2019 Diamond Awards Categories

GENERAL AWARDS

  • News (Print/Online): For excellence in reporting on an event or situation of local, regional, statewide or national significance. One article or a series of articles (no more than five) on the same event/issue constitutes an entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • News (TV/Video): For excellence in reporting on an event or situation of local, regional, statewide or national significance 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.
  • News (Radio/Audio): For excellence in reporting on an event or situation of local, regional, statewide or national significance within a single broadcast. Entries can include an initial report and no more than five follow-up reports.
  • Feature (Print/Online): For excellence 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.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Feature (TV/Video): For excellence in reporting about a topic or people, such as a personality profile, trend story, human interest story or anything not hard news. One segment is one entry.
  • Feature (Radio/Audio): For excellence in reporting about a topic or people, such as a personality profile, trend story, human interest story or anything not hard news. One report is one entry.
  • Politics (Print/Online): For excellence in coverage of campaigns, candidates or issues. Up to three articles constitutes one entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Politics (TV/Video): For excellence in coverage of campaigns, candidates or issues. Entries can be one segment from one broadcast or no more than five segments on the same topic from subsequent broadcasts.
  • Politics (Radio/Audio): For excellence in coverage of campaigns, candidates or issues. Entries can include an initial report and no more than five follow­up reports.
  • Investigative reporting (Print/Online): 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 is required.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Documentary/investigative reporting (TV/Video): 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. Cover letter explaining reporting process and impact or results is required.
  • Documentary/investigative reporting (Radio/Audio): For excellence in any in­depth reporting that shows initiative and enterprise on one subject within one program or in a series over several programs. Cover letter explaining reporting process and impact or results is required.
  • Sports (Print/Online): For excellence in writing with style and originality about any athletic activity. One article or up to three related articles constitutes an entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Sports (TV/Video): For excellence in writing and presentation with style and originality about any athletic activity. One segment or up to three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Sports (Radio/Audio/Podcast): For excellence in writing and presentation with style and originality about any athletic activity. One report or up to three related reports constitutes an entry.
  • Health (Print/Online): For excellence in writing with style and clarity about any health topic. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Health (TV/Video): For excellence in coverage about any health topic. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Health (Radio/Audio/Podcast): For excellence in coverage about any health topic. A sample of no more than three reports constitutes an entry.
  • STEM (Print/Online): For excellence in writing with style and clarity about any topic related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • STEM (TV/Video): For excellence in coverage about any any topic related science, technology, engineering or mathematics. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • STEM (Radio/Audio): For excellence in coverage about any any topic related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics. A sample of no more than three reports constitutes an entry.
  • Arts and Culture (Print/Online): For excellence in writing with style and originality about any topic related to arts and culture, including performances, literature, arts and food. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Arts and Culture (TV/Video): For excellence in coverage about any topic related to arts and culture, including performances, literature, arts and food. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Arts and Culture (Radio/Audio): For excellence in coverage about any topic related to arts and culture, including performances, literature, arts and food. A sample of no more than three reports constitutes an entry.
  • Opinion (Print/Online): For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
    1. Daily
    2. Nondaily
    3. Magazine
  • Opinion (TV/Video): For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Opinion (Radio/Audio): For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Photography (Print/Online): For excellence in photography regardless of subject. One photo is one entry.
  • Photo Package/Spread (Print/Online): For excellence in photography and display of a group of photographs on a single theme published with a single story or layout. Maximum of 10 photos is one entry.
  • Photography Portfolio (Print/Online): For excellence in photography on any topic that best exemplifies the skills of an individual. Three photographs constitute one entry.
  • Design Portfolio (Print/online): For excellence in newspaper or magazine design, or for web design of an online publication. Three samples constitute one entry.
  • Special Section (Print/Online): For excellence in publishing a special section or niche publication. One section is one entry.
  • Video Portfolio: For excellence in short videos designed for online or mobile viewing highlighting the skill of an individual or team. Maximum length: 5 minutes
  • Podcast: For excellence in news podcasting that highlights the skill of an individual or team. A portfolio of up to three episodes constitutes one entry. Cover letter explaining the podcast’s origin and role in its community recommended.
  • Slideshow: For excellence in slideshow presentations. May be stand­alone or accompanied by a story. One example is one entry.
  • Multimedia: For excellence in storytelling that makes use of online tools such as video, animation, slideshows, graphics and text. Entry may be a single presentation or a series of up to 10 parts.
  • Blog: For excellence in reportage or commentary by blogging. Entry limited to five pieces. Cover letter explaining the web journal’s origin and role in its community recommended.
  • Specialized website: For excellence in reporting or commentary on a site devoted to a single topic. Entry limited to five samples.

STUDENT JOURNALISM

  • News (print/online): 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.
  • News (TV/video): For excellence in reporting on an event or situation of local, regional or statewide significance 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.
  • News (radio/audio): For excellence in reporting on an event or situation of local, regional or statewide significance within a single broadcast. Entries can include an initial report and no more than five follow­up reports.
  • Feature (print/online): For excellence 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.
  • Feature (TV/video): For excellence in reporting about a topic or people, such as a personality profile, trend story, human interest story or anything not hard news. One segment is one entry.
  • Feature (radio/audio): For excellence in reporting about a topic or people, such as a personality profile, trend story, human interest story or anything not hard news. One report is one entry.
  • Sports (print/online): For excellence in writing with style and originality about any athletic activity. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
  • Sports (TV/video): For excellence in coverage about any athletic activity. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Sports (radio/audio): For excellence in coverage about any athletic activity. A sample of no more than three reports constitutes an entry.
  • Opinion (print/online): For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three articles constitutes an entry.
  • Opinion (TV/video): For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Opinion (radio/audio): For excellence in commentary on any topic. A sample of no more than three segments constitutes an entry.
  • Photography (print/online): For excellence in a single photograph regardless of subject. One picture is one entry.
  • Photo package/spread (print/online): For excellence in a group of photos on a single theme published as part of a single story or layout. Maximum of 10 photographs.
  • Photography portfolio (print/online): For excellence in photography on any topic that best exemplifies the skills of an individual. Three photographs constitute one entry.
  • Video portfolio (TV/video): For excellence in short videos designed for online or mobile viewing highlighting the skill of an individual or team. Maximum length: 5 minutes
  • Audio portfolio (radio/audio): For excellence in short audio segments highlighting the skill of an individual or team. Maximum length: 5 minutes
  • Design portfolio (print/online): For excellence in newspaper or magazine design, or for web design of an online publication. Three samples constitute one entry.

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 was also a former national SPJ president. Cover letter supporting the nomination is required.
  • Community Service Award: For journalistic 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.