Ohio's Best Journalism - 2016

PRINT LG: (75,000 + circ.)
Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g., pdf, jpg,etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance
Best Arts Profile
One story that profiles an individual in arts at the state or local level.
Best Arts Reporting
Outstanding coverage of arts or entertainment, demonstrated by a selection of six news or feature articles by a single writer.
Best Business Profile
One story that profiles an individual in business or development at the state or local level.
Best Business Reporting
Outstanding coverage of business or development, demonstrated by a selection of six articles by a writer or team, such as in a series.
Best Children’s Issues Reporting
Reporting that best serves the needs of children, either by exposing an abuse or exploring solutions to challenges faced by youth.
Best Consumer Reporting
Reporting that informs readers about a consumer product hazard or exposes questionable behavior in the marketplace.
Best Criminal Justice Reporting
Up to six stories on crime or a law enforcement issue, including stories from the courts.
Best Deadline Reporting
Coverage of a disaster or major news event published within 24 hours, and demonstrating excellent teamwork and use of real people to tell the stories.
Best Editorial Page Campaign
An editorial page effort that exposes inadequacy and leads to change. May include unsigned editorials, signed columns, cartoons and reader response.
Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher Ed
Up to six stories on higher education issues and institutions through breaking news, investigative reporting and enterprise stories.
Best Education Issues Reporting, K-12
Up to six stories on education issues and schools that aids the public through revealing breaking news, investigative reporting and enterprise stories.
Best Feature Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrate creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best Government Reporting
Outstanding individual or team coverage of city, county or state government. Include up to six articles or series.
Best Headline Writing
Outstanding headline writing. Include six headlines that are creative, concise or otherwise effective in conveying the essence of a story or pulling readers in.
Best Human Interest Writing
A single human interest feature.
Best Investigative Reporting
Reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
Best Media Criticism
For reporting, commentary or an academic research paper on a news media controversy or shortcoming.
Best Medical / Science Reporting
Coverage that enlightens readers about medicine or science.
Best Minority Issues Reporting
One or more stories that best address the issues and challenges faced by a minority group.
Best Newsmaker Profile
One story that profiles an individual local or state newsmaker.
Best Political Commentary
One or more examples of signed commentary that demonstrate outstanding opinion or analysis of state or local candidates or issues.
Best Political Reporting
One or more stories that demonstrate outstanding coverage of state or local candidates or issues.
Best Public Records Use
One or more stories that use Ohio public records law or the federal Freedom of Information Act to uncover information of vital community interest.
Best Public Service Journalism
Best effort by a publication or journalist to connect with the community in a different way, such as by encouraging civic or political engagement or participation.
Best Religion Reporting
One or more stories that explore spirituality, the search for faith in modern life, or issues and challenges religious communities face.
Best Rock and Roll Commentary / Best Music Review
Best example of single commentary or review that offers opinion or analysis of rock and roll musicians and trends in the music.
Best Rock and Roll Feature Writing
Best example of feature writing about rock and roll musicians and music. Submit at least four examples of work by a writer or team.
Best Social Issues Reporting
One or more stories on social justice issues, such as poverty, homelessness, substandard housing, public health or social work.
Best Sports Profile
One story that profiles an individual in sports at the state or local level.
Best Sports Reporting
Outstanding coverage of sports, demonstrated by at least six articles by a writer or team.
Best Website
For the best website by a publication. Provide your web address for judges to access.
Best Environment Reporting
Coverage that best served to improve the environment, such as by revealing a trouble spot or otherwise spotlighting an environmental topic.
Best Explanatory Journalism
Reporting that explains a public issue or need. May include words, photos and graphics and the use of real people to tell the story.
BEST OF SHOW--PRINT (75,000 + circ.)
Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Columnist in Ohio
A portfolio of six columns by a single writer.
Best Critic in Ohio
A portfolio of the work of a single critic, with six examples. The work may include reviews of plays, movies, restaurants, or the visual or performing arts.
Best Daily Newspaper
Four editions of a daily newspaper. Judges will look at reporting, writing, photography, use of graphics and illustrations and overall design quality of all sections. Submit PDFs.
Best Defense of Literacy
A published story or project conducted by the publication that seeks to increase literacy in a community.
Best Defense of the First Amendment
For a published story or editorial or legal action pursued by a news organization that battles censorship or gains access to government places or proceedings.
Best Graphic Designer in Ohio
Six examples of page design and/or art illustration by a single graphic artist.
