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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: March 29, 2022

GETTING STARTED:

My organization has limited resources; how should we approach the Loeb submission process?

Never fear, we can help you navigate every step of the submission process. Here are some suggestions on how to maximize your time and resources when preparing your Loeb Awards submissions...

GETTING STARTED:

What information is needed on the competition entry form? How does the entry form look?

The entry form is divided into seven (7) tabs with text fields. Here is a list of the information requested for all fields in all tabs...

AWARDS COORDINATORS:

I'm coordinating all the submissions for an organization; can I pay for them in bulk?

Yes! Our new and improved entry platform makes it easy to pay for multiple submissions in one transaction...

COVER LETTER:

Am I required to submit a cover letter to the judges?

For competition categories, each submission should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter is your opportunity to provide information that will help the judges understand this submission. There is no format or minimum length requirement, and the maximum length is only determined by the submission form's field character count limit...

COVER LETTER:

Can I include hyperlinks or URLs in my cover letter?

Yes. The cover letter field on the submission form allows hyperlinks or URLs...

DUPLICATE SUBMISSIONS:

My submission fits the criteria for multiple categories. Can I enter the same submission into more than one category?

Yes. The exact same submission may be entered into a maximum of two (2) distinct categories...

ELEMENTS:

What is an element?

An element is any form of journalism including: broadcast (video, audio and podcasts), digital/online, print, still photography, graphics, interactives, data visualization, blogs, news apps and social media...

ELEMENTS:

Can I submit podcasts in any competition category?

Yes. Podcasts can be submitted as an element in any competition category...

ELEMENTS:

How many elements can I include in each submission?

All competition categories have a minimum of one (1) element. Maximums vary from three (3) and five (5) for certain categories...

ELEMENTS:

Are all elements in my submission required to have a common theme?

No. There is no rule that mandates that the elements in a submission have an underlying theme or be part of a series...

ELEMENTS:

Is there an advantage to including the maximum number of elements in my submission versus only one or two elements?

No. Submitting multiple elements will not provide you with an advantage. Submitting less than the maximum number of five elements will also in no way disadvantage you...

ELEMENTS:

My elements are behind a paywall, but I'm a freelancer and can't get a temporary username/password to share. What should I do?

Don't worry! Just reach out to the Loeb offices by email and we'll help you...

ELEMENTS:

Is my submission judged as a whole or is each element judged individually?

Each submission, regardless of how many elements are included, will be judged as a whole...

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?

There are two options to consider...

ELEMENTS:

Our article includes sidebars. Does each sidebar count as an element?

No. Sidebars are not considered part of your submission...

FEES:

What is the entry fee? Do all submissions require an entry fee?

Competition categories require an entry fee. Career Achievement categories do not... 

FEES:

Where does my entry fee go? What does it support?

Your entry fee goes directly to the administration of the Loeb Awards. The Call for Entries period is one of two ways that the Loeb Foundation generates the funds to administer the Loeb Awards for the past 65 years...

FOUNDATION:

Is the Loeb Foundation a nonprofit? Is my entry fee tax deductible?

Yes. The G. and R. Loeb Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Entry fees are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law...

INTERNATIONAL OUTLETS:

Our outlet is headquartered internationally, but we have a US based bureau. Can we still submit an entry to the Loeb Awards?

Yes...

JOURNALIST SAFETY:

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 happy to make any necessary accommodation to help keep journalists as safe as possible so that they can still be recognized by the Loeb Awards for their work...

NATIONAL OUTLETS:

We are a US-based outlet and collaborate with international outlets. Can we still submit an entry to the Loeb Awards?

Yes...

PDF:

Do I need to include a PDF with each submission?

No. This requirement has been retired...

SUBMITTERS:

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...

SUBMITTERS:

Do the judges see the name and information of the individual that is submitting an entry?

No. Judges only see the information provided on the tabs of the submission form...

TRANSCRIPTS:

Do I need to include a transcript with submissions in the Audio or Video categories?

Yes. Please include a transcript for submissions in the Audio or Video categories...

MORE QUESTIONS:

I still have more questions, what should I do?

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