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2015 Louisiana/Mississippi APME Professional Contest

 

Click here for 2015 College Contest Call for Entries

 

 

The LA-MS APME competition is designed to recognize Louisiana and Mississippi AP-member newspapers for outstanding performance in journalism.  The competition is open to all AP-member newspapers in both states. Entries must have been published in calendar year 2014.

 

The deadline to submit entries is Sunday, April 5, 2015.

 

Entries must be submitted online at http://betternewspapercontest.com.  Payment must be received by Friday, April 10, 2015, or entries may be disqualified.

 

For a printable version of the contest rules and categories, please click here.

 

Newspapers compete in four divisions based on daily circulation:

Division One: More than 40,000

Division Two: 10,001-40,000

Division Three: 5,001-10,000

Division Four: 5,000 or less

 

Entry Fees:

PAYPAL FEES:

Division One: $7.55 per entry.             

Division Two: $6.50 per entry.             

Division Three: $5.50 per entry.              

Division Four: $5.50 per entry. 

 

PAYMENT VIA CHECK/Money Order:

Division One: $7 per entry

Division Two: $6 per entry

Division Three: $5 per entry

Division Four: $5 per entry

 

NEW THIS YEAR: Payments can be made through PayPal via the BNC site.  If you submit payments via PayPal, please send a copy of your entry summary form and the BNC PayPal receipt either via regular mail to the address below or via email to dvassar@ap.org.

 

If paying by check or money order, make payment to Louisiana/Mississippi APME and send to the address below. The entry fee check must be accompanied by an entry summary form from the Better BNC site. Send check and summary form to:

 

2015 Louisiana/Mississippi APME Contest

The Associated Press

Attn: Dee Vassar

1207 18th Ave. South

Nashville, TN 37212

 

 

Judging:

Entries will be judged by editors from another state. Judges will be instructed that an award need not be given in an instance where they believe none of the entries merit recognition. Judges will be urged to provide comments.

 

CATEGORIES

WRITING

There is a limit of five (5) entries per newspaper per category for writing and layout and design contests.

 

SPOT NEWS: For first-day coverage of a news event; may include sidebars from the same day's coverage.

 

GENERAL NEWS: For coverage of a single news event, planned and anticipated, may include sidebars from the same day's coverage.

 

FEATURES: For timeless news and lifestyle features.

 

BUSINESS: For a single story or one day's coverage of a business-related news event; may include sidebars.

 

CONTINUING COVERAGE: For continuing coverage of a developing story. The entry may include sidebars. Entries are limited to five days' coverage (not necessarily consecutive days, but within calendar year 2014).

 

PUBLIC/COMMUNITY SERVICE: For a story or series of stories that goes beyond routine coverage to provide greater understanding or awareness of an issue. Limit three days' coverage.

 

INVESTIGATIVE: For a story or collection of not more than five (5) stories on the same subject, prepared by an individual or team and based primarily on original reporting. Stories may appear in a single day, a consecutive series or in occasional reports reflecting continued investigation and new findings. Important factors will be quality of reporting and importance of findings to the public.

 

SPOT SPORTS: For coverage of breaking sports news.

 

SPORTS ENTERPRISE/FEATURE: For coverage of non-deadline news; single story or series.

 

SPORTS COLUMNS: For columns on sports subjects; column must appear at least once a week. An entry consists of up to three (3) columns.

 

EDITORIALS: One entry consists of three editorials. Judges give extra consideration to courage, clarity and persuasiveness in writing.

 

PERSONAL COLUMNS: For any type of column, serious or humorous, appearing at least once a week. One entry consists of up to three (3) columns. 

 

 

LAYOUT & DESIGN, HEADLINES

There is a limit of five (5) entries per newspaper for layout & design and headlines.

 

HEADLINES: One entry consists of three (3) headlines and should include articles that headline describes.

 

LAYOUT & DESIGN: One entry consists of up to three (3) full-page layouts. 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

There is a limit of five (5) entries per photographer per category.

 

SPOT NEWS: For photos of breaking news.

 

GENERAL NEWS: For photos of planned or scheduled events, such as presidential visits, funerals, news conferences.

 

FEATURES: For timeless photographs.

 

ILLUSTRATION: For a staged of posed photo used to illustrate a feature or enterprise subject.

 

MULTI-PHOTO: For picture packages by a staffer or staffers on a single event or subject.

 

PORTRAIT/PERSONALITY: For a photo that captures an aspect of the subject's character. 

 

SPORTS ACTION: For photos of on-field action by players, officials, coaches or fans.

 

SPORTS FEATURES: For feature photographs taken at sporting events.

 

 

DIGITAL

WEBSITE: The judging will recognize general excellence, and should successfully fulfill the editorial mission, effectively serve its audience, maximize unique abilities of the Web and represent the highest journalistic standards.  Key attributes include excellence of content, multimedia components, pleasing design, ease of navigation  and community tools. Entries may be accompanied by brief statements of 100 words or less, directing the judges to a site’s key attributes and explaining how the site meets the criteria.  Web managers should provide passwords for protected sites, so the judges will have access.   

