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Welcome to the 2019 AP Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards and thanks for participating!

 

Within the NLA Awards, we are excited to continue the AP Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards. These awards honor the best work from the Associated Press.

This year, the AP Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards will follow the same rules as the News Leadership Association Awards, except for the following differences:

  • There is no entrance fee for the AP Staff Awards.

  • These awards are open only to Associated Press staffers.

The AP Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards will be judged by the Associated Press Media Editors Board.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

 


 

Categories


Deadline Reporting

Criteria: The APME Deadline Reporting award recognizes the best coverage in all formats of a major breaking story. Entries should demonstrate urgency and competitiveness, and can be for an individual or team.
Prize: The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME.

Samuel G. Blackman Award for Enterprise Reporting (investigative or enterprise package)

Criteria: The enterprise award recognizes hard-hitting investigative journalism by AP staff. Judges are especially interested in the significance of the enterprise effort. This should be reflected in the cover letter. What was the impact? Did the story or stories cause action to be taken? Entries should embrace multi-format storytelling, and include video, photo and interactive materials employed to tell the story. The entry can be for an individual or a team.
Prize: The winner receives $1,000, sponsored by Ann Blackman and Michael Putzel, and a plaque from APME.

Feature Writing, Single Story or Series

Criteria: The feature writing award recognizes excellence in writing and reporting. It is for a single story or a series of stories on a single subject (including narratives), NOT a body of work. Length is not a factor. If the entry had a multimedia element, please provide URLs to the presentations. In addition, screen grabs showing the play of a story online, if available, may be submitted with the nominating letter.
Prize: The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME.

John Winn and Margo C. Miller Award for Excellence by AP Staffer 30 Years Old or Younger

Criteria: The John Winn and Margo C. Miller Award honors exemplary work by an AP staff member in any format who is 30 years old or younger as of Dec. 31, 2018. It is named for a longtime editor of the Gannett newspapers in Rochester, New York, who played an active role in APME and worked hard to promote good writing. The entry must include at least three stories, photographs, interactives, videos or other work, but MUST NOT exceed five and focus on work largely done between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.
Prize: The winner receives $1,000, sponsored by John Winn and Margo C. Miller, and a plaque from APME.

State News Reporting

Criteria: The award recognizes distinguished reporting in the state bureaus. Entries can be for individuals or teams. Each entry should include enough stories to give a fairly complete picture of the individual's or bureau's coverage of the subject, but should not exceed 10 items of content.
Prize: The winner receives $1,000, sponsored by an anonymous donor, a plaque from APME.

Best Use of Video

Criteria: The award recognizes material that tells all or part of the story in video and either advances the story further by providing material to put complexities in context or contains exclusive visual information. Entries can be for individuals or teams. Each entry should include enough work to give a fairly complete picture of the coverage of the subject, but should not exceed 10 stories.
Prize: The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME.

Global Sports Accountability Reporting

Criteria: The sports accountability award recognizes strong investigative or enterprise journalism by AP staff on sports topics. The story or package should have had a significant impact on the sports issue it addresses. This should be reflected in the cover letter. What happened as a result of the story or package? Did the story or stories cause action to be taken? Entries should embrace multi-format storytelling, and include video, photo and interactive materials employed to tell the story. The entry can be for an individual or a team.
Prize: The winner receives $1,000, sponsored by an anonymous donor, and a plaque from APME. 

Best Digital Storytelling

Criteria: The award recognizes material that tells the story in a unique online format and either advances the story further by providing material to put complexities in context or contains exclusive video, audio, graphic or multimedia content. Entries can be for individuals or teams. Each entry should include enough work to give a fairly complete picture of the coverage of the subject, but should not exceed 10 stories.
Prize: The winner receives $500 and a plaque from APME.

Photography

  • Photography – Feature / Single Shot
  • Photography – Feature Story
  • Photography – News / Single Shot
  • Photography – News Story