Divisions & Categories

Please note:  The Best of 2017 Awards criteria will not be posted on this page until early December 2017.  We don’t anticipate very many changes from last year so please use this information for preliminary planning for  your Best of 2017 entries.

General Excellence Dates for the Best of 2017  

Print/Publication Divisions submit the three designated issues from 2017.   TV and Radio submit a news broadcast from the designated date in early 2018  These dates have been chosen at random for this contest.   All other divisions indicate the general excellence date in the category descriptions.

Daily Publication  – TBA on January 13, 2018

Weekly Publication – TBA on January 13, 2018

Television – TBA on January 13, 2018

Radio – TBA on January 13, 2018

 

Best of 2016 – Divisions & Categories (PDF)

Best of 2016 – Divisions & Categories (Word)

Student (Print & Broadcast) Division
Print/Publication (Daily/Weekly)
Periodical Division
Online / Multimedia Division
Television Division
Radio Division
Public Relations Division
All Media Awards (Print, TV, Radio)

Student (Print/Publication & Broadcast) Division

General Excellence: Entry consists of one publication issued in November 2016. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

General News Story: Will be judged on clarity, enterprise, and significance. One story per entry.

Headlines: Selection of six. Emphasis on sparkle, clarity, creativity and accuracy. Include stories. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Page Design: Selection of three. Emphasis on presentation, attractiveness and effectiveness. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Column Writing: Three columns by one writer. Emphasis on writer’s ability to entertain, move or educate the reader with good writing that has personality. Should be clearly distinct from news writing. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Review: Selection of three. Reviews should express opinion in any of a variety of areas including TV, movies, performing arts, restaurants, etc. Will be judged on use of evidence, style and fairness. Emphasis on lively writing, knowledge of the topic and interest and/or usefulness to the reader. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Watchdog⁄Investigative: A report that uncovers new information that could significantly change the conventional wisdom about anything or anyone of public interest. Emphasis on originality and in-depth research.

Serious Feature: A serious profile or news feature. Emphasis on strong writing, education of the reader about something important and writer’s ability to put a local situation into perspective.

Light Feature: Profile or feature of a non-serious nature. Emphasis on lively writing, reader interest in subject and originality of approach.

Editorial: Selection of three. Emphasis will be on lively writing and strong reasoning that moves the reader. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Sports News Report: Can be a sports or sports feature story.

Photography: Submit three examples. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Graphics: Submit three examples. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Student TV – General News Report: A story, planned or unplanned. Can be issue or event oriented.

Student TV – Public Affairs Program – Studio or field: May focus on issue, subject, situation or problem. Emphasis on creativity, energy, focus and balance.

Student Radio – General News Report: A story, planned or unplanned. Can be issue or event oriented.

Student Radio – Public Affairs Program – Studio or field: May focus on issue, subject, situation or problem. Emphasis on creativity, energy, focus and balance

Publication (Daily/Weekly)

General Excellence: Entry consists of three issues from 2016. Dates will be chosen at random by the Idaho Press Club, and will be announced on January 14th. For the specific issue dates requested click here.  Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

General News Story: Non-deadline news story. Will be judged on clarity, enterprise, and significance.

Spot News Coverage: A breaking news story; first-time coverage. Will be judged on clarity, enterprise, significance and immediacy. WEEKLIES: Since a weekly may have more time to develop a spot story, thorough coverage of the subject and its ramifications will be considered.

Watchdog/Investigative Report: A report uncovering new information that could significantly change the conventional wisdom about anything or anyone of public interest. Emphasis on originality and in-depth research. Will be judged on initiative, depth of research, significance and effectiveness.

Serious Feature Report: A serious profile or news feature. Emphasis on strong writing, education of the reader about something important and writer’s ability to put a local situation into perspective. Can include sidebars.

Light Feature Report: Profile or feature of a non-serious nature. Emphasis on lively writing, reader interest in subject and originality of approach. Can include sidebars.

Series: A series of well-written, well-researched, well-coordinated pieces on one single topic worthy of a series, appearing on more than one day. May include same-day sidebars. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Outdoor Feature: Column, profile or news feature on an outdoor topic. Emphasis on strong writing, education of the reader about the topic and the ability to put a local or regional situation into perspective. Can include sidebar.