 

ONLINE PACKAGE: Recognizes excellence in online storytelling or utility. Content can include stories, graphics, audio, video, still photography and interactive media. If the entry resides on the newspaper's website, provide URL taking judges directly to the entry.  If the entry has been archived or taken off the site, editors should upload a digital disc containing the online package as it appeared online. Also, include the date the entries debuted on the website. Limit three (3) entries per newspaper in all classes. 

 

BLOG: Recognizes outstanding content on newspapers' blogs. Editors should upload PDFs of the best three blog postings of any content and subject area from each of up to three blogs. For example, three blog postings for one blog, three from another, three from another for up to nine entries total. Editors should include the URL for the blog so judges can explore its current status and staying power.

 

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Margaret Dixon Freedom of Information: A report, or collection of not more than five (5) reports, produced by an individual or a team, that uses public records to shed light on an important community matter and to effect public policy change. Quality of reporting and writing will be considered along with the outcome or result of the reporting efforts. Entry may include supporting materials (explanatory note, follow-up stories) that demonstrate the results of the published or broadcast work. 

 

Frank Allen Award: For best writing of the year, selected by the APME judges from first-place writing winners.

 

C.P. Liter Award:  Best photo of the year, selected by the APME judges from first-place photo winners.

 

2015 LOUISIANA-MISSISSIPPI APME COLLEGE CONTEST

 

The LA-MS APME college contest is designed to recognize Louisiana and Mississippi student journalists for outstanding performance.  The competition is open to all student journalists in both states. Entries must have been published in calendar year 2014 and should primarily be the work of an undergraduate student or students, except as noted below under the College News Bureau category. Entries should have appeared in the campus newspaper or affiliated website.

 

The deadline to submit entries is Sunday, April 5, 2015.

 

For a printable verion of contest rules and categories, please click here.

 

NEW THIS YEAR: Payments can be made through PayPal via the BNC site.  If you submit payments via PayPal, please send a copy of your entry summary form and the BNC PayPal receipt either via regular mail to the address below or via email to dvassar@ap.org.

 

The entry fee for all categories except General Excellence is $5.50 per entry via PayPal or $5 per entry by check or money order.  The entry for General Excellence is $26.50 per entry via PayPal or $25 per entry by check or money order.

 

If paying by check or money order, make payment to Louisiana/Mississippi APME and send to the address below. The entry fee check must be accompanied by an entry summary form from Better BNC site.  Send check and summary form to:

 

2015 Louisiana/Mississippi APME Contest

The Associated Press

Attn: Dee Vassar

1207 18th Ave. South

Nashville, TN 37212

 

For a printable version of the contest rule and categories, please click here.

 

Judging:

Entries will be judged by editors from another state. Judges will be instructed that an award need not be given in an instance where they believe none of the entries merit recognition. Judges will be urged to provide comments.

 

CATEGORIES

There is a limit of five (5) entries per category per school.

 

WRITING

BREAKING/SPOT NEWS: Coverage of a spot event or ongoing coverage of a developing story. Entries limited to two days of coverage.

 

ENTERPRISE/INVESTIGATIVE: For a story or collection of not more than five (5) stories on the same subject, prepared by an individual or team and based primarily on original reporting. Stories may appear in a single day, a consecutive series or in occasional reports reflecting continued investigation and new findings. Important factors will be quality of reporting and importance of findings to the public.

 

SPORTS BREAKING NEWS: For coverage of breaking sports news.

 

SPORTS ENTERPRISE/FEATURE:  Single story or series of non-deadline coverage.

 

FEATURE: Single human-interest or entertainment story. 

 

EDITORIALS: One entry consists of three (3) editorials.  Courage, clarity and persuasiveness in writing are key factors.

 

PERSONAL COLUMNS: For any type of column, serious or humorous. One entry consists of up to three (3) columns. 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

SPOT NEWS: For breaking news coverage.

 

FEATURES: For timeless photographs.

 

SPORTS:  For Sports action or feature at sporting events.

 

 

PAGE DESIGN

LAYOUT & DESIGN: One entry consists of three (3) full page layouts. 

 

 

DIGITAL

WEBSITE: The judging will recognize general excellence, and should successfully fulfill the editorial mission, effectively serve its audience, maximize unique abilities of the Web and represent the highest journalistic standards.  Key attributes include excellence of content, multimedia components, pleasing design, ease of navigation and community tools. Entries may be accompanied by brief statements of 100 words or less, directing the judges to a site's key attributes and explaining how the site meets the criteria.  Web managers should provide passwords for protected sites, so the judges will have free access. 

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE: A newspaper's three best issues during the contest year constitute an entry. A sponsor may write a cover letter (one-page maximum) explaining special problems or circumstances the newspaper faced. 

 

 

COLLEGE NEWS BUREAU

The following categories are open to stories written by college or university students under the direction of faculty as part of a college-run bureau or project and published in a professional newspaper. Editing by faculty or by editors at the newspapers that publish the story is allowed. Stories must have been published in a professional newspaper in the contest year. Entries must be approved by faculty at the participating college or university.

 

NEWS: Best coverage of a spot event or an issue, or ongoing coverage of a developing story. The entry may include sidebars. Entries are limited to two days' coverage (not necessarily consecutive days, but within the contest year).

 

FEATURES: Any single human-interest or entertainment story.