Best investigative/enterprise feature on a website
A piece of journalism generated from one news organization that uncovers information that may or may not be apparent to the public, whose revelations may bear consequences to their lives. Judged on depth and significance of topic.
Best collaborative investigative/enterprise reporting on a website
An investigative report generated by journalists from two or more institutions that through collaboration uncovers information that may or may not be apparent to the public, whose revelations bear consequences to their lives.
Best news or event feature on a website
A best news or event feature, which may be a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common subject, often generated by hard/breaking news.
Best business reporting on a website
This category recognizes exceptional reporting in the area of business represented by a single major event, told through one article or through a series of articles or an investigative/enterprise piece.
Best business/finance blog
Evaluation of overall content in regards to business/Finance - with focus on analysis and insight, as well as wit and wisdom.
Best news/political blog
Evaluation of overall content in regards to news and politics - with focus on analysis and insight as well as wit and wisdom.
Best use of data/infographics on a website
Effective use of design, using visual representations that deliver clarity of information to all viewers. Special attention paid to how well different data elements are incorporated into one cohesive, eye-catching and impactful graphic(s). A link to view infographic online should be submitted, along with a statement, identifying the topic and objective.
Best use of social media/crowd sourcing
The successful creation of online communities that shared ideas, exchanged information and promoted user interaction by utilizing one or more social media channels (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al) that significantly enhanced a news story via information, photos, video, etc.
Best innovation project on a website
This category recognizes creative thinkers and their quest to tell a story using innovation and originality. Judges will focus on projects that were successful communicating information, using new ideas and technology – and quality of execution.
Best community service project/reporting on a website
Community Service may be one or a series of articles focused on a common subject or goal, and how it contributed to improvements of the community served.
Best news or event feature video
A Best News or Event Feature Video is a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common subject often generated by hard/breaking news where video plays a significant part in telling the story. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. Video must be edited to a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Best investigative/enterprise video
An Investigative/Enterprise Video is a single story or a series of stories focusing on new information that may or may not be apparent to the public, whose revelations may bear consequences to their lives. The reporting is significantly enhanced through the use of video. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. (Video edited to 30 minutes)
Best sports video
A Best Sports Video is a single story or a series of stories focusing on a sport related subject/topic where video plays a significant contribution in effectively communicating that story. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. Video must be edited to a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Original journalistic storytelling told through a podcast that can be an individual episode or a series of stories as related to a specific subject/topic that educates, inspires and/or entertains. You can use all 4 links, but combined content should not exceed 30 minutes.
Best photojournalism on a website
Best use of photography on a website to tell or accompany one story: or a slide show that is captioned or accompanies a story.
Best editorial/political cartoon
The use of editorial cartoons that promote thoughtful consideration of public events/news or that accompanies editorial material.
Best overall website design
A website whose layout and graphics are appealing and whose composition and typography supports strong content.
Comparison of old vs. new and evaluation of improvements across all judging criteria (Note: A URL for old website must be provided and accessible in order to enter this category. The “before” version can be a snapshot of homepage or a series of snapshots of the site prior to the redesign.)
Best promotional/marketing campaign
Online promotional/marketing campaign used to enhance and shape the media company's brand or image to promote and increase readership and overall audience awareness.