Sports News Coverage: A sports story on an event, breaking news or issue.

Sports Feature Story: A sports human interest or humorous story.

Sports Prep Story: A high school sports story on an event, breaking news, issue or human interest piece.

General Column: Three columns by a writer not assigned to a specific topic (see specialty column). Emphasis on writer’s ability to entertain, move or educate the reader with good writing that has personality. Should be clearly distinct from news writing. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Specialty Column: Three columns on a single topic (i.e., arts, sports, food, outdoors, politics). May include reviews. Emphasis on writer’s expertise and ability to entertain and educate reader. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Editorial: Selection of three. Emphasis will be on lively writing and strong reasoning that moves the reader. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Headlines: Selection of six. Emphasis on sparkle, clarity, creativity and accuracy. Include stories. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Page Design: Submit 3 examples. A same-day package of up to 3 pages on a single topic may qualify as one example. Emphasis on attractiveness and effectiveness. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Spot News Photography: Emphasis on breaking news, a combination of action and emotion.

Feature Photography: A feature photograph.

General News Photography: A general news photograph

Sports Photography: A sports photograph.

Photo Essay: At least three photos on one topic. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Graphics: Original work; one example. Emphasis on clarity and journalistic value. May include maps, charts, informational graphic or illustration. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Arts / Entertainment Reporting: A report on arts or entertainment.

Political Reporting: A report on politics or government.

Education Reporting: A report on education.

Business Reporting: A report on business.

Agriculture Reporting: A report on agriculture.

Crime/Courts Reporting: A report on crime / courts.

Religion Reporting: A report on religion or related topics.

Environmental Reporting: A report on environmental issues.

Health/Medical Reporting: A report on health or medicine.

Special Section / Publication : Special section or publication on a single topic produced by the news staff. Distributed with the paper on a single day. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Rookie of the Year: Given to one person in daily and weekly print (publications). The individual must be in his/her first full-time professional job and have been working for no more than a year at the end of December 2016. A letter of endorsement from the entrant’s editor is optional. Submit three best stories. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Periodical Division

General Excellence: Must be produced and distributed in Idaho, and have as few as two or as many as 12 issues per year. Entry is one issue published in 2016. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Magazine Writing: – Serious Feature: Submit one article.

Magazine Writing: – Light Feature: Submit one article.

Magazine Photography – Single Photo: Excellence in photography. Serious or light feature. Emphasis on creativity; submit one photo per entry.

Magazine Photography – Photo Essay: Excellence in photography. Serious or light feature.   At least three photos on one topic; emphasis on creativity.  Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Magazine Cover: Excellence in design. Submit one.

Column: Can include editorials, editor letters or opinions. Submit one.

Online Division

Best Blog: Award will focus on overall content and quality of blog, which may be attached to a traditional news outlet, or an independent effort focused on Idaho-related topics. Entrant should submit home page link, and may also highlight individual entries from 2015 by including permalinks to those items.

Best Online Video news or feature story: Video story published online only. Judge will focus on quality of production, interest and value of topic or subject matter.

Best Online-Only Video Program- Public Affairs: A single video Public Affairs program of varying length that aired only online. May focus on issue, subject, situation or problem. Judging will focus on quality of production, interest and value of topic or subject matter.

Best Online-Only Video Program- General: A single video program, not news or public affairs oriented, of varying length that aired only online. Judging will focus on quality of production, interest and value of topic or subject matter.

Best Podcast:  Award will focus on overall content and quality of podcast, which may be attached to a traditional news outlet, or an independent effort focused on Idaho-related topics.  Content should be unique to this application.

Best Web Graphics: Includes static or animated graphic presentation to illustrate an idea, concept, promotion or other function. Focus will be on clarity of message, presentation and design.

Best Multimedia Reporting: This includes audio slideshows or flash presentations that are informational.

Best Use of Interactivity: This award focuses on the best use of audience involvement in a program or other activity. A short, no more than one page, description should be included.

Best Use of Social Media: This award focuses on the best use of a Facebook page and/or Twitter account. You need to provide URL for your accounts and a short letter describing your efforts.

Web Site General Excellence: This award will focus on the quality of a site as a whole. Emphasis will be on news content, overall presentation and service to users. You must include the URL (Web address) of the site on the entry form. Judged in the following divisions:

  • Daily Publication
  • Weekly Publication
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Student
  • Online-Only Publications
  • Magazine
  • Public Relations.

