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Student Awards


BREAKING/SPOT NEWS REPORTING -- Print

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display the most skill in reporting a breaking news event.  Breaking News applies to stories completed in response to an unanticipatedevent.
Two separate entries per print journalist may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada. An entry consists of the initial story or package of stories from the first publication or issue after the event.

Each entry must be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ENTERPRISE REPORTING -- Print

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display initiative and show enterprise in journalism. Investigative journalism stories are welcome in this category. Continuing coverage of a breaking news event may also be entered here.

Judges will look for enterprising journalism that goes beyond the obvious, the ordinary, the expected, and the regular. They will look for journalism that puts issues in context and in perspective and thereby makes those issues make sense.

Two separate entries per print journalist may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada. Entries should include a story or a series of not more than three related stories that displays enterprise as well as depth and quality of research. The difficulty of the story or stories will be considered.

Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism category by a photojournalist.

Each entry must be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

FEATURE -- Print

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.
These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display excellence and creativity in the presentation of feature or human interest stories with journalistic merit.

Two separate entries per print journalist may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada. The entry can be the original item plus not more than 3 items, if a series. Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism category by a photojournalist.
Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca 

PHOTOJOURNALISM SPOT NEWS -- Newspaper

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver finalists.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display creativity in capturing a breaking news event in a single photograph.
Spot News photojournalism is a photo image in response to an unanticipated event.

Two separate entries per newspaper photographer may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada.

The photograph must have been published in an Atlantic Canadian daily or community newspaper. No stock shots.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the photograph and how it developed. Details should include the photo’s chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation, as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

PHOTOJOURNALISM FEATURE -- Newspaper

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display excellence and creativity in the visual presentation of feature or human interest photo with journalistic merit.

The entry must be a single original photograph, not a series, and shot during the entry calendar year.  The photograph must have been published in an Atlantic Canadian daily or community newspaper.  No stock shots.  Two separate entries per newspaper photographer may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of how it developed. Details should include the photo’s chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

EDITORIAL CARTOONING - Print

There will be three finalists for this category including an overall gold winner and two silver winners.

The award, in the opinion of the judges, displays a visual commentary featuring art and argument, humor and polemic.  The editorial cartoons must have appeared in an Atlantic Canadian daily or community newspaper or magazine.

Each cartoonist is allowed to submit one entry consisting of three separate editorial cartoons. The entry will be judged on this show of work.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BEST PAGE PRESENTATION -- Newspaper

In this category there will be three finalists including an overall gold winner and two silver winners.

The award will recognize excellence in content presentation and layout for a single newspaper print page.  This page could be a front page or a section page.

Two entries are allowed per newspaper organization in Atlantic Canada.  Entrants may submit a single subject page or multi page entry of a single subject from one issue.

Judges will be asked to review submissions on journalistic merit as well as imaginative and informative design, colour, artistry, text positioning, fonts, typography, clarity, headline drama, impact and photography.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BREAKING NEWS RADIO

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display the most skill in reporting a breaking news event. 

Two separate entries per radio station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada. An entry consists of the initial breaking/spot news item.

Each entry must be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BEST INFORMATION NEWS RADIO PROGRAM

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards in the opinion of the judges display overall excellence in the content and presentation of a regularly broadcast news information program or talk radio program, which is not a daily newscast.  The entry must be a segment as broadcast on air.  Submit a maximum 30 minute not edited sample from the chosen information news program.

Two separate entries per station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada.  Include a short explanation of the entry so judges can place the item in context.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BEST RADIO NEWSCAST

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards in the opinion of the judges display overall excellence in the content and presentation of a regularly scheduled radio newscast aired on an Atlantic Canada radio station.  Maximum length - 20 minutes.

One entry per station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada. The broadcast date is selected by the radio station.  Include a short explanation of the entry so judges can place the item in context.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ENTERPRISE REPORTING -- Radio

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display initiative and show enterprise in journalism. Investigative journalism stories are welcome in this category. Continuing coverage of a breaking news event may also be entered here.

