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A CALL FOR ENTRIES . . .

Nominations invited for 2017 Excellence in Journalism, Journalist of the Year Awards

Through the Excellence in Journalism competition, Detroit SPJ will honor outstanding achievements during 2017 by print,
broadcast, photo and online journalists in southeastern Michigan. Our chapter also will select a Journalist of the Year, a
Young Journalist of the Year and scholarship awardees.
Judges for the Excellence in Journalism competition are working journalists from other SPJ chapters. Proceeds from the
awards banquet and the competition are applied to the Detroit chapter’s Larry Laurain scholarship fund.
Deadline for all entries will be Sunday, February 4, 2018. That includes Excellence in Journalism, Journalist of the Year
and Young Journalist nominations, as well as Laurain Scholarship applications.
Winners in all categories will be honored at the awards banquet on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the San Marino Club,
1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy. Call (313) 288-9546 for tickets or table reservations.

General Information
1. All entries will be submitted online through Omni contests. 7. Judges will take into consideration the SPJ Code of Ethics
Mailed tearsheets or other materials will not be accepted. in evaluating all entries.
2. Entries must have been published or broadcast in Southeast 8. Entries must include the text of any correction or
Michigan between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. clarifications made in connection with that entry. Include a
Questions on geographic eligibility may be directed to: summary of written challenges concerning the accuracy or
spjdetroit@gmail.com. fairness of the entry (including letters to the editor, whether
published or not), or any notice of legal action. As an aid to
3. An entry may be submitted in only one contest category. judges who might not be familiar with this coverage area,
4. Entrants do not need to be members of the Society of include an explanation or refutation of any objections.
Professional Journalists.
9. Judges may declare “no winner” in any category at their
5. All contest entries must be the product of original writing, discretion. All decisions by the judges, including interpretation
reporting or production by the entrant(s). This contest is of these rules, are final. Judges reserve the right to disqualify
intended to reward individual achievement. In most cases, the any entry. In the case of disputes, the Detroit chapter’s board
name of the entrant(s) should be that of an individual or of directors will make final determinations.
individuals and the news organization they represent should be
10. Entry fee is $30 for each entry. Payment must be received
listed under media affiliation. News organizations should be
by the entry deadline and is non-refundable.
listed as “entrant” only for categories which require
comprehensive team effort involving more than four 11. Fee for one, single entry is $10 if accompanied by a
individuals. completed, new membership form and annual dues payment
for national and local chapter membership. Membership
6. All entries must be in the correct presentation format. See
applications are available at www.spjdetroit.org.
information provided with each class. Both broadcast and
print entries may contain online elements. 12. Entries must be received no later than midnight, Sunday,
February 4, 2018. See specific attachment requirements for
each class, inside.

Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
This is the deadline for: broadcast, print and online journalism entries
Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year nominations.
Laurain Scholarship application deadline is Sunday, February 4, 2018
Questions? Call (313) 288-9546 or e-mail spjdetroit@gmail.com.
BROADCAST
Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Radio: Upload audio files. Television: Entries should include studio lead-in
Categories:
Spot or breaking news reporting: Single-day coverage of Newscast: One single complete, regularly scheduled news
breaking or developing news produced under deadline program.
pressure. News special and documentary: A program 15 minutes or
General news reporting: A story or series of stories resulting longer broadcast outside of a regular newscast and prompted
from a journalist’s initiative, but excluding coverage of by breaking news or a major issue of community concern.
breaking or developing news. This may be a live or taped original broadcast.
Feature reporting: A report or series of reports on a single Open-government reporting: To individuals or news
subject not considered “hard” news. This includes profiles, organizations for significant, effective coverage promoting
human-interest pieces, etc. open government in Michigan.
Sports reporting: A report or series of reports within a regular Best videography: Best visual storytelling in a story or
newscast or of a sporting event. newscast. The winning entry will demonstrate excellence in
Investigative reporting: A single report or series of reports the use of videography and sound.
covering a significant problem or issue. Entries must show Best news editing: Best editing techniques used to tell a story.
enterprise, initiative, depth and research by a reporter or team. This can be a single story or series including outboarded
Automotive reporting: Includes coverage of OEMs, suppliers elements and graphics.
or dealers. Entries will be judged on quality, timeliness and Best consumer/watchdog reporting: Provides an example of
exclusiveness. If being first was important, provide looking out for citizens’ interests such as saving a family from
documentation of how others followed. losing a home or helping correct an injustice.

