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CONTEST DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 3, 2019

 

Rules of Entry

  • Writers of any age or professional situation may enter or be nominated.
  • Individuals may submit up to three entries total. If more than three entries are received, only the first three entries submitted will be accepted.
  • Individuals may submit more than one entry per category. However, the same piece cannot be submitted to more than one category.
  • Each entry must be submitted separately.
  • Entries may be used in whole or in part at the awards ceremony or for event publicity.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No awards will be given in a category if no entries are deemed worthy of citation by the judges.
  • The Newhouse School will present one award for each winning entry. Additional copies of the award may be purchased.
  • No one person may win in a category more than three times within a five-year period. Entries by any person who has won three times in the last five years will be excluded.
  • Judges reserve the right to move entries if incorrectly placed or deemed a more appropriate fit in another category.

Email mirror@syr.edu for all contest inquiries.

Categories

Anyone may nominate the work of reporters, producers, editors and writers for consideration in the following categories:

  1. SPECIAL TOPIC CATEGORY FOR 2019 MIRROR AWARDS: Best Story on Journalists or Journalism in Peril ($1,000 prize): A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece or series of pieces specifically addressing physical or other threats to journalists and their profession. Only one piece is required for submission and three total pieces will be accepted per entry.
  2. SPECIAL TOPIC CATEGORY FOR 2019 MIRROR AWARDS: Best Story on Social Media in the Crosshairs ($1,000 prize): A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece or series of pieces specifically addressing the scrutiny of the role of social media in democracy, politics and society. Only one piece is required for submission and three total pieces will be accepted per entry.
  3. BEST SINGLE ARTICLE/STORY ($1,000 prize):  A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast (audio or video) piece of any length. Article may include photo, video, sidebars, audio and/or interactive elements in addition to the written piece. Regular features/columns, opinion pieces or film/television reviews should not be entered.
  4. BEST PROFILE ($1,000 prize): Any carefully researched and sourced piece covering a single person or organization noteworthy in the media industry. Excerpts from “three dot columns”/social notebook features or excerpts from books (unless the book was originally published in serial form in a periodical) should not be entered. These pieces can be print, radio, television or digital.
  5. BEST COMMENTARY ($1,000 prize): Demonstrates the writer’s overall knowledge of the issues; analytic skills; and unique voice. Submissions may be published in print, online, broadcast or radio. This is the category for opinion, humor, columns, etc. Only one piece is required for submission and three total pieces will be accepted per entry.
  6. JOHN M. HIGGINS AWARD FOR BEST IN-DEPTH/ENTERPRISE REPORTING ($5,000 prize): Digital, broadcast or traditional/legacy media may be entered. Entries may be a series of articles or a single, in-depth investigative article. Though not required, entries may cross platforms. Entries will be judged on the quality of the reporting and the importance of the story covered.

     

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