SPJ Utah Headliners 2020 Contest
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Things you will need before entering:

  • Verify that your SPJ membership is current if you want to take advantage of our discounted rate. Don’t know? Contact SPJ.
  • Have your credit card information available.
  • Be sure your entry is in the correct format. Are you linking to content online, or uploading your own files? View our Uploading Help section for help with file requirements and tips about submitting your entry.
What is the entry deadline for the Utah Headliners contest?
Friday, April 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Entries submitted outside of the contest time frame will be discarded without refund or notification.

Who can enter?
The contest is open to any work published or broadcast by journalists in Utah. Freelance and student work is eligible. Entries must have been published or broadcast in the state during 2019.
Do I have to submit a cover letter?

Cover letters are only required for nominations in our Honors categories. (Good news, Honors nominations are free!)

Can I enter the same work in two different categories?
No. Each entry may be submitted in only one category with the exception of samples of work provided for best reporter, best videographer, best photographer and multimedia journalist categories.
The entry was a team effort. How many names can be on the entry?
Up to five individuals may be named on a team entry; otherwise, the entry must be submitted in the name of the staff of the newspaper, magazine, station or online news site.
What is the entry fee?
  • $10 per entry for SPJ members
  • $15 for per entry for nonmembers

To claim the $10 member fee, you must supply your personal SPJ member number. If it is a team entry, claim the $10 fee if at least one member of the team is a member of SPJ. You must provide the member's name and SPJ member number. To join SPJ and the Utah Headliners chapter, go to SPJ.org.

One payment may be used to cover several entries.

No refunds issued.

I want to enter in the newspaper categories. Which division am I in?
Categories in newspaper section are divided between two divisions — Division A for daily publications and Division B for non-daily and student publications. All entrants are welcome in Division A, but those who choose to do so may not enter other items in Division B (the only exception is entries for "Headline writing," which is a Division A category only). Wire services and online news outlets may enter stories that report on Utah in Newspapers Division A.

Can I mail my entry to SPJ?

Only select categories can be mailed in. Categories with a mail in option:

  • Best newspaper
  • Best magazine
  • Documentary (Television)

Entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2020.

All mailed entries should include a copy of the online award confirmation. To print your award confirmation: 
1. Complete the payment and checkout process, 
2. Click on the “Your Award Entries” tab and select the entry you will mail in. 
3. Print out the confirmation page to submit with your entry.

Mail confirmation form and entries to:

SPJ Utah Headliners
C/O McKenzie Romero
515 S 1000 E #301
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Mail in option applies to select categories only.

When will I be notified if I win? /  How are winners recognized?
Winners will be announced in June. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is uncertain whether our traditional awards event will take place. Please follow us for updates.
Do entries have to be in English?
Yes. All entries must have been published/broadcast in English.

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Uploading and / or linking your entry:

  • If you are uploading videos, use a reliable connection.
  • Name files as simply as possible with no special characters or spaces.
  • Keep file sizes to less than 50 MB. If that is not possible, host your file on a third party website and link it to your entry.

Audio Requirements:

All audio files must be .mp3 (preferred), .wav, .aiff. Audio in other formats will not be accepted. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Video Requirements:

Entrant should upload the work to an online video site and submit the URL (preferred), or upload a video file to the awards site. [50 MB file limit]
— All video files must be one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg or .mp4.
— A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended, but not required.

Linking Files:

Linking Websites: If your category requires you to submit a link to a website, please check the "This is my primary submission" box after providing your link. You may still provide additional links.

Linking Files: If your entry file is larger than the 50 MB upload limit, we suggest that you host it on a third party website and use the Entry File Link area to submit the link to view or download your file. For your convenience, we recommend (but make no guarantee for) free file sharing sites such as Dropbox.

