Digital

Sponsored by Google News Initiative

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE digital story that appeared in 2020 on a New Zealand-based website.
    2. News organisations may enter this category FIVE times with different stories.
    3. Entrants must submit ONE URL only per entry.
    4. Innovation could include new formats for consumption, clever use of technology and techniques to hold readers’/viewers’ attention, data journalism and animated/moving graphics.
    5. Judges will be looking for new and innovative methods of storytelling and audience engagement, without losing sight of the more “traditional” skills of getting and telling a good story accurately and well.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 400 words giving background to each entry. Your statement is an important component of the entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why this digital story deserves to win over another equally good entry. Please include names of all those involved in the production of the digital story, and their roles within the contact information box.
    7. The same story may be entered in either a feature category OR a reporting category, if written by a single entrant. It can also be entered into Best investigation (if researched and written by a single journalist) and Best breaking news video (if written by a single journalist).
    8. Where more than one journalist is involved, it may be entered in Best team investigation.
    9. The story may also be included (by a single entrant) in portfolios for:
      • Junior Feature writer of the Year
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (long or short-form)
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • TV/video broadcast categories (can be a team entry).
Judging criteriaWeighting
Effective use of multimedia production techniques such as text, videos/animated explainers, audio, data, images, graphics and good design to tell a story and drive audience engagement60%
Newsworthiness/exclusivity/originality/agenda setting40%
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, digital and broadcast media organisations.
    2. Entrants must submit podcasts that were published in 2020.
    3. A podcast series can be entered into only one podcast category – not both.
    4. Entrants may submit a maximum of THREE standalone episodes from a podcast series that explores a consistent theme/subject or comprises a consistent strand. This could be a limited season, or an ongoing series. You may use your statement of support to explain the theme.
    5. Entry must be from an accredited media organisation and contain editorial content.
    6. Media organisations may enter the Best podcast award a maximum of FOUR Choose your best.
    7. The submitted podcast(s) must be in a form that was released to the audience, not edited to create a “highlight” entry.
    8. Entrants must include details of when and where the podcasts were published (compulsory).
    9. Each episode may be uploaded as a single, clearly-named MP3 (or WAV) OR as a URL link to a website. You should also supply URL links for each episode in your statement of support, both to Apple Podcasts and to an Android podcast app such as Stitcher or Spotify.
    10. Non-podcast audio should not be included.
    11. Entries should be in English. Podcasts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a full transcript in English, attached as a pdf.
    12. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 500 words giving background to the entry. Include details of audience size/engagement, impact the podcasts had, and any changes as a result.
    13. Podcasts entered to this award can also be entered into:
    • Best individual investigation
    • Best team investigation
    • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Absorbing, informative and coherently structured storytelling 50%
Audience engagement/impact 20%
Production quality (eg editing, sound, music, narration)20%
Exclusivity and originality of material 10%
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Entry criteria
  1. This category is open to print-based, digital and broadcast media organisations.
  2. Entrants must submit podcasts that were published in 2020.
  3. A podcast series can be entered into only one podcast category – not both.
  4. Entrants may submit a maximum of THREE episodes from a narrative/serial podcast* that tells a specific story across a number of episodes.

*Entrants must submit the FIRST podcast in the series, plus up to TWO additional eps. Please use your statement of support to explain the rest of the series. 

  1. Entry must be from an accredited media organisation and contain editorial content.
  2. Media organisations may enter the Best podcast award a maximum of FOUR Choose your best.
  3. The submitted podcast(s) must be in a form that was released to the audience, not edited to create a “highlight” entry.
  4. Entrants must include details of when and where the podcasts were published (compulsory).
  5. Each episode may be uploaded as a single, clearly-named MP3 (or WAV) OR as a URL link to a website. You should also supply URL links for each episode in your statement of support, both to Apple Podcasts and to an Android podcast app such as Stitcher or Spotify.
  6. Non-podcast audio should not be included.
  7. Entries should be in English. Podcasts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a full transcript in English, attached as a pdf.
  8. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 500 words giving background to the entry. Include details of audience size/engagement, impact the podcasts had, and any changes as a result.
  9. Podcasts entered to this award can also be entered into:
  • Best individual investigation
  • Best team investigation
  • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
Judging criteria
Weighting
Absorbing, informative and coherently structured storytelling 50%
Audience engagement/impact 20%
Production quality (eg editing, sound, music, narration) 20%
Exclusivity and originality of material 10%

Sponsored by Huawei

Entry criteria
    1. This award is open to New Zealand-based news apps.
    2. Entrants must submit ONE app only.
    3. The site will be judged on a combination of achievements across 2020 and a live week during March 2021. The March dates will not be announced but they will be common to all entries.
    4. Judges will be looking for examples of great journalism, including coverage of breaking news and major events, investigative journalism, exclusive stories, campaigns and series during the year, how the app has developed, innovation, use of social media, audience growth and accessibility.
    5. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 900 words which can be attached as a pdf and must contain no more than 12 links. Please adhere strictly to the word length.
    6. Please note: If your app has a paywall, or some content behind a paywall, judges will need to be given temporary access. Please email the Awards Coordinator at melanie.weeks@npa.co.nz with instructions or password for access.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Live judging of content during March 2020: dominance of the news space, consistent and speedy delivery of breaking news, original/exclusive stories, and follow-ups. The app’s own content will have a value premium over aggregated or syndicated content35%
Great journalism, including coverage of major events and breaking news, investigative journalism, exclusive stories, campaigns and series35%
Evidence of audience growth during 2020 and innovative ways to engage the audience20%
Design and accessibility, including ease of navigation via mobile10%
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Sponsored by Voyager Internet

Entry criteria
    1. This award is open to New Zealand-based websites. Note: commercial websites without editorial content do not qualify.
    2. Entrants must submit ONE URL only.
    3. The site will be judged on a combination of achievements across 2020 and a live week during March 2021. The March dates will not be announced but they will be common to all entries.
    4. The website should have a predominance of locally generated editorial content which may include news, current affairs, investigative journalism, data journalism, opinion and reviews, illustrations – including photographs, video, graphics and cartoons – features, entertainment, lifestyle, sport, business and politics. Original content will have a value premium over aggregated or syndicated content.
    5. Judges will be looking for examples of great journalism, including coverage of breaking news and major events, investigative journalism, exclusive stories, campaigns and series during the year, breadth of content to suit a wide audience, how the website has developed, innovation, exclusivity, use of social media, audience growth and accessibility.
    6. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 900 words which can be attached as a pdf and must contain no more than 12 links. Please adhere strictly to the word length.
    7. Please note: If your website has a paywall, or some content behind a paywall, judges will need to be given temporary access. Please email the Awards Coordinator at melanie.weeks@npa.co.nz with instructions or password for access.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Live judging of content during March 2021: dominance of the news space, consistent and speedy delivery of breaking news, original/exclusive stories, and follow-ups. The site’s own content will have a value premium over aggregated or syndicated content35%
Great journalism, including coverage of breaking news and major events, investigative journalism, exclusive stories, campaigns and series.35%
Evidence of audience growth during 2020 and innovative ways to engage the audience20%
Design and accessibility, including ease of navigation via desktop and mobile10%
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Feature Writing

