2003 Excellence In Journalism Contest
Official Rules and Eligibility
- The Excellence in Journalism Competition is open only to members of the
Florida Press Club. Membership is $20 per person/per year and must be submitted with contest entrynew. If you attended a club-sponsored seminar from January 2003 through May 2003, you do not have to pay the membership fee again.
- Entries must have been published or produced in Florida or transmitted from
Florida by a wire service between June 1, 2002, and May 31, 2003.
- Fees are $15 per entrynew. The fee for the Lucy Morgan Award for In-depth
Reporting is $25 per entrynew. Payment must be received with entries. Make checks payable to Florida Press Club or pay through the PayPal system through the Florida Press Club Web site.
- No staff entries are allowed, except where applicable. Limit of four names per byline on staff entries. After four, enter entrynew as “Staff”�
- The same item may be entered in multiple categories. Each additional entrynew requires an additional $15 fee.
- Writing, photography and illustration categories call for up to three samples of
your work per entrynew. Spanish entries accepted.
- Improperly prepared entries or incomplete entrynew forms will be disqualified. Under no circumstances will entrynew fees will not be refunded.
- Judges may award first, second and third place winners in each category. Decisions are final. No entries will be returned. Judges may elect to not award a category or the club may elect to combine class sizes within a category depending on number of entries.
- The first-place winner of the Frances DeVore Award will receive a check for
$1,000 at the awards banquet Oct. 25. Winners are required to attend to receive their prize. Entrant(s) must indicate on the entrynew form to whom the award check should be made payable.
- Entries should be mailed to:
Florida Press Club Contest� c/o Jennifer Cason
226 N. Nova Road, Ste. 127
Ormond Beach, FL� 32174
ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JULY 13, 2003.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BYTHE FLORIDA PRESS CLUB BY JULY 20, 2003.
PACKAGES MUST BE DELIVERED UPS, FED-EX OR DHL
- General News: Submit up to three stories about non-deadline events.
- Breaking News: Submit up to three news stories that show deadline coverage of a
breaking news event.
- Public Safety Reporting: Submit up to three news stories about fire, police or criminal
- Education News: Submit up to three stories from the education beat.
- Environmental writing: Submit up to three stories covering environmental issues
- Government News: Submit up to three stories about municipal, county, state or federal
government. FOI stories are not to be entered in this category.
- Community News: Submit up to three stories zoned for a newspaper’s community news
section: i.e. Neighborhood Post, Hernando Times
- Minority News: Submit up to three stories about issues of special concern to a minority
- Serious Feature Writing: Submit up to three stories from different human-interest assignments of a serious nature.
- Light Feature Writing: Submit up to three stories from different human-interest assignments of a light nature.
- Religion Writing: Submit up to three stories about religion.
- Health Writing: Submit up to three stories about health issues.
- Business Writing: Submit up to three stories about business news events, trends,
people, new products and technology.
- Sports Writing: Submit up to three stories from different sports events.
- Sports Feature Writing: Submit up to three human-interest sports stories.
- Sports Column: Submit up to three sports columns.
- Opinion Writing: Submit up to three non-byline editorials about different Florida
- Commentary Writing: Submit up to three columns, essays, think pieces or personal
- Criticism Writing: Submit up to three critiques of art, architecture, film, books, theater
or music. Coverage may be live or recorded performances.
- The Lucy Morgan Award for In-depth Reporting: This category is open to news,
features, sports and editorial reporting. Submit a story package series of up to six clearly-related or set of continuous stories on one subject. Staff entries accepted.
Layout: (based on overall appearance of each page)
- Front Page Design: Submit up to three front pages.
- Local Page Design: Submit up to three local pages.
- Feature Page Design: Submit up to three fronts from the feature section.
- Business Page Design: Submit up to three business fronts.
- Sports Page Design: Submit up to three sports fronts.
Submit fashion, leisure, bridal, hurricane or other special sections that appear on an
irregular or annual basis. Staff entries accepted.
- Spot News: Submit up to three pictures of unscheduled or breaking news events for
which no advanced planning was possible.
- Features: Submit up to three pictures of a found situation or images created for a feature
story with human interest. As a standalone, it’s a fresh view of an everyday scene.
