Specialist Journalist of the Year

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For the best reporting of stories in any specialist area, for example: health, education, business, local government, local democracy, court, the environment, defence etc, but excluding the areas of politics and sport which have their own individual categories. Entries from Local Democracy Reporters are welcome in this category.

 

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

 

You must:

  • Submit three stories which appeared in print, online or were broadcast between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019

  • Submit stories which appeared in print as PDFs of the page(s) on which they appeared

  • Provide a link for online stories. It is a condition of entry that these 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

  • Upload radio and TV work to YouTube, and include the link, or provide a link to a website where the work can be viewed or listened to. It is a condition of entry that these 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

  • Submit only one entry for this category

  • Supply a supporting statement (maximum 300 words), explaining your work and how it was obtained/produced

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • High quality reporting, commentary and presentation which demonstrates an understanding of the target audience.

  • Knowledge of, insight into, and analysis of, the specialist area

  • Strength of interviews

  • Use of a range of multimedia platforms and graphics to enhance and develop the story

  • Stories which provide scrutiny of decisions taken which affect the community and that aren’t being told in mainstream media (Local Democracy Reporters)

  • Work which is exclusive

  • Exposés, campaigns and investigative journalism

  • Insight, analysis, or examination of the context of stories

  • Journalism which results in change or which makes an identifiable impact (social, political, corporate, organisational), along with evidence of that change

  • Atmospheric audio (radio)

  • Style of writing/delivery

  • Story construction and structure

  • Good use of quotes/clips

 

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.

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