Best Page One Design
Submit front pages of four editions of the newspaper.
Best Photographer in Ohio
A portfolio of the work of a single photographer, including six examples of deadline and or non-deadline images.
Best Reporter in Ohio
A portfolio of work by one reporter. Include six examples that show a balance of deadline, non-deadline, and feature writing.
Best Special Publication
A freestanding publication, such as a reprint, book or other editorial product with outstanding content and design. Submit PDF.
Best Special Section
A single special section or insert published on any topic. Submit PDF.
Best Videographer
Best visual storyteller for a print publication who demonstrates excellence in videography and sound in spot news, general assignment or specialty reporting.
PRINT SM: (< 75,000 circ)
Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Arts Profile
One story that profiles an individual in arts at the state or local level.
Best Arts Reporting
Outstanding coverage of arts or entertainment, demonstrated by a selection of six news or feature articles by a single writer.
Best Business Profile
One story that profiles an individual in business or development at the state or local level.
Best Business Reporting
Outstanding coverage of business or development, demonstrated by a selection of six articles by a writer or team.
Best Children’s Issues Reporting
Reporting that best serves the needs of children, either by exposing an abuse or exploring solutions to challenges faced by youth.
Best Consumer Reporting
Reporting that informs readers about a consumer product hazard or exposes questionable behavior in the marketplace.
Best Criminal Justice Reporting
Up to six stories on crime or a law enforcement issue, including stories from the courts.
Best Deadline Reporting
Coverage of a disaster or major news event published within 24 hours, and demonstrating excellent teamwork and use of real people to tell the stories.
Best Editorial Page Campaign
An editorial page effort that exposes inadequacy and leads to change. May include unsigned editorials, signed columns, cartoons and reader response.
Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher Ed
Up to six stories on higher education issues and institutions through breaking news, investigative reporting and enterprise stories.
Best Education Issues Reporting, K-12
Up to six stories on education issues and schools that aids the public through revealing breaking news, investigative reporting and enterprise stories.
Best Environment Reporting
Coverage that best served to improve the environment, such as by revealing a trouble spot or otherwise spotlighting an environmental topic.
Best Media Criticism
For reporting or commentary on a news media controversy or shortcoming.
Best Medical / Science Reporting
Coverage that enlightens readers about medicine or science.
Best Minority Issues Reporting
One or more stories that best address the issues and challenges faced by a minority group.
Best Newsmaker Profile
One story that profiles an individual local or state newsmaker.
Best Political Commentary
One or more examples of signed commentary that demonstrate outstanding opinion or analysis of state or local candidates or issues.
Best Political Reporting
One or more stories that demonstrate outstanding coverage of state or local candidates or issues.
Best Public Records Use
One or more stories that use Ohio public records law or the federal Freedom of Information Act to uncover information of vital community interest.
Best Public Service Journalism
Best effort by a publication or journalist to connect with the community in a different way, such as by encouraging civic or political engagement or participation.
Best Religion Reporting
One or more stories that explore spirituality, the search for faith in modern life, or issues and challenges religious communities face.
Best Rock and Roll Commentary / Best Music Review
Best example of commentary or review that offers opinion or analysis of rock and roll musicians and trends in the music.
Best Rock and Roll Feature Writing
Best example of feature writing about rock and roll musicians and music. Submit at least four examples of work by a writer or team.
Best Social Issues Reporting
One or more stories on social justice issues, such as poverty, homelessness, substandard housing, public health or social work.
Best Sports Profile
A single story that profiles an individual in sports at the state or local level.
Best Sports Reporting
Outstanding coverage of sports, demonstrated by a at least six articles by a writer or team.
Best Website
For the best website by a publication. Provide your web address for judges to access.
Best Explanatory Journalism
Reporting that explains a public issue or need. May include words, photos and graphics and the use of real people to tell the story.
Best Feature Reporting
Best Feature Reporting Report or series of reports that demonstrate creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best Government Reporting
Outstanding individual or team coverage of city, county or state government. Include up to six articles or series.
Best Headline Writing
Outstanding headline writing. Include six headlines that are creative, concise or otherwise effective in conveying the essence of a story or pulling readers in.
Best Human Interest Writing
A single human interest feature.
Best Investigative Reporting
Reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
BEST OF SHOW--PRINT SM: (< 75,000 circ.)
Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Columnist
A portfolio of six columns by a single writer.
Best Critic
A portfolio of the work of a single critic, with six examples. The work may include reviews of plays, movies, restaurants, or the visual or performing arts.
