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The 2019 Sustainable Focus Areas

For this year, entries touched on the following focus areas in line with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Care for the Environment

Renewable energy, climate action, and/or disaster response

Innate Care for People

Health and fitness and/or youth and education

Positive Societal Impact

Business and entrepreneurship, governance and social progress, and/or economic growth

Digital Nation

Information and communications technology, innovation, and/or digital lifestyle

Get to Know the Challenge

Set an example for excellent and sustainability-focused media practice today.

Categories

AWARDDETAILS

News Report of the Year for Print

This award honors the best news story in print demonstrating the highest standards of responsible journalism through effective data

gathering and coherent storytelling.

Explanatory/Investigative Story or Documentary of the Year for Print

This award honors excellence in explanatory/investigative reporting in print, highlighting a significant issue anchored on any of the identified sustainability focus areas.


The story or documentary may be in the form of a series pertaining to a developing story.

News Report of the Year for Radio

This award honors the best news story on the radio that demonstrates the highest standards of responsible journalism through effective data gathering and coherent storytelling.

Explanatory/Investigative Story/Documentary of the Year for Television

This award honors excellence in explanatory or investigative reporting on Television, highlighting a significant issue anchored on any of the identified sustainability focus areas.


The story or documentary may be in the form of a series pertaining to a developing story.

Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Digital

This award honors excellence in explanatory/investigative reporting published in an online site, highlighting a significant issue anchored on any of the identified sustainability focus areas.


The story may also be accompanied by supplementary materials such as photos, graphics, and the like that lend value to the feature. It may be in the form of a series pertaining to a developing story.

Explanatory/Investigative Video Story of the Year for Digital

This award honors excellence in explanatory/investigative reporting published in an online site, highlighting a significant issue anchored on any of the identified sustainability focus areas.


Published on an online site, this video entry should have a duration of 1 minute to 5 minutes and showcase excellence in visual storytelling, breaking down complex issues in a manner easily understood by the audience.

Photo of the Year for Digital

This award honors excellence in photojournalism, recognizing the image that best encapsulates and represents a relevant issue, event, or situation, and demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity.

Breaking News of the Year for Digital

This award honors excellence in agile reportage covering a developing news story with creative use of various digital platforms for a quick turnaround. The story should demonstrate clear, accurate, and timely journalism with materials produced within 4 to 6 hours from the occurrence of the event.

Social Media Advocacy of the Year

This award recognizes an online movement or campaign with the objective of improving the state of our society and country, anchored on any of the identified sustainability focus areas. It should promote a call-to-action and drive positive engagement in the online community.

SPECIAL AWARDDETAILS

Environment Story of the Year

This special award recognizes outstanding journalism in the reporting of any environmental issue/s in the Philippines. The piece must highlight an insightful argument on an environmental issue as well as generate and inspire action and/or discussion among the story's audience.


The story may be in the form of any media: Print, TV, Radio, or Digital.

Newsmaker of the Year

This special award honors a journalist and his/her impactful body of work throughout the year.


The person is to be nominated by his/her colleagues—fellow writers, editors, and broadcasters alike—based on his/her contribution and influence in the community and the industry.

Editor of the Year

This special award honors the editor and his/her contributions to the industry throughout his/her service.


The person is to be nominated by his/her colleagues—fellow writers, editors, and broadcasters alike—based on positive influence in the community and the industry.

Requirements

  • Entrants must be working with print, broadcast, or online news outlets, or must have active blogs or social media accounts during the publication of their work.
  • Entries published in national newspapers are only accepted if they are about the respective area/region.
  • Entrants are not allowed to submit the same entry to different categories.
  • Entrants writing/reporting in local languages are not required to have English translations of their works.
  • Attachments for proof of social impact are optional.

Dates


VISAYASMINDANAO
Search PeriodMay 2018 to June 2019June 2018 to July 2019
Submission PeriodJune 10 to July 5, 2019July 1 to 26, 2019

Criteria

News Report of the Year for Print

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content50%Does the piece have a fact-based analogy of the issue at hand and effectively use supporting materials to present all possible sides? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism?
Style25%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively as shown by the writing/reporting style, production, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to communicate complex resource material effectively and in a way that is easily understood?
Impact25%Is the topic relevant to the community? Does it encourage discourse/action on the topic and/or means of addressing issues?

