Journalism Award
Guidelines for Entry

RULES FOR ENTRY

Deadline: Entries must be received no later than February 1, 2021.

Entries must have been first published or broadcast in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2020

Entries may be submitted either by individuals or news organizations.

Entries must have the following materials and be submitted online –no exceptions:

A completed official entry form

An entry fee of $75.00

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH CATEGORY

Each professional category - except for Editorial Cartoon, Radio, and New Media - includes subcategories for domestic and international news coverage and allows for submissions by journalists in Internet-based, related media.

International submissions are stories that have been published or broadcast by any media source, foreign or domestic, that address an international issue outside of the United States.

Domestic submissions are those that have been published or broadcast by any media source, foreign or domestic, that address issues in the United States.

PRINT:

Print article

Brief summary of article and its impact

TELEVISION:

Copy of script

Synopsis of the piece and its impact

RADIO:

Radio entry

Copy of the script

Brief description of entry and its impact

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Brief description of body of work and its impact

There is no limit to how many photos may be included in a series.

No single photo entries are allowed.

EDITORIAL CARTOON

Electronic portfolio of cartoon work

Brief description of body of work and its impact

Cartoon submissions must be presented as a body of work. Single entries will not be accepted. Please limit portfolios to a maximum of 15 cartoons.

NEW MEDIA

Electronic file of individual story or series that speaks to Robert F. Kennedy’s principles of justice and equality

Brief description of work and its impact

High School and College Journalism Awards Rules and Exclusions:

  • Entries must have been first published or broadcast in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2020.
  • Entries may be submitted either by individuals or by school organizations.
  • Entries may be submitted by teams or entire classes. Entries are limited to one per student, but a school may have multiple entries.
  • Advisers/Teachers may not shoot, write, or edit any part of a student entry. This is a hands-off contest and must be 100% student produced.
  • For the College Journalism category, all mediums will be accepted.
  • Broadcast entries should not exceed 10 minutes in length.

There is no entry fee for High School or College categories.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Entries will be judged on a variety of criteria, including appropriateness of subject matter; quality of sources and depth of research; presentation; impact of the entry on the problem it highlights; and courage in reporting. Entrants must be able to authenticate their work.

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