  • general
  • crime and justice
  • social issues, including health and education
Entry criteria
    1. These are written-only categories.
    2. Entrants must submit ONE feature to a specialist feature award published in a New Zealand magazine, newspaper, newspaper-inserted magazine or website (including radio or television), during 2020. Please note: a feature is NOT a long news story. Your entry could be set aside by the judges. Check with your editor if you are unsure.
    3. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 200 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your story deserves to win over another equally good entry.
    4. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    5. Features entered into one specialist feature award (general; crime and justice; social issues) may not be entered into another specialist feature writing or specialist reporting award. However, specialist features may be included as part of a portfolio for:
      • Feature Writer of the Year (short-form or long-form)
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Writing excellence and/or compelling storytelling45%
Topicality, exclusivity, agenda setting35%
Initiative, originality20%
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Entry criteria
  1. This is a written-only category.
  2. Entrants must submit ONE feature article published in a New Zealand newspaper, newspaper magazine, magazine or website during 2020.
  3. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your story deserves to win over another equally good entry.
  4. Include details of the idea behind the essay, contacts/sources used, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in and the story’s impact.
  5. Work entered in this category may NOT be submitted to another feature-writing specialist category (general; crime and justice; social issues). It may be included in a portfolio for:
  • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
  • Feature Writer of the Year (short or long-form)
  • Business Journalist of the Year
  • Community Journalist of the Year
  • Political Journalist of the Year
  • Regional Journalist of the Year
  • Science Journalist of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Student Journalist of the Year
Judging criteria Weighting
Writing excellence, compelling storytelling 60%
Relevance 20%
Initiative, originality 20%
Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Junior entrants must have been employed within the industry for three years or less at the time of publication OR be aged 26 or under (or both).
    2. Entrants must submit THREE feature articles published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include work published in a newspaper, newspaper-inserted magazine, magazine and/or website. Please note: a feature is NOT a long news story. Your entry could be set aside by the judges. Check with your editor if you are unsure. 
    3. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 200 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your story deserves to win over another equally good entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    4. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken for two separate entries. This could be a two-part story, or two parts from a specific series. Follow-up articles to an original story do not qualify as a two-part submission.
    5. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    6. Material from this portfolio may also be entered into:
      • One of the feature writing specialist awards (general; crime and justice; social issues)
      • Feature Writer of the Year (short or long-form)
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Writing excellence and/or compelling storytelling35%
Topicality, exclusivity, agenda setting35%
Initiative, originality30%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category.
    2. Entrants must submit THREE feature articles published in a New Zealand newspaper, newspaper-inserted magazine, magazine and/or website during 2020. Please note: a feature is NOT a long news story. Your entry could be set aside by the judges. Check with your editor if you are unsure.
    3. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your stories deserve to win over another equally good entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    4. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken for two separate entries.
    5. This could be a two-part story, or two parts from a specific series. Follow-up articles to an original story do not qualify as a two-part submission.
    6. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    7. Material from this portfolio may also be included in:
      • One of the feature writing specialist categories (general; crime and justice; social issues)
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Best individual investigation
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Writing excellence and/or compelling storytelling45%
Topicality, exclusivity, agenda setting35%
Initiative, originality30%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category.
    2. Entrants must submit THREE feature articles published in a New Zealand newspaper, newspaper-inserted magazine, magazine and/or website during 2020. Please note: a feature is NOT a long news story. Your entry could be set aside by the judges. Check with your editor if you are unsure.
    3. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your stories deserve to win over another equally good entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    4. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken for two separate entries.
    5. This could be a two-part story, or two parts from a specific series. Follow-up articles to an original story do not qualify as a two-part submission.
    6. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    7. Material from this portfolio may also be included in:
      • One of the feature writing specialist categories (general; crime and justice; social issues)
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Best individual investigation
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Writing excellence and/or compelling storytelling45%
Topicality, exclusivity, agenda setting35%
Initiative, originality30%
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General

Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast artists, either as an individual or team entry.
    2. Please include a list of all members of the team, including yourself, and their roles.
    3. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE items of digital or print artwork/graphics, or interactive/motion graphics, or a combination, published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or artwork/graphics that have appeared on television during 2020.
    4. Entrants must include a URL link/pdf/screenshot of the associated story the artwork/graphic accompanied to give context (compulsory). This should be included in the statement of support. If the artwork/graphic was a standalone piece of work, please note that in your entry.
    5. Entrants must include details of when and where the artwork/graphic was published (compulsory).
    6. Artwork/graphics should be ai, eps, jpeg, jpg or gif format.
    7. Interactive/motion graphics can be uploaded as a URL link or in m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or mov format.
    8. If the entry is behind a paywall please email melanie.weeks@npa.co.nz so access for the judges can be arranged.
    9. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving background to the entry (optional).
Judging criteriaWeighting
Clarity/easy to follow and understand quickly50%
Impact/attracts attention30%
Aesthetic appeal/use of typography, colour and illustrations20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE sample of their work in the form of a headline (including digital index headings) published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or a tweet or social media post published online in 2020.
    2. Entrants must include details of when and where the work was published, which headline on a page is to be judged, and a URL link/pdf/screenshot of the associated story or photograph to give context (compulsory).
    3. This category is open to journalists, sub editors, editors and digital content producers.
    4. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 100 words giving background to the entry (optional).

Judging criteriaWeighting
Impact/grabs attention50%
Delivers key message of the story25%
Originality/clever use of words25%

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Entry criteria
    1. TThis is a written-only category. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE examples of their work published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include print and digital writing, including individual columns, editorials and blogs or a combination, published in newspapers, magazines and/or websites.
    2. Entrants must include details of when and where the columns were published (compulsory).
    3. Columns may be uploaded as a pdf or URL link.
    4. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words, giving relevant background to the entry (optional).
    5. Entries to Best columnist – business may NOT be entered into another best columnist specialist award.
    6. Work entered in this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for:
    • Business Journalist of the Year
    • Community Journalist of the Year
    • Political Journalist of the Year
    • Regional Journalist of the Year
    • Science Journalist of the Year
    • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Ability to engage, inform and/or entertain the audience40%
Writing excellence30%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed30%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE examples of their work published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include print and digital writing, including individual columns, editorials and blogs or a combination, published in newspapers, magazines and/or websites.
    2. Entrants must include details of when and where the columns were published (compulsory).
    3. Columns may be uploaded as a pdf or URL link.
    4. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words, giving relevant background to the entry (optional).
    5. Entries to Best columnist – general may NOT be entered into another best columnist specialist award.
    6. Work entered in this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for:
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Ability to engage, inform and/or entertain the audience40%
Writing excellence30%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed30%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE examples of their work published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include print and digital writing, including individual columns, editorials and blogs or a combination, published in newspapers, magazines and/or websites.
    2. Entrants must include details of when and where the columns were published (compulsory).
    3. Columns may be uploaded as a pdf or URL link.
    4. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words, giving relevant background to the entry (optional).
    5. Entries to Best columnist – politics may NOT be entered into another best columnist specialist award.
    6. Work entered in this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for:
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Ability to engage, inform and/or entertain the audience40%
Writing excellence30%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed30%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE examples of their work published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include print and digital writing, including individual columns, editorials and blogs or a combination, published in newspapers, magazines and/or websites.
    2. Entrants must include details of when and where the columns were published (compulsory).
    3. Columns may be uploaded as a pdf or URL link.
    4. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words, giving relevant background to the entry (optional).
    5. Entries to Best columnist – politics may NOT be entered into another best columnist specialist award.
    6. Work entered in this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for:
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Ability to engage, inform and/or entertain the audience40%
Writing excellence30%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed30%
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Chosen from specialty ‘Best Columnist’ award winners and announced in May 2021.

Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast cartoonists.
    2. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FIVE cartoons, published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or that have appeared on television, during 2020. The entry may include caricatures.
    3. If the cartoon accompanied a story, entrants must include a URL link/pdf/screenshot of the associated story to give context.
    4. Entrants must provide a title, and include details of where the cartoon was published and the date (compulsory).
    5. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 200 words, giving background to the cartoon (optional).
    6. Cartoons should be submitted in jpg, jpeg, pdf or gif format.