Best Daily Newspaper
Four editions of a daily newspaper. Judges will look at reporting, writing, photography, use of graphics and illustrations and overall design quality of all sections. Note: This category requires the submittal of hard copies of the entry. See FAQs, on the HELP page for details.
Best Defense of Literacy
A published story or project conducted by the publication that seeks to increase literacy in a community.
Best Defense of the First Amendment
For a published story or editorial or legal action pursued by a news organization that battles censorship or gains access to government places or proceedings.
Best Graphic Designer
Six examples of page design and/or art illustration by a single graphic artist.
Best Monthly
Two issues of a monthly magazine that is not a trade publication (see separate category). Judges will look for outstanding journalism creatively presented. Submit PDF.
Best Page One Design
Submit front pages of four editions of the newspaper.
Best Photographer
A portfolio of the work of a single photographer, including six examples of deadline and non-deadline images.
Best Reporter in Ohio
A portfolio of work by one reporter. Include six examples that show a balance of deadline, non-deadline, and feature writing.
Best Special Publication
A freestanding publication, such as a reprint, book or other editorial product with outstanding content and design. Submit PDF
Best Special Section
A single special section or insert published on any topic. Submit PDF.
Best Videographer
Best visual storyteller for a print publication who demonstrates excellence in videography and sound in spot news, general assignment or specialty reporting.
Best Weekly Newspaper
Six editions of one weekly newspaper. Judges will look for serious journalism that serves the community through outstanding reporting, effectively presented. Submit PDF.
TELEVISION
Stations in all markets compete against each other. Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Consumer Reporting
Reporting that exposes products or companies that cheat consumers, or which offers news of new products or services. Can be breaking or investigative.
Best Continuing Coverage
Report or series of reports that demonstrates individual or team continued excellence as new information is uncovered beyond the initial event.
Best Criminal Justice Reporting
Report or series of reports demonstrating excellence in coverage of any facet of law enforcement, from initial field report through the court system.
Best Documentary
Best long-form program appearing outside a regular newscast, covering human interest, sports, entertainment, investigative or any other single topic or event.
Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher Ed
Six stories showing a pattern of reporting on Ohio public and private colleges and universities. Includes breaking news, investigative and enterprise stories.
Best Education Issues Reporting. K-12
Six stories demonstrating a pattern of reporting on K-12 education and schools. Includes breaking news and investigative and enterprise stories.
Best Enterprise Reporting
Report or series of reports that show initiative and creative individuality in uncovering news other outlets missed.
Best Environment Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrate best coverage of environmental issues, be they of a breaking or investigative nature.
Best Feature Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrate creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best General Assignment Reporting
Report that demonstrates accuracy, initiative and creativity in a same-day news event.
Best Government Reporting
Best report on the business at hand of local or state government. May be a breaking, continuing or investigative story.
Best Health Care Feature Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrates creativity, originality, depth and clarity in health care reporting.
Best Investigative Reporting
Reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
Best Medical / Health Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrates best coverage of medical or health issues, be they breaking news or enterprise investigative reports.
Best Minority Issues Coverage
Report, series of reports or long-form public service program which best shows issues facing minorities, be they racial, sexual or religious.
Best Sports Reporting
Selection of reports that demonstrates continuing creativity, originality, depth and clarity in sports reporting.
Best Spot News
Single or series of reports that best exemplify breaking coverage on a story that’s developing as it airs or that airs under deadline within hours of the event.
Best Website
Best site run by each medium, one for television stations, one for radio stations. Submit web address for judges to view live.
BEST OF SHOW--TELEVISION
Stations in all markets compete against each other. Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Anchor
Best on-air excellence in delivery, authority, poise, and writing. Include samples from more than one newscast. Maximum time for submission: 15 minutes.
Best Editor
Best use of video and/or sound in editing a quality story or program. Entrant may have gathered own video/sound or edited material gathered by others.
Best News Operation
Best overall news department to show excellence in newscasts, special reports and any other programming. Maximum time: 15 minutes.
Best Newscast
Best daily newscast. Submit entire program minus commercial breaks.
Best Producer
Best example of a single newscast or special program to include writing, story selection and technical merit. Submit entire program minus commercial breaks.
Best Public Affairs Program
Best public affairs program. Submit entire program minus commercials.
Best Reporter
Best reporter to demonstrate excellence in live and taped segments that show versatility, dependability and creativity in deadline and non-deadline situations.