Judges will look for enterprising journalism that goes beyond the obvious, the ordinary, the expected, and the regular. They will look for journalism that puts issues in context and in perspective and thereby makes those issues make sense.

Two separate entries per radio station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada.  

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

FEATURE -– Radio

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display excellence and creativity in the presentation of feature or human interest stories with journalistic merit. 

Two separate entries per radio station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada. The entry can be the original item plus not more than 3 items, if a series.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BREAKING NEWS/SPOT NEWS REPORTING -- Television

The AJAs recognizes there is a diversity of TV news presentation in the region and wish to encourage entries from both private and public broadcasters.  TV entries therefore are limited to the following formula.  The maximum number of entries per station is listed.

NTV - 3
CBC NL - 3
GLOBAL - 3
CTV - 3
CBC NS - 2
CBC NB - 2
CBC PEI – 2
RADIO-CANADA ATLANTIQUE - 2
OTHERS – 1

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display the most skill in reporting a breaking news event.  Breaking News applies to stories completed in response to an unanticipated event.

The photojournalist/cameraperson involved in the story can also be listed as a nominee along with the journalist.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ENTERPRISE REPORTING -- Television

The AJAs recognizes there is a diversity of TV news presentation in the region and wish to encourage entries from both private and public broadcasters.  TV entries therefore are limited to the following formula.  The maximum number of entries per station is listed.

NTV - 3
CBC NL - 3
GLOBAL - 3
CTV - 3
CBC NS - 2
CBC NB - 2
CBC PEI – 2
RADIO-CANADA ATLANTIQUE - 2
OTHERS – 1

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display initiative and show enterprise in journalism. Investigative journalism stories are welcome in this category. Continuing coverage of a breaking news event may also be entered here.

Judges will look for enterprising journalism that goes beyond the obvious, the ordinary, the expected, and the regular. They will look for journalism that puts issues in context and in perspective and thereby makes those issues make sense.

Entries should include an item, or a series of not more than three related stories that displays enterprise as well as depth and quality of research. The difficulty of the story or stories will be considered.

The photojournalist/cameraperson involved in the story can also be listed as a nominee along with the journalist.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

FEATURE -– Television

The AJAs recognizes there is a diversity of TV news presentation in the region and wish to encourage entries from both private and public broadcasters.  TV entries therefore are limited to the following formula.  The maximum number of entries per station is listed.

NTV - 3
CBC NL - 3
GLOBAL - 3
CTV - 3
CBC NS - 2
CBC NB - 2
CBC PEI – 2
RADIO-CANADA ATLANTIQUE - 2
OTHERS – 1

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display excellence and creativity in the presentation of feature or human interest stories with journalistic merit.

The entry can be the original item plus not more than 3 items if a series. 

The photojournalist/cameraperson involved in the story can also be listed as a nominee along with the journalist.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BEST TV NEWS BROADCAST

Each news jurisdiction may enter one complete newscast for the same designated day.  The on air date will be announced by the AJAs after the broadcast date.  The date is selected so as not to favour one newscast which may have a significant story.

THE SELECTED NEWSCAST DATE FOR ALL STATIONS IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013.

The newscast can be either one half hour or one hour.

The maximum numbers of newscasts that can be entered are;

NTV - 1
CBC NL - 1
GLOBAL NS - 1
GLOBAL NB - 1
CTV - 1
CBC NS -1
CBC NB -1
CBC PEI - 1
Radio-Canada Atlantique - 1
 
There will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

Judges will look for the newscasts that have the best journalistic merit and which combine spot news, continuing coverage, feature, enterprise reporting and weather reporting into an informative newscast.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the newscast and how it developed. Details should include the newscasts chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

VIDEO JOURNALIST -- Television

The Videojournalist "Show of Work" category is for television journalists who are reporter, camera operator and editor.
In this category there will be three finalists including an overall gold winner and two silver winners.

