Submission period now closed for the 2019 Excellence in Local News Awards

New campus watchdog award added; deadline for submissions was Jan. 11, 2019

Joe Amditis
Dec 12, 2018 · 4 min read

A lot happened in local journalism this year.

News organizations are still battling issues of misinformation and trust. The attacks on press freedom — and journalists themselves — have continued. And local news providers are still working on solutions for how to keep the lights on in the shadow of behemoth platforms that seem to be hoarding more control of audience and revenue each day.

Yet, local journalists are still here, still grinding out the local news and information that their communities rely on. We don’t think their hard work should go unnoticed.

With that in mind, we’re excited to announce the second annual NJ News Commons Excellence in Local News awards for original local journalism produced in 2018.

There are seven award categories this year: the Engage Local award, the Collaborate Local award, the Sustain Local award, the Innovate Local award, the Investigate Local award, the Campus Watchdog award, and the Partner of the Year award.

  • The Engage Local award will go to a journalist(s) or news organization that relied heavily on community engagement or similar practices as a major source or aspect of their reporting.
  • The Sustain Local award will go to a journalist(s) or news organization that found innovative and effective new ways to address revenue and sustainability issues.
  • The Collaborate Local award will go to a journalist(s) or news organization that leveraged the power of cooperative or strategic partnerships to take their reporting beyond what would have been possible on their own.
  • The Investigate Local award will go to a journalist(s) or news organization whose investigative reporting efforts had a demonstrable impact on the community they serve.
  • The Innovate Local award will go to a journalist(s) or news organization that used new and emerging technologies or strategies to enhance and improve the value and impact of their reporting efforts.
  • The Campus Watchdog award will go to a journalist(s) or campus news organization whose investigative reporting efforts had a demonstrable impact on the college or university community they serve.
  • The NJ News Commons Partner of the Year award will go to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work in 2018.

The NJ News Commons Excellence in Local News awards will honor outstanding achievements in local journalism during 2018 by online, print, broadcast, photo, radio, multimedia and other local journalists who are based in New Jersey.

The winners will be notified within a few weeks of the submissions deadline, and announced publicly thereafter. All award winners and their guests will be honored at a luncheon reception in late January.

Award winners will receive a certificate, a logo that can be placed on the winner’s website and/or print publication and a $100 Amazon gift card.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. The contest is open to members of the NJ News Commons.
  2. All entries must focus on local topics related to New Jersey.
  3. All entries must have been published or broadcast in 2018.
  4. Work published or broadcast while working as a student or intern is eligible, as long as it was published or broadcast by a NJ News Commons or NJ College News Commons member news organization.
  5. Unpublished manuscripts, classroom exercises and unaired news broadcasts do not qualify. Any work found to be unpublished, unaired or a classroom exercise will be disqualified. A classroom exercise is defined as work assigned for a grade or fulfillment of a course requirement and is not eligible for a Excellence in Local News award unless it was also published outside of class in the campus/local newspaper, campus/local broadcast stations or website.

GENERAL RULES:

  1. For entries not originally published or broadcast in English, please include an English translation.
  2. Entries that are incomplete will be disqualified. We will not be able to notify entrants of such disqualification.
  3. Material submitted for the contest will not be returned.
  4. Winning entries may be reproduced or posted on the Center for Cooperative Media’s website and other digital properties for publicity, educational or other purposes.
  5. If it is not already apparent, please mark the date of publication or broadcast on all items submitted.
  6. Each contestant may enter as many categories as desired, but please submit no more than two entries per category. There is no limit on the number of entries you can submit.
  7. Be sure the name of each journalist who worked on the entry is listed as a collaborator on the entry form and that their name is spelled correctly.
  8. A maximum of four people can be named on a team entry. Otherwise, the entry should be submitted in the name of the newspaper, magazine, station or online news site.
  9. Scripts for broadcast entries are optional, but recommended.

If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please send an email to info@njnewscommons.org.

Center for Cooperative Media

An initiative of the School of Communication at Montclair State University

Joe Amditis

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Joe is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and the host of the WTF Just Happened Today? podcast.

Center for Cooperative Media

An initiative of the School of Communication at Montclair State University