- General News: Submit up to three pictures of an organized event for which planning
- Sports Action: Submit up to three pictures showing action in a game or athletic event.
- Sports Feature: Submit up to three pictures showing non-action or a found situation
with human interest at a game or athletic event.
- Portrait/Personality: Submit up to three pictures that capture an aspect of a subject’s
- Pictorial: Submit up to three pictures of a general nature that explore the graphic,
aesthetic qualities of the subject.
- Photo Illustration: Submit up to three pictures that creatively illustrate a preconceived
concept or situation that would otherwise be difficult to show.
- News Photo Essay: Submit one package showing a complete news story. Staff entries accepted.
- Feature Photo Essay: Submit one package showing a complete feature story. Staff entries accepted.
- Info-Graphic Presentation: Submit up to three samples of informational-graphics.
- Artist Illustration: Submit up to three examples of artwork that illustrate an idea, scene
or story. These can be drawings, photos, clip art, etc.
- Editorial Cartooning: Submit up to three editorial/political cartoons about different
- Freedom of Information Award: This award goes to the newspaper that has done the
most to defend or extend Florida’s public record and Sunshine laws in the last year. Submit any combination of stories, editorials, columns, cartoons or photographs, along with a letter outlining the effort your paper made to defend or extend these laws, as well
as the outcome. Staff entries accepted.
- Best Online Publication: Submit your newspaper’s Web address. Judging will be based
on a site’s overall style, ease of use, relevance and timeliness of news content.
- Frances DeVore Award for Public Service: This is the club’s most prestigious award. It
recognizes an outstanding contribution to the public good and celebrates journalism that makes a difference. Entries can include any package or series that reported conditions harmful to the public and resulted in action to alleviate those conditions. Entries must also include documentation showing that action was taken. That can include follow-up stories, written statements from officials or government reports. Judges will consider photographs, originally produced artwork and graphics, as well as editorials and cartoons. A written introduction is advised to tell judges what happened and why it is important. It should outline the reporting process and any hurdles overcome to get the story, such as a public records battle. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to first-place winners in each circulation class. Staff entries accepted.
- Class A: Daily newspapers with more than 90,001 circulation, plus all wire services and alternative newspapers.
- Class B: Daily newspapers with 40,001 to 90,000 circulation.
- Class C: Daily newspapers with less than 40,000 circulation.
- Class D: Non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Newspaper supplements are included in this class.
- To enter the Florida Press Club competition, go to www.floridapressclub.org.
Click on “entrynew Form”� Enter information and print two copies.
- Submit tearsheets or clippings for writing and layout entries. Date of publication must
be included with entrynew (handwritten dates are acceptable.) Photocopies and printed PDFs are acceptable. Printouts of online archive stories may be submitted, provided that they
are identical to the printed version.
- Entries must be submitted in a regular-size file folder with the Call for Entries form
taped or glued to the front of the folder. Submit TWO copies of the call for entries coupon for each entrynew. Tape or glue one to the front of the folder and place the other inside the folder. It is strongly advised that entrants keep a copy of their entrynew form and
submissions for personal records.
- Photo entries must be submitted in .jpg format at 200 dpi, with the longest edge
measuring 10 inches, on 1 CD. Each photographer will create a folder for each category, labeling the folder with the category name. The cutline, photographer, newspaper and date of publication must be entered in the file info in any program that can edit EXIF data (ex: Photoshop, Breezebrowser). Only 1 CD per photographer will be accepted and should have the photographer’s name and newspaper printed on the CD cover. Tearsheets must accompany the CD to verify publication date and photograph context. No Kodak Picture CD’s will be accepted.
- Entries incorrectly marked or not submitted according to the guidelines will be
disqualified. No entrynew fees will be refunded and no materials will be returned.
- The Florida Press Club assumes no rights to any material submitted other than the
right to send to judges, use for educational purposes and display at the banquet.
Each winner will receive an engraved plaque at the club’s award banquet Oct. 25.
Award winners will be posted on the club’s Web site in September. Those who do not attend the banquet will receive their plaque at our earliest convenience with a $10 shipping fee.
Tax ID Number and Questions:
Contest coordinators and entrants may request the club’s tax identification number from
treasurer Megan Shannon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or question, contact president Jennifer Cason at