Best Videographer
Best visual storyteller who demonstrates excellence in videography and sound in spot news, general assignment or specialty reporting.
RADIO
Stations in all markets compete against each other. Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Consumer Reporting
Reporting that exposes products or companies that cheat consumers, or which offers news of new products or services. Can be breaking or investigative.
Best Continuing Coverage
Report or series of reports that demonstrates individual or team continued excellence as new information is uncovered beyond the initial event.
Best Criminal Justice Reporting
Report or series of reports demonstrating excellence in coverage of any facet of law enforcement, from initial field report through the court system.
Best Documentary
Best long-form program appearing outside a regular newscast, covering human interest, sports, entertainment, investigative or any other single topic or event.
Best Education Issues Reporting, Higher Ed
Six stories demonstrating a pattern of reporting on higher education issues and institutions. Include breaking news, investigative, and enterprise stories.
Best Education Issues Reporting, K-12
Six stories demonstrating a pattern of reporting on education issues and schools. Include breaking news, investigative reporting and enterprise stories.
Best Enterprise Reporting
Report or series of reports that show initiative and creative individuality in uncovering news other outlets missed.
Best Environment Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrate best coverage of environmental issues, be they of a breaking or investigative nature.
Best Feature Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrate creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best General Assignment Reporting
Report that demonstrates accuracy, initiative and creativity in a same-day news event.
Best Government Reporting
Best report on the business at hand of local or state government. May be a breaking, continuing or investigative story.
Best Health Care Feature Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrates creativity, originality, depth and clarity in health care reporting.
Best Investigative Reporting
Reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
Best Medical / Health Reporting
Report or series of reports that demonstrates best coverage of medical or health issues, be they breaking news or enterprise investigative reports.
Best Minority Issues Coverage
Report, series of reports or long-form public service program which best shows issues facing minorities, be they racial, sexual or religious.
Best Sports Reporting
Selection of reports that demonstrates continuing creativity, originality, depth and clarity in sports reporting
Best Spot News
Single or series of reports that best exemplify breaking coverage on a story that’s developing as it airs or that airs under deadline within hours of the event.
Best Website
Best site run by each medium, one for television stations, one for radio stations. Submit web address for judges to view live.
BEST OF SHOW--RADIO
Stations in all markets compete against each other. Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Anchor
Best on-air excellence in delivery, authority, poise, and writing. Include samples from more than one newscast. Maximum time for submission: 15 minutes.
Best Editor
Best use of video and/or sound in editing a quality story or program. Entrant may have gathered own video/sound or edited material gathered by others.
Best News Operation
Best overall news department to show excellence in newscasts, special reports and any other programming. Maximum tape length: 15 minutes.
Best Newscast
Best daily newscast. Submit entire program minus commercial breaks.
Best Producer
Best example of a single newscast or special program to include writing, story selection and technical merit. Submit entire program minus commercial breaks.
Best Public Affairs Program
Best public affairs program. Submit entire program minus commercials.
Best Reporter
Best reporter to demonstrate excellence in live and taped segments that show versatility, dependability and creativity in deadline and non-deadline situations.
DIGITAL MEDIA
Best visual storyteller who demonstrates excellence in videography and sound in spot news, general assignment or specialty reporting. All web sites and links must remain active throughout 2016. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Arts/Entertainment Story
For the best coverage (story or single series) of an arts/entertainment topic. Judges will look at quality of writing, creativity and overall presentation.
Best Business/Tech Story
For the best coverage of a business or technology topic. Judges will look at quality of writing, sourcing and overall presentation.
Best Editorial Writing
For the single most persuasive editorial that addresses an inadequacy or takes a position on a state or local level issue.
Best Feature
For the best feature story or series. Judges will look at quality of writing, creativity and overall presentation.
Best Graphic Design/Navigation
For the best design and/or art illustration, ease of navigation and quality of links.
Best Headline Writing
For the best single headline or series of headlines. Judges will look for reader appeal, impact and/or humor. Submit printouts only of best web page headlines.
Best Medical / Science Story
For the best coverage of a medical or science topic. Judges will look at quality of writing, sourcing and overall presentation.
Best News Story
For the best story or series reflecting hard news of the day. Judges will look at quality of writing, sourcing and overall presentation.
Best Photography
For the best black-white and/or color photography online. Judges will look at technical composition, creativity and overall visual impact. Submit URL.
Best Sports Coverage
For the best sports reporting (story or single series). Judges will look at quality of writing, sourcing and overall presentation.
