2018 ANNUAL

AWARDS CONTEST RULES

 

 

DEADLINE

Entries must be submitted no later than midnight Friday, November 16, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

All Wyoming Press Association member newspapers in good standing are eligible. No others will be judged.

All awards are open to both dailies and weeklies, but will be judged separately. Any item published between November l, 20l7 and October 3l, 20l8.

DIVISIONS

There are three divisions of competition: Daily, Large Weekly, and Small Weekly. The division between small and large weekly will be made by circulation according to the 20l8 WPA newspaper direc- tory as follows: 2,500 or under, small weekly; over 2,500, large weekly. Twice-weekly publications will enter weekly category but MAY submit both editions from one week (that is, one week’s publication may constitute one issue) where applicable.

SUPERVISION

The contest is under the supervision of the Wyoming Press Association. Decisions as to the submis- sion of entries in the correct category are final.

JUDGING

Judging of Pacemakers and General, Advertising and Typographic excellence categories will be done by members of the North Dakota Newspaper Association.

The Editorial Leadership Award will be judged by winners of the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest editorial writing awards.

All Major awards will be judged by no less than a three-person panel, although Pacemakers MAY have only one judge. Decisions of the judges are final.

Only first and second places will be given except at the discretion of the judges who may add hon- orable mentions or who may give no awards in a category.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entries must be written or created by newspaper staff (no stringers).

Pacemaker and photo entries will be judged from full-page electronic tearsheets. Entries for “Best Headline Writing” will consist of three full copies - one each from the same dates selected for entries for major awards (see page 4). Major awards for General, Advertising and Typographic excellence will be judged from complete issues (these are to be mailed to the WPA). See instructions for Editorial Leader- ship, Photographic Excellence, WPA Foundation Sweepstakes entries on pages 4-6.

Failure to submit entries in proper categories will result in disqualification. Failure to adhere to entry rules will result in disqualification.

The $5 per entry fee may be paid online or mailed to the WPA.

AWARDS

Major Awards: First and second places will be awarded. First place winners will receive traveling trophies and permanent plaques. Second place winners will receive plaques. Announced and presented at the Annual Awards Banquet in Cheyenne, Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Pacemaker and Photo Awards: Certificates awarded for first, second and honorable mention. An- nounced and displayed at winter convention and presented during Saturday lunch, January 19.

The privilege of carrying award-winning Wyoming Newspaper 20l8 in the masthead goes only to newspapers winning first-place awards.

Full issues of Major award entries are to be mailed to:

Wyoming Press Association 2l2l Evans Avenue Cheyenne, WY 8200l

Instructions for submitting electronic entries (pacemakers, photos, editorials) will be sent to each newspaper once the contest page is active, on or near October 24, 2018.

MAJOR AWARDS

To enter the first three Major Awards Categories (I, II and III), submit three copies each of three separate issues as follows:

Three copies of one issue of your choice and three copies each from the following weeks: Week beginning March 18 and ending March 24, 2018; week beginning Aug. 26 and ending Sept. 1, 2018. Nine total copies will be submitted. (Dailies: Please choose one day out of these weeks and send three copies of that day’s newspaper). General, Advertising and Typographic Excellence will all be judged from these nine issues.

There is no entry fee for Major Award entries.

A. DEMING CUP (Dailies)

B. HANWAY PLAQUE (Large weeklies)

C. BIGGS PLAQUE (Small weeklies)

These awards recognize overall general excellence. Judging will be on the following point system: News writing..................................................................................................... 20 points

Feature writing.......................................................................................... 10 points

Editorial writing........................................................................................  10 points

Sports writing...........................................................................................  10 points

Family life writing......................................................................................  10 points

General use of photos................................................................................. 10 points

Advertising (design, copy-writing quality and impact)............................ ......... 15 points

Typography (general appearance, page makeup, headline and display, readability, neatness, photo reproduction)  ............15 points

TOTAL 100 POINTS 


♦ WYOMING PRESS TYPOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE PLAQUE

  1. Dailies
  2. Large Weeklies
  3. Small Weeklies

Judging on the following point system:

Photo reproduction................................................................................... 25 points

