COLORADO AP EDITORS AND REPORTERS
2006-2007 NEWSWRITING CONTEST RULES
AP daily newspaper members in Colorado.
Entries must arrive at the AP Denver bureau by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 05, 2007, or
be postmarked by that date. Send entries to:
The Associated Press
1444 Wazee Street, Suite 130
Denver, CO 80202
There are three circulation divisions:
*Division l Small newspapers, 10,000 circulation and below
*Division II Medium newspapers, 10,001 to 100,000 circulation
*Division III Large newspapers, 100,001 circulation and above
Stories or photos must have been published in the paper or posted on the
paper’s Web site between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007.
$15 per entry. Please make checks payable to "Associated Press Editors" (not
AP) and send under separate cover to the address above.
How to Enter
Please use the form headed: "2006-2007 Newswriting Entry Form and Judging
Sheet." Fill out a separate form for each entry submitted. For stories, submit
original tearsheets or clear photocopies, with the story that is being entered
clearly marked. Place each entry in a letter-size manila folder and staple a
completed entry form to the outside.
Disposition of Entries
Sorry, we cannot return entries.
Number of Entries
No limit on the number of reporters who may enter each category. Judges may
recategorize an entry.
All first-place, second-place and honorable mention winners will receive
Any first-place story that was submitted to the AP and moved on the wire on-
cycle will receive a $50 check. (On-cycle means that the story moved on the wire
in time to be published by another member paper on the same production cycle
as the contributing paper. For example, a story submitted by one morning paper
could be used by another member the same morning the contributing paper hits
the streets.) Please check the appropriate box on the entry form if entry was
Contest will be judged by AP member editors in another state.
PLEASE NOTE: Each newspaper entering the contest will be required to offer at
least one staff member to judge entries from another state. (This does not
necessarily mean the person will be needed. We will contact you when it’s time
to judge.) Please indicate this person's name on the entry form.
SPOT NEWS STORY: Deadline coverage of a single spot news story published
in a single edition of the paper, with sidebars if applicable.
BEAT REPORTING: Recognizes depth of coverage on a single topic, or breadth
and depth of enterprise in a beat area. Maximum five stories per entry, with
sidebars if applicable.
BUSINESS STORY: A single story on a business or economic subject, with
sidebars if applicable.
ENVIRONMENTAL STORY: A single story on an environmental subject, with
sidebars if applicable.
FEATURE STORY: A single feature story.
SERIES: A series of stories on the same subject, either hard news or
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: A story or series that demonstrate extensive
research or original investigation. Judges will consider enterprise exhibited in
developing sources and compiling information, effectiveness of use of public
records and/or computer assisted reporting techniques, clarity and impact.
NEWS COLUMN: Three columns constitute a single entry by a single columnist.
EDITORIAL: Up to three editorials constitute a single entry from a single author.
HEADLINE WRITING: Honors excellence in headline writing by an individual.
Headlines may be from any section of the paper, and one writer may enter heds
from a variety of sections – news, sports, editorial, feature, etc. Heds will be
judged on impact, clarity – and wit as appropriate. Enter five headlines per
SPORTS STORY: A single sports news or feature story, with sidebars if
SPORTS COLUMN: Three columns constitute a single entry by a single
INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC: Each entry is a portfolio of up to three graphics by
one artist or team of artists.
ONLINE: BREAKING NEWS: Recognizes site’s commitment to covering news
“real time.” Criteria include regularity and effectiveness of Web updates outside
the newspaper’s publication schedule; use of reader notification such as e-mail
alerts; packaging of news with relevant content from the site, and reader
interaction including forms, polls, chats, etc. Judges will visit all sites in the size
division on the same day, with the date to be chosen at random by the judges.
Submit URL with entry form. Please include an explanatory note briefly
describing how site handles breaking news and directing judges’ attention to the
ONLINE: SPECIAL PACKAGE: Multimedia package from the newspaper’s Web
site. Package can be on a breaking news event or another subject. Award
recognizes innovative and effective use of the online medium to tell a story in
deeper ways that the member does in print. Judges will look for innovative use of
the staff’s original content and potentially vendor material in a variety of formats;
reader interaction; ease of navigation; value to the reader. Submit URL for the
package with the entry form. If the package is no longer available online,
contact AP’s Denver bureau to discuss a format acceptable to the judges.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE: Submit newspapers for three consecutive
days: Sunday, April 22, 2007, and two consecutive days preceding or following.
Newspapers not publishing on Sundays should submit their Saturday, April 21,
2007, and two others editions preceding or most closely following. Entries will be
judged principally on overall journalistic excellence, service to the reader,
engagement with the community and reader appeal. Judges may give secondary
consideration to design or other factors.
PUBLIC SERVICE: Recognizes exceptional effort to improve public welfare by
spotlighting an issue. Judges will consider how the newspaper made full use of
its resources in serving the public good, and the quality of journalism exhibited.
Submit a single story or series. Entry may be accompanied by a one-page cover
letter. Entries from papers in all size categories are judged together.