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Contest Categories:

Honors
Note: Honors nomination are FREE and are made by submitting a one-page letter outlining the contributions of an individual, group or organization to journalism in Utah
Honors
Note: Honors nomination are FREE and are made by submitting a one-page letter outlining the contributions of an individual, group or organization to journalism in Utah

Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award: Honors the late Cliff Cheney, who served as Utah Headliners president in 1978. Nominee’s work should demonstrate outstanding professional or academic service to journalism.
Don Baker Investigative Reporting Award: Honors the late Don Baker, a respected journalist who reported for the Standard-Examiner and Deseret News. Submit a single story, single-issue package or multi-issue series on any topic. Work must demonstrate exceptional investigative effort. Entry also may include a one-page synopsis of difficulties faced and overcome.
Josephine Zimmerman Pioneer in Journalism Award: This award is given to someone who broke ground in journalism for a particular group or in a particular area. This award is named for Josephine Zimmerman, a long-time political reporter at The Daily Herald in Provo.
Quintus C. Wilson Ethics Award: Honors Quintus C. Wilson, past chair of the University of Utah journalism department and founding member of Utah Headliners. Nominee’s work should demonstrate outstanding concern for journalism’s ethics or pursuit of ethics.
Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award: Honors the late Roy B. Gibson, who was a pioneer in TV broadcasting, a University of Utah communications professor and an ardent First Amendment advocate. Nominee’s work should demonstrate outstanding efforts to raise awareness of and protect access to government records and meetings, expose abuses of freedom of information laws, or use those laws to produce significant public service reports.
Lifetime Achievement Award: This award honors an individual for exceptional lifetime dedication to journalism. Selection is based on the nominee's lifelong commitment to the profession and to the values of the Society of Professional Journalists including the tenacious pursuit of the truth; adherence to high ethical standards; service to the community as a watchdog; advocacy for freedom of information and a free press; and the inclusion of diversity in coverage and in the workplace.

Design and Graphics
Best single-page design: Best single-page design in a printed publication. Single work example or package.
Graphics: Best use of graphics, open to all media. Single work example or package.

Best newspaper, Division A: Three full editions from 2020. For dailies: March 7, July 15, October 13

Best newspaper, Division B: For weeklies: fourth week of February, second week of May and fourth week of November. For twice weeklies: one edition only from weeks listed above. For monthlies: January, June and October. For quarterlies: second, third and fourth editions.

Newspaper feature page design, Division A: Single section front or feature page design.

Newspaper feature page design, Division B: Single section front or feature page design.

Newspaper front-page design, Division A: Single A1 (front page) design.

Newspaper front-page design, Division B: Single A1 (front page) design.
Newspaper headline writing: Up to seven headlines written by the same person. All entries in this category will compete in Division A.

Magazine
Best cover design: Single cover from any issue published in 2019.
Best magazine: Submit editions from these months in 2019: March, July, and November.
Feature story: Single feature story on any topic.
News story: Single news story on any topic.

 

Writing and Reporting (Daily publications, online news outlets and wire services compete in Division A, non-daily publications and students compete in Division B)
Arts and entertainment: Single story pertaining to the arts or entertainment industries, including music, dance, acting, singing, art galleries, etc. Does not include reviews.
Best newspaper reporter: Portfolio of five single-byline stories published in 2019.
Business/consumer: Single enterprise or feature story.
Continuing coverage: Up to five samples/days of continuing coverage of a single subject. Entry may include a one-page synopsis of efforts at continuing coverage of the subject.
Criminal justice: Single enterprise or feature story.
Editorial: Single editorial on any topic.
Education: Single enterprise or feature story.
General feature: Single enterprise or feature story on any topic not covered in specialty categories.
General news: Single story covering a specific news event. May include a one-time event (not spot news) or be part of a regular beat assignment.
Government: Single enterprise or feature story.
Humor/lifestyle column: Single column on any topic.
Medical/science: Single enterprise or feature story.
Military: Single enterprise or feature story.
Minority issues: Single enterprise or feature story.
Multimedia journalist: At least two types of media used to report on the same story, all within a 24-hour period, by an individual journalist. Submit links to articles, video, audio, social media or other online content.
Opinion column: Single column on any topic.
Personality profile: Single enterprise or feature story.
Religion/values: Single enterprise or feature story.
Review/criticism: Single example focusing on an entertainment or consumer issue: i.e., restaurants, food, wine, movies, concerts, plays, books, computer software, etc.
Series: Formal series (excluding continuing coverage) published in more than one issue, or a single-issue special project package.
Sports column: Single column on any sports-related topic.
Sports deadline reporting: Single sports-related story reported on a same-day deadline.
Sports non-deadline reporting: Single sports-related enterprise or feature story.
Spot news: Initial story or group of stories about a breaking-news event, published within 24 hours of the event.

