Competition Categories
 

PLEASE NOTE, FOR THE 2019 COMPETITION, THERE HAVE BEEN CATEGORY AND DEFINITION CHANGES

 

- The Images/Graphics/Interactives category has been renamed the Visual Storytelling category and the definition has been refined.

- The Personal Finance category has been renamed the Personal Service category and the definition has been refined.

 

Category Descriptions

 

Audio

Exemplary spoken-word coverage (including podcasts), story-telling or expository journalism on a contemporary business, financial or economic subject. Note: Submissions may consist of one full-length program or one package of up to three (3) discrete segments. Transcripts must be included with the submission.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 3

Beat Reporting

Exemplary coverage of a business, financial or economic beat.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

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. Note: Accompanying a submission, in the Breaking News category, should be a cover letter that showcases the dominance of covering/breaking the story or stories.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

Commentary

Including business, financial or economic editorials, columns, syndicated columns, blogs, on-air or video commentary or analysis.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

Explanatory

Exemplary in-depth analysis and clear presentation of a complex business, financial or economic subject.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

Feature

Pieces in any medium that explain or enlighten business topics with exemplary craft and style.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

International

Covering international business, financial or economic stories. Must be English language and published in the US.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

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.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

Local

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.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

Personal Service

Excellence in business, financial or economic journalism that informs and protects the individual investor and consumer. Includes personal finance, as well as other subjects related to informing and enlightening individuals so they can improve their situation. Eligible entrants include journalists and also experts who are determined not to have conflicts of interest or personal agendas related to the submitted material.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5

Video

Exemplary coverage, story-telling and presentation in video (delivered in any form - including mobile and social) of a business, financial or economic story. Note: Submissions may consist of one full-length program or film, or one package of up to three (3) discrete segments. Transcripts must be included with the submission.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 3

Visual Storytelling

This category recognizes the exemplary use of images, graphics, and interactives (still photography, video, charts, data visualizations, graphics, illustrations, news apps) to tell stories. These visual and data elements 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, graphics, or interactives, and any accompanying text, voice track or sound, can appear in any media. Judges will give strong consideration to the quality of the user experience on mobile devices, as well as entries grouped around a common theme.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ELEMENTS PER SUBMISSION IN THIS CATEGORY: 5