DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 6!
OPINION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes the achievements of two opinion journalists during 2011. Entries may include editorials, columns and/or op-ed pieces. Judging will be based on clarity, strength of writing, creativity and impact on public policy and quality of life. One journalist in each circulation division will be recognized with a $200 check and an engraved award.
TOP OPINION PAGES
This award recognizes the achievements of editorial or opinion staffs during 2011. Entries may include full editorial page or op-ed page layouts, editorials, columns and/or op-ed pieces. Judging will be based on clarity, strength of writing, creativity, and the general impact of the pages. Up to five newspapers (regardless of circulation division) will be recognized with an engraved award.
Contest Opens: Monday, April 30, 2012, 8 a.m. ET
Contest Deadline: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 11:59 p.m. ET
Entry Fees: $25 – AOJ Members; $40 – Non Members
Enter the 2012 Opinion Journalism contest
Registration will open 8am Monday, April 30.
ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to anyone who is eligible for active membership in the Association of Opinion Journalists. For membership requirements, please visit www.opinionjournalists.org. Membership in AOJ is not required to enter this contest.
DEADLINES: The contest opens at 8 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2012 and will close at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. All entries must be uploaded to the contest website, www.opinionjournalists.org/contest, and payment accepted by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to be eligible for judging.
FEES: The entry fee for current AOJ members is $25 per entry. The entry fee for non-members is $40 per entry. Entry fees are non-refundable.
DIVISIONS AND AWARDS: This contest has two circulation/audience divisions: Under 100,000 and 100,000 or more. One Opinion Journalist of the Year will be named in each division. Up to five awards will be given for Top Opinion Pages, regardless of circulation/audience division.
All entries must consist of the following:
• One sample from Jan. 1 - March 31, 2011
• One sample from April 1 - June 30, 2011
• One sample from July 1 - Sept. 30, 2011
• One sample from Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2011
• Up to three wild-card samples from any time during the 2011 calendar year.
• A cover letter which includes a statement of eligibility, the specific impacts of the samples, and any additional information that may be helpful for the judges.
JUDGING CRITERIA: Judging for each submission will be based equally on clarity, strength of writing, creativity and impact.
WINNERS: Winners will be publicly announced at the AOJ Annual Convention, in Orlando, Sept. 20-22, 2012. Each winner will be notified individually and invited to attend the convention and awards ceremony. Judges reserve the right to modify the awards presented, based on the number of entries received.