ASNE Awards program accepting nominationsASNE Awards program now accepting nominations!
Like the Pulitzers, the ASNE Awards is one of the few journalism contests in which news organizations of all sizes compete on equal footing. The awards, which encompass nine categories and honor the best in print, online and mobile content, do not include circulation divisions. So a small weekly newspaper, or a one-person blogger, competes head-to-head with traditional award-winning juggernauts like The New York Times and The Washington Post.
On one hand, that makes it more difficult to win an award. But it also makes victory that much sweeter, as editors and reporters at The Joplin Globe; The Bergen County Record; the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison; The News-Star, Monroe, La.; and Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle can attest. Each of those organizations has been a winner in the ASNE Awards competition in the past six years. In the ASNE contest, good journalism finds its way to the top of the pile regardless of the size of the organization producing it.
The ASNE contest does take size into account, however, in calculating entry fees. There is a $70 fee for newspapers with circulations above 100,000 and a $40 entry charge for everyone else, including online-only news organizations. The contest is open to all newspapers, news services and news websites in the U.S., including those without an ASNE member on staff.
All participating organizations must have a contest-website login to submit entries. Emails are going out to the editor or main contact of news organizations with the single username and password that allows nominations from that specific organization. If your organization does not receive this information via email, please contact ASNE Finance Director Cindy Roe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 25. Winners will be announced shortly afterward and will be recognized at the ASNE convention in Washington, D.C., June 24-26 at the Capital Hilton. Go to our ASNE website for rules, and categories.