Type reproduction..................................................................................... 25 points

Selection of type for news and advertising................................................... 25 points

Design and layout..................................................................................... 25 points

TOTAL POINTS 100


♦ WYOMING PRESS ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE AWARD

  1. Dailies
  2. Large Weeklies
  3. Small Weeklies

Judging on the following point system:

Design and layout..................................................................................... 35 points

Creativity and impact................................................................................ 35 points

Selection of type....................................................................................... 15 points

Use of illustrations (photos, clip-art, original art, etc.).................................... 15 points

TOTAL POINTS 100


 ♦ WYOMING PRESS ASSOCIATION EDITORIAL LEADERSHIP CUP

  1. Dailies
  2. Large Weeklies
  3. Small Weeklies

 To enter, submit five to ten of the year’s best editorials as full-page tearsheets in a .pdf format to the WPA 2018 Pacemaker Contest site on www.betterbnc.com. Judging will be done by the winners of the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest editorial writing awards.

Judging on the following point system:

Literary Excellence…................................................................................... 35 points

Insight…................................................................................................... 20 points

Scope….................................................................................................... 15 points

Suitability…............................................................................................. 15 points

Timeliness…............................................................................................. 15 points

TOTAL POINTS 100 


WYOMING PRESS ASSOCIATION ROBERT WARNER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

  1. Dailies
  2. Large Weeklies
  3. Small Weeklies

Presented to the newspapers winning the most Pacemaker awards in photography according to the following point system: First place, three points; second place, two points; honorable mention, one point; Sweepstakes photo, one point; and Photo of the Year, one point.

WPA FOUNDATION SWEEPSTAKES AWARD
  1. Dailies
  2. Large Weeklies
  3. Small Weeklies

Presented to the newspapers winning the most Pacemaker awards across all categories, includ-  ing photography. Award will be based on the following point system: First place, three points; second place, two points; honorable mention, one point. Winner will receive a traveling trophy and plaque. Sec- ond-place finisher will receive a plaque.

VETERAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Honors consistent excellence by a reporter or editor over 35 years of age. Judged as an “open class” competition, with no division by circulation category. Entries will consist of a portfolio of five stories completed during the contest period, a letter of explanation from the competitor and a letter of recommen- dation from his or her publisher. Judges will look for consistent high quality in writing or editing, with an eye toward presentation and how the journalist’s efforts improved the newspaper as a whole and affected his or her readers.

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Honors outstanding efforts by reporters and editors age 35 and under. Judged as an “open class” competition with no division by circulation category. Entries will consist of a portfolio of five stories completed during the contest period, a letter of explanation from the competitor and a letter of recom- mendation from his or her publisher. Judges will look for outstanding work by a young member of the newspaper industry, with an eye toward consistent high quality in either writing or editing. An emphasis will be placed on the effects of the journalist’s work, both on the newspaper and on his or her readers.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Photographers will submit portfolios of 12 images and one photo story. One entry per photographer. Entries will be judged according to circulation division (small weekly, large weekly, daily). Judges will select from the winners of each circulation division the “WPA Photographer of the Year.” Judging will be based on consistent quality of photography, regardless of the subject matter.

2018 PACEMAKER AWARDS

LIMIT

You may submit a total of 90 entries for all 36 categories, but are limited to 5 per category.

Entries for the Pacemaker awards will be judged from your choice over the entire year.

ENTRY FEE

The $5 per entry fee may be paid online or mailed to the WPA.

REQUIREMENTS

Submit a full-page electronic tear sheet. Entry must be clearly identified, e.g., the title on the entry form matches the title of the entry on the tear sheet.

Credit will be given (where possible) to the individual who created the entry, whether it is an ad or an article, so list person’s name on label.

General news story. Coverage of events that afford the opportunity for a minimum amount of planning (press conferences, meetings, protests, trials, etc.). Packages of stories on single issue or event will qualify, however, packages must be limited to five articles. Judged on the quality of reporting and writing, rather than merely the scope of the event. Entries in this category cannot be entered in govern- ment reporting, news-feature story or in-depth categories.

