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2017 NZCNA Awards

15 December 2017

 

Independent Better Newspapers Competition 2017

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 2017.

Most entries are to be submitted online, if hard copies are required, this is noted in the respective category.

Entries Close March 9 , 2018, NO LATE ENTRIES 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 1 March 2018

 

CATEGORY 1: Best Junior News Journalist

Class 1 and 2

Entry is restricted to journalists who have had less than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2017, and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.

Entry portfolio to include 5 published articles from 1 January to 31 December 2017


CATEGORY 2: Best Senior News Journalist

Class 1 and 2

Entry is restricted to Senior Journalists with more than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2017, and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.

 

CATEGORY 3: Best Junior Sports Journalist

Class 1 and 2

Junior Sports Journalists who have had less than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2017 and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers. 

 

CATEGORY 4: Best Senior Sports Journalist

Class 1 and 2

Senior Sports Journalists who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.

Entry portfolio to include 5 published articles from 1 January to 31 December 2017

 

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.

 

CATEGORY 6: Best Junior Feature/Lifestyle Journalist

Class 1, 2 and Associate

Junior Journalists who have had less than three full years journalism experience as at 31 October 2017 and are on the permanent staff of community newspapers.

5 (five) submissions need to be included with each entry, and from different publication dates covering 1 January to 31 December 2017. (ie do not submit 5 entries from the same feature/publication)

 

CATEGORY 7: Best Senior Feature/Lifestyle Journalist

Class 1, 2 and Associate

5 (five) submissions need to be included with each entry, and from different publication dates covering 1 January to 31 December 2017. ( ie do not submit 5 entries from the same feature/publication)

 

CATEGORY 8: The Frank Veale Memorial Award for the Most Improved Newspaper

Class 1, 2 and Associate

Consists of two compulsory issues.  One issue from October 2016 and one issue from October 2017.

Only one issue from each period may be selected. ENTRIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRIEF (APPROX 200 WORD) EXPLANATION OF IMPROVEMENTS MADE.   

1 HARD COPY ENTRIES REQUIRED, Plus a PDF of the front page of one entry supplied.

 

CATEGORY 9: Best Newspaper Photographer

Class 1 and 2

Photographers or journalists who take photographs who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers. A portfolio of 10 photographs required.

 

CATEGORY 10: Best Feature/Lifestyle Photographer

Class 1, 2 and Associate

Photographers or journalists who take photographs who are on the permanent staff of community newspapers . A portfolio of 10 photographs required.

 

CATEGORY 11: Best Front Page Newspaper

Class 1, 2 and Associate

Submit two front pages (not whole papers) from any time between 1 January to 31 December 2017.  

1 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 12: Best Front Page Feature/Lifestyle

Submit two front pages (not whole papers) from any time between 1 January to 31 December 2017.  

1 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 2017)
  • Weekly average Browsers (6 Nov to 12 November 2017)
  • Unique Weekly Browsers (6 Nov to 12 November 2017)
  • Average length users are on the site (6 Nov to 12 November 2017)
  • (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 to 31 December 2017.

Where appropriate, you may include written testimonials. These testimonials will not be returned to the nominee.

Written responses to be no more than 750 words, covering the following topics:

  1. Brief biography
  2. Major achievements in 2017 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

 

CATEGORY 15: Special Project Award

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.

 

CATEGORY 16: Best Individual Advertising Portfolio

Class 1, 2 and Associate

Enter your best six advertisements from any issue prepared solely by your

 

CATEGORY 17: Best Advertising Feature or Supplement

Class 1, 2 and Associate

One only advertising feature or supplement from any issue published between 1 January to 31 December 2017. 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 January to 31 December 2017.

  • Special promotions to clients/agencies with branded materials/packages
  • Self promotion at special events
  • Outdoor promotions of your newspaper, eg signage/branding
  • General marketing and branding

 

CATEGORY 19: Community Involvement

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.

 

CATEGORY 20: Best All Round Lifestyle Magazine

Class 1, 2 and Associate

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 2017. 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 ENTRY of EACH PAPER REQUIRED, plus a PDF of the front cover.

 

 

CATEGORY 21: Best All-Round Newspaper 

Class 1, 2 and Associate

Judging for the Best All-Round Newspaper requires 6 (six) selected newspapers of your choice published between 1 January to 31 December 2017 and 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)

 

1 HARD COPY ENTRIES of EACH NEWSPAPER REQUIRED, plus a PDF of the front cover.