 

Photojournalism (all newspaper entries)

Best photographer: Submit a portfolio of up to 10 single photographs and up to two photo essays. (Photo essays can be up to 12 photographs, total "Best Photographer" entry should be no more than 34 photographs.
Feature photo: Single photo published with a feature story or package.
General news photo: Single photo of a non-breaking news event.
Photo essay: Single-issue group of photos on a single subject, up to 12 photographs.
Sports action photo: Single, sports-related action photo.
Sports feature photo: Single sports photo published with a feature story or package.
Spot news photo: Single photo of a breaking news event. Spot news photo entries must have been published within 24 hours of the event for dailies. For non-dailies, the photo must have been published in the edition immediately following the breaking news event.

Radio
Best radio newscast: Example of one radio newscast that aired during 2019.
Best radio reporter: Portfolio of five stories by a single reporter aired in 2019.
Best use of sound: Single report on any subject that demonstrates proficiency in using natural sound to enhance the story.
Business/consumer: Single enterprise or feature story.
Continual coverage: Up to five samples of continuing coverage of a single subject. Total time should not exceed 20 minutes.
Criminal justice: Single enterprise or feature story.
Documentary: Single in-depth report or package of reports on a single issue or topic.
Education: Single enterprise or feature story.
General feature: Single enterprise or feature story.
General news: Single story covering a specific news event. May include a one-time event (not spot news) or be part of a regular beat assignment.
Government reporting: Single enterprise or feature story.
Military: Single enterprise or feature story.
Minority issue: Single enterprise or feature story.
Multimedia journalist: At least two types of media used to report on the same story, all within a 24-hour period, by an individual journalist. Submit links to articles, video, audio, social media or other online content.
Personality profile: Single enterprise or feature story.
Public affairs/talk show: One episode of a public affairs or news talk show that aired during 2019.
Series: Formal series (excluding continuing coverage and documentary) aired over several days.
Sports reporting: Single sports-related enterprise, feature or game story.
Spot news: Initial story, or group of same-day stories, about a breaking-news event — aired within 24 hours of the event.

 

Television
Best sports show: One complete sports show that aired during 2019.
Best TV newscast: One complete newscast that aired during 2019.
Best TV reporter: Portfolio of five stories featuring a single reporter on camera and aired in 2019. On-camera reporter must have done 80 percent of the research and writing.
Business/consumer: Single enterprise or feature story.
Continuing coverage: Up to five samples of continuing coverage of a single subject.
Criminal justice reporting: Single enterprise or feature story.
Editing: Example of editing in a single news or feature story.
Education reporting: Single enterprise or feature story.
General feature: Single feature story.
General news: Single story covering a specific news event- can include a one-time event (not spot news) or be part of a regular beat assignment.
Government reporting: Single enterprise or feature story.
Military reporting: Single enterprise or feature story.
Minority issues reporting: Single enterprise or feature story.
Multimedia journalist: At least two types of media used to report on the same story, all within a 24-hour period, by an individual journalist. Submit links to articles, video, audio, social media or other online content.
Personality profile: Single enterprise or feature story.
Series: Formal series (excluding investigative, continuing coverage and documentary) aired over multiple days.
Sports reportingSingle sports-related enterprise, feature or game story.
Spot news: Initial story or group of same-day stories about a breaking news event, aired within 24 hours of the event.

 

Videography
Best videographer: Portfolio of five stories shot by a single videographer and aired in 2019. Videographer must have shot at least 80 percent of the footage.
Feature: Single feature story.
Sports: Single sports-related story.
Spot news: Initial story, or group of same-day stories, about a breaking-news event — aired within 24 hours of the event. Videographer must have shot 80 percent of the footage. Entry must not exceed 30 minutes in length.

 

Web
Best multimedia online: Online story that uses multimedia elements to expand or enhance coverage.
Best news-oriented website: Website whose primary purpose is reporting news. Submit a link to your website's homepage, judges may evaluate the site at any time for approximately one month after the submission deadline.
Best podcast: Single episode of a news-related podcast.
Best use of news-oriented social mediaBest use of social media for journalism purposes. Submit links to social media accounts used for journalistic purposes.

 


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