Web Site Special Purpose: Special-purpose sites may focus on a single topic or cover a broad spectrum of topics, but may not be the entrant’s primary Web site (those are entered in General Excellence, above). Emphasis will be on content, overall presentation, and service to users. You must include the URL (Web address) of the site on the entry form.

Judged in the following divisions:

  • Daily Publication
  • Weekly Publication
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Student
  • Online-Only Publications
  • Public Relations.

Television Division

DIVISION SIZES: Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes.

General Excellence: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Entry consists of one newscast broadcast. This date will be chosen at random by the Idaho Press Club and will be announced on January 14th. For the requested program date click here.

Best Morning News Program: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Entry consists of one program broadcast during 2016, submitted by entrant.

Best Evening News Program: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other markets sizes. Entry consists of one program broadcast during 2016, submitted by entrant.

General News Report: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. A story, planned or unplanned. Can be issue or event oriented.

Spot News Report: Coverage of a single, unplanned breaking event aired the same day or on the next available newscast. Judges will focus on spontaneous and comprehensive coverage of the event.

Best Live Shot: Coverage aired within a daily newscast or special news segment. Judges will focus on spontaneous “on the scene” coverage and the value of the live report.

Watchdog/Investigative Report: A report uncovering new information that could significantly change the conventional wisdom about anything or anyone of public interest. May be a single story or series that reflects in-depth reporting efforts and creativity beyond the scope of general news coverage. Entry may include a brief letter outlining research, presentation and impact of the report.

Serious Feature Report: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Single entry story aired within a program. Emphasis on information and presentation. Preparation may take place over several days. Can be human interest or issue oriented

Light Feature Report: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Human interest or humorous story aired within a program. Preparation may take place over several days.

Series: Two or more well-coordinated stories on a single topic worthy of a series.

Public Affairs Program – Studio: Public affairs program based from a studio with in-studio guests. May focus on issue, subject, situation or problem. Emphasis on creativity, energy, focus and balance.

Public Affairs Program – Field: Public affairs program reported and/or produced from the field. May focus on issue, subject, situation or problem. Emphasis on creativity, energy, focus and balance.

Documentary: A non-regularly scheduled program; not a newscast. May document an individual subject, issue, situation or problem. This may be a joint news crew effort or that of an individual reporter.

Sports News Story: Report of sports news within a newscast. May be a spot or feature story.

Sports Program: A sports program produced for broadcast outside of a newscast, i.e. full length pregame shows, special topic shows, prep sports night shows. At least 60% must be new content or content newly re-edited. Shows made up of segments previously broadcast within a newscast are not eligible.

Sportscast: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Excellence in sports reporting aired within a daily newscast. Should be a regularly scheduled sports segment, not to exceed six minutes.

Weathercast: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Excellence in weather reporting aired within a daily newscast. Should be a regularly scheduled weather segment, not to exceed six minutes.

Outdoor ⁄ Environment Report: Story on an outdoor topic or environmental issue. Emphasis on information and presentation about the topic and the ability to put a local or regional situation into perspective.

Consumer Report: A locally produced report that helps consumers understand potential concerns or benefits associated with certain products or services.

Health ⁄ Medical Report: A locally produced report that examines current medical or health issues.

Crime ⁄ Courts Report: A report that examines a particular court case, crime, or legal issue.

Government ⁄ Political Report: A locally produced report examining and/or highlighting local, regional or state government or politics.

Education Reporting: A report on education and educational issues.

Television Writing, Single Story: Emphasis on ability to write to video, clarity and overall report presentation.

Television Writing, Program length: Emphasis on ability to write to video, clarity and overall report presentation.

Videography, segment: Excellence in visual storytelling of a story aired within a daily or special newscast or program. Entry judged on video, sound and editing. Cannot exceed 15 minutes in length.

Videography, program: Excellence in visual storytelling. Entry judged on video, sound and editing.

Video Essay: Entry judged on overall presentation, which can include use of music, natural sound and editing. Can be a single story or part of a longer form program. May not be an entire program.

Best TV Graphics: Best graphic used within a story, report, documentary or public affairs program.

Best TV Sports Graphics: Best graphic used within a sports program or report.

