The judges will be looking for journalism which is compelling, revelatory and which makes a difference. It must be both interesting to the public – and in the public interest.
It will be up to the judges to decide how to apply the public interest test, but they must look for a higher standard than just that a story is interesting to the public.
The judges will take into account the level of journalistic skill, professionalism and effort employed to bring new information to light. The work must tell readers something they did not already know.
Work should have have been first published or broadcast between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.
Judging will take place in October 2015 and will be on a jury-style system with a consensus needed from all the judges before each winner is decided. Journalism will be judged on its merits regardless of the size of news organisation which produces it. Shortlists of awards finalists will be up to eight-strong and aim to include representation across national press, regional press, consumer and business magazines and broadcasting.
All awards finalists will enter the British Journalism Awards hall of fame.
The closing date for entries is 5pm, 9 October 2015. Shortlists will be announced on Tuesday, 3 November, 2015
These awards are for British journalism, so work which is produced for a British audience.
Entries should be made via the British Journalism Awards website which is due to go live on 3 September.
Each entry needs to state the award category in the subject line of the email and contain up to three example of work plus an optional supporting statement of up to 300 words.
Examples of work must be provided either as PDFs (for stories which have appeared in print) or as weblinks for work which needs to be viewed online. In the case of broadcast work entrants must provide a link to a website where it can be viewed or send four copies of the relevant clips via post on CD, DVD or memory stick format to British Journalism Awards, Press Gazette, 71-73 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5EQ.
This year there is a fee of £50 (plus VAT) payable for each entry to help cover the increasing costs of running the event.
Journalists can also be nominated at the discretion of the judges. If entrants are unable to pay the entry fee, Press Gazette reserves the right to waive it.
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