The call for the Excellence in Journalism contest has been extended through Feb. 22 at 11:59 p.m.
All prizes are awarded during a luncheon at the Pennsylvania Press Conference in May.
One entry only in every category unless otherwise indicated.
Class 1. General News Story Straight, factual report of current news; no feature-type material to be included. No in-depth reports. Sidebars permitted.
Class 2. Sports Story Feature or news. No series. Sidebars permitted.
Class 3. Lifestyles story Restricted to food, fashion, home decorating, gardening. No social issues permitted. Sidebars permitted.
Class 4. Feature or News Feature Story Sidebars permitted.
Class 5. Editorials/Political commentary Three articles to be submitted as one body of work.
Class 6. Columns On any topic other than politics. Must appear on a regular basis (daily, weekly, biweekly). Logos permitted. Three columns required.
Class 7. Business or consumer story Feature or news. Sidebars permitted.
Class 8. Series Must be identified as a series. Not eligible are stories written on the same subject as news develops, regular weekly features or profiles. Sidebars permitted.
Class 9. Interviews and profiles No question-and-answer format. Sidebars permitted.
Class 10. Page Design Submit any combination of full pages, with or without ads. Four to six pages will be judged as one body of work.
Class 11. Enterprise or Investigative Report A single story with background, investigative or comprehensive reporting reflecting research and knowledge of subject matter. Sidebars permitted. No series.
Class 12. Health or Science story Sidebars permitted.
Class 13. Education story Feature or News. Sidebars permitted.
Class 14. Travel, arts and entertainment Reviews, stories, profiles, interviews. Sidebars permitted.
Class 15. Headline writing Feature or news. Enter three as one body of work. Include stories.
Class 16. Photography
News, feature photos — maximum of five, from a single assignment or multiple assignments.
Sports photos — maximum of five, from a single assignment or multiple assignments.
Class 17. Multimedia projects One project can include many components: graphics, video, photos, audio, plus text posted on a newspaper website and linked to a published story. Submit a time stamped hard copy and an active website or URL address.
Class 18. Religion story Feature or news. Sidebars permitted.
Class 19. Outdoors/Environmental story Feature or News. Sidebars permitted.
Class 20. Rookie Reporter Any three stories written by a reporter who completed three years or less of reporting experience, post-college, in 2011. Any of the three stories may be submitted in one other category. Sidebars permitted.
Out-of-state judges will be recruited to evaluate the entries, with the following point system: 5 points for first place; 3 points for second place; 2 points for third place and 1 point for honorable mention.
All winners in each category will receive certificates at the PWPA annual awards luncheon on May 18 at the Hilton Harrisburg. The entrant with the most points over 10 will be recognized with a Journalist of the Year plaque and a $250 cash award. In case of a tie, duplicate prizes will be awarded. If no one has 10 points, there will be no top winner.
Members of the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association must pay $10 for one entry, $20 for two entries, and $25 for three or more entries. If the member did not attend a meeting in 2012, they must pay an additional $25. For those who are not members of the association, you may enter unlimited entries for $60.