PRINT
Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Class A: Stories/photos published in any newspaper of greater than 100,000 circulation; by wire services; or in
magazines, trade publications and non-daily entertainment/alternative newspapers of greater than 50,000 circulation.
Class B: Stories/photos published in daily newspapers of less than 100,000 circulation. Publications in Class B may
choose to compete in Class A.
Class C: Stories/photos published in any non-daily newspaper, magazine or trade publication of less than 50,000
circulation. Publications in Class C may choose to compete in Class A or Class B.
Class D: This class is for in-house and custom publications such as those produced by universities, membership
organizations or other nonprofits and businesses.
NOTE: Determine an entry’s circulation classification by its publication use. For chains and group publications sharing
editorial or photographic copy across several publications or nameplates, the largest circulation of any single publication
within the group should be used; if the story or photo was used only in one publication, use that publication’s circulation.

Categories:
Spot or breaking news reporting: Single-day coverage of Best consumer/watchdog reporting: Provides an example of
breaking or developing news written on deadline. looking out for citizens’ interests, such as saving a family’s
General news reporting: A story or series resulting from a home or helping to correct an injustice. Print and online
journalist’s initiative, but excluding coverage of breaking or resources may be used. Submit up to 3 examples on a single
developing news. Submit up to 3 examples on a single topic. topic.
Feature reporting: A report or series not considered “hard Best explanatory story: Helps readers make sense of a
news.” Submit up to 3 examples on a single topic. complex topic. Print and online resources may be used.
Personality profile: Multiple sourced, in-depth single story Submit up to 3 related stories.
about a person. Best localization of a national story: Story or series that tells
Investigative reporting: A story or series covering a how a single national trend or issue is affecting the local
significant problem or issue. Entries must show enterprise, community. Submit up to 3 examples on a single topic.
initiative, depth and research by a reporter or team. Submit up Open-government reporting: To individuals or news
to 5 examples on a single topic. organizations for significant, effective coverage promoting
open government in Michigan. Submit up to 3 examples on a Editorial writing: An individual editorial that appears on the
single topic. editorial or op-ed page. No columns.
General column writing: Regularly appearing viewpoint, Headline writing: An individual (not team) award. Submit 5
business, features or news columns by a single writer. Submit headlines by one headline writer. Include stories.
3 columns. No blogs. News photography: A single, compelling photo of a breaking-
Sports column writing: Sports commentary appearing on a news event.
regular basis by a single writer. Submit 3 columns. No blogs. Feature photography: A single, compelling photo not of a
Sports reporting: A single game, news or feature story breaking-news event.
related to sports. No columns.

Print, newspapers only
Sports photography: A single, compelling photo featuring Inside news page design: Newspapers only. Submit a 1-page
sports. or a two-page layout.
Page one design: Newspapers only. Submit a 1-page layout. Sports page design: Newspapers only. Submit a 1-page or a
Feature page design: Newspapers only. Submit a 1-page or a two-page layout.
two-page layout.

Print, non-daily publications only
Cover design: Magazines and some tabloid newspapers. Magazine spread design: Magazines and some tabloid
(Depending on the format, tabloid newspapers have the option newspapers. (Depending on the format, tabloid newspapers
of entering as page one newspaper or magazine cover, but not have the option of entering as a newspaper feature or
both.) Submit a 1-page layout. magazine spread, but not both.) Submit a 1- or 2-page layout.

Open print categories
Automotive reporting: Includes coverage of OEMs, suppliers Criticism: Includes art, music, film, book, theatre and
or dealers. Entries will be judged on quality, timeliness and restaurant reviews or recurring cultural commentary. Submit 3
exclusiveness. If being first was important, provide examples.
documentation of how others followed. Editorial cartoon: Submit 3 cartoons.
Car review: Submit 3 reviews from a single writer. Informational graphics: A storytelling graphic that illustrates
an aspect of a news or feature story.

In-house/custom publications only
Feature reporting: A report or series of reports on a subject Feature design: Submit a 1- or 2-page layout on a single
not considered “hard news.” This includes profiles and human subject in JPG or PDF format.
interest pieces. Submit up to 3 examples on one topic. Photo: A single, compelling photo on any topic.
Cover design: Submit a 1-page layout. Use of photos/graphics: Submit up to 6 samples in JPG or
PDF format.

