Excellence in Journalism Award Criteria

Entrants must indicate which of these two categories they represent. There is a $50 application fee for large or national media and a $25 application fee for local or regional media. Please note the emphasis of this award is on organizational excellence, not output.

1. LARGE OR NATIONAL MEDIA
Entrants in this category include:
a. Newspaper - paid daily circulation more than 100,000
b. Magazines - paid circulation more than 150,000
c. National Broadcast
d. Online Journalism - more than 500,000 unique visitors per month. Must have original content and a distinctive editorial voice.

2. LOCAL OR REGIONAL MEDIA
Entrants in this category include:
a. Newspaper – paid daily/weekly circulation less than 100,000
b. Magazines - paid circulation less than 150,000
c. Local or Regional Broadcast
d. Online Journalism - less than 500,000 unique visitors per month. Must have original content and a distinctive editorial voice.

The submission should answer the following questions. Each response may be a maximum of 125 words. Consideration is given to responses in ALL categories:

1. ORIGINALITY / COURAGE / INDEPENDENCE – 25%

  • Demonstrate how your organization fosters creativity, innovation and risk-taking.
  • Provide examples of how your organization has shown courage and independence in the past year.
  • Describe how your organization regularly commits extra resources over a long period of time to the pursuit of a story.
  • Provide examples of how your organization has broken away from the pack to explore important territory that others had missed.
     

2. ACCURACY / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY / ACCOUNTABILITY – 25%

  • What mechanisms and policies does your organization have in place to ensure accuracy and fairness?
  • How does your organization acknowledge errors and deal with complaints?
  • Provide an example of how your organization balances the right to privacy and the right to know.

3. IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY – 30%

  • Provide examples of the impact in the community the work of your organization has had.
     

4. DIVERSITY – 10%

  • What specific efforts and continuing efforts does your organization make to ensure that a diversity of voices, faces and ideas in your newsroom and coverage reflects Canadian life?

4. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / OPPORTUNITIES – 10%

  • What measures does your organization take to make your newsroom a challenging, exciting and rewarding place for journalists in order to inspire excellence in journalism?

This award is now closed.