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2016 NZCNA Awards

(Presented at the 2017 Annual Conference, Friday June 16 in Christchurch)

Independent Better Newspapers Competition 2016

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This year there are up to three classes in each category. Unless otherwise noted, the entry period covers articles/ publications published between 1 January to 31 December 2016.
 
Most entries are to be submitted online, if hard copies are required, this is noted in the respective category.
 
Entries Close 5pm, 24 March, 2017 NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
 
(Classes available for entry are noted under each Category)
  • Class 1 : Circulation up to 14,999 copies
  • Class 2 : Circulation 15,000 + copies
  • Associate Members
Entries will only be accepted from financial members of  NZCNA as at 24 March 2017
 
HARD COPY ENTRIES MUST BE COURIERED TO:
NZ Community Newspapers Awards
NorthSouth Multi Media
107 River Road
Dargaville
 
DO NOT POST ENTRIES
 
Entry is restricted to journalists who have had less than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2016, and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.
Entry portfolio to include 10 published articles from 1 January to 31 December 2016
 
Entry is restricted to Senior Journalists with more than three full year’s journalism experience as at 31 October 2016, and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.
Entry portfolio to include 6 published articles from 1 January to 31 December 2016
 
Junior Sports Journalists who have had less than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2016 and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.
Entry portfolio to include 10 published articles from 1 January to 31 December 2016
 
Senior Sports Journalists who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers .
Entry portfolio to include 6 published articles from 1 January to 31 December 2016
 
CATEGORY 5: Best Headline 
Class 1 , 2 and Associate
Six headlines to be submitted from each masthead. This year the award will go to the masthead, irrespective of who has written the headlines submitted, so collaborate and enter the best.
 
Class 1,2 and Associate
Junior Journalists who have had less than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2016 and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.
6 (six) submissions need to be included with each entry, and from different publication dates covering 1 January to 31 December 2016. ( ie do not submit 6 entries from the same feature/publication)
 
Class 1, 2 and Associate
Senior  Journalists who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.
6 (six) submissions need to be included with each entry, and from different publication dates covering 1 January to 31 December 2016. ( ie do not submit 6 entries from the same feature/publication)

Class 1 , 2 and Associate
Consists of two compulsory issues.  One issue from September 2015 and one issue from September 2016. Only one issue from each period may be selected. ENTRIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRIEF (APPROX 200 WORD) EXPLANATION OF IMPROVEMENTS MADE.   
3 HARD COPY EACH ENTRY REQUIRED, Plus a PDF of the front page of one entry supplied.
 
Photographers or journalists who take photographs who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers. A portfolio of 10 photographs required.
 
Photographers or journalists who take photographs who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers . A portfolio of 10 photographs required.
 
Submit two front pages (not whole papers) from any time between January 1 to December 31, 2016.  
2 CARD MOUNTED HARD COPY ENTRY REQUIRED, plus a PDF of one entry supplied. NB: Entries that are not mounted on card will not be put forward for judging.
 
Submit two front pages (not whole papers) from any time between January 1 to December 31, 2016.  
2 CARD MOUNTED HARD COPY ENTRIES REQUIRED, plus a PDF of one entry supplied. NB: Entries that are not mounted on card will not be put forward for judging
 
CATEGORY 13: Best Website
One Overall Award covering all classes
Please send us your URL. Entries must be accompanied by a brief overview (approx. 300 words) of the website and include information to support the criteria as detailed below .
  • Innovation/Content
  • Design Functionality
  • Business results (supply revenue generated by the site from 1 January to 31 December 2016)
  • Weekly average Browsers (31 October to 4 November 2016)
  • Unique Weekly Browsers  (31 October to 4 November 2016)
  • Average length users are on the site (31 October - 4 November 2016)
  • (the above 3 items must be presented from a report file extracted from your site analytics, and submitted in its original form)
  • Main Newspaper circulation represented by the website
CATEGORY 14: Sales Excellence
One Award covering all classes
 
