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Jack Webster Awards


THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2020 WEBSTER AWARDS IS NOW OPEN!.
Deadline for submissions is midnight, October 18, 2020


“Jack Webster was one of Canada's most talented journalists. He broke story after story in print, on the radio and latterly on television. Tough, but truthful, he didn't suffer fools gladly. The awards in his name are legendary and iconic - winning a Webster is our version of a Pulitzer Prize or an Edward R. Murrow award, and much sought after because he set standards all reporters aimed to reach.

No other award in Western Canadian journalism instills a sense of pride greater than a Webster. It is what many reporters have strived for during the past quarter of a century.”


— Clive Jackson, 2018 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award recipient



NEW - The 2020 fee has been reduced to $25 for each submission, payable by credit card.

Check out the new category this year - Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Reporting



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GENERAL ELIGIBILITY - NEW!
BC-based journalists or a team of primarily BC-based journalists reporting for news organizations on stories of interest to BC audiences are eligible.

Entries submitted by a journalist or team of journalists are eligible, however, you must state the first and last names, plus city/town and province where each journalist is working out of on the entry form.

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


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

You must also meet the criteria as described in each category's description and/or judging guidelines.


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.




JACK WEBSTER AWARDS CATEGORIES INFORMATION
Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Reporting Rcognizes outstanding journalism that has inspired truth and reconciliation and real, impactful and positive change for BIPOC people/communities and/or for LGBTQ2 people/communities and those with disabilities. Stories via their submissions must also demonstrate that this piece of journalism has helped to build a bridge of understanding between communities as the intention of the award is to help build stronger communities across British Columbia by fostering a better understanding of each other.
Best Breaking News Reporting
3 awards
Print/Online: 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.

TV/Video: 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/Podcast/Audio: 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/Online: 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.

TV/Video: 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.

RadioPodcast/Audio: 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, Labour & 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 labour 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.
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 & 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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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 all categories not further detailed below
  • 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 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 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.

Guidelines for Diversity and Inclusion category submission:
  • Journalism that has inspired truth and reconciliation and real, impactful and positive change for BIPOC people/communities and/or for LGBTQ2 people/communities and those with disabilities
  • Journalism that has helped build a bridge of understanding between communities
  • Can include stories/features/series and opinion pieces across all forms of media (print/online, audio/radio/podcast, video/TV)
  • Entrants do not have to be BIPOC/LGBTQ2/disabled




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/podcast/audio 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/Video 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 that is not behind a paywall and is accessible until November 30, 2020
  • 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 will be judged, but no more than five uploads and a total maximum of one hour of video/audio to review

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.
  • Finalists will be announced in November.
  • Winners will be announced at the 2020 Online Webster Awards - date to be announced - 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. If I reported on a story in May 2020 and it continued with more reports in June 2020, can I enter all the stories, given that the entry period is June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020?
A. Yes, if your story begins in May and continues into June, then it can be entered for the 2020 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/Online 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. 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. Yes, the majority of your team must be BC-based, though.

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 and pay the $50 fee 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/Online categories or into specific categories such as Science, Legal Reporting, etc.



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