Independent Community Journalism of the Year

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For the best reporting of a local community and local community issues by an independent individual, an independent outlet (be it print, broadcast or online) or a community enterprise. Work published or broadcast between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2021 relating to the COVID pandemic ONLY will also be accepted.

 

NOTE This category is not open to journalists working for mainstream outlets reporting on community matters (including Local Democracy Reporters). Entries from these individuals should be submitted in the Specialist Journalist category.

Submissions for this category must be from print, radio, TV or online outlets run by local communities and groups exclusively to provide a service to the community they serve. They must be truly independent and not supported by any large commercial enterprise.

 

Submitted work must have been produced in Wales, for an audience in Wales. 

 

Publications or outlets must

  • Submit three non-consecutive issues, programmes or editions (print or online) produced between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021.

  • Submit their work either as PDFs or weblinks, or links to their website/material. It is a condition of entry that links must be live, and remain live, until the end of March 2020. Please ensure you provide any passwords required.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

  • Explain in 300 words their approach to covering what goes on in their community.

 

Individuals must:

  • Submit three stories produced between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021.

  • Submit their work either as PDFs or weblinks, or links to their website/material. It is a condition of entry that this link must be live, and remain live, until the end of March 2022. Please ensure you provide any passwords required.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

  • Explain in 300 words their approach to covering what goes on in their community.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • Contributions from individuals or community outlets which are independent, ie. not part of a mainstream media organisation or group

  • Stories which provide scrutiny of decisions taken which affect the community

  • Content which provides information about a local community which is of value to its residents and which helps to bring them together

  • Stories that aren’t being told in mainstream media

  • Quality and accuracy of writing

  • Interactivity with the audience

  • For publications and outlets - high production and editorial values, ease of use, and design

 

The organisers reserve the right to mention any entrants to this category and to display any of the work they enter in any publicity and marketing relating to the competition without copyright infringement.

 

The decision of the judges in this category is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important that you observe these criteria since failure to do so may result in your entry being disqualified.