2017 MDDC Press Association Contest


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The MDDC Contest recognizes excellence in news media organizations of Maryland, Delaware and DC. Contest categories focus on editorial, design and revenue, plus special awards for standout personnel, Freedom of Information coverage and News Organization of the Year. All contest details are at mddcpress.com/events/editorial-contest Eligibility: The contest is open to staff members and freelancers of active members. Freelancers must enter through or with the permission of the publications they write for. Members of MD, DE & DC chapters of SPJ may enter editorial categories only. New to the contest or need help? Contact Rebecca Snyder at rsnyder@mddcpress.com or 443-768-3281.


The fee is $15 per entry. Entry fees may be made online in the contest portal, by credit card, or by check, payable to MDDC Press Association and mailed to P.O. Box 26214, Baltimore, MD 21210.


Contest Divisions Circulation divisions for the contest are based on each news organization's print circulation, as reported to MDDC for dues. (These are called categories within the BNC website platform.) Design & Revenue divisions: Division A: Daily print Division B: Non-daily print Division C: Online-only Editorial divisions: Division A: Dailies over 75,000 circulation Division B: Dailies from 20,000 to 75,000 Division C: Dailies under 20,000 Division D: Non-dailies over 20,000 Division E: Non-dailies from 10,000 to 20,000 Division F: Non-dailies under 10,000 Division O: Online only publications Division S: SPJ-MD, SPJ-DE or SPJ-DC members only (eligible for Editorial categories only)


Contest Rules: 1. Entries must be original, must not have appeared in other publications, and must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Entries must include publication date. Any material that appeared in member publications during the contest cycle is eligible. By entering the contest, the publisher certifies that all entries submitted were developed or created by staff members or subcontractor engaged by the news organization. Entries are original and were first published during the contest cycle as required. (This replaces the Declaration of Originality.) 2. All entries to the online and video categories are to be judged “live” online and must be made available to the judges as such, even if they are no longer available to the public. Judging will take place in February through April 2018. Entries need to be accessible during that time. If your website has a paywall to view stories, you must provide MDDC with log-in credentials for judging access. Please note the credentials in the “comments” section of the entry. 3. Entries may list a maximum of three individual names. Entries involving more than three staffers must be listed as a group or department. For example: “News Staff,” “Art Department,” or “Advertising Staff.” 4. Participating news organizations must have paid their association membership dues for the contest year (2017) and be current for 2018 by the time of the Annual Conference and Celebration. A news organization must be an active member of the MDDC Press Association to participate in the Editorial Contest. 5. Entries submitted in the incorrect division, if detected prior to judging, will be moved to the correct division. Otherwise, they are subject to disqualification. For contest purposes, non-daily divisions include papers published less than five times a week. Divisions are based on circulation figures filed by the publisher with the MDDC Press Association. 6. The decisions of the judges are final. Judges may declare “no contest” if the category has insufficient entries. Fees will not be returned for categories deemed no contest. 7. Individuals and teams are able to submit more than one entry in any category. 8. Series that overlap two years in publication dates must be entered in the year the series concluded. 9. Additional copies of certificates may be purchased after the Awards Party for $5 each.