The winner will receive the Sir Gordon Minhinnick trophy.

Judging criteriaWeighting
Originality/cleverness of idea or message40%
Humour (in its widest definition, i.e. black or bleak, wryness, irony, satire)40%
Penmanship/artistic skill20%
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Entry criteria
  1. This is a written-only Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR examples of their work published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include print and digital opinion writing, including individual columns, editorials and blogs or a combination, published in newspapers, magazines and/or websites.
  2. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words, giving relevant background to the entry.
  3. Work entered in this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for:
  • Business Journalist of the Year
  • Community Journalist of the Year
  • Political Journalist of the Year
  • Regional Journalist of the Year
  • Science Journalist of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Student Journalist of the Year
Judging criteria
Weighting
Ability to engage, inform and/or entertain the audience 40%
Writing excellence 30%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed 30%
Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast reviewers.
    2. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR reviews on any subject published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television during 2020.
    3. Reviews must be a critical analysis of the subject matter – be it a book, movie, production, TV programme, restaurant or art.
    4. Entrants must include details of when and where the reviews were published or broadcast (compulsory).
    5. Reviews may be uploaded as a pdf or URL link.
    6. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 200 words giving background to the entry (optional).
Judging criteriaWeighting
Ability to engage and inform the reader/listener40%
Excellence in writing and/or delivery to the audience; connection to the reader/listener40%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed20%
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Sponsored by ASB

This award is to recognise dynamic and innovative leadership at a senior level in journalism and the media.

The winner will receive the ASB Editorial Executive of the Year cup.

Entry criteria
    1. Nominations for this award must be made by a senior supervisor or manager but the entry submission itself may be written by the candidate.
    2. In the case of a smaller or owner-operated organisation, applicants may be nominated by a co-owner or a senior staff member.
    3. The candidate must have been employed in a leadership role by a New Zealand-based media organisation during 2020. Publishers or broadcasters may nominate up to three
    4. Organisations with an employee base of more than 500 may nominate up to five In the case of multiple candidates, separate entries will need to submitted.
    5. Nominees may write or co-write their own entry statements of up to 500 words. Details could include efforts to create a new product or products; work to rejuvenate a struggling product or increase readership/viewers/listeners; efforts to bring about change or achieve a vision; work to build a cohesive team; examples of going the extra mile to achieve a common goal; work to foster journalism and build audiences across multiple platforms; leadership that benefited colleagues, peers and other staff. Please spell out what has been achieved and how this has made a difference.
    6. Supporting statements should include specific examples of how some or all of the above were achieved.
    7. The nominee’s entry statement should be accompanied by a letter of support from a supervisor or manager, or in the case of smaller organisations a co-owner or a senior staff member. This letter should confirm the contents of the entry submission and outline the candidate’s leadership achievements in 2020, how this benefited staff or his/her division, the company and its objectives, the audience and any other stakeholders. The letter of support should be no more than 400 words.
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This scholarship is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. The winner will be entitled to a health journalism scholarship to a maximum value of NZ$4,000 (excl gst) funded by nib New Zealand. This can be applied to travel, accommodation and/or other legitimate costs associated with the research, writing and/or producing the health-related stories.

Entry criteria

  1. To qualify, entrants must be aged 26 or under or, if older, have no more than three years’ experience (which does not include time studying journalism at a tertiary institution) on a New Zealand newspaper, magazine, credible website, television or radio.
  1. Entrants must be a journalist employed full-time or part-time by, or as a regular contributor to a daily, weekend, weekly or community newspaper (or its website); NZ-based news agency or service; magazine published weekly, monthly or at least three times a year (or its website); NZ-based news or health-oriented website, television or radio.
  1. The winner may be required to attend a post-award meeting with nib to discuss the proposal and receive the scholarship money.
  2. The winner will be required to provide receipts of all scholarship-related expenses to nib.
  3. Stories entered in this portfolio can also be entered into one specialist feature-writing or reporting category.
  4. Work entered as part of the nib scholarship portfolio may also be entered into:
  • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
  • Best reporting – Māori affairs
  • Junior Reporter of the Year
  • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
  • Business Journalist of the Year
  • Community Journalist of the Year
  • Feature Writer of the Year (short and long-form)
  • Political Journalist of the Year
  • Regional Journalist of the Year
  • Reporter of the Year
  • Science Journalist of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Student Journalist of the Year
  • Video awards where appropriate

Judging

Applications will be considered by a panel of judges selected by the NPA. If considered necessary, the panel will contact applicants for further information during the selection process.

Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force www.voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.

  1. Entrants must submit THREE health-related stories published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include news stories, features or columns published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or items broadcast on local television or radio.
  2. Stories can be attached as a pdf or URL link.
  3. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or mov format, or attached as a URL link.
  4. Entrants must supply a written proposal (maximum 600 words) outlining a research topic, or series of topics, on a health or health-related subject.
  5. Submit an estimated budget (indicative only) of how the scholarship money will be spent.
  6. Entrants should provide confirmation from potential publishers, or news/broadcast organisations that the resulting work will be used within 18 months of receipt of the scholarship, subject to it meeting acceptable editorial standards.

You are not required to send in hard copies.

 

 

This scholarship is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. The winner will be entitled to a health journalism scholarship to a maximum value of NZ$6,000 (excl gst) funded by nib New Zealand. This can be applied to travel, accommodation and/or other legitimate costs associated with the research, writing and/or producing the resulting the health-related stories.

Entry criteria

  1. Entrants must be a journalist employed full-time or part-time by, or as a regular contributor to a New Zealand daily, weekend, weekly or community newspaper (or its website); NZ-based news agency or service; magazine published weekly, monthly or at least three times a year (or its website); NZ-based news or health-oriented website, television or radio.
  2. The winner may be required to attend a post-award meeting with nib to discuss the proposal and receive the scholarship money.
  3. The winner will be required to provide receipts of all scholarship-related expenses to nib.
  4. Stories entered in this portfolio can also be entered into one specialist feature-writing or reporting category.
  5. Work entered as part of the nib scholarship portfolio may also be entered into:
  • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
  • Best reporting – Māori affairs
  • Junior Reporter of the Year
  • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
  • Business Journalist of the Year
  • Community Journalist of the Year
  • Feature Writer of the Year (short and long-form)
  • Political Journalist of the Year
  • Regional Journalist of the Year
  • Reporter of the Year
  • Science Journalist of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Video awards where appropriate

Judging

Applications will be considered by a panel of judges selected by the NPA. If considered necessary, the panel will contact applicants for further information during the selection process.

Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force www.voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.

 

  1. Entrants must submit THREE health-related stories published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include news stories, features or columns published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or items broadcast on local television or radio.
  2. Stories can be attached as a pdf or URL link.
  3. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or mov format, or attached as a URL link.
  4. Entrants must supply a written proposal (maximum 600 words) outlining a research topic, or series of topics, on a health or health-related subject.
  5. Submit an estimated budget (indicative only) of how the scholarship money will be spent.
  6. Entrants should provide confirmation from potential publishers, or news/broadcast organisations that the resulting work will be used within 18 months of receipt of the scholarship, subject to it meeting acceptable editorial standards.

You are not required to send in hard copies.

Magazines

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE magazine cover.
    2. The magazine must principally target the consumer, with content largely focused around lifestyle, such as food, fashion and architecture, and/or current affairs. Magazines, including free magazines, must contain at least 25% bone fide editorial content (not paid-for content or native advertising).
    3. The magazine must be scheduled to appear at least three times a year.
    4. The cover date must be in the 2020 calendar year. A magazine that appears in late December 2020 but has a cover date of January 2021 is not eligible. (It will be eligible for the 2022 awards). Similarly, a magazine that appeared in December 2019 but had a January 2020 cover date is eligible. A publication with a December 2019/January 2020 cover date is eligible as is a publication with a December 2020/January 2021 cover date.
    5. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 200 words giving background to the entry. This could include details of design philosophy, techniques used for impact, issues faced close to deadline or changes/improvements made.
    6. The names of those involved in the design may also be included.

