This category honors digital coverage throughout an unplanned breaking-news event or development. Judges will weigh evidence of exceptional journalism, quality of writing, use of other media and creative use of digital and mobile platforms under deadline pressure. All work submitted must have been produced while or immediately following the originating news event. In addition to content produced during the event, entrants are strongly encouraged to provide screenshots, or other evidence, from the first minutes and hours after the event to clarify what was published at what time and how coverage developed over time.
Tips for Winning:
Keep in mind two important truths:
1. Superior journalism
2. Dedication to maximizing the power of digital platforms.
Additionally, the judges will be asking these questions:
• “What impact did this story have?”
• “How does this entry really take advantage of the web?”
• “Would this piece be any different if it appeared solely in print?”
Lastly, keep in mind that the more you can help judges better understand how your stories best embrace the fundamentals of great journalism — impact, relevance, newsworthiness — and do so by best leveraging the power of digital platforms, the better chance you have of winning an award.