VJs should submit one Show of Work entry, which should consist of three different stories broadcast during the calendar year.

The judges will look for entries in which a journalist, acting as reporter, camera operator and editor, displays the most skill in reporting, shooting and editing a news story. Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE ARTICLE

In this category there will be three finalists honoured from the magazine entries including one overall winner and two silver winners.

The selected magazine stories combining writing, photography and layout will demonstrate excellence, creativity, and journalistic merit in the presentation of any topic.

Two separate entries per magazine may be submitted as published in Atlantic Canada.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism category by a photojournalist.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE - Best Cover

In this category there will be three finalists honoured from magazine entries including one gold winner and two silver winners.

The selected magazine cover will be judged on the overall delivery of the message, including eye appeal, journalistic contribution, design, and clarity. The judges will consider these main functions; the strength of the cover in drawing attention to the magazine issue and the design, graphics and journalistic merit of the cover.

Two separate covers may be submitted per magazine as originally published in Atlantic Canada during the calendar year. 

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the cover and how it developed. Details should include the cover’s chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE Best Profile Article

In this category there will be three finalists honoured from magazine entries including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

The selected magazine profile stories, combining writing and photography, will demonstrate excellence, creativity, and journalistic merit in the presentation of the profile. The judges will consider these main functions;  the substance of the profile, how well the profile is told, the creative use of writing, photography and layout in the profile, and  resources available to complete the story.

Two separate profile stories per magazine may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada during the calendar year.
Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism category by a photojournalist.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ONLINE NEWS REPORTING

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

This category will recognize online journalism for a single story that develops from an unplanned spot news/breaking news event or a news development under deadline pressure within a 24-hour period. The online news reporting category reflects what is completed under a deadline pressure for a single event or single developing news story.

Eligible entries can be from websites of news organizations in Atlantic Canada. The intention is to recognize the use of the online medium as a news/information vehicle for a single news item on a developing breaking news event. Judges will look at the total package, including the speed and accuracy of the reporting, the use of social media tools, the development of the story online, the fullness of information, writing, design, photography, video, audio, Flash, navigation ease, interactivity, links, and other supporting information to inform readers about the story.

Entries must include a website's URL, or archived web pages relating to the specific coverage along with a brief written description. Entrants are also encouraged to provide an additional URL which includes screen shots from the first minutes and hours after the event or other documentary evidence clarifying what was published within the breaking news window.

The key judging criteria will be journalistic merit.

BLOGS should not be included in the submission.

Two entries may be submitted per news organization.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BEST MULTIMEDIA FEATURE (SPECIAL PROJECT)

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners presented to news organizations that make the best use of new media/multimedia technology in their coverage of a single feature story or connected special project series.

Examples could include a regular website, blog, chat forum or the use of existing social networking sites (Twitter or Facebook) to develop or enhance their coverage.

Judges will look at the total package of the use of new media including the fullness of information, writing, design, photography, video, audio, Flash, navigation ease, interactivity, links, and other supporting information to inform readers about the story.  Attention will be given to the creative use of new media and how well it contributes to the reader's in-depth understanding of the issue.

Entries must include a website's URL, or archived web pages relating to the specific coverage along with a brief written description of how new media was used. Entries will be judged on content, innovation, visual design, functionality and interactivity.

Two separate entries per news organization may be submitted as originally published in Atlantic Canada. Include a short explanation of the entry so judges can place the item in context.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

BUSINESS REPORTING -- Any Medium

In this category there will be three finalists from either print, radio, television or magazine entries including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

Each entry can be written/produced by either a single journalist or team of journalists.

The entry may be a single story or a body of work on the same topic, consisting of not more than three pieces, which may include features, online, columns, news or beat stories, or any combination of these. The selected business stories, in the opinion of the judges, shall demonstrate excellence, creativity, and journalistic merit in the presentation of a business story in print, radio, television, online or magazines.

