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Criteria for NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards 

Business Journalist: This category includes both news and features, as both abound in all kinds of newspapers.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Business Story. This is for an exclusive story, embodying the best professional standards, about any aspect of business – including stories about unreported major business developments, the fortunes of significant companies, mergers and acquisitions, links between politics and business etc. –  whose significance and importance is readily recognizable by a writer’s peers as well as by the general public in this highly competitive field.

Columnist (Broadsheet): This category covers opinion writing and other columnists whose work is addressed to a broadsheet readership. It is therefore not confined to political columnists, but can include any category not catered for specifically by other categories: lifestyle, environment, health, consumer advice, agony aunts, etc. the award is for the columnist whose writing is considered the most powerful and impactful.

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Columnist (Popular). This category also covers opinion writing in all its forms but is stylistically addressed to the readership of a popular mass circulation newspaper. It can include any category not catered for specifically by other categories: lifestyle, environment, health, consumer advice, agony aunts, etc.  the award should simply be for the columnist whose writing is considered the most powerful and impactful.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Crime Journalist: This category includes both news and features, and is open to both staff journalists and free-lances. As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Crime Story: This is an exclusive story, which will be judged not only on its exclusive quality but on its general significance in the context of the interest in crime among readers and policy-makers generally. A picture story, or a story written around and dependent on an exclusive picture, may be considered as valid as a story with no pictorial element.

Critic: This category is designed for journalists who write about film, books, food, entertainment, art, dance – the arts in general.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Digital Innovation:  While all the other awards are in effect open to journalists who work across the various platforms on which newspapers now publish their content, this award is designed to mark significant achievement by the editorial and technical staff who have combined to generate the most effective, user-friendly and informative content, whether that content is on-line only or appears across multiple platforms, including that newspaper’s social media platform. Please submit up to three PDF to include all relevant information on your entry.  Please also include the URL for the route you would prefer judges to follow to access the digital content you wish to enter.  A publication can make more than one entry in this category.

Features (Broadsheet): This category is designed primarily for articles other than news reports or columns which give broadsheet readers insights into and information about topics, themes, personalities or trends that are significant for other reasons and are appropriate to this particular readership in style and substance. It is also for articles that offer descriptive writing of a high order which therefore contribute significant added value for the reader.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Features (Popular): This category is designed primarily for articles other than news reports or columns which give readers of mass circulation popular newspapers insights into and information about topics, themes, personalities or trends that are significant for other reasons and are appropriate to this particular readership in style and substance. It is also for articles that offer descriptive writing of a high order which therefore contribute significant added value for the reader.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Foreign coverage. This category is for news or feature articles about events, people or developments abroad generated primarily or exclusively for the title in which they appear, and can be either by staff writers, by free-lance contributors, or by teams of writers covering significant events or news stories abroad.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Front Page: This is fundamentally a design category for a page as a whole, i.e. not just a headline, which is catered for in another category.  A maximum of six front page entries per title can be entered.

Headline: This is self-explanatory: the key is impact – the kind of headline that evokes the “must-read” reaction.  It does not need to be a main page headline.  A maximum of six headline entries per title can be entered.

Investigative journalism. This is for an individual or team-based article or series which provides in-depth and previously unpublished information about a political, economic or social issue of demonstrable public interest and value.

Please save all relevant pieces/articles relating to your entry into one PDF as the entry mechanism in this category only allows one PDF to be uploaded.

As long as the first piece in your entry was published within the eligibility period, and prior to the 30th of June 2016 deadline, you can include additional pieces published after the deadline as part of your entry.

Journalist of the Year. The prize-winner in this category will be chosen by the judges from among the individual prize-winners in any of the other categories forming part of the competition. The winner will be entitled both to their individual award and to this overall award.

News Analysis: This category differs from the ordinary Features category in that it provides in-depth analysis demonstrating considerable additional work by the journalist(s) concerned, and adds significantly to the readers’ knowledge and understanding of events and issues. It can include significant elements of data analysis.

Political journalist: The nature and scope of this category is self-evident. As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Political Story. This is for an exclusive story, embodying the best professional standards, about politics – including stories about unexpected or unknown political developments, the unanticipated outcomes of political decisions, and significant changes in political organisations or alignments – whose significance and importance is readily recognizable by a writer’s peers as well as by the general public in this highly competitive field. A picture story, or a story written around and dependent on an exclusive picture, may be considered as valid as a story with no pictorial element.

Showbiz Journalist: The nature and scope of this category is self-evident.   As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Showbiz story. This is for an exclusive story, embodying the best professional standards, about showbiz whose significance and importance is readily recognizable by a writer’s peers as well as by the general public in this highly competitive field.  A picture story, or a story written around and dependent on an exclusive picture, may be considered as valid as a story with no pictorial element.

News Reporter: This category is designed for news reporting in the widest sense: it can include specialist as well as general journalists other than those specifically catered for by other categories. As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

Scoop: Journalists entering in any of the other news or news-related specialist categories can enter any of their articles for judging in this category – but not more than one article from any other category. In the event of no stand-out winner being obviously apparent, regard will be had to the journalistic obtaining and standing up the scoop.

Sports Story: This category is designed for single article entries, which can be either news or features.

Sports Writer: This category will be judged on the basis of up to three articles from any entrant, giving the overall flavour of the best work of the entrant in the period covered by the awards.

Young: The age criteria for this category is that the journalists concerned should be under 28 on 30 June 2016.  As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.