INDIVIDUAL AWARD

Sales Person of the Year
(OPEN category to print display/classifieds + digital)
Sales executive nominations must demonstrate high achievement and meet the criteria listed below.
The period of time being measured for these awards covers from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
Where appropriate, you may include written testimonials. These testimonials will not be returned to the nominee.
Written response to be no more than 750 words, covering the following topics:
  1. Brief biography
  2. Major achievements in 2016 including reasons and impact on the business
  3. Personal sales performance - e.g. target, volume, revenue and yield
  4. Cite new business wins plus growth of existing client spend; outlining business strategies for creating and retaining business. Client testimonial(s) desirable
  5. Main professional and personal attributes that have contributed to success
  6. How the nominee has promoted your newspaper / digital property as the advertising medium of choice
  7. Commitment to professional development
 Please include:
  • Letter of approval by GM/CEO/Publisher for nomination
  • Photograph (preferably a headshot) of the candidate
Judges will be asked to consider the following aspects of an entry:
  • Outstanding "wins" / Major Achievements
  • Revenue Growth
    • New Revenue
    • Retained Revenue
  • Client/Agency Relationship Development
  • Collaboration (internal)
  • Creative Thinking
  • Professional Development
One Award covering all classes.
 
Special Project/Innovation Award
 
Best new Project or Innovation: Judges will look for entries that differentiate your solution from the pack. A new approach is essential. If it is a new approach and / or change of thinking within your own organisation (as opposed to a world-first), then it will be an acceptable entry. But make that clear, and explain it, in your Statement of Purpose. This award is designed to reward those who successfully "think outside the square" for their client.
 
NB: The criteria has been left open so you can best describe your idea/innovation. The existing criteria cited below can be a guide.
 
Judges will reward outstanding creative execution that commands attention and motivates the audience or prospect. Entries should demonstrate the following components:
 
 
Weighting
Innovation
Original use of medium for message / audience
50%
Design
Sharp and relevant design / illustration / copy
15%
Inspiration
Effective call to action
15%
Impact
Measurement of response
(data-points or client feedback where possible)
20%
 
Definitions
Best New Project or Innovation: Can be any size, on any platform, and must have been commercially sold. The same applies to dedicated environments, such as features, supplements, digital microsites, mobile app sponsorships and so on. Editorially/Advertising-driven features /supplements/websites are acceptable so long as they have been a new innovation to your business in the 2016 calendar year.
Statement of Purpose: A Statement of Purpose addressing the criteria of up to 300 words must be included for each entry. Additionally, the Statement of Purpose may be complemented by a client(s) endorsement, which would not be included in the 300-word limit.
 
Enter your best six advertisements from any issue prepared solely by your own advertising/production team between January 1 to December 31, 2016. 
 
One only advertising feature or supplement from any issue published between January 1 to December 31, 2016. The feature or supplement must comprise a minimum of two pages and be exclusively the work of the newspapers own editorial and advertising staff. 
 
CATEGORY 18: Self Promotion 
Class 1,2 and Associate
In paper advertising self promotion 1 Januaryto 31 December 2016.
  • Special promotions to clients/agencies with branded materials/packages
  • Self promotion at special events
Class 1 and 2
Community leadership entry based upon a single example of community involvement during the competition year through articles and/or photographs taken from possibly several issues of your paper.  Please do not submit an advertising feature or newspaper revenue generating scheme.
 
Entries to be selected from regular monthly/bi monthly magazines.
We are looking for at least 4 ( four) entries of the same product, published between 1 January and 31 December 2016. Entries will be judged across a number of criteria.
  • Editorial content (quality of the writing)
  • Presentation (layout)
  • Level of local editorial content
  • Layout
  • Photography
  • Advertising content and presentation
Entries must include:
  • Name of Lifestyle Magazine
  • Brief outline of target market
  • Frequency
  • Circulation number

1 HARD COPY OF EACH PAPER ENTRY REQUIRED, plus a PDF of the front cover. 

Class 1 , 2 and Associate;
6 (six) selected newspapers of your choice published between 1 January to 31 December 2016.

The judging for the Best All-Round Newspaper will be based on the following guide:

 
 
Weighting
 
Connecting with the community including a forum for opinions 
35%

Quality of journalism including news selection and writing 
30%

Design including photography   
20%

Agenda setting including exclusives and/or campaigns
15%

  •  Total number of journalists at your newspaper (FTE equivalents)
 3 HARD COPIES OF EACH PAPER ENTRY REQUIRED, plus a PDF of the front cover.