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GENERAL CONTEST INFORMATION

  EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION FEATURE WRITING (SUPPLE AWARD)

CONTEST RULES
  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Submit up to three religion feature articles/transcripts/packages created and distributed via any media format in 2016.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars and all related content. All materials must be published on the same date and time as one of the feature stories.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
  • Early bird entry fee: $45 for members / $90 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

  • Regular entry fee: $75 for members / $120 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

 EXCELLENCE IN ENTERPRISE RELIGION REPORTING (GERALD A. RENNER AWARD)

CONTEST RULES
  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Submit an enterprise package, story or series about religion written/taped and published/aired in 2016.
  • Submit 1 to 10 stories per package/series. If the series is longer than 10 stories, entrants may submit a one-page letter explaining content of remaining series components.
  • Stories must be clearly identified as a series or be clearly related through content.
  • Entries should include the main text/audio and all related components.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
  • Early bird entry fee: $45 for members / $90 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

  • Regular entry fee: $75 for members / $120 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

  EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION COMMENTARY

CONTEST RULES
  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Eligible entrants include opinion-driven columns, syndicated columns, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts or other types of opinion pieces, regardless of media.
  • Submit up to three individual pieces created and distributed via any media format in 2016.
  • Comments or discussions by the public or readers in reaction to the commentary will not be included in the judging.
  • Judging is not based on agreement or disagreement with the viewpoint expressed.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

Note: Applicants uncertain about whether to enter pieces in the Commentary or News Analysis contests should consider the following: The Analysis contest is designed mainly for third-person pieces, while the Commentary contest is mainly designed for first-person pieces. That said, the judges recognize that good commentary and good analysis can be in either first or third person. If your main goal was to present a personal view or a personal experience (even as it relates to news), your entry probably belongs in the Commentary contest. If your main goal was to dispassionately analyze a trend or news event, your entry probably belongs in the Analysis contest.

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
  • Early bird entry fee: $45 for members / $90 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
  • Regular entry fee: $75 for members / $120 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017


 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION NEWS ANALYSIS

CONTEST RULES

  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Eligible entrants include analytical pieces, syndicated columns, analysis, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts or other types of opinion pieces, regardless of media.
  • Submit up to three individual pieces created and distributed via any media format in 2016.
  • Comments or discussions by the public or readers in reaction to the commentary will not be included in the judging.
  • Judging is not based on agreement or disagreement with the viewpoint expressed.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

Note: Applicants uncertain about whether to enter pieces in the Commentary or News Analysis contests should consider the following: The Analysis contest is designed mainly for third-person pieces, while the Commentary contest is mainly designed for first-person pieces. That said, the judges recognize that good commentary and good analysis can be in either first or third person. If your main goal was to present a personal view or a personal experience (even as it relates to news), your entry probably belongs in the Commentary contest. If your main goal was to dispassionately analyze a trend or news event, your entry probably belongs in the Analysis contest.

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

  • Early bird entry fee: $45 for members / $90 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

  • Regular entry fee: $75 for members / $120 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

  

 EXCELLENCE IN SHORT RELIGION VIDEO


CONTEST RULES

  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Submit video and its related content from up to three religion stories produced in 2016 for a website.
  • The video/s cannot have been produced for television, or as a web sidebar for a piece that appeared on television. Video entries must have been published, posted or broadcast in their original format. Clips or edited videos that were not originally produced with the intent to run as a short video will be ruled ineligible.
  • The video/s can have appeared either with or without an accompanying written article. Limit for each video is six minutes. Transcripts are not required.
  • Stories may have multiple credits, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited for the work.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

  • Early bird entry fee: $25 for members / $50 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
  • Regular entry fee: $32 for members / $57 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

 EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE RELIGION SECTION (SCHACHERN AWARD)

