2017 Diamond Journalism Awards

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Attention professional and student journalists, it’s time to enter the Diamond Journalism Awards!

Sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, the Diamond Journalism Awards recognize outstanding journalism by professionals and students from Arkansas and bordering media markets in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Eligible work must have been published or broadcast between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Entries may be submitted starting May 31 and until 11 p.m. CDT, July 14 JULY 21.

Enter online via the Better BNC Media Awards platform, https://betternewspapercontest.com/

IMPORTANT: BetterBNC is optimized for the Google Chrome browser and Firefox for PC and MacIntosh/Apple. For the best contest experience, use a recent version.

All entrants should log in as “open call contestant.” A contest administrator will confirm your eligibility.

ENTRY RULES

  • All professional and student journalists, including freelancers, working within a 250-mile radius of Little Rock can submit entries or have entries submitted on their behalf by news organizations that published or broadcast their work.
  • Membership in the Society of Professional Journalists is not
  • Entries may be submitted in more than one category, but a separate entry fee is required for each category
  • Any significant challenges or corrections to an entry must be If not noted, an entry will be disqualified.
  • A cover letter is generally not required, but if included, should be no more than one
  • Comments and supportive material are required only in conjunction with nominations for the Robert McCord FOI Award, Community Service Award, Outstanding New Journalist Award and Journalist of the Year Award.

ENTRY FORMAT

  • Submit PDFs, Word documents, JPGs or video/audio, or provide an active URL that contest administrators and judges can access to view the
  • Please ensure URLs remain valid through September 15, 2017, to accommodate

FEES

  • SPJ members: $10 per To claim the member fee, you must supply your personal SPJ member number. A team entry may claim the fee if at least one team member is an SPJ member; that persons name and SPJ member number must be listed.
  • Students: $5 per
  • Nonmembers: $20 per

JUDGING

  • Entries will be judged by professional journalists outside the contest
  • If judges determine no entry meets standards in a given category, no award will be

CONTACT

Nonmembers pay here
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SPJ Members pay here
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Students pay here
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DIAMOND JOURNALISM AWARDS CATEGORIES

ONLINE JOURNALISM

  1. Online Video – For excellence in video presentations. Maximum running time: 5 minutes.
  2. Photo Slideshow – For excellence in slide-show presentations.
  3. Multimedia Project – For excellence in storytelling that makes use of online tools such as video, animation, slideshows, graphics and text.
  4. Blog – For excellence in reportage or commentary by blogging.

PRINT – Be sure to enter the correct division

Division I – Daily newspapers

Division II – Non-daily newspapers

Division III – Magazines

  1. Editorials – For excellence in opinion writing that represents a publication’s position on a topic or issue. Judging emphasis will be on importance, writing style, reasoning, originality and reader Three editorials constitute one entry.
  2. Commentary – For excellence in commentary by an individual. Three samples constitute one entry.
  3. News – For excellence in reporting on events or issues of significance. A single article, series or group of related articles, including sidebars, constitutes one entry.
  4. Feature – For individual writing excellence about people, places or events. Judging emphasis on style, originality and reader interest. An entry can be a single article or a series.
  5. Investigative Reporting – For excellence in a single article, package or series by an individual or team that demonstrates initiative and enterprise on a topic of broad public interest or significance. Cover letter explaining reporting process and impact or results required.
  6. Sports – For excellence in any single article or continuing coverage (no more than 5 articles) with sports as the central theme.
  7. Politics – For excellence in coverage of campaigns, candidates or issues. Three articles constitute one entry.
  8. Photography – For excellence in a single photograph regardless of subject. One picture is one entry.
  9. Photo Package/Spread – Group of photos on a single theme published as part of a single story or layout. Maximum of 10 photographs.
  10. Photo Portfolio – For excellence in photography that shows the work of single photographer. No more than 5 photographs is an entry.
  11. Leisure Interests – For excellence in writing about recreation, entertainment, music, art or other pastimes. An entry can be a single article, series or column.

TELEVISION

  1. News – For excellence in reporting within a single broadcast. Entries can be one segment from one broadcast or no more than five segments on the same topic from subsequent broadcasts.
  2. Feature – For excellence in reporting about a topic or persons, such as a personality profile, trend story, human-interest story or anything not hard news. One segment is one entry.
  3. Documentary/Investigative Reporting – For excellence in any in-depth reporting that shows initiative and enterprise on one subject within one program or in a series over several programs.
  4. Sports – For excellence in coverage of any sport or athletic activity.

RADIO / PODCASTS

  1. News – For excellence in reporting within a single broadcast. Entries can include an initial report and no more than five follow-up reports.
  2. Feature – For excellence in reporting about a topic or persons, such as a personality profile, trend story, human-interest story or anything not hard news. One report is one entry.
  3. Documentary/Investigative Reporting – For excellence in any in-depth reporting that shows initiative and enterprise on one subject within one program or in a series over several programs.
  4. Sports – For excellence in coverage of any sport or athletic activity.

SPECIAL AWARDS

  1. The Robert McCord FOI Award – For excellence in any article, continuing coverage or series that focuses on the public’s right to know. The award is named after the late Robert McCord, considered the father of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. McCord also was a former national SPJ president. Cover letter supporting the nomination is required.
  2. Outstanding New Journalist – For reporting excellence demonstrated by an individual who has worked five years or fewer in any medium. The winner will be chosen on the basis of a nominating letter and supporting documents, including a portfolio of three to five pieces by the nominee.
  3. Diamond Journalist of the Year – For reporting excellence by a journalist in any medium. A portfolio of five to seven pieces by the nominee and a nominating letter constitutes an entry.
  4. Community Service – For journalism excellence in any medium that renders public service through extensive coverage of an issue facing a community. Entries may include articles, editorials or opinion columns or a combination of news and opinion, but the entire entry package should contain no more than 10 items. Entry must also include a nominating letter that provides background on the issue and results, if any.

STUDENT JOURNALISM (ANY PLATFORM)

  1. News – For excellence in reporting on an event or situation of local, regional or statewide significance. One article or a series of articles (no more than five) on the same issue constitutes an entry.
  2. Feature – For excellence by an individual in writing with style and originality about the human condition. An entry can be a single article or a series of no more than five parts.
  3. Sports – For excellence by an individual in writing with style and originality about any athletic activity. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
  4. Opinion – For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
  5. Photography Portfolio – For excellence in photography on any topic that best exemplifies the skills of an individual. Three photographs constitute one entry.
  6. Video Portfolio – For excellence in short videos designed for online or mobile viewing that highlight the skill of an individual or team. Maximum length: 3 minutes.

  • Pay Diamond Awards Nonmember fees here

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  • Pay Diamond Awards SPJ Member fees here

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  • Pay Diamond Awards Student fees here

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