It’s an enduring tradition in New York media – the annual New York Press Club Awards for Journalism, honoring excellence in various categories by writers, reporters, editors, producers, shooters and multimedia-ographers.
Entries are considered in 30 categories as submitted by news organizations and individual journalists from New York City, the United States and from around the globe.
We will be accepting submissions for the 2020 awards soon. Check back for details.
Awards unique to the New York Press Club competition include the Gabe Pressman “Truth to Power” award honoring an individual whose body of work challenges the power establishment and/or defends journalists (last year’s recipient was Martin Baron, EIC of The Washington Post, pictured above). Other awards are the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter award and the Gold Keyboard award for excellence in investigative journalism.
Judging is by prominent working journalists, former journalists and academics who are selected for their expertise in each category. Their decisions are final.
Winners receive an engraved plaque and are invited to join the New York Press Club at its annual Awards Dinner in June.
Duplicate journalism awards plaques are available on the plaque order page.
NY Press Club Special Awards (Open to All Media)
Gold Keyboard(Single winner):
For the story or series that constitutes outstanding enterprise or investigative reporting. The intention is to award a reporter or news team for digging up and skillfully presenting a story that otherwise would not have been told.
Nellie Bly Cub Reporter:(Single winner)
Best journalistic effort by an individual with three years professional experience or less. A letter from a supervisor attesting to professional tenure must be submitted.
Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York:
For the story or series that is most complimentary of New York City. Good news about people, places, and deeds.
All Media (Print, Broadcast, Online)
For hard news coverage, story or series, of developments in business, finance, economics, trends, or management.
For distinguished editorial writing or commentary. Emphasis is on timeliness, clarity, balance, and certain knowledge presented in a way that can sway or convincingly inform public opinion.
For timely coverage of safety issues, business trends, product/service scams, or unique consumer strategies of demonstrably useful interest to consumers.
For reporting of an ongoing story that, over time, demonstrates through enterprise and/or individual reporting, meaningful developmental broadening of the subject, event, or premise.
For exceptional artistic and technical competence that captures the moment and emotion of the proceedings within a believable aesthetic. Links required to artwork published online or broadcast within 24 hours of the story.
For hard news coverage of crime, cops, and courts.
Critical Arts Review:
For an exceptional critique of theatre, music, and the arts that goes beyond a simple review. Emphasis is on expertise and command of a specific art form, and insightful observation.
For excellence in investigative, long-form reporting. Subject must be consequential and of contemporary significance. Presentation must be in traditional documentary form, not as a series or collection of related material published serially.
For timely, news-based coverage of the arts, books, TV, movies, dance, architecture, or the business of entertainment.
For human interest feature reporting. No hard news. Entries must NOT fall into the Entertainment News, Science Feature, or Sports Feature categories. Topics can include feature angles or tell unique stories based on any subject except those that would qualify for the categories mentioned above.
Feature Reporting-Science Medicine Technology:
For human interest science and medicine reporting. Can include an element of hard news but should focus on the human interest angles of any subject related to h4, medicine, or technology.
For human interest sports reporting. No hard news. Entries must not fall into the Feature Reporting or Sports News categories. Topics can include feature angles on any subject related to sports.
For skillful, knowledgeable, and discerning reporting/writing about food. No restaurant reviews but chef assessments are appropriate. Focus should be on the art, science, and aesthetics of sourcing, preparing, and serving any kind of dish or meal.
For excellence in skillfully applying humor, satire, or irony in the interpretation of current events or personal experience. Open to all forms: art, written, video, audio.
Entries must significantly enhance understanding or comprehension of the topic at hand or tell a complete story without accompanying editorial.
For timely reporting in the realms of politics, government, the judiciary, public bureaucracies, civil service, etc.
Special Event Reporting:
Coverage that exhibits editorial effort beyond what is usual and ordinary. This might include special coverage of anticipated events, specially featured enterprise reporting, or any reporting of consequence that transcends the usual, day-to-day routine.
