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2017 Award Categories

Entries to the Education Writers Association awards contest will be judged on criteria that include quality of writing and reporting, freshness and depth of insights, clarity of explanation, and innovation of presentation Entrants should review all categories before entering their submissions. EWA reserves the right to move submissions into categories we deem to be more appropriate.

Some categories are organized by the size of the newsroom(s) that produced the entry. Calculate the staff size by counting all the full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees in the newsroom. In addition to reporters, the calculation should include, among others, all editors, designers, online producers and multimedia content producers, such as photographers, data analysts and videographers. If a collaboration brought together newsrooms of different sizes, please submit the entry or entries into the category for which the larger or largest newsroom is eligible. For collaborations between print and broadcast, see awards rules. Please coordinate with any partner organizations to ensure the same material is not submitted by more than one partnering outlet.

The 2017 EWA awards will recognize the work of journalists employed by independent news outlets. Ineligible work includes content published by employees of professional organizations, educational institutions, think tanks, alumni periodicals, advocates, or groups focused on research, advocacy or lobbying. Entries cannot include items created by non-journalists who contribute to eligible media outlets. See EWA Bylaws, Article II, Section 1.1, to clarify entrants’ eligibility to be considered journalists. Entries must be paid in full in order to be judged.

Finally, any item submitted in one category may NOT be submitted in a second category, unless that other category is for beat entries. However, the beat entry package should not be identical to a package submitted to any other category (Eddie Award submissions are free from these exclusions).

I. General News Outlets (Small Newsroom)

Print or online journalism publications with 25 or fewer FTE newsroom staffers. Written sources of education news, such as dailies and news blogs (even those of TV or radio outlets), are eligible.

A. Single-Topic News or Feature: One or more pieces of news or human-interest coverage—including series—that are focused on a single topic, event or general theme. Up to five articles may be submitted.

B. Beat Reporting: Up to seven pieces showing breadth and depth in beat reporting by individual journalists throughout the year. Entries will be judged as a package that may include breaking news, features, in-depth reporting, news blogging, and data analysis. Up to two pieces may have bylines shared with other reporters. (Because there’s no standalone beat category for weeklies and monthlies, writers for such outlets of the above size may enter their beat entries here.)

C. Investigative Reporting: Up to seven pieces on the same subject, demonstrating ingenuity in uncovering a problem or condition that otherwise may not have come to public attention.

II. General News Outlets (Medium Newsroom)

Print or online journalism publications with a FTE newsroom staff of 26 to 99 employees. Written sources of education news, such as dailies and news blogs (even those of TV or radio outlets), are eligible.

A. Single-Topic News or Feature: One or more pieces of news or human-interest coverage—including series—that are focused on a single topic, event or general theme. Up to five articles may be submitted.

B. Beat Reporting: Up to seven pieces showing breadth and depth in beat reporting by individual journalists throughout the year. Entries will be judged as a package that may include breaking news, features, in-depth reporting, news blogging, and data analysis. Up to two pieces may have bylines shared with other reporters. (Because there’s no standalone beat category for weeklies and monthlies, writers for such outlets of the above size may enter their beat entries here.)

C. Investigative Reporting: Up to seven pieces on the same subject, demonstrating ingenuity in uncovering a problem or condition that otherwise may not have come to public attention.

III. General News Outlets (Large Newsroom)

Print or online journalism publications with a FTE newsroom staff of more than 100 employees. Written sources of education news, such as dailies and news blogs (even those of T.V. or radio outlets), are eligible.

A. Single-Topic News or Feature: One or more pieces of news or human-interest coverage—including series—that are focused on a single topic, event or general theme. Up to five articles may be submitted.

B. Beat Reporting: Up to seven pieces showing breadth and depth in beat reporting by individual journalists throughout the year. Entries will be judged as a package that may include breaking news, features, in-depth reporting, news blogging, and data analysis. Up to two pieces may have bylines shared with other reporters. (Because there’s no standalone beat category for weeklies and monthlies, writers for such outlets of the above size may enter their beat entries here.)

C. Investigative Reporting: Up to seven pieces on the same subject, demonstrating ingenuity in uncovering a problem or condition that otherwise may not have come to public attention.

IV. Broadcast

Entries may include spot news, feature segments, special programs, newscasts, streamed online stories, or podcasts for television, radio journalism or other eligible media organizations that maintain editorial independence and are not produced by lobbying groups, professional organizations, educational institutions, alumni periodicals, advocates or think tanks. Please do not forget to supply a transcript of the audio.

A. Single-Topic News or Feature: One or more pieces of news or human interest coverage–including series–that are focused on a single topic, event or general theme. Up to five pieces may be submitted.

B. Beat Reporting: Up to seven pieces showing breadth and depth in beat reporting by individual reporting teams (including one reporter, producer and/or camera person) throughout the year. Entries will be judged as a package. Credit for up to two pieces may be shared with other staff. Beat reporting by journalists for monthlies and weeklies may also be entered in this category. 

C. Investigative Reporting: Up to seven pieces on the same subject, demonstrating ingenuity in uncovering a problem or condition that otherwise may not have come to public attention.

V. Magazines & Weeklies

Print and online magazines and weekly newspapers that are editorially independent and not published by advocacy groups.

A. Feature Reporting: Up to five pieces that exhibit strong narrative writing, deft explanatory reporting and/or commentary. Submissions may explain or explore a policy issue, controversy or theme and may include profiles of individuals or organizations. Freelance journalists may submit pieces that appeared in different publications. Publications shall not submit as single entries feature stories or packages by different authors on different topics in education.

B. Investigative Reporting: Up to seven pieces on the same subject or theme, demonstrating ingenuity in uncovering a problem or condition that otherwise may not have come to public attention. Freelance journalists may submit pieces that appeared in different publications.

VI. Data Journalism

A story or series that features exceptional use of data gathering, analysis and/or data visualization produced by an independent print, online or broadcast journalism outlet. (Examples: interactive graphs, flash media and dynamic maps). Limit to five items. Data visuals should include an accompanying narrative.

VII. Opinion Journalism

Eligible opinion category entries are produced by journalists and appear in independent news outlets of any size. Such outlets are not published by professional organizations, think tanks, educational institutions, or groups focused on research, advocacy or lobbying. Entries cannot include items created by non-journalists who contribute to eligible media outlets. See EWA Bylaws, Article II, Section 1.1, to clarify entrants’ eligibility to be considered journalists. Entries may consist of a single signed or unsigned blog, broadcast item, editorial or column expressing the opinion of the author and/or the news outlet. Entries may also consist of a series of up to four pieces.

VIII. The Eddie Award

This prize will honor the best work by an eligible journalist on the challenges low-income students face getting into and/or completing college. Judges will be evaluating the entries for ingenuity of reporting and trenchant analysis that uncovers, highlights or furthers the discussion about the challenges low-income students face, and problems or conditions related to their efforts to obtain a degree. Special attention will be paid to works that bring to life aspects of this issue that may not have previously come to the attention of the public. The winner of this category will receive a $7,500 cash prize. Read more about the Eddie Award.