Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline February 3, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Excellence in Reporting Award for newspapers consists of four separate categories:

  • Small newspapers—weekday circ. 50,000 or less (Cassels Award)
  • Mid-size newspapers—weekday circ. between 50,001–150,000 (Cornell Award)
  • Metropolitan newspapers—weekday circ. between 150,001–300,000
  • Large newspapers & wire services—weekday circ. 300,001+

Notable Winners

2013
First place: Matthew Miller, Lansing State Journal

Jury

Monetary/Material Award Details

  • 1st place: $250 and citation
  • 2nd place: $150 and citation
  • 3rd place: $100 and citation

Eligibility Requirements

Religion Newswriters Association's newspaper and wire service award categories are designed to recognize journalism excellence by measuring a journalist's grasp on a diversity of religion issues. Outlets that are owned or operated by a particular religion, faith community or religious group are not eligible.

In addition:

  • RNA membership is not required for entry.
  • RNA's president and vice presidents are not eligible to enter individual contests.

Entry Fee Details

SMALL-SIZED NEWSPAPERS (CASSELS AWARD)
  • Regular entry fee: $32 for members / $57 for non-members
MID-SIZED NEWSPAPERS (CORNELL AWARD)
  • Regular entry fee: $32 for members / $57 for non-members
METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPERS
  • Regular entry fee: $45 for members / $80 for non-members
LARGE NEWSPAPERS & WIRE SERVICES
  • Regular entry fee: $45 for members / $80 for non-members

Required Material

Entry Format

General Entry Requirements:

  1. Combine stories and their related components into one document (.doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt), or submit static URLs. If submitting a PDF or URLs, indicate which content should be judged.
  2. Use the online entry form to submit your document and entry fee. If your entry was successfully submitted, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation from DebraMason(at)RNA(dot)org with the subject, "RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS - Thank you for your payment."
  3. Deadline: Enter online by 5 p.m. EDT on Feb. 3

 

See specific category instructions below:

SMALL-SIZED NEWSPAPERS (CASSELS AWARD)

CONTEST RULES

  • For newspapers with weekday circulations of 50,000 or less.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed in 2014.
  • Stories from a newspaper's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and info graphics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • No photos or audio.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

 

MID-SIZED NEWSPAPERS (CORNELL AWARD)

CONTEST RULES

  • For newspapers with weekday circulations of 50,001–150,000.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed in 2014.
  • Stories from a newspaper's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and info graphics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • No photos or audio.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

 

METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPERS

CONTEST RULES

  • For newspapers with weekday circulations of 150,001–300,000.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed in 2014.
  • Stories from a newspaper's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and info graphics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • No photos or audio.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers

 

LARGE NEWSPAPERS & WIRE SERVICES

CONTEST RULES

  • For newspapers with weekday circulations 300,001+ and wire services.
  • Submit three newspaper articles about religion written and printed/distributed in 2014.
  • Stories from an outlet's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars (one per story) and info graphics. All materials must be published on the same day.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • No photos or audio.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

 

Contact Information

Lindsey Skinner 

[email protected]

573-882-92577

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