STOP PRESS: The deadline for entries for the Wales Media
Awards has been extended until 5pm on Friday 11 November 2016.
The Wales Media Awards aim to celebrate and promote great journalism produced from Wales. They are open to all journalists, photographers and camera operators based in Wales who publish or broadcast work of Welsh interest in Wales or further afield.
The judges will be looking for entries which are compelling, revelatory, in the public interest, informative, exclusive, and/or entertaining, and will take into account the level of journalistic skill, professionalism and effort employed to bring new information to light, or the efforts (ethically and legally) the journalist has taken to bring their story to life.
Each entry will be judged on its merits regardless of the size of news organisation that produces it.
The awards are free to enter. Submissions will be welcomed in either English or Welsh in all categories.
Eligible work is anything published or broadcast between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.
Eligible work for the Student Journalist of the Year Category only is work produced by a journalism student when in full time education, and appearing between 1 March 2015 and 31 July 2016 in print, magazine, online or broadcast.
Entries can be only be submitted from via website – hard copy entries cannot be accepted. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 11 November 2016. Shortlists will be announced in February 2017, on the website.
The Awards ceremony will be held at a gala black tie evening at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, on Friday 31 March 2017.
For most categories, you will need to submit three different examples of your work.
PDFs will be required for stories which have appeared in print and for entries to the Newspaper of the Year categories. Weblinks will be needed for work which needs to be viewed online.
Entrants to broadcast categories should upload their submissions to YouTube, and include the link in their entry, or provide a link to a website where it/they can be viewed.
Entrants to the News Photographer of the Year category must upload both the images and the PDFs of the newspaper / web pages they appeared on with the publication date visible.
Entrants to Scoop of the Year and News Website of the Year should only submit one entry.
You may be asked to supply an optional supporting statement of up to 300 words with your entry.
Individuals are only permitted to enter any category once.
Organisations are only permitted to enter the following once: Newspaper of the Year – Daily and Sunday; Newspaper of the Year – Weekly; Independent Community News Service of the Year; News Website of the Year; TV News and Current Affairs Programme of the Year; Radio News and Current Affairs Programme of the Year.
There is no limit to the number of categories an individual or organisation can enter.
The organisers reserve the right to mention any entrants and to display any work in any publicity and marketing relating to the event without copyright infringement.
Check the drop-down menu below for the specific entry requirements of each category.
Categories and what the judges will be looking for:
For the three best business stories, or one series of business stories, which appeared in print, online or broadcast during the entry period. Any series submitted should not exceed three articles.
Judges will be looking for:
- Content - balance of reporting, accuracy and fairness, engaging reader/listener/viewer interest
- Style - use of language, a compelling lead/opening, effective use of anecdotes and quotes
- Structure - clarity of presentation
- Innovation – whether stories highlight underreported stories or issues, or explore new angles on familiar topics
- Quality and depth of research, analysis and business understanding
You will have the opportunity to supply an optional supporting statement (maximum 300 words), explaining the significance of your work and how it was obtained/produced.
You will need to provide print submissions either as PDFs or weblinks for work which needs to be viewed online. For radio and TV work, you will be required to upload your submission(s) to YouTube, and include the link, or provide a link to a website where your submission(s) can be viewed or listened to.
If you are entering TV work in the Welsh language in this category, please submit the programme or item with English subtitles if possible.
Our judges include a distinguished panel of experienced journalists and academics. For details, click here.
All judges are expected to declare any interest in any entrant, which will result in them being excluded from the judging process in that particular entry.
The Award of Journalist of the Year will be decided by the judges based on all the entries submitted. The Outstanding Achievement Award will be decided by the committee of the Journalists’ Charity in Wales.
The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judges may, at their discretion, transfer a submission from one category to another if appropriate.