For hard news coverage of professional or amateur athletics.
Any unplanned, unscheduled news coverage requiring an immediate response. The entry must exhibit real-time reporting during or soon after an event on one or several platforms, among them: broadcast, website, print, social media, mobile.
For distinguished reporting and writing about travel. Focus is on evocative, informative chronicles of personal travel experiences. Exemplary “destination” pieces that include listings for local access, accommodations, attractions, etc., are also eligible.
For one-time news “specials.” Entries should run a maximum of 35-minutes though leeway is provided, depending on the material.
For skillful presentation of a story or series in podcast form. Must be portable and playable “on-demand”. Must be accessible by download and/or web stream.
Photo Awards (Print, Online)
A photography, not an editorial award. Photography must display extraordinary technical and artistic competence, originality, sensitivity and subjectivity in a human interest or feature report.
Spot News Photo:
Best photograph of a news story or event under breaking news conditions.
Video Awards (TV, Online)
A videography, not an editorial award. Videography must display extraordinary technical and artistic competence, originality, sensitivity, and subjectivity in a human interest or feature report.
Spot News Video:
For the best news videography of a breaking story by an individual or crew. This one is about the camera skills more than the editorial. Entries must have been aired within 24 hours of the story or within regular deadlines in the case of a TV news magazine show.
Eligible news organizations include community publications with the following stipulations:
- must be a print publication established one year or more from the time of submission
- must cover a specific neighborhood, borough or county within the NY metropolitan region (the same publication cannot cover multiple boroughs)
- must be either a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly publication (no dailies, quarterlies, bi-annual publications or websites)
- must have a minimum page count per edition of 10 pages (publication sections may also be counted towards the 10 pages)
- must be a publication that allows letters to the editor or an opinion section
- The competition is open to individuals and news organizations based or operating in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and to individuals working elsewhere on behalf of New York metro-area news organizations.
- All entries must have been published or broadcast during the previous calendar year. Entries must be presented as they were first published or broadcast.
- Entries must be submitted in digital form and uploaded or with a link to the entry. Information about submission formats and requirements can be found in the “Tech Specs” section.
- An entry may not be submitted in more than one category. There is an exception affecting a small number of awards categories. The exception allows a piece to be entered separately for different awards but only by different talents on the creation team. For example, in television, an entry may be submitted by a reporter for one of the editorial awards. The same entry may also be entered by the shooter for one of the videography or photography awards.
- There is no limit to the number of entries an individual or organization may make in a particular category as long as each entry is singular. For example, Reporter “A” may enter as many pieces into the Consumer Reporting category as desired, as long as each piece is on a different topic. Organization “B” may enter as many pieces by as many reporters as desired into a particular category as long as each entry is on a different topic.
- Multi-part or series entries must be limited to “the heart” of the material: For print/web entries, five-parts maximum or 5,000 total words, more-or-less. For broadcast entries, 30 minutes total running-time. (30-minute limit does not apply to long-form or non-hard-news broadcast pieces that otherwise fit an Awards category).
- An entry submitted in an incorrect category will be disqualified. The judges are not able to re-classify incorrectly classified entries.
- Entry fees are due at time of entry. They must accompany all entries. Fees may be submitted by credit card on the New York Press Club site OR by check to arrive at the Press Club no later than one week following upload:
The New York Press Club
2585 Broadway, Box 237
New York, NY 10025 Entries for which no entry fees have been received will not be submitted to the judges.
- Deadline for submission March 31, 2020.
Q: I’d like to enter in the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter category. How many pieces should I submit?
A: At least one, of course. But if you believe entering several pieces, even on different topics, better showcases your talents, you are limited only by the five-piece, 5,000 word cap we impose on other categories (see below). Multiple pieces should be packaged into a single PDF for upload or if multimedia, as a combination of PDF and web links.
Q: I’d like to enter in the Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York category. How many pieces should I submit?
