2015 Categories

2015 CATEGORIES DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 AT 11:59:59 P.M. PST

All categories welcome and encourage journalism in all its forms and in any combination of forms - broadcast (video and audio), digital, print, still photography, graphics/data visualization, and social media.

Each submission is limited to a maximum of five (5) elements, including individual article(s), broadcast segments (television, radio, or online video), online elements, visual elements, blogs, photos, etc.

Entries may be submitted under any of the following categories. Please note, for the 2015 competition some category definitions may have changed.

ALL CATEGORIES ARE NOW CONSIDERED PLATFORM NEUTRAL

BEAT REPORTING
Exemplary coverage of a business, financial or economic beat.

BREAKING NEWS
Exemplary coverage of a competitive business, financial or economic news story within seven days of an event, with special attention paid to the first 24 hours.

COMMENTARY
Including business, financial or economic editorials, columns, syndicated columns, blogs, on-air or video commentary or analysis.

EXPLANATORY
Exemplary in-depth analysis and clear presentation of a complex business, financial or economic subject

FEATURE (New Category - in lieu of Magaznes and Large Newspapers)
Pieces in any medium that explain or enlighten business topics with exemplary craft and style.

IMAGES/VISUALS
This category recognizes the exemplary use of images (still photography, video, charts, graphics, illustrations) to amplify visual storytelling. The imagery should be essential to the reporting in order to explain, enlighten or educate the reader/viewer/user about contemporary business, financial or economic topics. The images and accompanying text, voice track or sound, can appear in any media.

INTERNATIONAL
Covering international business, financial or economic stories. Must be English language and published in the US. 

INVESTIGATIVE
For a business, financial or economic story or group of up to five (5) stories in any medium or in a combination of media. Factors the judges will consider include originality, creativity and persistence in gleaning information, storytelling power and impact.

LOCAL (New Category - in lieu of Small & Medium Newspapers)
This category recognizes excellence in the coverage of a business, financial or economic story centered in a particular geographic area and offered primarily to consumers in that area. Pieces would be from a local newspaper, magazine, television, radio station or website.

PERSONAL FINANCE
Excellence in business, financial or economic journalism that informs and protects the individual investor and consumer. Eligible entrants include journalists and also experts who are determined not to have conflicts of interest or personal agendas related to the submitted material

VIDEO/AUDIO
Exemplary coverage, story-telling and presentation in video or spoken word of a business, financial or economic story. (Submissions may consist of one full length program OR one package of up to five (5) segments.)  

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD*
Honors journalists for exceptional career contributions in the field of business, financial and economic news.

LAWRENCE MINARD EDITOR AWARD*
Recognizes excellence in editing by a business editor whose work does not receive a byline or whose face does not appear on the air for the work covered.

* Nomination fee is not required.

Gerald Loeb Awards