Judging criteriaWeighting
Impact; demands attention; encourages reader to look inside60%
Design, illustrations/graphics20%
Promotes the magazine’s content 20%
Entrants must submit ONE magazine cover attached as a pdf or jpeg.

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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit THREE editions of a magazine.
    2. The magazine must principally target the consumer, with content largely focused around lifestyle and/or current affairs, with significant paid circulation volume (80 percent).
    3. The magazine must be scheduled to appear at least four times a year.
    4. The cover date must be in the 2020 calendar year. A magazine that appears in late December 2020 but has a cover date of January 2021 is not eligible (it will be eligible for the 2022 awards). Similarly, a magazine that appeared in December 2019 but had a January 2020 cover date is eligible. A publication with a December 2019/January 2020 cover date is eligible as is a publication with a December 2020/January 2021 cover date.
    5. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 500 words (compulsory). It should include details of audience growth/paid circulation/readership and development of associated digital channels. It could include your vision for the magazine, target audience, innovation, improvements/changes made, and what you are trying to achieve.
    6. The support statement may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force, or submitted as a pdf, with not more than 8
Judging criteriaWeighting
Content, including writing excellence, topicality, columns and headings; innovation, fresh ideas50%
Strength of the brand, associated digital channels; evidence of audience growth/paid circulation/readership; impact and credibility;30%
Design, including the cover, photography/illustrations, graphics; clear layout20%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com

Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required.

  1. Entrants must provide TWO identical sets of THREE editions of magazines. TWO sets are required for the two judges of this category. Magazines will not be available for return to entrants.
  2. Include TWO printouts of your entry form. TWO sets are required for the two judges of this category.
  3. To print your entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
  4. Please attach pdfs or jpegs of the THREE publication covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
  5. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
    Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
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Entry criteria

    1. Entrants must submit TWO editions of a magazine/publication.
    2. The category is defined as a magazine, publication and/or website principally targeting a business, consumers or specific audience, with content focused on related topics, and significant directed circulation volume (80 percent).
    3. Entries with a print edition must be scheduled to appear at least twice a year. Entries, including free magazines, must contain at least 25% bone fide editorial content (not paid-for content or native advertising).
    4. The cover date must be in the 2020 calendar year. A magazine that appears in late December 2020 but has a cover date of January 2021 is not eligible. (It will be eligible for the 2022 awards). Similarly, a magazine that appeared in December 2019 but had a January 2020 cover date is eligible. A publication with a December 2019/January 2020 cover date is eligible as is a publication with a December 2020/January 2021 cover date.
    5. Websites and website-only entries will be judged at the same time as printed copies.
    6. Entrants must include a statement of support of up to 400 words (compulsory). It should include details of audience growth/readership over the past year. It could include details of your vision for the magazine, publication or website, target audience, innovation, improvements/changes made, and what you are trying to achieve.
    7. The support statement may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force, or submitted as a pdf, with not more than 8
    8. Print-based entrants may also include a link to a website.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Content, including writing excellence, topicality, innovation and fresh ideas.50%
Connection with target audience; evidence of circulation and/or readership growth. Usefulness to the industry, profession or targeted readers30%
Design innovation, including illustrations, data and graphics; clear layout20%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com

Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required.

  1. Print entrants must provide TWO identical sets of TWO editions of publications originating in New Zealand in 2020. TWO sets are for the two judges of this category. Magazines and other publications will not be available for return to entrants.
  2. Include TWO printouts of your entry form. TWO hard copies are required for the two judges of this category.
  3. Entrants of website-based publications must provide a link to the website, and also send in two hard-copy entry forms to ensure the judges do not overlook the entry.
  4. To print the entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
  5. Please attach pdfs or jpegs of the TWO publication covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
  6. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
    Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
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Newspapers

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FIVE front pages (supplied as a pdf) from a New Zealand daily, weekly, regional, metropolitan or community newspaper published during 2020.
    2. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to your entry. This could include details of design philosophy, techniques used for impact, issues faced close to deadline or changes/improvements made.
    3. The names of those involved in the design may also be included.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Impact - demands attention30%
Main content - scoop, investigation, great read or riveting photo30%
Design, illustrations/graphics20%
Promotes what’s inside20%
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Entry criteria
  1. This award is open to magazines that have been inserted into a New Zealand newspaper in 2020.
  2. Entrants must submit THREE editions of the newspaper magazine.
  3. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 500 words (compulsory). It should include details of audience growth/readership over the past year and development of associated digital channels. It could include your vision for the magazine, target audience, improvements/changes made in 2020, what you are trying to achieve and exclusivity.
  4. The support statement may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force, or submitted as a pdf.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Content, including writing excellence, topicality, columns and headings; innovation, fresh ideas50%
Connection with target audience; evidence of readership growth; associated digital channels30%
Design, including the cover, photography/illustration, graphics; clear layout20%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.
Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required.

  1. Please provide TWO identical sets of THREE editions of magazines. TWO sets are for the two judges of this category. Magazines will not be available for return to entrants.
  2. Include TWO printouts of your entry form. TWO hard-copies are required for the two judges of this category.
  3. To print the entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
  4. Please attach pdfs or jpegs of the THREE publication covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
  5. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
    Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
ENTER
Entry criteria
  1. This award is open to community newspapers published in New Zealand in 2020. A community newspaper is a newspaper whose content is focused on, but not limited to, matters of community importance.  It can be paid or free, and would not typically fit the criteria of any of the other newspaper awards.*
  2. Entrants must submit THREE editions of the paper, which must cover community news and issues only. The paper may have a cover price.
    Note: agricultural and other specialist publications are not eligible for this award. Magazines in this speciality area can enter Best trade/professional magazine in the Magazine category.
  3. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 500 words giving background to the entry. The support statement may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force or submitted as a pdf and may contain images.
  4. The support statement should include relevant information about the three editions, including exclusivity, campaigns or background to stories. The statement should also include details of audience growth (circulation and/or readership gains) in 2020, changes/improvements made, use of multi-media platforms, campaigns or series that brought about increased awareness, change or raised funds, audience engagement and exclusivity.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Coverage of issues and stories important to the community/readers; quality of journalism including news stories and writing 50%
Agenda-setting including exclusive and/or campaigns 20%
Evidence of audience growth – circulation and/or readership 20%
Design including photography/graphics10%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.
Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required. 

  1. Entrants must provide TWO identical sets of THREE editions of a community newspaper published in New Zealand in 2020. TWO sets are for the two judges of this category. Newspapers will not be available for return to entrants.
  2. Include TWO printouts of your entry form. TWO hard-copies are required for the two judges of this category.
  3. Entrants of website-based publications must provide a link to the website.
  4. To print the entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
  5. Please attach pdfs of the THREE publication covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
  6. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
    Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
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Entry criteria
    1. This award is open to regional newspapers published in New Zealand in 2020. A regional newspaper is a paid newspaper that is published at least 3 times a week and whose content is focused on, but not limited to, matters of regional importance.
    2. Content must include local, national and international news. Mastheads that comprise only local content should consider entering Community Newspaper of the Year.
    3. Entrants must submit THREE editions published in 2020. The entry may include not more than one weekend edition which may also be entered separately in Weekly Newspaper of the Year.
    4. Winners of this award and the other Newspaper of the Year awards will be finalists for the overall Newspaper of the Year award.
    5. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 1200 words. This may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force or submitted as a pdf and may contain images. Please adhere strictly to the word limit. Judges will discount anything beyond 1200 words.
    6. The support statement should include relevant information about the three editions, including exclusivity, campaigns or background to stories. The statement should also include details of audience growth (circulation and/or readership gains) in 2020, changes/improvements made, use of multi-media platforms, campaigns or series that brought about increased awareness, change or raised funds, and audience engagement. Include details of digital support/website, magazines and inserts.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Overall content, including news selection and exclusive stories, specialist sections and features, opinion, inserted magazines; quality of journalism including news stories and writing50%
Connection with readers, agenda setting, including exclusives, campaigns, investigations and stories that have brought about change20%
Evidence of audience growth – circulation and/or readership; digital support and added value on the website20%
Design, including use of images and graphics; reader-friendly lay-out 10%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.
Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required. 