Explanatory/Investigative Story or Documentary of the Year for Print

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content60%Does the piece have a fact-based analogy of the issue at hand and effectively use supporting materials to present all possible sides? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism?
Style20%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively as shown by the writing/reporting style, production, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to communicate complex resource material effectively and in a way that is easily understood?
Impact20%Is the topic relevant to the community? Does it encourage discourse/action on the topic and/or means of addressing issues?

News Report of the Year for Radio

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content50%Does the piece have a fact-based analogy of the issue at hand and effectively use supporting materials to present all possible sides? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism?
Style25%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively as shown by the reporting style, production, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to communicate complex resource material effectively and in a way that is easily understood?
Impact25%Is the topic relevant to the community? Does it encourage discourse/action on the topic and/or means of addressing issues?

Explanatory/Investigative Story/Documentary of the Year for Television

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content60%Does the piece have a fact-based analogy of the issue at hand and effectively use supporting materials to present all possible sides? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism?
Style20%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively as shown by the reporting style, production, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to communicate complex resource material effectively and in a way that is easily understood?
Impact20%Is the topic relevant to the community? Does it encourage discourse/action on the topic and/or means of addressing issues?

Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Digital

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content35%Does the piece have a fact-based analogy of the issue at hand and effectively use supporting materials to present all possible sides? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism?
Style30%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively as shown by the writing/reporting style, production, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to communicate complex material effectively and in a way that is easily understood?
Impact35%Is the topic relevant to the target audience/community? Did it encourage discourse or interaction through comments and conversations with its audience online?

Did the story generate positive sentiments and reactions from its audience online (measured by sentiment and engagement)?

Photo of the Year for Digital

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content40%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively through its visuals? Is it able to convey its message easily and effectively? Is it able to evoke the viewer’s imagination?
Creativity30%Does the work convey the idea, message, or thought in an original and imaginative way?
Impact30%Does the photo evoke an emotion from the viewer? Is the visual relevant to the community? Does it encourage discourse/action on the topic and/or means of addressing issues?

Breaking News of the Year for Digital

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content50%Does the piece highlight the urgency of the story? Does it adhere to quality writing despite the urgency of the requirement? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism?
Style30%Does it communicate the story clearly and effectively as shown by the writing/reporting style, production, clarity, storytelling, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to convey its message easily and effectively?
Impact30%Is the topic relevant to the target audience/community?

Did it encourage discourse or interaction through comments and conversations with its audience online?

Did the story generate positive sentiments and reactions from its audience online (measured by sentiment and engagement)?

Social Media Advocacy of the Year

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content50%Does the campaign have content that is relevant and consistent to its advocacy? Does it clearly exhibit the impact of the cause? Does it present facts to back up its content? Does it use different media channels to convey its message?
Impact50%Does the campaign encourage discussion/action among its readers as seen through its comments and engagements? Has it reached its target audience based on its views, shares, and likes? Did the story generate positive sentiments and reactions from its audience online (measured by sentiment and engagement)?

Environment Story of the Year

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Content45%Does the piece have a fact-based analogy of the issue at hand and effectively use supporting materials to present all possible sides? Does it adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism? Does it clearly exhibit the impact of the issue at hand?
Style25%Does it communicate the issue clearly and effectively as shown by the writing/reporting style, production, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas? Is it able to communicate complex resource material effectively and in a way that is easily understood?
Impact30%Is the topic relevant to the target audience/community? Did it encourage discourse or interaction through comments and conversations with its audience online?

Did the story generate positive sentiments and reactions from its audience online (measured by sentiment and engagement)?

Newsmaker of the Year

CRITERIAPERCENTAGEGUIDES
Advancing the Industry45%Has this person helped in the development and transformation of the industry?
Leadership and Influence25%Does he/she inspire his/her peers? Has his/her influence helped shape the minds of the practitioners of today? Are his/her insights valuable and practical for his/her peers to execute?
Creativity and Innovation30%Has he/she introduced new ways of thinking? Does his/her ideas stand out amongst others? Does he/she come out with impactful works?

Prizes

CATEGORYPRIZE
News Report of the Year for PrintP35,000
Explanatory/Investigative Story or Documentary of the Year for PrintP35,000
News Report of the Year for RadioP35,000
Explanatory/Investigative Story/Documentary of the Year for TelevisionP35,000
Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for DigitalP35,000
Explanatory/Investigative Video Story of the Year for DigitalP35,000
Photo of the Year for DigitalP25,000
Breaking News of the Year for DigitalP25,000
Social Media Advocacy of the YearP35,000
Environment Story of the YearP35,000
Newsmaker of the YearP40,000
Editor of the YearP40,000
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