Pennsylvania Women's Press Association

Contest Categories

Complete rules and entry information are available here: www.pwpa.us/contest.

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: Opinion This is a combined category for Columns and Editorials. Please submit three published columns/editorials.

Class 6: Business or Consumer story Feature or news. Sidebars permitted.

Class 7: 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 8: Interviews and Profiles No question-and-answer format. Sidebars permitted.

Class 9: 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 10: 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 11: Health or Science story Sidebars permitted.

Class 12: Education story Feature or News. Sidebars permitted.

Class 13: Travel, Arts and Entertainment Reviews, stories, profiles, interviews. Sidebars permitted.

Class 14: Headline Writing Feature or news. Enter three as one body of work. Include stories.

Class 15: Photography
   15a: News or Feature Photography Maximum of five, from a single assignment or multiple assignments.
   15b: Sports Photography Maximum of five, from a single assignment or multiple assignments.

Class 16: Video Project Submission should include a link to a video that was created as either a supplement to a story or an individual video project. Please submit just the link to the video.

Class 17: Multimedia Project One project can include many components: graphics, video, photos, audio, plus text posted on a newspaper website and linked to a published story. Video-only projects should be submitted in Class 16 only.

Class 18: Religion story Feature or news. Sidebars permitted.

Class 19: Outdoors or 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, the previous year. Any of the three stories may be submitted in one other category. Sidebars permitted.

Class 21: Student Reporter Any three stories written and published by a reporter enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or university, public or private, in the previous year. Sidebars permitted.

Complete rules and entry information are available here: www.pwpa.us/contest.



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