Spot news story. Coverage of unscheduled events for which no advance planning was possible (fires, accidents, storms, etc.) published in a single edition of a newspaper. Will be judged on the quality of reporting and writing, with an eye toward quality of work under deadline pressure. Packages of stories on a single issue or event will qualify, however, packages must be limited to five entries. Entries in this category cannot be entered in government reporting.

In-depth reporting. Individual story or package of stories on a single issue or event will qualify. Emphasizes in-depth reporting on any issue, especially those that require expertly reported analysis or an extraordinary amount of research. Can include series reporting. All packages must be limited to five pieces. Entries in this category cannot be entered in news, government reporting or news-feature story categories.

Government issue reporting. Package of stories on single issue or event will qualify. Emphasiz- es solid reporting on any government activity, although not necessarily through news reporting. Packages must be limited to five pieces per entry. Entries in this category cannot be entered in news or in-depth categories.

News-feature story. A feature linked to a single news event or issue. Emphasizes ability to ap- proach a news story or topic from an unusual angle to give the reader a broader understanding of the event or issue. Entries in this category cannot be entered in the in-depth reporting category.

Feature story. Emphasis on writing. Judged on quality, originality and imagination.

Column writing. Each writer submits three columns written during a three-month period. Limit one entry per writer (One entry consists of three columns).

Sports news story. Coverage of a sports event or issue published in one edition of a newspaper. Packages must be limited to five pieces.

Sports column. Each writer submits three columns written during a three-month period. Can include outdoor columns. Limit one entry per writer (One entry consists of three columns).

Sports feature story. With or without photos. Emphasis on writing. Judged on quality, origi- nality and imagination.

Outdoors/Environmental reporting. Recognizing expertise in coverage of outdoor issues, including wildlife and environmental matters. Each entry must contain three stories having to do with outdoor or environmental concerns, although they need not address the same topic. Examples: Hunting regulations, wildlife health issues, the impact of development on the environment and environmental rule changes by government agencies. Judging will focus on grasp of subject matter, quality of writing, edu- cational value to the reader and overall relevance. Limit one entry package (consists of three stories) per writer.

Education reporting. Recognizing expertise in the coverage of educational issues at every level - from local schools to the impacts of federal programs. Each entry must contain three stories hav- ing to do with education issues, although they need not address the same topic. Examples: Trends in test scoring, programs to combat bullying or drug use, state education funding debates. Judging will focus on grasp of subject matter, quality of writing, educational value to the reader and overall relevance. Limit one entry package (consists of three stories) per writer.

Business/Energy reporting. Recognizing expertise in the coverage of business issues, includ- ing energy matters, the driving component in Wyoming’s economy. Each entry must contain three stories addressing business and/or energy although they need not address the same topic. Examples: New busi- ness features, energy production developments, conflicts over energy production techniques. Judging will focus on grasp of subject matter, quality of writing, educational value to the reader and overall relevance. Limit one entry package (consists of three stories) per writer.

Agriculture reporting. Recognizing expertise in the coverage of agriculture. Each entry must contain three stories addressing agriculture, although each story does not need to cover the same topic. Examples: crop outlooks, producer features, local effects of federal programs. Judging will focus on grasp of subject matter, quality of writing, educational value to the reader and overall relevance. Limit one entry package (consists of three stories) per writer.

Arts/Entertainment/Culture reporting. Recognizing expertise in the areas of art, entertain- ment and popular culture. Each entry must contain three stories addressing the issues, although each story does not need to cover the same topic. Examples: Movie reviews, advance stories on upcoming events, stories regarding popular trends. Judging will focus on grasp of subject matter, quality of writing, edu- cational value to the reader and overall relevance. Limit one entry package (consists of three stories) per writer.

Obituary writing. Recognizing the art of writing an obituary. Each entry will consist of one obituary. Judging will focus on how well the writer conveys the personality of the subject to the reader, with an emphasis given to the quality of writing. Limit one entry per writer.

Miscellaneous specialty reporting. Recognizing expertise in reporting on a particular subject not covered in categories 11-16. Entries MUST contain three stories on a single subject. Judging will focus on grasp of subject matter, quality of writing, educational value to the reader and overall relevance. Limit one entry package (consists of three stories on a single topic) per writer.