Best Videographer
Best visual storyteller who demonstrates excellence in online videography
Specialized Journalism Site
This award recognizes a journalism website that focuses on a single topic. Judges will consider content, ingenuity, interactivity and use of multimedia tools. Each entry should consist of one URL. If affiliated, site should have an independent domain name. If independent, site must be authored by Ohio resident(s). Entries that do not provide a complete and accurate URL will be disqualified. Entrants must keep their nominated entries accessible through 2016.
Best Overall Blog (news organization)
Must be published by an Ohio news organization. Blogs are defined as web pages of commentary or opinion that are updated regularly. Entries will be judged on quality of writing. Submit URL.
Best Blog Post (news organization)
One specific blog post published by an Ohio news organization. Blogs are defined as web pages of commentary or opinion. Entries will be judged on quality of writing. Submit URL.
Best Overall Blog (independent)
Cannot be affiliated with an existing news organization. Blogs are defined as web pages of commentary or opinion that are updated regularly. Entries will be judged on quality of writing. Submit URL.
Best Blog Post (independent)
One specific blog post that cannot be affiliated with an existing news organization. Blogs are defined as web pages of commentary or opinion. Entries will be judged on quality of writing. Submit URL.
BEST OF SHOW--DIGITAL MEDIA
All URL links and all entry links must remain active throughout 2016. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best General News Site
For the best overall website. Sites will be judged on news content, design and navigation. Submit URL(s).
Best Online Still Photographer in Ohio
A portfolio of the work of a single still photographer whose work is published online, including six examples of deadline and non-deadline images.
TRADE PUBLICATIONS
Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Submit PDF
Best Cover Design
Submit original, color copies of a cover page.
Best Department
For the best example of creativity that keeps sections fresh and informative. Submit three consecutive examples.
Best Feature Design
Submit originals or very clean photocopies.
Best General Story
For the best single story (travel, entertainment, lifestyle, etc.).
Best Personality Profile
For the best single personality profile published.
Best Trade Publication Website
For the best example of a website posted by a trade publication. Submit URL.
Best Trade Report
A story or series on a topic, issue or trend affecting the publication’s target audience. You may briefly describe any action or change that resulted.
BEST OF SHOW--TRADE PUBLICATIONS
Journalists are eligible whose work had significant reach into Ohio during 2015. Entrants need not be SPJ members. Note: To enter more than one item (e.g. pdf, jpg, etc) as part of this entry, please refer to FAQs on the HELP PAGE for guidance.
Best Trade Columnist
For the best selection of columns. Submit at least two consecutive examples. The column must appear regularly.
Best Trade Publication
For best overall performance of an entire staff. Submit two complete issues. Entries judged on reporting, editing, writing, photography, design, graphics, packaging. Submit PDF.
FREELANCE--PRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.)
Freelance writers are self-employed and not affiliated with any news organization long term, but their work is published by such organizations. For this competition, freelancers may enter any category if their work has been published or broadcast by an Ohio news organization. However, writers whose work is published outside of Ohio can still compete in the Ohio SPJ Awards program, as long as they are Ohio residents. Simply identify the publishing news organization and circulation when submitting your entry. Freelance entrants may submit their work in both the Freelance categories and standard categories if their work was published by an Ohio news organization.
Best News Writing
Best news writing report that demonstrates outstanding coverage in a breaking news event.
Best Feature Writing
Best feature report that demonstrates creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best Investigative Reporting (story or series)
Best investigative reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
Best Arts Review (movies, art, music, theatre, etc.)
Best review of a single opinion or analysis of a movie, music, theatre or art event.
Best Criticism/Editorial
Best editorial or column that exposes inadequacy and a need for change.
Best Government Reporting
Best government report of a city county or state government.
BEST OF SHOW--FREELANCE--PRINT LG: (75,000+ circ.)
Freelance writers are self-employed and not affiliated with any news organization long term, but their work is published by such organizations. For this competition, freelancers may enter any category if their work has been published or broadcast by an Ohio news organization. However, writers whose work is published outside of Ohio can still compete in the Ohio SPJ Awards program, as long as they are Ohio residents. Simply identify the publishing news organization and circulation when submitting your entry. Freelance entrants may submit their work in both the Freelance categories and standard categories if their work was published by an Ohio news organization.
Best Freelance Writer
Submit five published reports (can be a combination of news writing, feature writing, investigative reporting, reviews, editorials, government reporting, etc., or five reports of the same type).
