This 2018 gala ceremony will be held at the Royal Randwick Grand Ballroom on Friday August 10.
Enter your work for judging by 6pm July 1 by CLICKING HERE for any material broadcast or published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Entry is tax deductible donation to the Kennedy Foundation of $40 for every unrelated item of work.
Entry for a series of (maximum five) related stories is also $40
Once registration is complete, entries must be emailed to email@example.com and include links, audio files, pdfs and photos, a recent photograph of the entrant and supporting statement.
In the categories of Most Outstanding Radio Current Affairs and Audio Blog an edited compilation of relevant material broadcast can be entered, and should not exceed two minutes in duration.
The criteria for Outstanding Columnist requires a maximum five of the entrant’s best columns across a variety of subjects.
For Journalist of the Year, Best Columnist, Political Reporting, Young Journalist of the Year and Racing Writer you are able to enter a body of work up to a maximum of five pieces under a single $40 entry.
Young Journalist of the Year entrants qualify if they are yet to turn 27 by June 30.
For all other entries competing against one’s self is allowed and an entry fee is applicable for each item of work submitted.
Entries in the Cliff Neville Award for Most Outstanding Team Player must be entered on behalf of the entrant, include a photo and a maximum 400 word supporting statement of the entrant’s cohesive and mentoring qualities.
For video entries we suggest you upload your video to youtube.com or vimeo.com, if there is not an existing link to the piece. Dropbox is also a preferred option.
Your email to firstname.lastname@example.org should include:
Subject line: ‘Award Entry’ & the category name
Date of publication or broadcast
Place & publication/outlet
A maximum 400 word supporting statement.
A contemporary photograph of the entrant.
Please note that any entry with more than three names as entrants will be regarded as a team entry, representing your organisation, program or publication.
Click HERE to enter via the Eventarc $40 registration page: you can also purchase gala tickets at this site.
Award Categories and order of presentation
- Outstanding Crime Reporting
- Regional Broadcast Reporting
- Regional Newspaper Reporting
- NSW Racing Writer of The Year
- Outstanding Turf Reporting
- Outstanding Radio Reporting
- Outstanding Radio Current Affairs Reporting & Audio Blog
- Outstanding News Photography
- Outstanding Portrait
- Outstanding Sports Photography
- Outstanding Online Video
- People’s Choice from Power of The Lens Exhibition
- Team Player & Mentor
- Outstanding Sport Reporting
- Outstanding Travel Writing
- Young Journalist of The Year
- Lifetime Achievement
- Indigenous Affairs Reporting
- Outstanding News Camera Coverage
- Outstanding Television News Reporting
- Outstanding Television Current Affairs Reporting Long Form
- Outstanding Nightly Television Current Affairs Reporting
- Outstanding Finance Reporting
- Outstanding Court Reporting
- Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting
- Outstanding Columnist
- Outstanding Illustration or Cartoon
- Outstanding Online News Breaking
- Outstanding Reporting on the Environment
- Scoop of the Year
- Outstanding Investigative Reporting
- Outstanding Feature Writing
- Outstanding Political Reporting
- Journalist of the Year
Judging Process and Entry Criteria
Three finalists in each category will be selected and the judging committee will choose the winner, recognising exceptional examples of ground breaking, gutsy and creative journalism, demonstrating a profound and enduring impact.
Judges will also take into account resources, research, preproduction, preparation, logistical challenges, public interest and community benefit.
Entrants are required to disclose any formal corrections, claims of plagiarism or legal proceedings related to the entry after its publication. By registering, the entrant attests to the originality of work and its compliance with copyright rules.
Dealing with Conflict of Interest in Judging
The Kennedy Awards strives to avoid the reality or perception of a conflict of interest that emerges in the judging process. The judging committee comprises a selection of respected leaders in Australian journalism.
The Kennedy Awards Committee will monitor any potential for a personal or professional relationship to undermine the independence, fairness and objectivity of the judging process.
Judging the work of entrants from their own media organisation will not necessarily disqualify a judge.
Before the judging process begins each judge will be required to identify any potential conflict of interest and notify the organising committee, and the appropriate changes will be made if necessary.
Finalists will be posted on the Kennedy Awards website at the completion of a function to announce the finalists at The Crown Hotel in Sydney on the evening of Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
For details on individual awards category sponsorship opportunities & 2018 Kennedy Sponsorship Packages and contact: STEVE WARNOCK at email@example.com or on 0424 407717