Eligibility & Rules

Procedures have been UPDATED for the 2023 competition!

Expand the information below for details on the changes for 2023.

Entry Deadline - 

UPDATED FOR 2023 COMPETITION

Submissions must be received with a paid entry fee by:

March 31, 2023 @ 11:59:59 PM PDT

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Entry Fees

Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee payable online.

All Competition Categories: $100 per entry

Career Achievement Categories: Free

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Eligibility

UPDATED FOR 2023 COMPETITION

CHANGE ⇒ Cover Letter ⇒ This requirement has been retired.

For Journalism Competition submissions:

  • Any journalist or media outlet (print, digital or broadcast) may enter submissions on a subject related to business, finance and economics.
  • Individual authors may submit a maximum of two (2) submissions.
  • Authors with joint bylines may submit a maximum of three (3) submissions.
  • Each outlet is limited to two (2) submissions per category.
  • The same submission may only be entered a maximum of two (2) times.
  • Consideration is limited to items/elements published or broadcast in the United States in the calendar year 2022.
  • URLs are required for all elements in a submission.
  • All entries must include a completed questionnaire. Any claims of significant impact or change resulting from the journalism contained in the submission must be accompanied by URLs supporting those claims.
  • Any significant challenge to the honesty, accuracy or fairness of an entry in any category, as well as responses to the challenge, should be included in the Questionnaire.
  • Published letters of complaint, corrections or retractions are examples of items relevant to the judging process.
  • Submissions for Competition Group categories are only accepted when the entry fee has been paid.

For Career Achievement nominations:

  • Organizations or individuals may submit more than one journalist or editor for Career Achievement Group categories.
  • There is no fee for Career Achievement Group submissions.
  • Nominees do not have to be retired.

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Journalism Competition Group - Category Submission Rules

UPDATED FOR 2023 COMPETITION

ADDITION ⇒ Competition Questionnaire ⇒ The questionnaire will provide background information on your submission for the preliminary and final judging panels.

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The twelve (12) categories in this group are open for any journalist or media outlet (print, digital or broadcast) to enter submissions on a subject related to business, finance and economics that were published or broadcast in the United States in the calendar year 2022.

The Loeb Awards welcomes and encourages submissions of journalism in all its forms and any combination of forms (including those produced for mobile distribution).

OUTLET/ORGANIZATION

The name of the outlet/organization must be provided on the submission form. All outlets/organizations should be listed on the form if the submission was a collaboration.

  • If the submission is selected as a finalist or winner, all outlets/organizations will be publicly announced and listed in the order provided on Loeb Awards documents, press releases, social media, public announcements, etc.

AUTHORS & CONTRIBUTORS

Names and email addresses of journalists/authors/creators for each element must be provided on the submission form.

  • If the submission is selected as a finalist or winner, all authors & contributors will be announced and listed in the order provided on Loeb Awards documents, press releases, social media, etc.

QUESTIONNAIRE | New for 2023

The questionnaire will provide background information on the submission for the preliminary and final judging panels. A separate cover letter is not required.

  • All entries must include a completed questionnaire.
  • If any of these questions do not apply to the submission, please write “N/A” in the answer field.
  • Please note that answers to all questions are limited to 250 words. Text in the answer fields can be formatted, including URLs as hyperlinked words or phrases.

The questions on the Questionnaire are as follows:

  1. Provide a summary of this submission.
  2. Describe how this submission relates to this category.
  3. How did this news team discover and report out this story/series?
  4. What partnerships, including across an individual newsroom, were involved in the reporting of this entry? How did those partnerships meaningfully contribute to the reporting?
  5. Is this entry part of a project that began before the current award year? If so, summarize the previous reporting (provide links where possible).
  6. If this entry is presented as service or solutions journalism, please describe how it helps the intended audience navigate a situation or solve the problem that is the focus of the reporting.
  7. Describe how the work in this submission is distinguished from competing reporting on the subject or how this submission broke key aspects of this coverage.
  8. What obstacles, if any, were overcome in the reporting for this submission?
  9. Describe any innovative techniques, platforms, technologies or data used in this reporting or storytelling.
  10. Describe any significant impact or change resulting from the journalism contained in this submission (provide links where possible).
  11. Please note any significant challenges to the honesty, accuracy or fairness of the work in this submission, and provide any responses to the challenge (provide links where possible). Published letters of complaint, corrections or retractions are examples of items relevant to the judging process.

ELEMENTS - Category Maximums

Maximum of five (5) elements per submission:

  • Beat Reporting
  • Breaking News
  • Commentary
  • Explanatory
  • Feature
  • International
  • Investigative
  • Local
  • Personal Finance & Consumer Reporting
  • Visual Storytelling

Maximum of three (3) elements per submission:

  • Audio
  • Video

ELEMENTS - Types & Combinations

Elements can be of the same type or combine types of elements in a submission.

  • Examples of element types are as follows: print, digital, audio (broadcast radio, satellite radio and online), video (broadcast television, cable television, streaming and online), still photography, graphics/data visualization, interactives, podcasts, blogs and social media.