Rookie of the Year: Given to one person in television. The individual must be in his/her first full-time professional job and have been working for no more than a year at the end of December 2016.. A letter of endorsement from the entrant’s editor or station manager is optional. Submit three best stories.

Radio Division

General Excellence: Entry consists of one newscast. This date will be chosen at random by the Idaho Press Club and will be announced on January 14th. For the requested program please click here.

General News Report: Reporting of a news story, planned or unplanned. May be a series or comprehensive coverage.

Spot News Report: Coverage of a single breaking, spontaneous event aired the same day or on next available newscast. May include live coverage.

Watchdog⁄Investigative Report: A report uncovering new information that could significantly change the conventional wisdom about anything or anyone of public interest. May be a single report or series that reflects in-depth reporting efforts and enterprise beyond the scope of general news coverage. Entry may include a brief letter outlining research, presentation and impact of report.

Serious Feature Report: Single piece or series. Emphasis on information and presentation. Can be human interest or issue oriented. Preparation may take place over several days.

Light Feature Report: Single piece or series. Human interest or humorous story. Preparation may take place over several days.

News Talk Show: Submit one episode. Program must be Idaho produced and will be judged on presentation, interest, audience interaction and overall quality. May be a call-in program or a general news program with call-in elements.

Sports Talk Show: Submit one episode. Program must be Idaho produced and will be judged on presentation, interest, audience interaction and overall quality.

Sports News Report: Coverage of a sports news story, whether as a regular daily sportscast or special coverage of an event or story. May include human-interest sports stories.

Public Affairs Program: May include documentaries.

Use of Sound: Most creative use of sound in the reporting of a story aired within a daily newscast or special report.

Public Relations Division

Editorial Writing: Selection of three published editorials on a related topic or separate topics. Submissions may be in the form of guest columns, opinion-editorials or letters to the editor. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

News Release: Selection of three news releases and if available, up to five clippings from each of them. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account

Feature Writing: Original material written for a particular communication project. Submit text of feature article as well as documentation of publication and placement. The feature article should have been written by the practitioner, and submitted and published through his/her efforts.

Media Kit: Entry should include entire kit contents and⁄or URL. Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Annual Report: Publications which report on an organization’s annual performance. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Newsletter, Internal: Entry must be intended for internal audience. Submit three issues. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Newsletter, External: Entry must be intended for external audience. Submit three issues. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Special Purpose Publication: A single-issue publication designed for a special purpose. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Media Campaign: A series of communications related to a single project, product launch or event. Include copy of campaign materials and brief description of campaign. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Public Affairs Campaign: Entrant may include brief campaign description. Includes programs specifically designed to influence public policy and⁄or affect legislation, regulations or political activities. Entry needs to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Public Service Campaign: May include radio, television, Web and⁄or print PSA’s or other community outreach to advance public understanding of a charitable or public organization or event. Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Brand Management: Program to promote or improve the reputation of an organization with its publics, either proactively or in response to an issue or event. Include relevant work samples and brief campaign description. Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

All Media Awards (Print, TV, Radio)

First Amendment Award: This award is given for work by Idaho journalists, in any medium, that advances the cause of freedom of information in Idaho in the public interest. Submit a copy of an article, broadcast or publication, along with a letter explaining the project or article and its impact. Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Reporter of the Year Awards – Print/Publication & Broadcast: An honor bestowed on two Idaho journalists, one in print/publication and one in broadcast media, for outstanding reporting. Individuals must be full-time working journalists and submit three of their most enterprising stories. Entry must also include a letter of support from their news director or editor describing why this individual deserves the award. Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Photographer of the Year Awards – Print/Publication & Broadcast:  An honor bestowed on a single Idaho photojournalist and a single Idaho videographer for outstanding visual reporting.  Individuals must be full-time working photographers or videographers.   For photographers, submit up to ten images with captions. For videographers, submit a composite of up to 15 minutes in length.  Entry must also include a letter of support from an editor or manger describing why this individual deserves the award.  Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.

Special Coverage: Comprehensive coverage of a special event, unusual circumstance or issue that goes above and beyond normal news coverage. Please submit highlights of coverage along with a letter explaining the coverage and any supporting documents that help describe the news organization’s approach. Entry may include a special section. Entry may need to be submitted via a link from an ISSUU.com account.