Awards

 

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) is now accepting nominations for the 2009 National Journalism Awards for work published between October 24, 2008 and October 31, 2009. The deadline for receiving entries is November 21, 2009.

The awards will be made in the following eighteen (18) categories:

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Nominees must be an employee of a Jamaican media organisation for more than three years.
  • He/she must have produced a body of work of consistently high quality between October 2008 and November 2009.
  • The body of work must have created national impact or affected the well being of a significant number of people
  • The body of work must have resulted in a resolution of the situation or an improvement in the circumstances of the people involved or,
  • Must have resulted in a change of government/corporate policy or action

THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Stories must:

  • Contain original work and not leaked information
  • Should right a wrong
  • Reveal corruption, wrong doing or abuse of power
  • Explain complex social problems
  • Show a pattern of systemic problems, not just one isolated incident affecting one individual
  • Must show evidence of research and analytic skills in handling material
  • Must speak about something that is interesting for the readers, viewers or listeners and

address some issues that concern them and their everyday life.

  • Should expose information that is being concealed

HECTOR BERNARD/THEODORE SEALY AWARD FOR

THE “BEST NEWS JOURNALIST” (Print or Electronic)

Candidates must submit at least two in-depth series and samples of no less than three pieces of work published or aired over the period under review. Stories should …

  • Have their origins in some event or decision that affects or will affect the lives of a substantial number of people.
  • Provide evidence of journalistic enterprise, rather than stories that originate out of speeches or out of organized or spontaneous events.
  • Provide new information. The reporter should interpret, illuminate or delve below the obvious surface of the happening so that the story is more than an exercise in stenography or of sound or video recordings
  • Be a minimum of 1,000 words for print, or three minutes for radio and television

ASTON RHODEN AWARD FOR NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Photos should capture the following features:

  • Life, action, beauty, prominence, achievement, romance, drama, excitement adventure.
  • Photos should stir emotions, arouse curiosity, tell the high point of the story
  • Sharp, balanced composition
  • Evidence that photographer had the reader in mind when taking the picture

JUNIOR DOWIE AWARD FOR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Photos should capture the following features:

  • Capture action, life, excitement, achievement etc.
  • Stir emotions and tell the high point of the story
  • Some evidence of initiative and imagination
  • Good technical quality

CARL WINT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE (Print or Electronic)

This award is open to journalists across all beats –sports, lifestyle, entertainment, news etc.

  • The feature must not simply be a report of an event or speech but one that seeks to tell the reader, listener or viewer what the event or speech means.
  • Reporter should delve below the obvious surface of the happening so that the story is more than a simple record of the facts.
  • The feature must provide new information
  • Writing/presentation style must command the attention of readers/viewers/listeners
  • Minimum 1,500 words for print or five minutes for radio and television.

HUGH CROSKILL/RAYMOND SHARP AWARD FOR “BEST

SPORTS JOURNALIST” (Print or Electronic)

Candidates must submit at least two in-depth series and samples of no less than three pieces of work.

  • Stories must have their origin in some event or decision that impacts sports
  • Reporter must demonstrate knowledge of the sport he or she is reporting on.
  • Story must recreate the atmosphere of the play, identify notable achievements, and give readers, listeners or viewers a picture of the sports scene and what it felt like.
  • Reporter must demonstrate excellence in writing/presentation, accuracy, storytelling and analysis.
  • Submission must be between 800 and 1000 words for print media and between three and five minutes for radio and television

LIVINGSTON MCLAREN AWARD FOR CARTOONS

  • Cartoon must show creativity, clarity and currency
  • Should tell a story

MORRIS CARGIL AWARD FOR OPINION JOURNALISM

  • Emphasis should be on the quality, with focus on research and presentation of facts.
  • Writer must be consistent and not just an occasional contributor.
  • Work must have credibility and reliability and not just be loose opinions
  • Currency and proximity
  • Not more than 1,500 words for print or between three and five minutes for radio and television

CARLTON ALEXANDER AWARD FOR THE “BEST BUSINESS &

FINANCE JOURNALIST” (Print or Electronic)

The story must:

  • Demonstrate some initiative, enterprise and diligence on the part of the reporter, other than simply acting as a conduit for the recording of the facts or event being reported.
  • Show evidence of research
  • Show analytical skill in the handling of material
  • Focus on economics and business or finance
  • Candidate must provide three pieces of work
  • Be 800 to 1,000 words for print and three to five minutes for radio and television

THE MAURICE GARRISON AWARD FOR SMALL PUBLICATIONS

The publication must:

  • Be a tabloid size or magazine (but not part of a daily/weekly newspaper)
  • Be printed at least weekly
  • Serve a particular interest or community
  • Should have cultural relevance
  • Appearance/design should be professional

ERROL HARVEY AWARD FOR HUMAN INTEREST

Photos must:

  • Capture, emotions, action, excitement, romance, novelty etc.
  • Tell something about people
  • Have some evidence of initiative and imagination.
  • Have good technical quality

KEN DAWSON AWARD FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

  • Evidence of creativity, initiative and imagination.
  • Technical skills
  • Submissions should tell a story
  • Should have impact and must have currency

EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM

This award is designed to recognise outstanding efforts among journalists in the area of electronic publishing and other new media platforms. Entries will be judged on the following:

  • Substance of content: Is the content well researched, is there balance, fairness, accuracy, focus and clarity?
  • Use of interface: Does the site provide a summary on the first page? Is the site easily identifiable?
  • Organisation of site: Is there consistent design? Is the site easy to navigate? Does it provide useful links to other pages?
  • Use of graphics: What is the quality of the photographs and other illustrations? Is there creative use of multimedia streaming, eg video, audio?

