The 2006 Arizona Press Club contest rules for the Best Journalism in the State are here!
Greetings Arizona Journalists!
The Arizona Press Club is proud to announce its annual contest to honor of the best of Arizona print journalism for 2006. We’ve had quite a year for news, from murder sprees that rocked the Phoenix area this summer to an election season that saw Democrats gain significant ground in Goldwater country, from the capture of fugitive and religious leader Warren Jeffs to impact of the Iraq war and of illegal immigration on communities across the state. These issues and many other topics have filled your pages throughout the year, and now comes your opportunity to earn some significant recognition for all of your hard work.
We at the Arizona Press Club are again sponsoring the most prestigious contest in the state that will feature national prize-winning journalists as our judges. You can check out the rules and print off entry forms right now, see below. Some key changes you will want to note this year include:
n We have added several new categories that focus specifically on glossy magazines. We have watched the number of entries from magazines climb in recent years, and the board of directors has decided its time to carve out some areas specific to what they do so our judges can compare apples with apples. Of course, magazine journalists and other smaller publications are always free to enter the “C – Any publication” categories, if you want see how your work matches up with the largest publications in the state.
M9-Magazine Portrait Photography : A single person or persons
revealing the essence of a subject's character and M10- Magazine Illustration
Photography : A single photo based illustration displaying outstanding
execution, with digital or other means, for and idea the raises the bar on
creativity for any situation such as fashion, food, portrait or cover
(Magazines are bound and typically on glossy and/or color-coated paper with the publishing date on the cover. They can publish weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly.)
n The transition toward eliminating award prize money for most categories is complete this year. Responding to comments from many club members, the board has been working to switch the use of entry fees from funding small prizes to sponsoring more college scholarships and journalist training. Those of you who were able to join us for our free October workshop in Flagstaff, perhaps our best ever, already have enjoyed some of the benefits of this change. And there’s a lot more to come!
n We have added several more categories for Spanish-language publications this year, and we also are inviting Spanish-language journalists to also enter their work in any other category appropriate to their circulation, as long as the writing has been translated into English.
n We have brought back a category for short-form writing, to provide additional recognition for those among us who focus on great daily news coverage instead of long-form investigative, in-depth or feature writing. Please note that this category requires an accurate word count be provided on the entry form, or the entry will be disqualified.
n Finally, the awards banquet will be at a new location, on May 12, 2007. More details will be available soon!
We are looking forward to seeing your outstanding work from the past year. So start preparing those clips now. Entries must be received at our post office box in Phoenix by Jan. 31, unless special arrangements are made before that date with contest chairwoman Jill Jorden Spitz at email@example.com or (520) 573-4177. Jill can also answer questions about a specific rule or category description. Or feel free to contact any of the other press club officers. Links to their email addresses are listed here.
Good luck and here’s to a great 2007!
Arizona Press Club
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Save the date! 2006 contest winners will be announced at the 83rd annual awards banquet May 12, 2007!
Any contest questions, e-mail Contest Chair Jill Jorden Spitz, or call her at (520) 573-4177.
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LAST UPDATE: March 19, 2007