible. Judges will consider use of photography, headlines, design and visual impact.


36. BEST FEATURE FRONT PAGE

Recognizes the best front page of one feature or life section for each publication published during the contest period. Judges will consider news content and organization, use of photography, headlines, design and layout.


37. BEST SPORTS FRONT PAGE

Recognizes the best front page of one sports section for each publication published during the contest period. Judges will consider news content and organization, use of photography, headlines, design and layout.

DISTINCTION 

38. SPECIAL SECTION

Recognizes an outstanding special section written and produced entirely by a newspaper’s staff on a particular topic or commemorating a local event, anniversary or observation. Entries should demonstrate good planning, strong writing and design.


39. BEST DIGITAL PRESENTATION: Recognizes an outstanding story or collection of stories, including sidebars, presented in a digital format that complements work done in print on a single topic or area of coverage. Entry should be a combination of strong print reporting and an inventive digital presentation. Entry can include the use of digital tools that enhance a news organization’s brand or ongoing reporting on a particular topic.Judging will be based on the quality of reporting, depth of information presented and enterprise -- with a focus on how the digital presentation enhances the impact of the coverage. Entries should include a brief letter describing the material and a URL for the digital submission(s).


40. DISTINGUISHED JOURNALIST: This portfolio entry honors a reporter with two or more years’ experience in journalism. Submit up to five examples of work in the last five years that showcase reporting, writing and storytelling skills on print and digital platforms. Judging will be based on the nominee’s command of the basics of news reporting, enterprise and versatility. Nomination letter required. (Two entries per publication.)


41. NOTABLE NEW JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: This portfolio entry honors a reporter with less than two years’ experience in journalism.  Submit up to 5 examples of work in the last two years that showcase reporting, writing and storytelling skills on print and digital platforms. Judges will consider a nominee’s growing command of reporting skills, enterprise and versatility. Nomination letter required. Two entries per publication.


42. PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: This portfolio entry honors a photographer for outstanding work in 2015. Submit 10 photographs that showcase the nominee’s skills, creativity and versatility. This is open to those who work primarily as a photographer for a news organization. Two entries per publication.


43. COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARD

Recognizes the outstanding work member organizations have done outside of the printed page to benefit or engage the community that they serve. Entries should include a letter from either an editor or the publisher of the publication explaining what the effort was, why it was done and what effect (if any) it had on the community. Entries may also include any related coverage before, during or after the event and any results achieved through this event. One entry per publication.



The winning organization will be honored at the end of the night with a check for $500 to the charity of the organization’s choice.



Judges will consider whether the nominee has demonstrated outstanding achievement in community outreach and engagement with a project,or event.



Judging and Notification:

Who judges the contest?

  • The Idaho Press Association provides judges for all categories and publications.

When are winners notified? 

  • Publications will be notified in early April whether they have won awards in any categories.
  • First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the RIPA annual awards banquet on May 1, 2020.

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2020 RIPA BANQUET

 

The Rhode Island Press Association's annual banquet will be on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Quonset “O” Club in North Kingstown. Cocktails and appetizers will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served beginning at 7 p.m.

In addition to revealing the winners of the 2019 Editorial Contest, RIPA will also induct the 2020 Hall of Fame members and award its annual scholarship.

The banquet cost is $45 per person, with a cash bar. Please mail registration information and payment (checks only, please do NOT send cash in the mail) no later than Wednesday, April 22, to: Sarah Francis, RIPA Treasurer, c/o Rhode Island  Monthly, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860.



2020 RIPA Scholarship 

What is the Rhode Island Press Association Scholarship?

    Every year RIPA awards a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding college student who is preparing for a career in print journalism. 



    What is the scholarship application deadline?

    • Applications must be received by Friday, March 27, 2020.
    What are the requirements? 

    • Interested students should send a letter of nomination from a college official or instructor detailing the student’s accomplishments, a cover letter, résumé and samples of work, including newspaper stories, classroom assignments or any other supporting material,
    • Nominees must be residents of Rhode Island attending any four-year college or university or nonresidents enrolled at a Rhode Island college or university who are entering the 2019-20 academic year as juniors, seniors or full-time graduate students. 
    • Students need not be majoring in journalism to be eligible. 
    • Judges looking for academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in print journalism, such as work on school or community newspapers.
    • The scholarship money is paid directly to the student.
    How do I apply? 
    • Send applications to: to Elyse Major, editor in chief, Providence Media, via email, elyse@providenceonline.com
    • A panel of editors and journalists will judge the nominations.
    • The Rhode Island Press Association will award the scholarship at its annual Banquet on May 1, 2020.




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      JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME



      What is the Hall of Fame award?

      This is a lifetime achievement award for someone who has made significant contributions to journalism through reporting, editing, photography, design, or education; or who has led innovative changes within a news organization, or advocated for the First Amendment. 

      Nominees must have made a substantial impact on journalism within Rhode Island or be a Rhode Islander who has made such contributions to the field out of the state. Nominees must be 55 years or older. Historic nominees, who have been dead for 50 years or more, also will be considered.

      What is the nomination and selection process? 

      A maximum of three inductees are selected each year by a Hall of Fame committee of members in good standing in the Rhode Island Press Association. 

      To nominate a candidate, provide a 200-300 word biography of the candidate explaining why he/she meets the criteria and should be in the Hall of Fame. Include any applicable supporting materials, such as story clips. 
      If several individuals from a news organization want to nominate a candidate, they need only send one nomination form. If the candidate is selected, the committee will require a more complete biography and a photo. This material is used to produce the Hall of Fame plaque.



      The Rhode Island Press Association Hall of Fame accepts nominations throughout the year for the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame.



      The deadline for this year's submissions is Dec. 31, 2020.



      The nominee will be placed on a list of potential inductees for at least one year before he/she becomes eligible to be considered. The name may remain on this list for no longer than six years. If he/she is not selected for inclusion, the committee could choose to drop the name from the list or vote to keep it on the list for an additional four years.



      Any member of the press association may submit a nomination. (If the newspaper is a paid member, its news employees are members.)



      For more information, and to submit nominations, email Len Levin  Lenlevin5@hotmail.com. The Rhode Island Press Association will honor its 2020 Hall of Fame inductees at its annual banquet on May 1, 2020.

       

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    Uploading Help

    I am mailing my entry. What do I do on the uploading page?

    If you are mailing your entry, you do not need to upload anything.

    Audio Requirements:

    All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav, .aiff. Audio in other formats will not be accepted. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

    Video Requirements:

    Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit]

    — All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.

    — A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required. 



    Linking Files:

    If your entry file is larger than the 50 MB upload limit, we suggest that you host it on a 3rd party website and use the Entry File Link area on the upload page to submit the link to download your file.

    Still need help?

    If you still need help uploading your entry files, please contact us on our awards specific contact form.

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