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Jack Webster Awards Call for Submissions

Enter your submission NOW online - here

The deadline for 2018 submissions is July 13, 2018
THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION!

Eligible stories are those aired or printed between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.



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ELIGIBILITY
BC-based journalists reporting for BC news organizations on stories for BC audiences are eligible.

Only submissions published or aired between June 1 of the previous calendar year and May 31 of the current calendar year are eligible.

Entries submitted by a journalist or team of journalists are eligible.

Submissions are encouraged from the gamut of media departments/sections, including news, sports, the arts, business, etc.


Submission Details
  • You must complete an online submission form for each submission.
  • You can enter a story or series in only one category.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like.
  • Your submission can include links to blogs, podcasts, social media interactions, etc. to support your entry.
  • You must choose only one platform - Print, TV, Radio, Digital - in which to enter your story, even If your story appeared on more than one platform.
  • There are no entry fees. We hope you will support the Websters in other ways: attend the annual dinner and encourage others to attend, follow us on twitter @JackWebsterFdn

Category descriptions and FAQ's are found below.



JACK WEBSTER AWARDS CATEGORIES INFORMATION
Best Breaking News Reporting
3 awards
Print: Recognizes outstanding text-based reporting by a journalist or team of journalists where speed and accuracy are required to tell a story in response to an emerging event or situation.

Television: Recognizes outstanding reporting by a journalist or team of journalists where speed and accuracy are required to tell a story in response to an emerging event or situation.

Presented in memory of Keith Bradbury
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Radio: Recognizes outstanding reporting by a journalist or team of journalists where speed and accuracy are required to tell a story in response to an emerging event or situation.
Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting
3 awards
Print: Recognizes outstanding text-based reporting by a journalist or team of journalists who deploy outstanding investigative, enterprise, long-form or feature reporting skills to tell an original or under-reported story. Submissions may include both one-offs and/or a planned series.

Television: Recognizes outstanding reporting by a journalist or team of journalists working in TV who deploy outstanding investigative, enterprise, long- form or feature reporting skills to tell an original or under-reported story. Submissions may include both one-offs and/or a planned series.

Radio: Recognizes outstanding reporting by a journalist or team of journalists working in radio who deploy outstanding investigative, enterprise, long-form or feature reporting skills to tell an original or under-reported story. Submissions may include both one-offs and/or a planned series and may include open-line radio campaigns.
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Digital Journalism Recognizes outstanding reporting that is uniquely suited to the creative use of digital storytelling media that include creative combinations of such tools as text, video, audio, audience interactivity, data visualization, social media, etc.

(Note: primarily text-based submissions should be entered in the appropriate other category and will not be considered for judging in the Digital category.)
Jack Webster Business, Industry & Economics Award Recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists for outstanding reporting for a story or series of stories on complex issues in the areas of business, industry and economics.

Endowed by Jean Cormier
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Best Reporting - Chinese Language Recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists who produce outstanding reporting in BC Chinese language media.
Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting Recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists from small or targeted-market news organizations - representing distinct geographic, cultural or demographic communities - whose work exemplifies enterprise, innovation and excellence in shining a light on significant issues in their communities. (Note: This is a new category definition for 2018.)
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism Recognizes a journalist or team of journalists for outstanding reporting on a story or series of stories about legal issues, the administration of justice or the legal profession in British Columbia.

Sponsored by the Law Society of British Columbia
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Jack Webster Award for Science, Technology, Health & Environment Recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists for outstanding reporting about the impact of scientific discovery, technological innovation, health or environmental issues.
city mike award
Commentator of the Year
Recognizes journalists who present informed, intelligent and impactful commentary in either print, TV, radio or online media.

(Submissions may contain up to five examples of work on either a single or multiple topics.)

The City Mike Award is named after the groundbreaking CJOR program that established Jack Webster as one of BC's pre-eminent commentators, and is presented in memory of Linda Webster
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Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award The Jack Webster Foundation's Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award honours an exemplary BC journalism career.

The award is chosen by JWF Trustees and recognizes the careers of senior reporters and editors who have received distinction in their communities for work of long-lasting significance, clarity, fairness and innovation. The outstanding career of Bruce Hutchison is a primary guide in reviewing potential candidates. more
Bill Good Award The Jack Webster Foundation's Bill Good Award recognizes the positive impacts of journalism in BC communities.

The award is chosen by JWF Trustees and honours a BC individual or organization that makes significant contributions to the province's journalism community or to a community's enrichment via journalism.

The foundation reviews the achievements of journalism educators, news media individuals, organizations, and business leaders of news organizations, among others, that create social/material improvements in their communities. more



JUDGING GUIDELINES
The Jury Panel, composed of current and former journalists, as well as members of the community, is completely independent from the Trustees of the Foundation. The Jury Panel will base their decisions on the following guidelines:

Guidelines for Breaking News submissions:
  • Timeliness: Was this story reported in time for the community to take necessary action?
  • Skill: How did deadline pressure impact the story, and how was it handled? What roles did research, resourcefulness and persistence play in telling this story?
  • Clarity: Was the complex made understandable?
  • Conflict: Were the elements of conflict clearly and fairly explained?
  • Balance: Was the entry fair to all those portrayed in and affected by the story?
  • Impact and Relevance: What was the impact on the community? What changed as a result of the story?
  • Originality: Did a journalist initiate the story or was it a response to events?

