CAJ-AwardsThe Canadian Association of Journalists invites entries for its annual awards program that celebrates excellence in journalism in Canada including Canada’s top investigative journalism award – the Don McGillivrary Award. Deadline for submissions of entries in ten categories is February 5, 2016. Winners to be announced at the CAJ conference to be held in Edmonton May 27 to 28, 2016.

Submissions invited in these categories:

INVESTIGATIVE AWARDS

These categories recognize journalism in a variety of media. Entries don’t have to be purely investigative to quality although investigate entries are given added weight. Items based on the body of research, regardless of the media they were released in, can only be entered in one category. The recipient(s) of the Don McGillivray Award for Investigative Journalism is/are chosen from these categories.

Open Media

Entries welcome for predominately text based entries publishing in print or online, in any Canadian media outlet, regardless of publication frequency, circulation or audience reach. An entry could be one piece or a series limited to five related pieces.

Community Media

Entries welcome for predominately text based entries publishing in print or online, in any Canadian media outlet. Print entried limited to those media printed fewer than five times a week or with an average daily circulation of under 25,000. Online-only entries not from a print newsroom must provide verifiable proof that the website serves a regional or community audience. An entry could be one piece or a series limited to five related pieces.

Open Broadcast Feature

Entries welcome of for any piece with a runtime of over five mintues predominately audio and/or video, broadcast to an audience of any size over the air or online. An entry could be one piece or a series limited to five related pieces.

Open Broadcast News

Entries welcome of for any piece with a runtime of over five mintues predominately audio and/or video, broadcast to an audience of any size over the air or online. These entries can be of any length — judges and the CAJ Awards committee reserve the right to recommend entries with longer runtimes be moved into the Open Broadcast Feature category. An entry could be one piece or a series limited to five related pieces.

Online Media

Entries welcome in any online-only format. No part of the entry can include any element that was published inm print or broadcast on television or radio. An entry could be one piece or a series limited to five related pieces.

CAJ/Marketwired Data Journalism

Entries welcome from any media in any format published or broadcast in Canada where data journalism/CAR techniques played a key and indispensible part of developing the story. This category is meant to highlight the use of data journalism, but not at the expense of good journalism and good storytelling. An entry could be one piece or a series limited to five related pieces.

GENERAL AWARDS

These categories recognize exemplary journalism. Recipients are not eligible for the Don McGillivary Award.

Photojournalism

Entries welcome that showcase a portfolio of up to 20 photographs demonstrating journalistic vision, consistent quality and a reflection of the entrant’s professionalism and journalistic abilities. Photos (including including sound slides or equivalent) must have been first published or broadcast by a Canadian media (URL or other proof of publication required).

Scoop

Entries welcome from any media in any format published or broadcast in Canada that was the first to bring new or significant information to light of regional or national importance. A cover letter explaining how the entry met this criteria is highly encouraged. Entry limited to one piece.

Daily Excellence

Entries welcome from print, radio or television journalists for items published or broadcast in Canada demonstrating excellence in daily, deadline-driven reporting based on same-day research. Entries limited to one piece plus related element.

Text Feature

Entries welcome for any primarily text-based article published in print or online in Canada that is not specifically investigative in nature. Entries limited to one piece.

Two other awards — the JHR/CAJ Award for Human Rights Reporting and the CWA Canada/CAJ Award for Labour Reporting — will also be handed out on the Awards banquet.

Deadline for submissions: February 5, 2016.

See more specific criteria about the awards and the entry order form at: http://www.caj.ca.