ONLINE
Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
All news websites, whether independent or affiliated with print or broadcast news organizations, may enter. But an entry
is eligible in only one class: print, broadcast or online.
How to submit: The website address and directions on how to access the site, including passwords, must be on the
entry form. Include the URL and passwords needed to access the site. Entries that do not supply this information will be
disqualified.
Categories:
Spot or breaking news reporting: Single-day coverage of Investigative reporting: A story or series covering a
breaking or developing news written on deadline. significant problem or issue. Entries must show enterprise,
General news reporting: A story or series of stories resulting initiative, depth and research by a reporter or team. Submit up
from a journalist’s initiative, but excluding coverage of to 5 examples on a single topic.
breaking or developing news. Best consumer/watchdog reporting: Provides an example of
Feature reporting: A report or series not considered “hard” looking out for citizens’ interests, such as saving a family’s
news, including profiles, human-interest pieces, etc. Submit up home or helping to correct an injustice. Submit up to 3
to 3 examples on a single topic. examples on a single topic.
Best localization of a national story: Story or series that tells Blogging: Online commentary. Submit three blogs.
how a single national trend or issue is affecting the local Digital-media presentation: A single entry demonstrating
community. Submit up to 3 examples on a single topic. excellence in blending multiple media into a single online
presentation.
SPJ Detroit Journalist, Young Journalist of the Year
Nomination deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
SPJ Detroit’s Journalist and Young Journalist of the Year paid, full-time work experience (or equivalent experience if
competition is open to all journalists (reporters, editors, freelance). Internships do not qualify.
producers, anchors, photojournalists, etc.) in southeastern
Each nomination must include the following:
Michigan. Nominees will be judged on the overall quality of
their body of work during 2017. Nominations for JoY and 1. Nomination letter from a supervisor stating why the
YJoY must be received by Sunday, February 4, 2018. individual should be considered as the SPJ Detroit Journalist or
Young Journalist of the Year. Freelance nominations must
No entry fee is required. include letters from two (2) supervisors.
Judges will consider the nominee’s impact on the practice of 2. A resume/work history.
journalism through outstanding work or exemplary service to
or leadership in the profession. 3. Work samples. For Journalist of the Year, submit minimum
5 and maximum 10 samples. For Young Journalist, submit
For Young Journalist of the Year: Nominees must be 30 minimum 3 and maximum 5 samples. Include a brief
years old or younger. Nominees may have turned 31 in 2017 explanation of each. Include context for judges unfamiliar with
and still be eligible. Nominees must have at least 1 year of the market. Freelancers must submit 10 samples.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Application deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
The Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists classes, or clips published in student or professional
will award a $2,500 Larry Laurain journalism grant to a publications. Financial need is considered.
Southeast Michigan resident who is or will be a sophomore,
junior or senior in 2018. The award may be used at any four- Scholarship winners will be honored at the chapter’s annual
year college in Michigan. Additional grants may be awarded. awards banquet, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the San
Marino Club, 1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy. Tickets or table
The scholarship honors the late Larry Laurain, former SPJ reservations are available by calling SPJ Detroit at (313) 288-
Detroit chapter president and Oakland Press city editor. 9546. Additional information at www.spjdetroit.org.
Applicants must intend to practice journalism, as evidenced by
enrollment in journalism classes and by work from those

Write a personal narrative addressing these points:
 Tell us why you want to be a journalist.
 Outline your career goals after graduation.
 Describe your journalism-related activities and how they differ from those of your classmates.
 List your educational, campus and social activities. Briefly, tell of their influence on you.
 Describe what you believe is the most important challenge facing journalists today.
 Which person in journalism would you most like to emulate and why?
 And finally, tell us what winning this award would mean to you.

All applications must include:
1. An essay covering all seven points above.
2. A teacher, dean, or adviser’s reference letter, which reviews your work or enrollment in a journalism class, your academic status or
how you have indicated your interest in journalism.
3. At least five clips of any published or classroom-produced samples of your writing.

Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018
This is the deadline for: broadcast, print and online journalism entries
Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year nominations
Laurain Scholarship applications
Questions? Call (313) 288-9546 or e-mail spjdetroit@gmail.com