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/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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