FREELANCE--PRINT SM: (<75,000 circ.)
Freelance writers are self-employed and not affiliated with any news organization long term, but their work is published by such organizations. For this competition, freelancers may enter any category if their work has been published or broadcast by an Ohio news organization. However, writers whose work is published outside of Ohio can still compete in the Ohio SPJ Awards program, as long as they are Ohio residents. Simply identify the publishing news organization and circulation when submitting your entry. Freelance entrants may submit their work in both the Freelance categories and standard categories if their work was published by an Ohio news organization.
Best News Writing
Best news writing report that demonstrates outstanding coverage in a breaking news event.
Best Feature Writing
Best feature report that demonstrates creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best Investigative Reporting (story or series)
Best investigative reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
Best Arts Review (movies, art, music, theatre, etc.)
Best review of a single opinion or analysis of a movie, music, theatre or art event.
Best Criticism/Editorial
Best editorial or column that exposes inadequacy and a need for change.
Best Government Reporting
Best government report of a city county or state government.
BEST OF SHOW--FREELANCE--PRINT SM: (<75,000+ circ.)
Freelance writers are self-employed and not affiliated with any news organization long term, but their work is published by such organizations. For this competition, freelancers may enter any category if their work has been published or broadcast by an Ohio news organization. However, writers whose work is published outside of Ohio can still compete in the Ohio SPJ Awards program, as long as they are Ohio residents. Simply identify the publishing news organization and circulation when submitting your entry. Freelance entrants may submit their work in both the Freelance categories and standard categories if their work was published by an Ohio news organization.
Best Freelance Writer
Submit five published reports (can be a combination of news writing, feature writing, investigative reporting, reviews, editorials, government reporting, etc., or five reports of the same type).
FREELANCE--DIGITAL MEDIA
Freelance writers are self-employed and not affiliated with any news organization long term, but their work is published by such organizations. For this competition, freelancers may enter any category if their work has been published or broadcast by an Ohio news organization. However, writers whose work is published outside of Ohio can still compete in the Ohio SPJ Awards program, as long as they are Ohio residents. Simply identify the publishing news organization and circulation when submitting your entry. Freelance entrants may submit their work in both the Freelance categories and standard categories if their work was published by an Ohio news organization.
Best News Writing
Best news writing report that demonstrates outstanding coverage in a breaking news event.
Best Feature Writing
Best feature report that demonstrates creativity in a human interest, non-breaking news event.
Best Investigative Reporting (story or series)
Best investigative reporting in the public interest, showing use of database reporting and public records law, outstanding writing, photos and graphics.
Best Arts Review (movies, art, music, theatre, etc.)
Best review of a single opinion or analysis of a movie, music, theatre or art event.
Best Criticism/Editorial
Best editorial or column that exposes inadequacy and a need for change.
Best Government Reporting
Best government report of a city county or state government.
BEST OF SHOW--FREELANCE--DIGITAL MEDIA
Freelance writers are self-employed and not affiliated with any news organization long term, but their work is published by such organizations. For this competition, freelancers may enter any category if their work has been published or broadcast by an Ohio news organization. However, writers whose work is published outside of Ohio can still compete in the Ohio SPJ Awards program, as long as they are Ohio residents. Simply identify the publishing news organization and circulation when submitting your entry. Freelance entrants may submit their work in both the Freelance categories and standard categories if their work was published by an Ohio news organization.
Best Freelance Writer
Submit five published reports (can be a combination of news writing, feature writing, investigative reporting, reviews, editorials, government reporting, etc., or five reports of the same type).
COLLEGE JOURNALISM
Student work in student publications and stations, published or broadcast in 2015, is eligible for either college or professional categories, but NOT both. Student work in professional publications and stations is NOT eligible for the college category.
Best College Feature Writing
Awarded to the college journalist who shows the most promise as a feature writer through published or aired stories.
Best College News Writing
Awarded to the college journalist who shows the most promise as a news writer, through published or aired stories.
Best College Newspaper: Daily
For the best student newspaper or publication published regularly 3 or more times a week. Enter three issues. Submit PDF.
Best College Newspaper: Non-Daily
For the best student newspaper or publication published regularly up to twice a week. Enter three issues. Submit PDF.
Best College Opinion Writing
Awarded to the college journalist who show the most promise as a opinion writer through published or aired opinion pieces.
Best College Sports Writing
Awarded to the college journalist who shows the most promise as a sports writer through published or aired stories.