BEST HUMAN INTEREST TELEVISION FEATURE

  • This must be a 30-minute story produced locally and shown on local television

(Longer features should be edited down to 30 minutes for submission)

  • The story must be uplifting and have a positive outcome
  • The story must take a below the surface look at the issues
  • The story must be of high technical quality
    NB. The submission must indicate the names of the full production team: presenter, producer, editor.

BEST ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST (Print or Electronic)

Candidates must submit at least two in-depth series and samples of no less than three pieces of work.

  • Stories must have their origin in some event or decision that impacts the field of entertainment
  • Reporter must demonstrate knowledge of the performing art he or she is reporting on.
  • Story must convey to readers/listeners/viewers the colour and tone of the performance/event and their impact on the audience.
  • Reporter must demonstrate excellence in writing/presentation, accuracy, storytelling and analysis.
  • Submission must be between 800 and 1000 words for print media and between three and five minutes for radio and television

BEST COVER DESIGN –NEWSPAPERS

This award is aimed at recognising sub-editors/paginators for outstanding design of national newspaper covers. One sample is being invited from each nominee.

The entry will be judged on:

-Creativity

-Use of colours

-Grabbing headline

-Graphic/art interplay with text

BEST COVER DESIGN –NEWSPAPER MAGAZINES

This award is aimed at rewarding sub-editors/paginators for outstanding design of covers of magazines that appear weekly or more in national newspapers. One sample is being invited from each nominee.

The entry will be judged on:

-Creativity

-Use of colours

-Grabbing headline

-Graphic/art interplay with text

Entry Procedures

A fee of $1,000 must accompany each entry per category. Paid-up members of the PAJ are not required to pay this fee.

Audio and video productions must be submitted via CDs or DVDs. Submissions must be done in triplicates and must be properly labeled with nominees’ names, media houses and award category. Applications must be delivered to the PAJ Head Quarters on or before November 21, 2009

Direct enquiries to Tel.# 631-6390

NB: The PAJ does not take responsibility for returning entries to nominees. We require only copies of stories/productions, which we reserve the right to keep for reference.

Revised Guidelines for Selecting Journalist of the Year

As part of the continuous revision of the National Journalism Awards, the Executive of the Press Association of Jamaica has decided to change the method by which the Journalist of the Year is selected. Under this revised method, journalists will no longer be required to submit entries for consideration for Journalist of the Year.

Revised guidelines:

Media houses are being encouraged to set up Internal Awards Committees which will track and keep copies of outstanding works done by journalists throughout the year. These internal committees shall submit the names of persons within the media house, who in its opinion have produced outstanding works, to an Oversight Committee that will generate a shortlist of nominees for Journalist of the Year. Samples of the work of the persons being recommended must be given to the Oversight Committee.

Media Houses are being asked to select one representative, preferably the Chair of its internal committee, to sit on the Oversight Committee. The duty of the Oversight committee shall be to examine the journalists’ work recommended by media houses and to recommend to the Executive the person, whose contribution to the profession during the period under review, is the best candidate for Journalist of the Year.

Naming the Journalist of the Year

  • The person being recommended by the Oversight Committee as Journalist of the Year must be agreed on by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Oversight Committee.
  • The Executive may not name a Journalist of the Year if the person recommended by the Oversight Committee receives less than an average of 70 per cent on the mark sheets.
  • The Executive shall provide the Oversight Committee with mark sheets which shall be used as a guide in adjudicating the Journalist of the Year.
  • The Chair of the Oversight Committee shall provide the President or his nominee with the name of the person being recommended as Journalist of the Year three clear days from the awards.

COMPOSITION OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

  • A media house shall nominate one member of its editorial department to sit on the oversight committee
  • No fewer than four persons, not including the Chair, shall comprise the Oversight Committee.
  • Members of the Executive shall not sit on the Oversight Committee.
  • Members of the Oversight Committee shall not be journalists who may be considered for Journalist of the Year in that year or any other awards for the year under review.

CHAIR OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

  • The Oversight Committee shall be chaired by a retired journalist.
  • The Chair of the Oversight Committee shall be nominated by the Executive and must command the respect and confidence of all members of the Oversight Committee.

Press Association of Jamaica

‘Journalist of the Year’ mark sheet

Candidate’s Name: _________________________________________

Year: __________________________________________

Oversight Committee Reviewer: ______________________

Targets Weight %
Subjective grading – (Based on the marker’s observation of a high quality of work that the candidate produced during the period under review) 20
The overall quality and impact of the body of work submitted. 20
Style and use of language or technical proficiency displayed in the body of work submitted. 10
Knowledge of the subject and accuracy demonstrated in the body of work submitted. 10
Adherence to the highest journalistic ethics. 20
Enterprise demonstrated in the body of work submitted. 20

Total __________

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