CONTEST RULES
  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Eligible entrants include all media that do not cover religion exclusively, including publications, online news sites, or broadcast outlets that cover many general news topics and for which religion is a dedicated space, page, section or online vertical.
  • Submit up to three static URLs or interactive PDFs of religion sections or pages published online in 2016. Include all text, video, audio and related components (indicate which components should be judged).
  • This award emphasizes diversity of topics, comprehensiveness, diversity of elements, navigation, writing, and effective use of multimedia design and comprehensiveness.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
  • Early bird entry fee: $45 for members / $90 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

  • Regular entry fee: $75 for members / $120 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION PHOTOGRAPHY —  SINGLE IMAGE #

 

CONTEST RULES

  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Submit up to three religion photos captured by a single photographer and published in 2016 via a news outlet, either in print or online.
  • Photos should be submitted via static URL or uploaded with the following specs: 72 dpi, 1200 pixels on the longest side, jpeg files. Name files in this manner: FirstLast1.jpg, FirstLast2.jpg, etc.
  • Photos may be cropped and may include routine image correction for color toning, exposure and white balance only. No other digital manipulation is allowed.
  • Photos must be documentary in style and not be staged in any way.
  • Entries must include captions, photographer name and the date taken.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

  • Early bird entry fee: $25 for members / $50 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
  • Regular entry fee: $32 for members / $57 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION PHOTOGRAPHY — GALLERIES #

 
CONTEST RULES

 

  • Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.
  • Submit at least four and no more than 10 religion photos that make up a series, gallery or photo essay captured by a single photographer and published in 2016 via a news outlet, either in print or online.
  • Photos should be submitted via static URL or uploaded with the following specs: 72 dpi, 1200 pixels on the longest side, jpeg files. Name files in this manner: FirstLast1.jpg, FirstLast2.jpg, etc.
  • Photos may be cropped and may include routine image correction for color toning, exposure and white balance only. No other digital manipulation is allowed.
  • Photos must be documentary in style and not be staged in any way.
  • Entries must include captions, photographer names and the date taken.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES 
  • Early bird entry fee: $45 for members / $90 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
  • Regular entry fee: $75 for members / $120 for non-members
  • Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

 ELIGIBILITY

Religion News Association's multiple media awards are designed to recognize journalism excellence in using multimedia tools. Both niche (all religion) and general print, online or broadcast news media are eligible for the Commentary or Blog, Renner Enterprise and Supple Feature Writer categories, provided they are not owned, funded or operated by a denomination or faith group. Examples of eligible outlets include BBC, NPR, CBS, Time Magazine, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Slate, Christian Century, America, Commonweal, Tricycle, Tikkun, Islamica, Salon, Vanity Fair and The Atlantic Monthly.

The eligibility stated above does not apply to the Schachern Online Section Award: 

  • Eligibility for the Schachern Award includes all media that do not cover religion exclusively, including publications, online news sites or broadcast outlets that cover many general news topics and for which religion is a dedicated space, page, section or online vertical; provided they are not owned, funded or operated by a denomination or faith group.
If you are not certain, contact RNA.

In addition:

  • RNA membership is not required for entry.
  • RNA's president and contest chairperson are not eligible to enter individual contests.

 AWARD PRIZES

  • 1st place: $250 and citation
  • 2nd place: $150 and citation
  • 3rd place: $100 and citation

 ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS


1. Entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 21.

Prepare your entry in the format your award category requires. Combined file size cannot exceed 30 MB. If submitting PDFs or URLs, please indicate on the entry form which components should be judged.

Print entrants: Combine stories and their related components into one document (.doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt) or submit static URLs.

Broadcast & online entrants: Combine your files into one document (.mov, .wmv, .mp3, .mp4, interactive PDF) or submit static URLs.
 
Photography entrants: Submit individual images — no more than 10 — via photography upload section on the form or submit status URLs.

Schachern entrantsMake interactive PDFs of your section and combine them into one document, or submit static URLs.


2. Use the online entry form to submit your materials and entry fee. If your entry was successfully submitted, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation.


3.
Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 (early-bird deadline is Jan. 9)

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