2018 Diamond Awards Categories

DIAMOND JOURNALISM AWARDS CATEGORIES

ANY PLATFORM

  1. Video – For excellence in video presentations. Maximum running time: 5 minutes.
  2. Slideshow – For excellence in slideshow presentations. May be stand-alone or accompanied by a story. One example is one entry.
  3. 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.
  4. Blog – For excellence in reportage or commentary by blogging. Cover letter explaining the web journal’s origin and role in its community recommended. Entry limited to 5 pieces.
  5. Podcast-News – For excellence in audio presentation of a breaking or non-breaking news story regardless of platform. Maximum running time: 15 minutes.
  6. Podcast-Feature – For excellence in audio presentation of lifestyle, human-interest or profile segments regardless of platform. Maximum running time: 15 minutes.
  7. Podcast-Investigative – For excellence in audio presentation of reporting that demonstrates journalistic initiative on an important issue. Entry can be one segment or a series of no more than 5 parts by an individual or team. Cover letter required. Maximum running time: 30 minutes.
  8. Specialized Site – For excellence in reporting or commentary on a site devoted to a single topic. Entry limited to 5 samples.

 

PRINT (BE SURE TO ENTER THE CORRECT DIVISION)

DIVISION I: DAILY NEWSPAPERS

DIVISION II: NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

DIVISION III : MAGAZINES

  1. Editorials-Daily – 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 interest. Three editorials constitute one entry.
  2. Editorials-Non-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  3. Editorials-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.
  4. Commentary-Daily – For excellence in commentary by an individual. Three samples constitute one entry.
  5. CommentaryNon-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  6. Commentary-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.
  7. NewsDaily – For excellence in reporting on events or issues of significance on deadline. Entry can be a single article or group of related articles (no more than 7) on the same topic.
  8. NewsNon-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  9. News-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.
  10. Feature-Daily – For individual writing excellence about people, places, events or interesting topics. Judging emphasis on style, originality and reader interest. Entry can be a single article or a series of no more than 5 parts.
  11. Feature-Non-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  12. Feature-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.
  13. Investigative Reporting-Daily – 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.
  14. Investigative Reporting-Non-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  15. Investigative Reporting-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.
  16. Sports-Daily – For excellence in any single article or continuing coverage (no more than 5 articles) with sports as the central theme.
  17. Sports-Non-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  18. Sports-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.
  19. Politics-Daily –For excellence in coverage of campaigns, candidates or issues. Three articles constitute one entry.
  20. Politics-Non-daily – Same criteria as daily newspapers.
  21. Politics-Magazines – Same criteria as newspapers.

ALL PRINT

  1. Photography – For excellence in a single photograph regardless of subject. One picture is one entry.
  2. Photo Package/Spread – Group of photos on a single theme published as part of a single story or layout. Maximum of 10 photographs.
  3. Photo Portfolio – For excellence in photography that shows the work of a single photographer. No more than 5 photographs is an entry.
  4. 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. DiamondJournalist 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. CommunityService – 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.