2015 Outstanding Journalism Awards

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The Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the second-annual Greater Charlotte SPJ Outstanding Journalism Awards.

The 2015 contest will feature two awards — one for professional journalists and one for college journalists — and is open to journalists of all types in Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln, Lancaster (S.C.) and York (S.C.) counties.

Information about the awards and instructions on how to enter are below. Email any questions or comments to Awards Coordinator Corey Inscoe, cinscoe@charlotteobserver.com.


I. What are the awards?

  • Greater Charlotte SPJ Outstanding Journalism Award: This journalist, regardless of medium, produces a body of work that is the standard bearer for quality journalism in the Greater Charlotte region. The reporting is authoritative and the story is presented in a clear and captivating way. This journalist also had an impact on the community, either by bringing insight to a public issue, affecting public policy or influencing public officials, or simply by telling entertaining and insightful stories about the region and its people.

  • Greater Charlotte SPJ Outstanding College Journalism Award: This student’s skills extend beyond his/her years in the profession. The reporting and final published product is of the caliber one would see in a professional environment and showcases the potential of the young journalist. The student, using any journalistic medium, demonstrates clear understanding of news values, news ethics and reporting strategies.

 

II. Who is eligible?

  • College and professional journalists of any medium — including but not limited to: print, photography, television, radio and online — in Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln, Lancaster (S.C.) and York (S.C.) counties.
  • Each individual journalist can only enter once. The award is for the journalist’s body of work for 2015.

III. Important dates

  • calendarEntries must have been published between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Entries are due April 6, 2016. Winners will be notified in April, with a banquet to be held in May.

IV. How to apply

For the Outstanding Journalism Award:

Cost for each entry is $5, which can be paid:

      • Online through PayPal 
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      • By a check made out to “Greater Charlotte SPJ” and mailed to: Corey Inscoe;  The Charlotte Observer;  600 S. Tryon St.;  Charlotte, NC 28202
  • If paying by check, please indicate that with the entry and make sure the journalist’s name is visible on the check.
  • Each entry should include a cover letter and 3-5 work samples that represent the journalist’s body of work in 2015.
  • Entries should be emailed to cltspjcontest@gmail.com.
  • The samples can be submitted as: PDFs of printed pages; JPEG photos; MP3s; or hyperlinks to media published online. For video, upload the sample to either YouTube or Vimeo and send the link. The publication date should be clearly indicated on each sample.

 

For the college journalism award:

  • Cost for each entry is $5, which can be paid:
        • Online through PayPal
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        • By a check made out to “Greater Charlotte SPJ” and mailed to: Corey Inscoe; The Charlotte Observer; 600 S. Tryon St.; Charlotte, NC 28202
  • If paying by check, please indicate that in the email with the entry and make sure the journalist’s name is visible on the check.
  • Submissions must have been published in school or class publications (student newspaper, class website, student television broadcast, etc.) or in a professional publication.
  • College journalists should contact a faculty member at the journalism or communications school to enter. Faculty members will collect and submit the entries.
  • Entries submitted by the student — not through a faculty member — will not be accepted.
  • Each entry should include a cover letter and 3-5 work samples that represent the journalist’s body of work in 2015.
  • Entries should be emailed to cltspjcontest@gmail.com.
  • The samples can be submitted through email as: PDFs of printed pages; JPEGs; MP3s; or hyperlinks. For video, upload the sample to either YouTube or Vimeo and send the link. The publication date should be clearly indicated on each sample.

 

Questions? Contact Corey Inscoe at cinscoe@charlotteobserver.com