A: See answer to the Nellie Bly question, above.
Q: I have three radio reports to enter as a series, each contained in a separate MP3 file. Your entry form accommodates only one file to be uploaded as a Main Entry. How do I get around this?
A: Combine all three reports sequentially into a single audio file and upload the result as an MP3 (or WAV) file.
Q: I have several photos to enter for a particular award. Your entry form accommodates only one file to be uploaded as a main entry. How do I get around this?
A: Combine all photos into a single PDF file, each on its own page, and upload the PDF document.
Q: Must I include a cover letter with each entry?
A: No. Cover letters are not required. However, they are likely to be of help to the judges if they contain useful context information about the entry with a minimum of hyperbole. We recommend that cover letters be included as the first page of your Main Entry file. Cover letters may also be uploaded separately as a PDF file in the spot designated for them on the entry form.
Q: What is the distinction between a cover letter and a synopsis?
A: Cover letters are not required, a synopsis is required. The synopsis should be a very brief description of what the piece is about and is intended to provide the judges with context. Logistical details should not be included in the synopsis. Submit only a thumbnail description of the entry that sums up for the judges what they are about to view.
Q: If my category choice is incorrect, do the judges have the option of moving my entry to a different category?
A: NO. You must decide which is the most appropriate category for your material. The judges will not move an entry to a different category. Some material might be appropriate in more than one category; however, it is up to you to decide which category to enter. (Entries entered into categories that are inappropriate are subject to disqualification.)
Q: Please clarify category limitations for individual and multiple entries.
A: The only limitation is that a particular piece can be entered into only one category.* There is no limit on the number of different pieces that can be entered into a single category.
For example, a reporter wishing to enter story “A” may enter that story into only one category. But that reporter may also enter stories “B”, “C”, and “D” – on different topics – into the same category. Once entered, none of the stories may be entered into any other category.
*An exception exists for entries made by different talents on the creation team. For example, in TV, an entry may be submitted by a reporter for one of the editorial awards. The same entry may also be entered by the shooter for one of the photo or videography awards.
Q Please clarify length-limits for entries.
A Length limits are in place to assure that the judges see “the heart” of the material entered. A 5,000 word entry applies to each individual print or web entry. For series or multi-part entries, a 5-piece, 5,000 word limit applies.
For example, let’s say a newspaper ran a 10-piece series in daily installments. To enter the series, editors would select up to five installments from the 10 in the series (the “heart” of the material) and the combined word count for all five installments would have to come in at not much more than 5,000 words. Sidebars do not count as installments but they do contribute to word count.
Q: When is the deadline?
A: March 31, 2020.
Entries must be submitted in digital format. If a file is being uploaded the maximum file size is 50MB for each file.
PDF optimized for Web viewing. Max. size: 8.5″ x 14″.
PDF, JPEG / JPG at Web resolution (72 – 150ppi). Multiple photos submitted for a single award must be included in a single PDF.
MP3 or WAV formats only.
Video must be self-hosted and submitted as a URL. “Self-hosted” includes video hosted by services such as YouTube, Vimeo, et. al. Video must be viewable over a conventional, “consumer grade” broadband connection and be free from passwords or other access restrictions.
10 URL fields are provided on each form for individual or multi-part Web entries or Web adjuncts to broadcast or print entries. Each URL field includes a companion description field into which you may (and should) place explanatory information.
Cover letters are not required but are advised to provide the judges with context. Cover letters must be submitted as PDFs in the specified entry form field. When possible, cover letters can (and should) be inserted as the first page of the entry file.
- Complete and submit a separate entry form for each entry.
- Maximum individual file size: 50MB.
- Uploaded files must end in: .PDF .JPEG .JPG .MP3 or .WAV
- Name your entry files descriptively and consistently (e.g., “NewsOrg-StorySlug-cover-letter.pdf”, “NewsOrg-StorySlug-entry.pdf”, etc)