RPCV Journalism & Photography Awards

Category & Criteria

Best news story | Print | Radio | TV | Online

Eligibility:  Open to all rural and regional, print, online and broadcast media platforms.  Radio category includes podcasts. Television includes online videography.

Requirements:  Stories important to regional and rural Victoria and its communities published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June, in any financial calendar year.

Judging Criteria:  It will be judged according to its impact, urgency and presentation of facts. Judges will look at how the entrant made their story different to other media outlets, and how it communicated the importance of the news to its target audience.

Evidence:  A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file. 200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best feature story | PRINT | RADIO | TV | ONLINE

Eligibility:  Open to all rural and regional, print, online and broadcast media platforms.

Requirements:  An in-depth exploration of an issue or personal profile relevant to rural or regional Victorian audiences. Published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria:  It will be judged on creativity, flair and research, and how it is communicated to its target audience. Entrants are able to submit one article from a multi-part series.

Evidence:  A PDF of page/s where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file.

200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best on farm story

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: An on-farm story published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June. This category is for practical farming stories that highlight innovative management or agronomic practices that promote improved productivity and profitability.

Judging Criteria: Encourages quality writing, presenting a comprehensive story analysing on-farm technologies, agronomic practices and management – with potential interest to and impact on agriculturalists.

Evidence: A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file. 200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best Agribusiness Story

Eligibility:  Open to all rural, regional and metropolitan print, online and broadcast media.

Requirements:  The best agribusiness story (news or feature) impacting on rural or regional Victoria, published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

Judging Criteria:  It will be judged according to its impact and presentation of facts, and how the subject affects rural or regional Victoria. Judges will look at how the entrant made their story different to other media outlets, and how it communicated the importance of the news to its target audience.

Evidence Required:  A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file.

200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best Sports Story

Eligibility:  Open to all rural, regional and metropolitan print, online and broadcast media.

Requirements:  The best sports story (news or feature) based in rural or regional Victoria, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July  and 30 June in the awards year.

Judging Criteria:  It will be judged on creativity, flair and research, taking into account the drama, colour and personality of the subject or event.

Evidence required:  A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file.

200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best news photograph

Eligibility:  Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: Photographs that capture rural or regional news published or uploaded between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the news value of the photograph and its ability to tell a story in relation to the news event, as well as image impact and technicality; and the technical skill of the photographer.

Evidence:  A PDF of page where the photograph was published or hyperlink to webpage. A Jpeg of the image. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best general interest photograph

Eligibility:  Open to all media platforms.

Requirements:  Photographs that capture rural or regional life published or uploaded between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the ability of the photograph to capture rural and regional life, to tell a story and to explore issues, as well as image impact and technicality; and the technical skill of the photographer. Judges will take into account the drama, colour and personality of the imagery.

Evidence:  A PDF of page where the photograph was published or hyperlink to webpage. A Jpeg of the image. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Best sport photograph

Eligibility:  Open to all media platforms.

Requirements:  Photograph that captures sport’s importance to rural and regional communities, published between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the ability of the photograph or video to capture not just a great sporting feat, but its relationship with the local community, as well as the technical skill of the photographer.

Evidence:  A PDF of page where the photograph was published or hyperlink to webpage. A Jpeg of the image. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Photographer of the Year

* Please note: Photography now includes video vision

Eligibility:  To qualify for this award, entrants must enter a photo in each of the best sport, best general interest and best news photograph award categories. The strongest body of work across the three categories, will be judged the Photographer of the Year.

Requirements:  The entrant’s editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent must supply a supporting statement (maximum 300 words) to explain the context and impact of the photographer’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.

Judging Criteria:  Photographer of the Year will be awarded to the photographer who has made the greatest overall contribution to photographing rural and regional issues.

Evidence required: 

3 examples of your work shown in both PDFs and Jpegs
200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.
A supporting statement (maximum 300 words) from your editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent explaining the context and impact of the journalist’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.

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Journalist of the Year

Eligibility:  To qualify for this award, entrants must enter three separate pieces of work (these may be entries in the previous categories).

Requirements:  The entrant’s editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent must supply a supporting statement (maximum 300 words) to explain the context and impact of the journalist’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.

Judging Criteria:  Journalist of the year will be awarded to the journalist who has made the greatest overall contribution to reporting on rural and regional issues.

Evidence required:

3 examples of your work shown in PDFs or weblinks
200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.
A supporting statement (maximum 300 words) from your editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent explaining the context and impact of the journalist’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.

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Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year

Eligibility:  Broadcast, print and online journalists aged 25 years or younger. The award can only be won once by any journalist.

Requirements:  This category recognises the most promising young journalist in rural and regional journalism and is named in honour of the late Ray Frawley, a long-serving vice-president of the club, because fostering up-and-coming industry talent had been one of his great passions. Entrants must have their entries authorised and signed by their Editor/Employer. Entrants must submit three separate pieces of work that have been published or broadcast between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Judging Criteria:  Judges will consider how the entrant has grasped the subject, their depth of knowledge and how they have crafted the content.

Evidence:  Three examples of your work shown in PDFs or weblinks, a 200 word supporting statement to be included under “Entry Details” that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

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Media Outlet of the Year

Eligibility:  All media outlets that publish rural or regional news

Requirements:  This category recognises the outstanding work of a media organisation, whether it be print, broadcast or online. Entrants must submit a portfolio of five pieces of work (combined in one pdf), with a supporting statement from the editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent (maximum 300 words).

Judging Criteria:  The judges will look for outlets that consistently inform, entertain and provoke their target audiences. Judges will also look at the innovation of the outlet, staff development and creativity in presenting its work.

Evidence required:

A portfolio of five pieces of work (combined in one pdf)
A supporting statement from the editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent (maximum 300 words)

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Journalism

Best News Story (Print)
Best News Story (Radio)
Best News Story (TV)
Best News Story (Online)
Best Feature Story (Print)
Best Feature Story (Radio)
Best Feature Story (TV)
Best Feature Story (Online)
Best On Farm Story
Best Agribusiness Story
Best Sports Story
Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year
Journalist of the Year
Media Outlet of the Year

Photography

Best News Photography
Best General Interest Photography
Best Sports Photography
Photographer of the Year

 

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