My organization has limited resources; how should we approach the Loeb submission process?
We suggest breaking this process into steps that you can complete at an easy pace:
- Step 1 - Register an account on the Official Submissions Hub by using your email or our integrations with Google, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
- Step 2 - Make a list of URLs for journalism that you want to enter. Be sure to include the names and emails of the journalists associated with each piece.
- Step 3 - Evaluate the list and see if the work can be grouped by topic, event, series, etc.? Or does each piece feel like it stands on its own?
- Step 4 - Compare the list of work with all our competition categories to see where they would fit best. Remember, you can enter different pieces into more than one category. And you can enter the exact same pieces into up to two categories.
- Step 4 - Give your work a title either as a group or each stand-alone piece.
- Step 5 - Write a statement about your group (as a whole) or each stand-alone piece. This will be the first thing the judges will read to give them information about the work they will begin to evaluate.
- Step 6 - Combine everything into a text document to cut & paste from for each group or stand-alone piece: URLs to your work (Elements), names & emails (Authors & Contributors), competition category, title of the work (Submission Title), and statement about the work (Cover Letter).
- Step 7 - Login to the Official Submissions Hub and select Start Submission.
- Step 8 - Complete each tab of the entry form by typing or pasting in information that you've already gathered. The submission form will autosave, so if you need to stop in the middle of the process, you can start again right where you left off.
- Step 9 - Take a few minutes to review everything once you've completed all the required fields in each tab.
- Step 10 - Pay the entry fee for the submission by adding to the cart and completing checkout. Your work will be officially entered for the Loeb Awards!
Need a little extra help, send us an email with your contact information, and we'll guide your through the submission process.
What information is needed on the competition entry form? How does the entry form look?
- Start Tab
- Category Selection*
- Submission Title*
- Outlet/Organization Tab
- Twitter Handle
- Authors & Contributors Tab
- First Name(s)*
- Last Name(s)*
- Twitter Handle
- Cover Letter Tab
- Cover Letter*
- Elements Tab
- Publication Date(s)*
- Paywall Indication*
- Paywall Username
- Paywall Password
- Transcript Upload [Audio or Video categories only]
- Supplemental Material Tab
- Publication Dates
- Paywall Indication
- Paywall Username
- Paywall Password
- Duplicate Acknowledgement Tab
- Duplicate Indication*
- Duplicate Category
- Duplicate Submission Procedure Acknowledgement
* Required fields.
I'm coordinating all the submissions for an organization; can I pay for them in bulk?
Am I required to submit a cover letter to the judges?
Possible things to touch on in the cover letter are as follows (but not limited to) and only as applicable:
- Context to the element(s) provided as a whole package.
- How the work in this submission is distinguished from competing reporting on the subject.
- Did this submission break key aspects of this coverage.
- Background on the genesis for the journalism in this submission or the event(s) that triggered the coverage.
- Any unique circumstances or challenges in completing this work.
- The expertise or depth of knowledge of the journalist(s) involved in the work contained in this submission.
- Any claims of change-making or significant impact referenced in the cover letter 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 Cover Letter. Published letters of complaint, corrections or retractions are examples of items relevant to the judging process.
My submission fits the criteria for multiple categories. Can I enter the same submission into more than one category?
What is an element?
How many elements can I include in each submission?
The following categories have a maximum of five (5) elements per submission:
Beat Reporting, Breaking News, Commentary, Explanatory, Feature, International, Investigative, Local, Personal Finance & Consumer Reporting, and Visual Storytelling
The following categories have a maximum of three (3) elements per submission:
Audio and Video
Are all elements in my submission required to have a common theme?
Is there an advantage to including the maximum number of elements in my submission versus only one or two elements?
I would like to submit a series I wrote, but the number of articles in my series exceeds the maximum allowed elements. What should I do?
- Mention or hyperlink missing elements (or to the full series) in your cover letter to the judges. Judges view hyperlinks at their discretion.
- If your missing elements are part of a project/series straddling calendar years, you may include the missing elements as Published Supplemental Material - under the following conditions:
Submission must contain eligible (calendar year 2021) elements that are part of a lengthy project or an ongoing series that straddle calendar years.
Up to three (3) URLs to published supplemental material outside of the calendar year (per Loeb Awards cycle) may be included with the submission.
Only include published supplemental material if the eligible elements in the submission are reliant on the addition of published supplemental material as part of a series or project.
Published supplemental material included in a submission is reviewed at the judges' discretion.
Reminder: A submission is strongest when the eligible elements focus on the most compelling segments.
Our article includes sidebars. Does each sidebar count as an element?
What is the entry fee? Do all submissions require an entry fee?
Where does my entry fee go? What does it support?
The second way the foundation receives operating money is from the sale of ticket (individuals) and table (usually news outlets) to the annual awards event in New York City.
The G. and R. Loeb Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Loeb Awards were established in 1957 by the late Gerald Loeb, a founding partner of E.F. Hutton. UCLA Anderson has been the steward of the G. and R. Loeb Foundation since 1973.
Is the Loeb Foundation a nonprofit? Is my entry fee tax deductible?
Our outlet is headquartered internationally, but we have a US based bureau. Can we still submit an entry to the Loeb Awards?
Our journalists are reporting on extremely sensitive topics or based in high-conflict locations. Do we still have to list their names on the entry form?
We are a US-based outlet and collaborate with international outlets. Can we still submit an entry to the Loeb Awards?
I'm a working journalist, can I submit my own work into the competition?
Yes! All journalists can submit their work whether they are freelance or employed by an outlet...