The New Categories:
1. Why a new audio/visual category for non-broadcast outlets?
More online and print outlets are producing high caliber video and audio pieces. EWA seeks to recognize this burgeoning movement in non-broadcast media by rewarding outlets that tell a story beyond the use of writing and photography.
2. Why the new data journalism set of categories?
This set of categories is meant to showcase stories that may not be appropriate for an investigative reporting category but that nonetheless display exceptional use of public records requests, smart analysis of data—collected by the news outlet or by other entities—and/or innovative visualization of data or research.
3. What happened to the opinion categories?
We collapsed all our opinion categories into two categories--one for journalists and one for experts or writers from education organizations. We did this because we believe good opinion writing is not dependent on the size of a journalist’s newsroom. We also divided the submissions by type of writer and outlet because we feel the editorial writing of a journalist shouldn’t compete against the opinion writing of an advocate, researcher or practitioner.
4. Why the new categories in EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS AND EXPERTS?
Journalists are increasingly relying on the output of practitioners, researchers and advocates in education to inform their coverage. The writing by this non-journalist group is often strong, impressive and worthy of praise. EWA is proud to recognize the exceptional work of the entire education writing community.
1. Can I send my payment for entry later?
We must receive payment by Jan. 27, 2014 when the entries are turned over to the judges. If we have not received your electronic payment by then, your entry will not be forwarded to them. Reminders will be sent out as the deadline looms. Snail mail users should postmark their checks by Jan. 27, 2014. Please do not send cash.
2. What are the entry fees?
For EWA members, $50 for a single entry and $40 for each additional entry. For non-members, $100 for each entry.
3. Does my entry have to be submitted online?
Yes. If you have questions, please contact Mikhail Zinshteyn, Program Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 452-9830.
4. What is the latest date for accepting entries?
All entries must be uploaded before midnight of your time zone on Jan. 27, 2014 to be eligible for entry.
5. Does the entry have to come from my current employer? I want to submit something from a previous employer.
You can submit work from a previous place of employment as long as a majority of it was published/aired in the 2013 calendar year. Entries that are part of a series can include work from the preceding year, provided that the majority of the pieces ran in 2013.
6. Are the fees per article or per entry?
The payment is per entry, not per article. For example, if an entry permits up to seven articles or pieces and you submit seven articles for that entry, you pay once.
7. Can I take back an entry I submitted? What about a refund?
Once an entry is submitted, you cannot delete it, so use the application process carefully. We cannot refund your application fee, either.
8. I have a series that might be investigative. Should I hedge my bets and enter it into regular series instead?
No. It's not a strategy that works. The judges can move entries into another category if they feel the entry doesn't fit into the category they are judging -- and they often do.
9. Do you accept entries in languages other than English?
At this time, we can only accept entries written or broadcast in English.
10. Can I enter a story in more than one category?
No, pieces cannot be entered in multiple categories, except those entered in the beat category.
Help Me Apply for the Right Category!
1. I have a submission that ran as part of a partnership with a different outlet, what do I do?
If you are an education-specific or public interest news organization, your work will run in the category for which the collaborating partner would be eligible. For all other instances, contact Mikhail Zinshteyn, Program Assistant, at email@example.com or (202) 452-9830.
2. How will you know the size of my newsroom? And why the change?
Journalism is about trust and ethics, and we apply that standard to the contest guidelines. We’ll take you at your word, though if we have reason to believe you fall into a different category size, we may follow up with you and move your submission to its rightful place. We adopted the FTE newsroom staff model of gauging the size of the publication because we believe that metric has more to do with the resources and bandwidth of an outlet than circulation size or web hits.
3. I'm a journalist who writes for a daily blog of a magazine or weekly publication. Do I still apply for that category?
Yes. There is no best blog category, but feel free to submit your work in the two listed categories. If your items are opinion pieces, enter them in the new "Opinion" category.
4. I am a non-journalist but also contribute to a news outlet or magazine. What do I do?
You’ll apply under one of four categories in “Education Organizations and Experts." Yes, this is a slight change from last year.
5. I’m a one-person news blog unaffiliated with a news site. Am I an advocate or a small-staff news outlet?
If you produce news pieces, your work can be entered in any of the small newsroom categories (or the education-only categories, provided your blog is eligible). Blogs that are chiefly dedicated to education journalism, including opinion blogs, should be submitted to the “Education-Only News Outlets” categories. Non-journalism content, like advocacy or activist content, should be entered into the “Education Organizations and Experts” set of categories.
6. We write for a think tank and want to submit articles written by various staffers in one or more categories under EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS AND EXPERTS. Can we submit entries for more than one topic?
Yes. However, your organization should not submit more than one entry on a particular topic. As is the case for all submissions, each entry may contain multiple pieces.
7. I’m a teacher with a blog. Can I apply?
Yes, under one or more of the “Education Organizations and Experts” categories.
8. I am a freelance writer, what do I do?
You have several options. Collect your work and decide in which umbrella group of categories it belongs (magazines and weeklies, education-only, etc.). For example, if you want to submit items that ran in various magazines, pick out up to five of your best clips and send those as your single entry.
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