Headline writing. Each entry will consist of three full copies - one each from the same dates selected for entries for major awards (Week beginning March 18 and ending March 24, 2018; week be- ginning Aug. 26 and ending Sept. 1, 2018, and a date selected by the newspaper). Each newspaper’s entry will be judged as a whole. Judging will focus on accuracy, creativity, impact and originality. Limit one entry per newspaper. Submit the full issues electronically.

Special section or supplement. Submit one complete copy of the supplement. Consideration will be given to the excellence and depth of editorial material, the use of pertinent local photographs and illustrative material, and the originality of both the idea and the presentation. Entries will score extra points for skillful handling of tie-in advertising. Limit of three per paper.

Use of graphic elements. Creative combination of local art, color and other graphic elements to illustrate a story or concept. Judging will be based on creativity, impact, originality and effective use of color. All artwork must be locally produced. Do not submit agency or ad service artwork.

Information graphic. Emphasizes most creative combination of artwork and information in a single package. This is a category for charts, maps, infographics, mega-graphics, etc. Graphic can accom- pany a story, but must convey enough information that it could stand alone. Must be locally generated.

Front page design. One entry will consist of three front pages -- one date selected by the WPA (week beginning Jan. 21 and ending Jan. 27, 2018) and two dates selected by the newspaper. Judging will focus on overall appearance and content of front page, including use of photos and graphics, headlines, selection of fonts and newsworthiness. Entries may not be submitted in “Open page design” category. Limit one entry per newspaper.

Open page design. Recognizes the best designed editorial display - any open pages or section fronts, sports, lifestyles, business, entertainment, etc. Entries can consist of a single page or double truck.

Small ad. Ad must be less than 30 column inches. It should demonstrate creativity in design, illustration, photography, copy or typography. The ad must be produced by local newspaper ad staff.

Institutional ad. Idea, rather than merchandise, is sold. Entries will consist of one ad promot- ing one idea. Must be locally prepared. House ad promoting newspaper is not eligible.

Merchandise ad. Must be locally prepared.

House ad. Promoting your newspaper. Must be locally prepared. Job shop ads are not eligible.

Use of color in ad. Must be locally prepared. Cannot be entered in best designed advertisement category.

Best designed ad. Emphasizes any kind of locally generated advertisement that succeeds in grabbing attention through its design and typography. Cannot be entered in use of color in ad category. One ad cannot be entered in contests over multiple years.

Best brand promotion using social media. Honors outstanding use of social media to promote a newspaper brand. Entries should consist of up to five screen shots showing the newspaper’s use of its social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) to promote its digital or printed product.

Best promotion of a story using social media. Honors the use of social media to promote a newspaper story or product. Entries should consist of up to five screen shots showing how the newspaper used its social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) to promote a story or project.

Public Service Award. This award seeks to honor efforts by Wyoming newspapers to serve the public good. Work that demonstrates evidence of positive change that has benefited the public or its insti- tutions will be given strong consideration. The entry may be a single article or a series, and, in addition to the primary print coverage, can include sidebars, graphics, online work, commentary and editorials. Please include letter explaining the project.

Freedom of Information Award. Awarded to the newspaper that goes out of its way to impress upon its readers the importance of government transparency and press freedoms or seeks to educate them about those freedoms. Each entry will consist of up to five of the newspaper’s projects aimed at promoting freedom of information – i.e. a public records survey, stories on the rights of readers to access informa- tion, court battles for information to be published. A letter of explanation may be included.

Best web site. Honors best on-line presentation of Wyoming newspapers. Judges will look at newspapers’ entire web site, with an eye toward quality of editorial content, the site’s design, ease of navigation, level of user friendliness and usefulness to readers. Quantity and quality of web advertising will be considered. To enter, submit the web address and any password that may be needed for full access. Judges will visit web page on a random day.

Best web page. Honors best page within a web site, i.e. sports, opinion, news. Each page will be judged according to the quality of editorial content, design and usefulness to readers. Entry will consist of one page.