  1. Entrants must provide THREE identical sets of THREE hard-copy editions published in New Zealand in 2020. THREE sets are required for the three judges of this category. Newspapers will not be available for return to entrants.
  2. Include THREE printouts of your entry form. THREE sets are required for the three judges of this category.
  3. To print your entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
  4. Please attach pdfs of the THREE newspaper front covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
  5. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
    Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
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Entry criteria
    1. This award is open to metropolitan newspapers published in New Zealand in 2020. A metropolitan newspaper is a paid newspaper, published daily, servicing a large city.
    2. Entrants must submit THREE editions published in 2020. The entry may include not more than one weekend edition which may also be entered separately in Weekly Newspaper of the Year.
    3. Winners of this award and the other Newspaper of the Year awards will be finalists for the overall Newspaper of the Year award.
    4. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 1200 words. This may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force or submitted as a pdf and may contain images. Please adhere strictly to the word limit. Judges will discount anything beyond 1200 words.
    5. The support statement should include relevant information about the three editions, including exclusivity, campaigns or background to stories. The statement should also include details of audience growth (circulation and/or readership gains) in 2020, changes/improvements made, use of multi-media platforms, campaigns or series that brought about increased awareness, change or raised funds, and audience engagement. Include details of digital support/website, magazines and inserts.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Overall content, including news selection and exclusive stories, specialist sections and features, opinion, inserted magazines; quality of journalism including news stories and writing50%
Agenda setting, including exclusives, campaigns, investigations or stories that have brought about change 20%
Evidence of audience growth – circulation and/or readership; digital support and added value on a website 20%
Design, including use of images and graphics, reader-friendly lay-outs10%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.
Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required. 

    1. Entrants must provide THREE identical sets of THREE hard-copy editions published in New Zealand in 2020. THREE sets are for the three judges of this category. Newspapers will not be available for return to entrants.
    2. Include THREE printouts of your entry form. THREE hard-copies are required for the three judges of this category.
    3. Entrants of website-based publications must provide a link to the website.
    4. To print the entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
    5. Please attach pdfs of the THREE publication covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
    6. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
      Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
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Entry criteria
  1. This award is open to weekly newspapers published in New Zealand in 2020. A weekly newspaper is a paid newspaper that is published once a week.
  2. Entrants must submit THREE editions of the paper published in 2020. Where a weekend newspaper has formed part of an entry for a daily Newspaper of the Year award, that edition may also be entered in this award.
  3. Winners of this award and the other paid Newspaper of the Year categories will be finalists for the overall Newspaper of the Year award.
  4. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 1200 words. This may be entered in the statement of support box on Award Force or submitted as a pdf and may contain images. Please adhere strictly to the word limit. Judges will discount anything beyond 1200 words.
  5. The support statement should include relevant information about the three editions, including exclusivity, campaigns or background to stories. The statement should also include details of audience growth (circulation and/or readership gains) in 2020, changes/improvements made, use of multi-media platforms, campaigns or series that brought about increased awareness, change or raised funds, and audience engagement. Include details of digital support/website, magazines and inserts.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Overall content, including news selection and exclusive stories, specialist sections and features, opinion, inserted magazines; quality of journalism including news stories and writing50%
Agenda setting, including exclusives, campaigns, investigations or stories that have brought about change 20%
Evidence of audience growth – circulation and/or readership; digital support and added value on a website 20%
Design, including use of images and graphics, reader-friendly lay-outs10%
Entry submission instructions

Enter online using Award Force voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com.
Uploading soft-copy editions of the publications is not required. 

    1. Entrants must provide THREE identical sets of THREE hard-copy editions published in New Zealand in 2020. Three sets are required for the three judges of this category. Newspapers will not be available for return to entrants.
    2. Include THREE printouts of your entry form. Three sets are required for the three judges of this category.
    3. To print your entry form, you will find the (red) entry pdf button on Award Force, under “My entries”. The pdf button is on the far right of the page.
    4. Please attach pdfs of the THREE newspaper front covers as part of your entry. These may be used for display purposes during awards announcements.
    5. Final step: Either, post magazines and the two copies of the entry form to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, PO Box 2941, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
      Or courier or hand deliver the magazines and the entry forms to: Voyager Media Awards, c/- NPA, Textile Lofts, Lvl 4, Textile Centre, 1 Kenwyn St, Parnell, Auckland 1052
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Photography

Sponsored by Canon

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of between 8 and 12 photos on any subject published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines, trade publications and/or websites during 2020.
    2. The portfolio should demonstrate diversity.
    3. Digital entries may include a social platform where the photo published is on a media/work account, such as Facebook, but not a private account.
    4. Unpublished work is ineligible.
    5. Work entered in specialist photography categories (Features, including portraits, fashion, food and architecture; News; Sport) and Best photo-story/essay may be included in this portfolio.
    6. Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format.
    7. Entrants must provide a caption with each photo to explain the context and give details of where and when the photo was published (compulsory).
    8. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 300 words giving relevant background that may be useful to the judges (optional). This could include details of perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, problems faced or efforts made to achieve a particular shot.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/uniqueness/originality50%
Impact on page or screen25%
Technical skill/composition/use of light/background25%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit FIVE feature-style photos published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television) during 2020. The portfolio can be a mixture of work or five of the same type of images i.e. all portraits.
    2. Digital entries may include a social platform where the photo published is on a media/work account, such as Facebook, but not a private account.
    3. Unpublished work is ineligible.
    4. Entries to this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for Photographer of the Year, however they may not be entered into Best photography – sport or Best photography – news.
    5. Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format.
    6. Entrants must provide a caption for each photo to explain the context, and give details of where and when the photo was published (compulsory).
    7. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background that may be useful to the judges (optional). This could include details of perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, problems faced or efforts made to achieve a particular shot.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/uniqueness/originality50%
Impact on page or screen25%
Technical skill/composition/use of light/background25%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit FIVE news-related photos published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites during 2020.
    2. Digital entries may include a social platform where the photo published is on a media/work account, such as Facebook, but not a private account.
    3. Unpublished work is ineligible.
    4. Entries to this category may also be entered as part of a portfolio for Photographer of the Year, however they may not be entered into Best photography – sport or Best photography – features.
    5. Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format.
    6. Entrants must provide a caption for each photo to explain the context and give details of where and when the photo was published (compulsory).
    7. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background that may be useful to the judges (optional). This could include details of perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, problems faced or efforts made to achieve a particular shot.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/uniqueness/originality50%
Impact on page or screen25%
Technical skill/composition/use of light/background25%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit FIVE sports-related photos published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites during 2020.
    2. Digital entries may include a social platform where the photo published is on a media/work account, such as Facebook, but not a private account.
    3. Unpublished work is ineligible.
    4. Entries to this category may be entered as part of a portfolio for Photographer of the Year, however they may not be entered into Best photography – news or Best photography – features.
    5. Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format.
    6. Entrants must provide a caption for each photo to explain the context and give details of where and when the photo was published (compulsory).
    7. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background that may be useful to the judges (optional). This could include details of perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, problems faced or efforts made to achieve a particular shot.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/uniqueness/originality50%
Impact on page or screen25%
Technical skill/composition/use of light/background25%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE portfolio of between 6 and 10 photos of a photo-story or essay published in New Zealand during 2020. At least three images from the portfolio must have been published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and  television) during 2020.
      Note: an essay is not a random collection of photos but is based on a common theme eg an event or subject, and mostly taken at the same time.
    2. Digital entries may include a social platform where the photo published is on a media/work
      account, such as Facebook, but not a private account.
    3. Published images from this entry may not be entered into another specialist category but may be included in Photographer of the Year.
    4. Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format.
    5. Entrants must provide a photo caption or captions to explain the context. Please state which photos in the portfolio were published, and where and when (compulsory).
    6. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background that may be useful to the judges (optional). This could include details of perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, problems faced or efforts made to achieve the series.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Demonstrates initiative and originality40%
Impact on the page or screen/tells a visual story30%
Technical skill/composition/use of light/background 30%
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Entry criteria
    1. Junior entrants must have either been employed as a photographer, or active as a freelancer for three years or less at the time of publication OR be aged 26 or under (or both)
    2. Entrants must submit THREE photos published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television) during 2020.
    3. Digital entries may include a social platform where the photo published is on a media/work account, such as Facebook, but not a private account.
    4. Unpublished work is ineligible.
    5. Photos entered into Best photography – junior can be entered into ONE other specialist photography category (news; sport; features) and/or as part of a portfolio for Photographer of the Year.
    6. Photo should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format.
    7. Entrants must provide a caption for each photo to explain the context, and give details of where and when the photo was published (compulsory).
    8. Entrants may write a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background that may be useful to the judges (optional). This could include details of perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, problems faced or efforts made to achieve a particular shot.

