Ossie Awards categories

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Revised award categories have been introduced for the 2017 Ossie Awards. These reflect changing industry practice and teaching focus.

The categories and category criteria are:

  • John Newfong Prize for Reporting on Indigenous Affairs  - (Individual, Undergraduate or Postgraduate, Any Medium) ($200 prize).

The John Newfong award is named in honour of the first Aboriginal person to be employed in mainstream print media in Australia, at The Australian. Entries should focus on indigenous issues, as well as contribute to public understanding ofindigenous issues. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best text-based story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 750 words or less ($200 prize)

This category is for a text-based story – published or publishable in print or online – of no more than 750 words. Submitted stories can be hard or soft news. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best text-based story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student  – over 750 words ($200 prize)

This category is for a text-based story – published or publishable in print or online – of more than 750 words. Submitted stories can be hard or soft news or features. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best audio story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 2 minutes or less ($200 prize)

This category is for an audio story – which may have been broadcast or published online – of no more than 2 minutes duration. Submitted stories can be hard or soft news. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best audio story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – over 2 minutes ($200 prize)

This category is for an audio story – which may have been broadcast or published online – of more than 2 minutes duration. This can include audio documentary, current affairs and news. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best video story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – 2 minutes or less ($200 prize)

This category is for a video story – which may have been broadcast or published online – of no more than 2 minutes duration. Submitted stories can be hard or soft news. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best video story by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student – over 2 minutes ($200 prize)

This category is for a video story – which may have been broadcast or published online – of more than 2 minutes duration. It can include documentary, current affairs and news. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best innovation in journalism (Individual or Group, Undergraduate or Postgraduate)

This category is open to both individual and group entries, and should reflect effective and innovative use of the online medium to tell a hard news story, soft news story or piece of longer-form journalism. It can incorporate web publishing and social media. There is no set word or time limit, but the submitted work should reflect reporting on a specific topic over no more than one semester.

 

  • Best publication (Individual or Group, Undergraduate or Postgraduate)

This category is open to both individual and group entries, and to publications in any medium – print, broadcast or online. It is open to both one-off publications and regularly published or broadcast work. Where regular editions or broadcasts are included, no more than three editions should be submitted for judging.

 

  • Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma - Asia Pacific (Individual, Undergraduate or Postgraduate, Any Medium) ($200 prize)

The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma – Asia Pacific award is for reporting on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families and communities. Entries should focus on the experience of victims and survivors as well as contribute to public understanding of trauma-related issues. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Best photojournalism by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student ($200 prize)

This category is for still photography where it is used to support text-based reporting or where the images are the primary means of storytelling. Entries should be accompanied by any text incorporated in the published or submitted work – this text will not form part of the judging process, but will be used to provide guidance and context for judges. Video can not be submitted for judging in this category. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Investigative journalism by an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student (Individual, Any Medium) ($200 prize)

This category is open to investigative reporting in any medium. It should reflect implementation of principles and techniques of investigative journalism rather than simply being a longer piece of journalism. There is no specific word or time limit. This is an individual category, so entries must be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Investigative journalism (all media) – (Group, Undergraduate or Postgraduate)

This category is open to investigative reporting in any medium, produced by a team of students. It should reflect implementation of principles and techniques of investigative journalism rather than simply being a longer piece of journalism. There is no specific word or time limit, but it should reflect reporting on one topic over no more than one semester.

 

  • Mindframe (Individual, Any Medium, Undergraduate) ($200 prize)

The Mindframe category is for a story by an undergraduate student that covers a mental health or suicide related issue responsibly, accurately and sensitively and also demonstrate an understanding of the potential to increase community awareness, decrease stigma, promote hope and encourage people to seek help. It is an individual category, so entries should be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • Mindframe (Individual, Any Medium, Postgraduate) ($200 prize)

The Mindframe category is for a story by a postgraduate student that covers a mental health or suicide related issue responsibly, accurately and sensitively and also demonstrate an understanding of the potential to increase community awareness, decrease stigma, promote hope and encourage people to seek help. It is an individual category, so entries should be the work of one or two students only.

 

  • The Australian Press Council Undergraduate Prize for an essay on the topic of media ethics ($200 prize)

Submissions must be in the form of an essay rather than a piece of journalism. The essay must relate to the topic of journalism ethics, and should present a case or argument, using supporting examples where appropriate. It must be fully referenced, using standard academic referencing techniques and styles. Essays can be submitted in text or audio form. Where the essay is submitted as audio, it should be accompanied by a complete reference list in a Word document or pdf. Maximum length: text 3000 words or audio 15 minutes.

 

  • The Australian Press Council Postgraduate Prize for an essay on the topic of media ethics ($200 prize)

Submissions must be in the form of an essay rather than a piece of journalism. The essay must relate to the topic of journalism ethics, and should present a case or argument, using supporting examples where appropriate. It must be fully referenced, using standard academic referencing techniques and styles. Essays can be submitted in text or audio form. Where the essay is submitted as audio, it should be accompanied by a complete reference list in a Word document or pdf. Maximum length: text 5000 words or audio 20 minutes.

 

  • The Australian Press Council Prize for Journalism Student of the Year ($750). This is for a student who has performed well in all academic subjects and who has also produced outstanding journalism as part of their coursework.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate high achievement across their academic subjects and outstanding achievement in journalism produced as part of their coursework.

 

  • Outstanding Contribution award (awarded at the discretion of the JERAA Executive)

This award is reserved for outstanding work submitted in any of the other categories, and will be made at the discretion of the JERAA Executive and on the advice of category judges. All category winners will be considered for this award, but it may not be awarded every year.