ELEMENTS - URLs Required

In the submission form fields, working URL(s) must be provided for all elements in all categories.

  • If URL(s) are behind a paywall: Usernames/passwords must be provided and valid until October 2022.
  • For submissions in the Audio or Video categories: Please upload transcripts with the submission.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL - Unpublished

Unpublished supplemental material is NOT ACCEPTED.

INTEGRITY

Any significant challenge to the honesty, accuracy or fairness of an entry in any category, as well as responses to the challenge, should be included in the submission.

  • Published letters of complaint, corrections or retractions are examples of items relevant to the judging process. They should be noted in the answers to the Questionnaire for the submission.

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Career Achievement Group - Category Submission Rules

UPDATED FOR 2023 COMPETITION

ADDITION ⇒ Lifetime Questionnaire ⇒ Answers in the questionnaire should describe how the nominee's career has demonstrated exceptional contributions in specific areas.

CHANGE ⇒ Letters of Support - Lifetime Achievement Award ⇒ Each letter of support should be compelling and justify the nomination by choosing one specific characteristic as the focus of support.

ADDITION ⇒ Minard Questionnaire ⇒ Answers in the specific areas of the questionnaire should describe how the nominee's career embodies the unsung spirit and behind-the-scenes impact of the Minard Editor Award.

CHANGE ⇒ Letters of Support - Minard Editor Award ⇒ The letters of support should be from journalists whose work the nominee has edited or journalists whom the nominee's mentorship has impacted.

The two (2) categories in this group are open for nominations of journalists or editors who have shown significant dedication and leadership in the industry. Please see the specific rules sections below for nominations in each category.

NOMINEE'S CONTACT INFORMATION

Please be prepared to provide the following information about the nominee in the Lifetime Achievement Award or Minard Editor Award categories:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Title
  • Current Organization (or most recent, if retired)

NOMINEE'S BIO

Upload a file or paste the text into the bio field on the submission form for the Lifetime Achievement Award or Minard Editor Award categories.

SPECIFIC RULES - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The rules below apply to the nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

QUESTIONNAIRE - New for 2023

Answers in the questionnaire should describe how the nominee's career has demonstrated exceptional contributions in specific areas. The judges are looking for a sense of the scale of the nominee's achievements and accomplishments over time. Please cite specific examples of the nominee's professional commitments to business, financial and economic journalism.

  • All nominations must include a completed questionnaire.
  • Text in the answer fields can be formatted, including URLs as hyperlinked words or phrases.

The specific areas on the Questionnaire for the Lifetime Achievement Award are as follows:

  1. PROFESSIONAL IMPACT
  2. LEADERSHIP STYLE
  3. TALENT DEVELOPMENT

LETTERS OF SUPPORT - Changed for 2023

Each letter of support should be compelling and justify the nomination by choosing one specific characteristic as the focus of support.

  • Minimum of three (3) letters. Maximum of five (5) letters

Submitters will need to supply the name and contact information of the writer (advocate) of each letter.

  • The advocate of each letter must be willing to provide additional information at the request of the Final Judges.
  • If additional information is requested, the advocate will be contacted and prompted to answer additional questions regarding the nominee via the Loeb Awards Entry & Judging platform.

The choices of specific characteristics for the Lifetime Achievement Award letters are as follows:

  • CAREER EVOLUTION
  • PROFESSIONAL IMPACT
  • LEADERSHIP STYLE
  • TALENT DEVELOPMENT

SPECIFIC RULES - MINARD EDITOR AWARD

The rules below apply to the nominations for the Minard Editor Award.

QUESTIONNAIRE - New for 2023

Answers in the specific areas of the questionnaire should describe how the nominee's career embodies the unsung spirit and behind-the-scenes impact deserving of the Minard Editor Award. Please cite specific examples of the nominee's dedication to their journalists and the craft of journalism.

  • All nominations must include a completed questionnaire.
  • Text in the answer fields can be formatted, including URLs as hyperlinked words or phrases.

The specific areas on the Questionnaire for the Minard Editor Award are as follows:

  1. EXPERIENCE
  2. COLLABORATION STYLE
  3. SUPPORT
  4. CHAMPIONSHIP
  5. INNOVATION

LETTERS OF SUPPORT - Changed for 2023

The letters of support should be from journalists whose work the nominee has edited or journalists whom the nominee's mentorship has impacted.

  • Minimum of three (3) letters. Maximum of five (5) letters
  • URLs must be included in letters referencing journalism edited by the nominee.

Submitters will need to supply the name and contact information of the writer (advocate) of each letter.

  • The advocate of each letter must be willing to provide additional information at the request of the Final Judges.
  • If additional information is requested, the advocate will be contacted and prompted to answer additional questions regarding the nominee via the Loeb Awards Entry & Judging platform.

LIST OF WORK

Provide a list with URLs of pieces/stories edited by the nominee.

  • The list should also include a few sentences regarding the impact the nominee's role as the editor had on the pieces/stories.

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