The winner will be presented with the Max Smith Trophy.

Judging criteriaWeighting
Originality/initiative50%
Technical skill/composition/use of light/background25%
Impact on the screen or page25%
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Reporting

Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. The entry may include work published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television) or broadcast on radio and/or television during 2020.
    2. The story/item can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using a pdf or URL link.
    3. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    4. Entrants may include up to 10 stories or items, including follow-ups close to the date of the original story.
    5. Entries must demonstrate live or up-to-the minute coverage of a major news event, probably, but not necessarily across multiple platforms, and may include text, photography, video, audio, graphics and social media.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 600 words. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches acted on, perseverance/ effort put in, exclusivity, impact and audience reach.

Note: stories entered into this award can also be entered individually by journalists into other appropriate awards

Judging criteriaWeighting
Impact; compelling content including writing and/or storytelling excellence, fresh and/or exclusive angles and voices50%
Clarity, easy-to-access and understand information, data
and graphics; strong visuals including photographs and/or video
30%
Strong follow-ups to keep the story fresh20%
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast organisations. The entry may include work published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television in 2020.
    2. Entrants may include up to 10 stories or items related to the campaign or project.
    3. Entries can be across multiple platforms and may include stories, photographs, videos, audio, opinion pieces and social media input.
    4. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    5. The campaign should have wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 400 words giving background to the entry. Your statement could help the judges decide why your campaign deserves to win over another equally good entry. Include details of results as measured by audience engagement and/or funds raised, community objectives realised and/or changes that came about as a result.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Relevance or importance to the public, audience engagement35%
Outcome – including funds raised, resulting changes, increased awareness35%
Compelling presentation of the series - including writing and/or storytelling excellence, case studies/voices and images23
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Entrants must submit ONE investigation published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television during 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Entries may include up to THREE linked articles or items which may be across multiple platforms.
    3. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    4. The story/item can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using a pdf or URL link.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. A podcast series may be entered into this category. A maximum of THREE episodes may be entered and must include the first episode. Each episode must be uploaded as a single clearly-named MP3 (or WAV). You should also supply URL links for each episode, both to Apple Podcasts and to an Android podcast app such as Stitcher or Spotify.
    7. The investigation should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    8. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 200 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Include details in your statement of support.
    9. Please name all those involved in the production of the story, including yourself, and their roles.
    10. This work may also be entered in:
      • Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry) and;
      • one other specialist reporting award.
    1. It may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (short or long form)
      • Best podcast
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Exclusiveness/newsworthiness50%
Impact of investigation and/or changes that came about; relevance to audience 30%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity20%
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Entrants must submit ONE investigation published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television during 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Entries may include up to THREE linked articles which may be across multiple platforms.
    3. The story/item can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using a pdf or URL link.
    4. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    5. A podcast series may be entered into this category. A maximum of THREE episodes may be entered and must include the first episode. Each episode must be uploaded as a single clearly-named MP3 (or WAV). You should also supply URL links for each episode, both to Apple Podcasts and to an Android podcast app such as Stitcher or Spotify.
    6. The investigation should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    7. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 200 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your story deserves to win over another equally good entry.
    8. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Include details in your statement of support.
    9. Please include a list of all members of the team, including yourself, and their roles.
    10. This work may also be entered into: Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry), Best podcast, and Video awards where appropriate.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Exclusiveness/newsworthiness50%
Impact/relevance/brought about change30%
Writing excellence/clarity20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE crime and justice-related stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. For print-based journalists, the entry may include features, columns and opinion pieces published in New Zealand during 2020.
    4. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, exclusivity and the story’s impact. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    7. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    8. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    9. Entries to Best reporting – crime and justice may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    10. However, a story entered into this award may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    11. Work entered in this award may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast categories where appropriate
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Exclusiveness/newsworthiness50%
Impact of investigation and/or changes that came about; relevance to audience 30%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE stories or items, including news stories, features or columns, on the environment and/or sustainability published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television during 2020.
    2. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    3. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    4. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one journalist only. If another reporter was involved, the entrant must explain the extent of that person’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    5. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    6. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. The entries could include stories on climate change, clean water, illegal fishing, sustainability efforts made by businesses, industries or communities, green buildings, refuse/recycling/upcycling, conservation, endangered species, or work done by central government and local government to improve the environment and social sustainability.
    8. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to your entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative, perseverance, exclusivity, the story’s impact and understanding or changes that came about as a result.
    9. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    10. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken as two separate entries.
    11. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    12. Entries to Best reporting – environment may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    13. However, a story entered into this award may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    14. Work from this award may also be entered in the following categories:
      • Best individual investigation
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity30%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit THREE stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television) or broadcast on radio or television during 2020.
    2. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    3. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. If another reporter was involved, the entrant must explain the extent of that person’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    4. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    5. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    6. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. Entrants must include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    8. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    9. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken as two separate entries.
    10. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    11. Entries to Best reporting – general may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    12. However, a story entered into this award may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    13. Specialist reporting stories may also be included in the following categories:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity30%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit THREE stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television) or broadcast on radio or television during 2020.
    2. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    3. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    4. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. If another reporter was involved, the entrant must explain the extent of that person’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    5. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    6. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    8. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    9. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken as two separate entries.
    10. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    11. Entries in languages other than English must be accompanied by a translation into English.
    12. Entries to Best reporting – Māori affairs may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    13. However, a specialist news story may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    14. Stories from this award may also be included in the following awards:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate

The winner will receive the Te Tohu Kairangi trophy.

Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity30%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit THREE stories on personal finance published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television) or broadcast on radio or television during 2020.
    2. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    3. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. If another reporter was involved, the entrant must explain the extent of that person’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    4. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    5. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    6. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. Entrants must include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    8. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    9. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken as two separate entries.
    10. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    11. Entries to Best reporting – personal finance may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    12. However, a story entered into this award may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    13. Specialist reporting stories may also be included in the following categories:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Best reporting – Māori Affairs
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity30%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE social issues stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. For print-based journalists, the entry may include features, columns and opinion pieces published in New Zealand during 2020.
    4. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, exclusivity and the story’s impact. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    7. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    8. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    9. Entries to Best reporting – social issues may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    10. However, a story entered into this award may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    11. Work entered in this award may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast categories where appropriate
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity30%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE travel-related stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. For print-based journalists, the entry may include features, columns and opinion pieces published in New Zealand during 2020.
    4. The three stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, exclusivity and the story’s impact. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    7. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    8. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    9. Entries to Best reporting – travel may NOT be entered into another specialist reporting award.
    10. However, a story entered into this award may also be entered into: Best individual investigation and Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry).
    11. Work entered into this award may also be included as part of a portfolio for:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast Journalist of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Photographic categories where appropriate
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity30%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR business-related stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. For print-based journalists, the entry may include features, columns and opinion pieces published in New Zealand during 2020.
    4. The story/item can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using a pdf or URL link.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your stories deserve to win over another equally good entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or revelations/changes that came about as a result.
    7. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    8. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    9. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    10. Each story may also be entered into ONE specialist reporting award.
    11. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation
    1. Work entered in this award may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast categories where appropriate
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (long and short-form)
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Impact/exclusive content/relevance to audience50%
Investigative element/agenda setting/use of contacts and initiative25%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence25%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR examples of their work on any subject published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include a mixture of news reports, features and opinion writing published in community newspapers, community magazines and/or websites. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. The majority of all content submitted should be the work of one journalist only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. The four stories or items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    4. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    5. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    6. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    7. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, effort you put in, the story’s impact, exclusivity or changes that came about as a result.
    8. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    9. Work entered in this award may also be included in the following awards:
      • Best individual investigation
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (short and long-form)
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
    1. Each story may also be entered into ONE of the specialist reporting or feature-writing categories.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing excellence/connection to reader/relevance to the community25%
Use of contacts/initiative25%
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR political stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. For print-based journalists, the entry may include features, columns and opinion pieces published in New Zealand during 2020.
    4. The four stories or items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, exclusivity and the story’s impact. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    7. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    8. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    9. Each story may also be entered into ONE specialist reporting award.
    10. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation
    1. Work entered in this award may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Best columnist – politics
      • Broadcast awards where appropriate
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature writing awards
      • Opinion Writer of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Impact/exclusive content/newsworthiness50%
Agenda setting/informative/use of contacts and initiative 25%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence25%
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Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Journalists should be based in the regions (not based in a metropolitan office), producing regional stories for print and/or digital.
    2. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR examples of their work on any subject published in New Zealand during 2020. This may include a mixture of news reports, features and opinion writing. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    3. The majority of all content submitted should be the work of one journalist only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    4. The four stories can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    6. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    7. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    8. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, effort you put in, the story’s impact, exclusivity or changes that came about as a result.
    9. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    10. Stories entered in this portfolio may be entered into ONE specialist reporting or feature writing award.
    11. Work entered in this award may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (long and short-form)
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
    1. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing excellence/relevance to region/connection to the reader25%
Use of contacts/initiative25%
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Sponsored by the Science Media Centre

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR stories or items, including news stories, features or columns, on science-related topics published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on radio and/or television during 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. If another reporter was involved, the entrant must explain the extent of that person’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. The four stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links. Broadcast entrants may also submit any accompanying bulletin, web or video version which complemented the broadcast.
    4. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    5. The entries can include stories relating to any aspect of science, research and innovation, including emerging technologies, public health and medical research, nutrition and food safety, genetics, natural hazards, engineering, agricultural science and biosecurity, mātauranga Māori, data and information science, R&D, and commercialisation, psychology, forensics, social science and broader impacts of science and technology on society.
    6. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    7. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Your statement is an important component of your entry so use it wisely. It could help the judges decide why your stories deserve to win over another equally good entry.
    8. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative, perseverance, exclusivity, and understanding or changes that came about as a result. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    9. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken as two separate entries.
    10. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    11. Work entered in specialist reporting or feature-writing categories may be included in this portfolio.
    12. Work from this category may also be entered in the following categories:
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Best individual investigation
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Best reporting – Māori affairs
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (short or long-form)
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Video awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness; ability to engage and inform the reader50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity25%
Depth of knowledge and how that is conveyed25%
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Sponsored by Sky Sport

Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR sports-related stories published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), or broadcast on television or radio in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. Journalists may include features, columns and opinion pieces published or broadcast in New Zealand.
    4. The four stories or items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, effort you put in, exclusivity, the story’s impact or revelations/changes that came about as a result.
    7. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    8. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together as a single article. These two parts should be cross-referenced.
    9. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    10. Each story may also be entered into ONE specialist reporting award.
    11. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation
    1. Work entered in this award may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Broadcast categories where appropriate
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Feature Writer of the Year (long and short-form)
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year

The winner of this award will be presented with the T.P. McLean Trophy.

Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/connection to audience25%
Use of contacts/insight25%
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Entry criteria
    1. This award is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Entrants must have been enrolled as journalism students during 2019/2020, 2020 or 2020/2021 for year-long programmes starting mid-year. Student interns also qualify for this award. In addition, university and technical college students who have had articles published in student/university magazines during 2020 may also enter this award.
    2. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE examples of their work on any subject published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio and television), student-run magazines, or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    3. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be ONE reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    4. Journalists may include features, columns and opinion pieces published or broadcast in New Zealand.
    5. The three stories or items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    6. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story in their portfolio should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken for two separate entries.
    8. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    9. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    10. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, effort you put in, the story’s impact, exclusivity or changes that came about as a result.
    11. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    12. Students and interns may also enter Junior Reporter of the Year and Junior Feature Writer of the Year with the same portfolio of work or a variation.
    13. Work entered into Student Journalist of the Year may also be entered into:
      • reporting specialist awards
      • feature-writing specialist awards
      • broadcasting awards where appropriate
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Story structure/clarity30%
Writing or storytelling excellence/connection to audience20%
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Entry criteria
    1. This category is open to print-based, website and broadcast journalists. Junior entrants must have either been employed as a reporter, or active as a freelancer for three years or less at the time the stories appeared OR be aged 26 or under (or both).
    2. Students and interns may also enter this category. Students must have been enrolled as a journalism student during 2020, 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 for a year-long programme starting mid-year.
    3. Entrants must submit THREE stories on any subject published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites or broadcast on radio or television in 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    4. The stories/items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using a pdf or URL link.
    5. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    7. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    8. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    9. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    10. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced.
    11. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    12. Each story may also be entered into ONE specialist reporting category.
    13. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation
    1. The work may also be included in portfolios for:
      • Broadcast categories where appropriate
      • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Reporter of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content50%
Writing and/or storytelling excellence/clarity25%
Use of contacts/initiative25%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of news and/or current affairs items (or one item) broadcast on New Zealand radio, television and/or a news website in 2020.
    2. The combined entries should be no more than 30 minutes in length. The entry can be made up of one item (no more than 30 mins), or two or three items (30 mins total).
    3. Although a team may have been involved in the production, the primary storyteller should be one reporter only. If another reporter was involved, the entrant must explain the extent of that person’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    4. The three items can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website via a URL link.
    5. The items should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on radio/television audiences.
    6. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. Entrants may include podcasts as part of their entry. A maximum of TWO podcasts can be linked to a series. A maximum of SIX podcasts may be entered.
    8. Each episode must be uploaded as a single clearly-named MP3 (or WAV). You should also supply URL links for each episode, both to Apple Podcasts and to an Android podcast app such as Stitcher or Spotify.
    9. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 300 words giving relevant background to the entry that could be useful to the judges. Your statement could include details of hurdles overcome, perseverance, exclusivity, initiative used, following a hunch or an idea, problems faced, extra efforts made to achieve the outcome or changes that came about as a result.
    10. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request, or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    11. Entrants may include a multi-part piece of work of no more than two parts of a series. Please cross reference the two pieces so that judges do not mistake them for separate entries.
    12. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    13. Work entered in individual specialist reporting awards may be included in the Broadcast Reporter of the Year portfolio.
    14. Each story may also be entered into ONE specialist reporting award.
    15. Work entered in this award may also be included in the following categories:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Best podcast
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
      • Student Journalist of the Year
    1. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation
Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content/impact60%
Clarity/rich and quality audio and/or visual engagement/holds attention throughout20%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Sponsored by Voyager Internet