Guidelines for Feature / Enterpirse submissions:
  • Enterprise: What degrees of research, resourcefulness and persistence were exhibited in telling this story? Did a journalist initiate the story or was it a response to events?
  • Impact and Relevance: What was the impact on the community? What changed as a result of the story?
  • Choice: What creativity did the journalist show in choosing a particular story to tell?
  • Context: What did the story tell us about how we live now?
  • Craft: How creatively did the journalist exploit the unique narrative potentials of various media (print/text, digital, broadcast) to tell a complex story?
  • Originality: Has the ordinary been made new, or the extraordinary understandable?
  • Conflict: Were the elements of conflict clearly and fairly explained?
  • Balance: Was the entry fair to all those portrayed in and affected by the story?

Guidelines for the Digital category submissions:
  • Story Choice: What makes the submission uniquely suited to be told via digital journalism?
  • Craft: What creative uses of digital tools, services and platforms, design and navigation -- singly or in combination -- were used to enhance the audience's understanding of the story?
  • Enterprise: What degrees of research, resourcefulness and persistence were exhibited in telling this story?
  • Impact: How were digital tools used to engage the audience and measure the story's impact?

Guidelines for the City Mike Award submissions:
  • Judges will base their decision on the significance of the topic, the effectiveness of the commentary on the issues at hand, and the quality of the work, including clarity, originality, depth of thought and style.

Guidelines for Community Reporting submissions:
  • Judges will base their decisions on the community relevance of the topic, how the submission identifies and speaks to community aspirations, and the journalistic skills used to report a community to itself.



STEPS TO ENTER
To access the online entry system, please visit here. You will be asked to set up an account which will then allow you to easily enter and edit your submission(s). You can login to your account using your email address and password and then add a new submission or edit an existing one as often as you wish until the submission deadline. If you have technical problems uploading your submission, you can request assistance by clicking the Help Button on the submission page. You can also contact the Jack Webster Foundation ( info@jackwebster.com ) for help.

Please note that you can include reference to relevant digital material - blogs, podcasts, social media interactions, etc. - used to enhance audience experience of the submission.

You will be asked to submit the following:
  • Synopsis for all entries:
  • A PDF, Word or text document providing a brief synopsis (about 200 words) about the submission, explaining the story's background, significance, impact and any other information you consider pertinent.
  • For newspaper or magazine printed entries:
  • A PDF of the page(s) layout of your submission; if the PDF layout is not readable, please attach a PDF, Word or text document of the text of your published story.
  • For radio entries:
  • An mp3 audio file no greater than 2GB
  • Maximum length: one hour (you may provide four 15-minute excerpts or two 30-minute excerpts)
  • For TV entries:
  • A video no greater than 2GB in the any of following formats: avi, flv, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg
  • Maximum length: one hour (you may provide four 15-minute excerpts or two 30-minute excerpts)
  • For multimedia entries:
  • Provide url
  • For online text submissions:
  • A screen grab as your story was displayed, or provide a url. If the screen grab is not readable, please attach a PDF, Word or text document of the text of your published story
  • For entries to the commentator category:
  • Up to five examples of work in any of the appropriate above digital formats, either on a single topic or on several topics

Please note
  • You may enter more than one submission but each submission may be entered in only one category.
  • If your work was prepared for and/or appeared in more than one platform - Print/text, TV, Radio, Digital - you must choose only one platform in which the story will be entered.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Finalists are announced in September and are invited as special guests to the Jack Webster Dinner in Vancouver in October.
  • Winners will be announced at the Jack Webster Dinner and each winning submission will receive one Webster statue.
  • Submissions may be used as part of the presentations at the Jack Webster Dinner and will not be returned.


For more information, please contact The Jack Webster Foundation.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. IIf I reported on a story in May 2018 and it continued with more reports in June 2018, can I enter all the stories, given that the entry period is June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018?
A. Yes, if your story begins in May and continues into June, then it can be entered for the 2018 Webster Awards.

Q. If my text-based submission was published online, should I enter the Digital category?
A. No, if your submission is text-based and does not utilize a combination of digital tools and platforms - text, videos, audio, slideshows, interactivity, data and social media, etc. - then your submission should be entered into a Print category.

Q. I am a broadcast journalist and wish to enter. Is there a time limit for broadcast entries or should I edit the original piece?
A. Broadcast entries should be no more than 60 minutes. You may wish to provide four 15-minute excerpts or two 30-minute excerpts. A broadcast entry may not be edited, except for the provision of excerpts as noted above.

Q. Is there a fee for entering?
A. No, there is no fee for entering. We hope that journalists will support the Websters by coming to the Webster Dinner, attending our seminars or following us on twitter - @JackWebsterFdn.

Q. Can I enter a series of articles on a subject as one entry?
A. Yes.

Q. If my news organization has more than one media, can a submission be entered in more than one category, for example, in a TV and in a Radio category?
A. No. A submission may be entered in only one category. You will have to select which category to enter.

Q. The majority of our team of journalists is BC-based but one member is a non-BC journalist, actually working for our Toronto organization. Can we submit?
A. All members of your team must be BC-based.

Q. If I am a BC-based journalist working for a national network, publication or website, is my work eligible?
A. Yes.

Q. Is there a maximum number of stories I can enter in a category?
A. No, there is no maximum number of stories you can enter in a category.

Q. Will I have to complete a submission form for each entry?
A. Yes, you must complete the online submission process for each submission.

Q. I write for a BC online news site. What categories am I eligible to enter?
A. You can submit your text story into the Print categories or into specific categories such as Science, Legal reporting, etc.



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