National Journalism Awards to Recognise Bloggers

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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The Press Association of Jamaica’s National Journalism Awards will this year, for the first time,  recognize the work of bloggers, with one new award, and the opening  up of an existing award.

The category of “Best Blog” has been created to recognize journalism in new media, the Opinion Journalism Award is now being opened up to bloggers, as well as producers of podcasts and vidcasts, and the On-line Journalism Award has been re-branded as “Best News Website.”

“The contribution of bloggers to journalism across the world is undeniable,” says PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller. “We wanted to open up another avenue to recognize that.”

“Opinion journalism, for example, has exploded far beyond the traditional categories of radio, TV and print, and there is a lot of biting, incisive commentary being produced outside of the traditional media houses,” she said.

The Best Blog Award will highlight excellence in news, current affairs, sports and entertainment, categories already recognized by the PAJ. The On-line Journalism Award has been re-named “Best News Website” to help bring greater clarity to the nature of the award.

All entries will be judged on the principles of journalistic excellence – writing, research, originality, accuracy, incisive storytelling, analytical skills, the importance of the subject matter and the public interest.

Submissions  for the National Journalism Awards are now being accepted by the PAJ. Entries close on September 30, 2015.

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  • Michelle says:

    A critical and important development to add the Best Blog component to the Awards.
    Are there special guidelines/forms for submission of entries to the Best Blog Award?

  • admin says:

    Hi Michelle, thanks for the interest. Please see the guidelines posted. –

  • Well done. A move in the right direction. I am however wondering what emphasis will be placed on Facebook Notes and blogs on individual websites in this assessment.

  • admin says:

    application form including your URL. If you are a paid up PAJ member, no entry fee. If not – $3500 fee.

  • admin says:

    Hi Lloyd, individual blog posts, if I understand your question correctly can be entered in the Opinion Journalism category. Not including FB right now!

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