Specialist Journalist of the Year

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For the best reporting of stories by mainstream outlets in any specialist area, for example: health, education, business, local government, local democracy, local community matters (including work by Local Democracy Reporters), court, the environment, defence, etc, but excluding the areas of politics and sport which have their own individual categories. Work published or broadcast between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2021 relating to the COVID pandemic ONLY will also be accepted.

 

Please note separate Independent Community Journalism category for independent outlets.

 

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 2020 and 30 September 2021

  • 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 2022. 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 2022. 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 (eg 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.