Two separate entries per journalist may be submitted as originally published or broadcast in Atlantic Canada. Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism print category by a photojournalist.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

SPORTS REPORTING -- Any Medium

In this category there will be three finalists from either print, radio, television or magazine entries including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

The selected sports stories, in the opinion of the judges, shall demonstrate excellence, creativity, and journalistic merit in the presentation of a sports story in print, radio, television, online or magazines.

Two separate entries per news organization may be submitted as originally published or broadcast in Atlantic Canada. Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism print category by a photojournalist.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING

In this category there will be three finalists honoured from print, radio, television or magazine entries including an overall gold winner and two silver winners.

The selected entertainment stories, in the opinion of the judges, shall demonstrate excellence, creativity, and journalistic merit in the presentation of an arts and entertainment story in print, radio, television, or online.

Two separate entries per journalist may be submitted as originally published or broadcast in Atlantic Canada. Stories can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism print category by a photojournalist.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

COMMENTARY

In this category there will be three finalists selected from the print, radio, or television entries including an overall gold winner and two silver winners.

This award, in the opinion of the judges, displays outstanding editorial comment in print, television or radio. It may be analytical, interpretive, or humorous, or a combination of such qualities.

Only one entry may be submitted per journalist and must be a single entry not a series. Items can only be entered in one category unless the visual component is being entered in a Photojournalism category by a photojournalist.

Entrants must be full time journalists or freelance journalists.
Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

THE JIM MACNEILL NEW JOURNALIST AWARD

In this category there will be three finalists including an overall gold award winner and two silver winners.

These awards are open to journalists in print, radio and television with less than three years experience as a journalist. New journalists nominated in other years, who still fit the three year rule, may reapply as long as they have not been a previous AJAs New Journalist category GOLD award winner.

Nominations must be accompanied by a short rationale along with a sampling of up to three stories representative of the entrant's body of work.  A recommendation from the news editor/director should be included in the submission.

Emphasis will be placed on journalistic qualities such as enterprise, creativity, persistence, initiative and ingenuity. Judges will look for journalism that provides insight and context to issues of significance.

Students enrolled in journalism or communications programs are not eligible to be nominated for this award.
A new journalist is not excluded from submitting entries in any other award category.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the new journalist and the stories in the Show of Work. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the stories.

Please also review Judging Guidelines at www.AJAs.ca

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This single annual award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication to journalism excellence in Atlantic Canada.  Nominations for this award can be submitted by anyone to the Atlantic Journalism Awards.  The chosen recipient will be selected by the AJAs Board of Directors and be honoured at the spring gala awards event.

STUDENT AWARDS

PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA SCHOLARSHIP

The Province of Nova Scotia, through Communications Nova Scotia, is offering a $1,200. scholarship for a student studying journalism. The competition is open to students at the University of King’s College, School of Journalism or the Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus, Radio & Television Arts program.  The Atlantic Journalism Awards will administer the award and arrange for the presentation in April 2013. 

Entrants should submit one of their stories which has significance and importance to Nova Scotia.  The entry could be from print, radio, television, or online.  Only one submission per student and no team entries.  Please include a short background page about the item and yourself. 

Students are asked to submit their entry to the individuals listed below. A panel of Nova Scotia journalists will review the applicants and select the final winner.
 
Deadline for application is March 30, 2014 
For more information contact; 

Kelly Porter, University of King’s College, School of Journalism, Halifax 

or

Erin Moore, NSCC Campus, Dartmouth 

ATLANTIC LOTTERY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The $500 Atlantic Lottery Prize for Journalism Excellence is presented each year to a journalism student from University of King's College, Halifax, for journalistic work in any medium.

NALCOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award of $500 will be presented to a student from the journalism program of College of the North Atlantic, Bay St. George, Nfld. The prize rewards initiative, maturity, creativity, and professionalism in either course work or independent writing.