Plus business advertising idea. Submit copies of the newspaper or tear sheets showing a novel or unusual idea. This may be a single advertisement, a series, a campaign, a special page, or any other uni- fied idea. Preferential consideration will be given to specially prepared campaigns or ads with an original theme. Entrant should attach a statement of 250 words or less to describe the effectiveness of the idea.

 

PHOTO AWARDS

LIMIT

Up to five photos per category, with a total of 45 photos per newspaper. Each entry (except for cat- egory 9 ) will consist of one photographlf multiple images are sent, the entry will be disqualified. Both black/white and color photos are acceptable, but will be judged together. Entry fee of $5 per photo.

REQUIREMENTS

Photos will be judged from electronic tear sheets only. Submit an entire tear sheet with photo clearly identified. Failure to clearly identify entry will disqualify entry.

CATEGORIES

Spot News. Photo of events for which no advance planning is possible. Photo is to be taken during or immediately after a breaking news event. Picture should tell the story of the event.

General News. Photo of events for which advance planning is possible. Timeliness and news- worthiness are to be considered. Photo to be taken during, or immediately after, a news event. Picture should tell the story of the event.

Feature. Elements are human interest, unusual effectiveness and reader appeal.

Sports Action. Sports-related events such as game action or emotional responses to wins/losses for which no advance planning is possible.

Sports Feature. Sports-related events or subjects for which advance preparation is possible, such as photos of athletes preparing for an event or portraits of athletes, etc.

Scenic. Composition, contrast, tone, mood and other rules of art apply. Human and animal sub- jects, if any, should be only part of the scenery and composition, not the focus.

Wildlife. Photos of animals in their natural setting.

Portrait/personality. An individual must be the focal point in this category. Face, body, dress and setting are possible elements of a portrait. Regardless, the viewer should be able to tell from the pho- tograph what the person is like and why the subject was photographed.

Photo story. Single subject, told through multiple photos, either with or without copy. Judged on quality, originality and imagination, photo technical quality and reproduction. Emphasis on photos, not copy.

Best use of photographs. Recognizes publications that practice and promote high-quality pho- tojournalism by providing the best methods of display for their photographs. Competing newspapers will submit three newspaper dates for judging - the same dates as those selected for the “Major Awards” com- petitions: Week beginning Feb. 12 and ending Feb. 18, 2017; week beginning July 2 and ending July 8, 2017 and a date selected by the newspaper. Judges will select winners for each circulation category based on space given to photographs, thought given to placement, photo cropping and editing, consistently good display space and proper attention to reproduction. Submit full issues electronically.


♦ SWEEPSTAKES PHOTOS for both weeklies and dailies will be chosen from the above first-place winners.

♦ THE WYOMING PRESS ASSOCIATION PHOTO OF THE YEAR will be chosen from the three Sweepstakes photos.

 

 

DIVISIONS OF COMPETITION

(Circulation according to 2017 WPA rate and data directory)

  

SMALL WEEKLIES

Basin Republican-Rustler

Dubois Frontier

Glenrock Independent

Greybull Standard

Guernsey Gazette

(Hulett) Wyoming Pioneer

Kemmerer Gazette

Lingle Guide

Lovell Chronicle

Lusk Herald

(Lyman) Bridger Valley Pioneer

Moorcroft Leader

Newcastle News Letter Journal

Pine Bluffs Post

(Pinedale) Sublette Examiner

Pinedale Roundup

Saratoga Sun

Shoshoni Pioneer

Sundance Times

Thermopolis Independent Record

Torrington Telegram

(Upton) Weston County Gazette

(Wheatland) Platte County Record-Times

Wind River News

(Wright) High Plains Sentinel


LARGE WEEKLIES

(Afton) Star Valley Independent

Buffalo Bulletin

Cody Enterprise

Douglas Budget

(Evanston) Uinta County Herald

Green River Star

Jackson Hole News&Guide

Lander Journal

Powell Tribune

DAILIES

Casper Star-Tribune

(Cheyenne) Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Gillette News-Record

Laramie Boomerang

Rawlins Times

The (Riverton) Ranger

(Rock Springs) Rocket-Miner

The Sheridan Press

(Worland) Northern Wyoming Daily News