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GENERAL CONTEST INFORMATION

 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION REPORTING—SMALL NEWSPAPERS (CASSELS AWARD)

CONTEST RULES
  • For newspapers with weekday circulations of 50,000 or less.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed in 2015.
  • Stories from a newspaper's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and infographics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • Accompanying photos or audio need not be omitted in URLs or PDFs, but they will not be judged.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINE
  • Early bird entry fee: $25 for members / $50 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

  • Regular entry fee: $32 for members / $57 for non-members
  • Deadline: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016  EXTENDED to: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION REPORTING—MID-SIZED NEWSPAPERS (CORNELL AWARD)

CONTEST RULES

  • For newspapers with weekday circulations of 50,001–150,000.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed in 2015.
  • Stories from a newspaper's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and infographics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • Accompanying photos or audio need not be omitted in URLs or PDFs, but they will not be judged.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINE
  • Early bird entry fee: $25 for members / $50 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

  • Regular entry fee: $32 for members / $57 for non-members
  • Deadline: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016  EXTENDED to: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION REPORTING—METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPERS

CONTEST RULES
  • For newspapers with weekday circulations of 150,001–300,000.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed in 2015.
  • Stories from a newspaper's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and infographics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • Accompanying photos or audio need not be omitted in URLs or PDFs, but they will not be judged.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINE
  • Early bird entry fee: $35 for members / $70 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

  • Regular entry fee: $45 for members / $80 for non-members
  • Deadline: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016  EXTENDED to: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

 EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION REPORTING—LARGE NEWSPAPERS & WIRE SERVICES

CONTEST RULES
  • For newspapers with weekday circulations 300,001+ and wire services.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed/distributed in 2015.
  • Stories from an outlet's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and infographics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • Accompanying photos or audio need not be omitted in URLs or PDFs, but they will not be judged.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINE
  • Early bird entry fee: $35 for members / $70 for non-members
  • Early bird deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
  • Regular entry fee: $45 for members / $80 for non-members
  • Deadline: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016  EXTENDED to: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016


 ELIGIBILITY

Religion Newswriters Association's newspaper and wire service award categories are designed to recognize journalism excellence by measuring a journalist's grasp on a diversity of religion issues. Outlets that are owned or operated by a particular religion, faith community or religious group are not eligible. 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. Combine stories and their related components into one document (.doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt), or submit static URLs. If submitting a PDF or URLs, indicate which content should be judged.

  2. Use the online entry form to submit your document and entry fee. If your entry was successfully submitted, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation with the subject, "RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS - Thank you for your payment."

  3. Deadline: Enter online by Monday, Feb. 1, 2016  EXTENDED to: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

 

 

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