News Reporter of the Year
We are looking for the story-breakers, the journalists who demonstrate all-round ability and a variety ofskills. Judges will be looking for real exclusives, expertly researched and brilliantly told for their targetaudience. The category is open to print and broadcast journalists. You must submit between three andsix pieces of work and complete the entry form. Newspaper writers should ensure that all copy ispresent including any page turns. Broadcasters should send their work on DVD/CD.
Feature Writer of the Year
Are you a skilled writer who can demonstrate an extensive range of writing skills? Judges willbe looking for a compelling style that also shows reporting skills, analysis and backgroundresearch. You must submit between three and six pieces of work and complete the entry form.
Television Broadcast Journalist of the Year
We want the faces who keep television news audiences entertained and enthralled. Journalistswho consistently demonstrate ability to present news stories and features that keep the audi-ence glued to their seats. Entrants must produce a show reel between 4 and 6 minutes in totalthat displays their portfolio to the maximum effect. Judges will be looking for those who havedemonstrated the ability to develop their own storylines and ideas and used the strengths oftelevision to reach a mass audience.
Digital Journalist of the Year
This is for journalists working in the digital form who demonstrate new initiatives to enticeon-line readers. Judges will expect entrants to show a clear understanding of their medium andtheir subject. Show us how you’re using the latest technologies or even social marketing sites tocapture information or expand your readership. You must submit between three and six piecesof work and complete the entry form. Judges will require either hard copies or a digital copy ofyour work rather than web links.
Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year
The stars of the airwaves. You will be a radio reporter who is able to deliver news and featureswith style and authority in the highly charged and competitive world of radio. If you’re thevoice of your community then judges want to hear from you. Entrants must produce a showreel between 4 and 6 minutes in total. Again originality and using journalistic skill to developexclusive storylines will count highly with the judging panel.
Sports Journalist of the Year
For reporters, feature writers and columnists who are passionate about sport. The judges will
be looking for rst-class journalists who have gone that extra mile to deliver the best sports
coverage during the year. If you are submitting a broadcast entry please produce a show reelbetween 4 and 6 minutes in total. Judges will take into consideration the resourcesavailable to the journalist and will be looking for those who show a complete understandingand knowledge of their chosen subjects.
Young Journalist of the Year - Weeklies
We are looking for journalists working on weekly newspapers who were under 25 on July 31st2010. The judges will be looking for writers whose stories are the talk of the local pub, commu-nity centre and school. (Print journalists only). Remember to include details of how you brokethe story and the skills used to capture the information.
Young Journalist of the Year - Dailies
The rising stars who compete on a daily basis to bring news of the highest quality to theirreaders or listeners. Judges will also be looking for individuals who show the maturity tohandle the big issues of the day. Again you will be under 25 on July 31st 2010 to qualify. (Thiscategory is open to both print and broadcast journalists) Broadcast journalists should send ashow reel of no more than 6 minutes. Print journalists should send up to six pieces of work. Allentrants should also include brief synopsis of how they researched and developed their stories.
Photographer of the Year
For news, feature and sport photographers working on weekly and daily titles. The judgeswill look for news sense, versatility, technical skill and a strong sense of mood captured by thesubmitted photographs. (You must submit between 4 and 6 mounted photographs and ideallythe story that accompanies the photograph).
Scoop of the Year
For the newspaper or broadcast team that has uncovered the story of the year. This will be thestory that had everyone talking and made a huge impact in your community or region. If youare submitting a broadcast entry please produce a show reel between 4 and 6 minutes in total.
Daily Newspaper of the Year
Calling all daily newspapers, we want to see the 3 best issues you’ve produced. Judges will belooking for the paper that can bring the big issues of the day to life for their audience. Theeditions will demonstrate editorial excellence and readability. Judges will take into account
editorial ratios and stafng levels when considering the overall quality of the newspaper.
Layout, editorial impact and value for money will also be key factors.
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
This category is open to all weekly newspapers, both paid-for and free titles. We want to seethe 3 best issues you’ve produced. Judges will be looking for the paper in tune with theircommunity. The editions will demonstrate editorial excellence and readability. Judges will take
into account editorial ratios and stafng levels when considering the overall quality of the
newspaper. Layout, editorial impact and value for money will also be key factors.
Business Journalist of The Year
Are you a skilled business reporter who can transform complicated business news into anexciting and compelling story? Judges will be looking for reporting skills, analysis and back-ground research but most of all a writer who can really bring a business story to life. Six piecesof work should be submitted that aptly show your skills and the techniques used to break anddevelop top business stories.
Editorial Team of The Year
We want to hear from editorial teams across all media disciplines that have worked togetherto deliver outstanding results. This award not only acknowledges great exclusives,community campaigns and appeals but also takes account of how the team has worked
together to create the nished product. Judges will also take into account the resources
available to individual teams.
O2 Newspaper of the Year
The overall newspaper of the year will be selected from the best of the best. You will havea fantastic printed product, a strong on-line presence and a team of journalists using all theresources at its disposal to keep its readers informed and entertained.
Think Big Award 2010
This year’s North West Awards see the introduction of the O2 Think Big Award. This awardlooks to celebrate the achievements of young people involved in communitycommunication projects.This award is aimed primarily at young people between the ages of 13 and 25. You may be
producing a newsletter, involved in a community radio programme, publishing lms or a
newspaper. You may be using the internet to inform and inspire friends or the widercommunity, or using your skills to promote young people in a positive way through words orpictures. Judges will be looking for young people making a difference in their locality or wider
aeld. To enter we need up to six examples of your work either in a printed format or on CD/
DVD. Please also submit any background information which would give the judging panel abetter understanding about your work and how it gives young people a voice. The category isopen to individuals and groups of young people. You must demonstrate that the communica-tion project has a major involvement with young people and is tackling issues of concern toyoung people.