Entry criteria
    1. This is a written-only category. Entrants must submit a portfolio of FOUR stories on any subject published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines and/or websites (including radio or television) during 2020. If an entrant submits a 2020 website story that has been updated/amended in 2021, the entrant must explain any changes made to the original story.
    2. The majority of all content submitted should be the work of one journalist only. In the case of a joint byline, the entrant must explain the extent of the co-author’s involvement otherwise judges may disqualify the entry.
    3. The stories should exhibit wide (local or national, or both) appeal and interest, with real impact on readers or radio/television audiences.
    4. The four stories can be uploaded to the Award Force entry website using pdfs or URL links.
    5. Entrants may include a statement of support of up to 400 words giving background to the entry. Include details of resources used, contacts/sources, initiative/hunches you acted on, perseverance/set-backs, exclusivity, effort you put in, the story’s impact or changes that came about as a result.
    6. Judges will want to know how you came about the story, without revealing specific sources. Was it a tip from a contact, spotted on an agenda, from an OIA request or assigned from the news desk? Please include details in your statement of support.
    7. Entrants who wish to include a multi-part story should select no more than two parts of the series to be presented together, and cross-referenced so they are not mistaken for two separate entries.
    8. If you are including two parts of a multi-part story, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to two stories from an online series cannot be uploaded to the same URL link box.
    9. Work entered in individual specialist reporting awards may be included in the Reporter of the Year portfolio.
    10. Work entered in this award may also be included in two of the following awards:
      • Junior Reporter of the Year
      • Business Journalist of the Year
      • Community Journalist of the Year
      • Political Journalist of the Year
      • Regional Journalist of the Year
      • Science Journalist of the Year
      • Sports Journalist of the Year
    1. The same story may also be entered into:
      • Best individual investigation

The winner will receive the Voyager Journalist of the Year Cup.

Judging criteriaWeighting
Newsworthiness/exclusive content/impact60%
Writing excellence/clarity20%
Use of contacts/initiative20%
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Video

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE breaking news video published on a New Zealand news-based website, or broadcast on television, during 2020.
    2. The entry must be no more than SEVEN minutes in length.
    3. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    4. Entrants must provide a working title for the video, and details of where and when it appeared (compulsory).
    5. Please list the names of all team members and their roles on the “contact information/contributors” tab (compulsory).
    6. Each team can enter only one video. However, a team made up of a slightly different mix may also enter a video separately in this category.
    7. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background to the entry that could be useful to the judges (optional). Your statement could include details of hurdles overcome, perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, developing an idea, problems faced or extra efforts made to achieve the outcome.
    8. Entries to Best breaking news video may not be entered into another specialist video category, other than as part of a portfolio for Video Journalist of the Year.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Exclusivity/newsworthiness/impact 50%
Quality of story-telling, clarity and compelling narrative 30%
Impact of footage/technical skills including audio, shooting and editing 20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE documentary or current affairs video or a documentary series up to a maximum of THREE episodes published on a New Zealand news-based website, or broadcast on television, during 2020.
    2. For single documentary or current affairs entries, the video must be more than 15 minutes in length to qualify for this category.
    3. Each team can enter only one documentary, current affairs video or documentary series. However, a team made up of a slightly different mix may also enter a documentary, current affairs video or documentary series separately in this category.
    4. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    5. Entrants must provide a working title for the video or series, and details of where and when it appeared (compulsory).
    6. Please list the names of all team members and their roles on the “contact information/contributors” tab (compulsory).
    7. Entrants may provide a statement of support of up to 100 words giving relevant background to the entry that could be useful to the judges (optional). Your statement could include details of hurdles overcome, perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, developing an idea, problems faced or extra efforts made to achieve the outcome.
    8. Entries to Best documentary/series or current affairs may not be entered into another specialist video category, other than as part of a portfolio for Video Journalist of the Year.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Quality of story-telling, clarity and compelling narrative 50%
Exclusivity/originality/initiative 30%
Impact of footage/technical skills including audio, shooting and editing 20%
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Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit ONE video only published on a New Zealand news-based website, or broadcast on television, during 2020.
    2. The videos must be largely the work of ONE video journalist only. The video journalist must have filmed and edited 80 per cent of all video content. If a second video journalist was involved, please explain the additional filming, e.g. due to geographical constraints in the statement of support box.
    3. A reporter may be involved in the video, but no editor or producer. If the video journalist has also undertaken the role of reporter i.e. researched a story and formed/asked questions, please outline in the statement of support.
    4. The video should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    5. Entrants must provide a title for the video, and details of where and when it appeared (compulsory).
    6. Please name all contributors to the production of the video, including yourself, and their roles on the “contact information/contributors” tab (compulsory).
    7. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 100 words, confirming they have filmed/edited 80 per cent of the video. Relevant background to the entry will also be useful to the judges. Your statement could include details of hurdles overcome, perseverance, initiative used, exclusivity, following a hunch or an idea, problems faced or extra efforts made to achieve the outcome.
    8. Entries to Best feature video may not be entered into another specialist video category, other than as part of a portfolio for Video Journalist of the Year.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Quality of story-telling, clarity and compelling narrative 35%
Exclusivity/originality/initiative 35%
Impact of footage/technical skills including audio, shooting and editing 30%
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Sponsored by Canon

Entry criteria
    1. Entrants must submit a portfolio of THREE videos on any subject published on a New Zealand news-based website, or broadcast on television, during 2020.
    2. To qualify for this category, the videos must be largely the work of ONE video journalist only. The video journalist must have filmed and edited 80 per cent of all video content. If a second video journalist was involved, please explain the additional filming, e.g. due to geographical constraints in the statement of support box.
    3. A reporter may be involved in the videos, but no editor or producer. If the video journalist has also undertaken the role of reporter i.e. researched a story and formed/asked questions, please outline in the statement of support.
    4. Videos should be m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    5. Entrants must provide a title for each video, and details of where and when it appeared (compulsory).
    6. Please name all contributors to the production of the videos, including yourself, and their roles on the “contact information/contributors” tab (compulsory).
    7. Entrants must provide a statement of support of up to 300 words, confirming they have filmed/edited 80 per cent of the videos (compulsory). Relevant background to the entry will also be useful to the judges. Your statement could include details of hurdles overcome, perseverance, exclusivity, initiative used, following a hunch or an idea, problems faced or extra efforts made to achieve the outcome.
    8. Work entered into other specialist video categories may be included in this portfolio.
Judging criteriaWeighting
Quality of story-telling, clarity and compelling narrative 35%
Exclusivity/originality/initiative 35%
Impact of footage/technical skills including audio, shooting and editing 30%
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