Editorial Awards

Editorial Awards 2019

CALL FOR ENTRIES: EDITORIAL

All journalists in the News division of Media24 are invited to enter the Legends Awards, an annual initiative to recognise and reward editorial talent.

  1. Please note the following criteria
  • Entrants should have been full time employed by Media24 News between 1 April 2018 and 31 August 2019. No entries from freelancers will be accepted.
  • All entries must be submitted for judging purposes by no later than 10 June 2019
  • Entries should have been published in Media24 News products between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. This includes contributions from the Netwerk24 editorial team published in Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad.
  • The entry form must be completed in full and submitted online.
  • Please remember to include your employee number.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winners will be announced on www.legends24.co.za after the awards ceremony on 2 August 2019.
  1. Please note the following rules
  • Entrants may submit entries in any number of categories.
  • The same article may not be submitted in more than ONE category.
  • If a portfolio is required, up to five articles may be included, with the exception of categories in which a series of articles is written, for example Investigative Journalist of the Year.
  • Categories are open to both individuals and teams.
  • Team entries are limited to four individuals per entry. Enter all the team members names on the entry form.
  1. Presentation of entries
  • Entry forms must be completed online at www.legends24.co.za. NO HARD COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.  
  • Entries should be in PDF format.
  • No screen shots of articles published on websites (not newspaper format) will be accepted.
  • Additional criteria for Graphic Artist and Layout Sub-editor of the Year awards
    • Entries must showcase the final, published format as it appeared in newsprint.
    • If an article spans the fold of a publication, the PDF must present the pages next to each other so that the graphic/layout can be judged as a whole.
  • Additional criteria for Photographer of the Year
    • Entrants must have captured and created the original image themselves.
    • All entrants of this category must submit a portfolio of photographs.
    • A maximum of five photographs per entrant may be submitted, the size of each being between 1MB and 5MB. Larger photographs will not be allowed.
    • A PDF of the newspaper page on which the image was used, must be attached.
    • The portfolio must be motivated on the entry form.
  1. Queries
    For queries, please email Ria de Villiers at legends@media24.com, with Editorial in the subject line.

ENTRY FORM: EDITORIAL

To refresh your memory:

  • Entries may be made in as many categories as you wish.
  • The same article or photograph may not be entered in more than ONE category. Please complete the form and submit your entry online.

CATEGORIES

    1. Journalist of the Year
    2. Business Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    3. Columnist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    4. Deon du Plessis Tabloid Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    5. Feature Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    6. Graphic Artist of the Year
    7. Headline and Poster Writer of the Year
    8. Investigative Journalist of the Year
    9. Layout Sub-Editor of the Year
    10. Lifestyle Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    11. Journalist of the Year: Local Newspapers (Submit a portfolio)
    12. Mandy Rossouw Political Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    13. Photographer of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    14. Scoop of the Year: English titles
    15. Sports Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    16. Arts Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
    17. Profile Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)

For queries, please email Ria de Villiers at legends@media24.com, with Editorial in the subject line.

CATEGORIES: EDITORIAL

1. Journalist of the Year
The winner is eventually chosen from the pool of category winners, and is recognised as a journalist who, over the course of the year, has continually shown excellence and extraordinary initiative in his work.

2. Business Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
This journalist is both highly informed and has the ability to present breaking business news or features in an original way. This includes news or features on companies or their management; management-related trends such as training or corporate governance; stakeholder relations such as union issues or investor relations; government issues such as regulation and taxation as they relate to corporations; macro-economic analysis; investment advice and personal finance. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

3. Columnist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
This is someone whose regular column is pithy and original, of outstanding quality, and perfectly tailored to his target audience. This journalist must be able to put his finger on the relevant issues of the day, and stimulate debate in a comfortable, intelligent and entertaining manner. Up to five columns may be submitted. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five columns showcasing your work.

4. Deon du Plessis Tabloid Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
This journalist knows his mass target readership well, knowing what topics are close to their hearts, and how to communicate simply, colourfully and according to social mores, without breaking the rules of ethical journalism. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

5. Feature Writer of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
Feature articles offer the experience of a magazine in a newspaper. These stories have a narrative arc and may be a “slice of life” or the description of a trend; they may introduce the reader to something or someone unusual, or transport them to a moment in history. The descriptive power, together with the quality of the writing, storytelling and structure, is what will make submissions stand apart. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

6. Graphic Artist of the Year
Cartoons, comic strips and/or infographics should demonstrate how this artist effectively combines creativity, concept, topicality and skill to communicate complex subjects in a simple, visual way. See additional criteria above.

7. Headline and Poster Writer of the Year
A headline, of either an article or on a poster, is the first thing to compel a reader to buy a newspaper. It must be able to communicate something in the blink of an eye, whether it is impactful and direct, dramatic, or with clever word play. Two awards will be allocated in this category: one for an English entrant and one for an Afrikaans entrant.

8. Investigative Journalist of the Year
An excellent investigative journalist is someone who knows how to dig, who is extraordinarily perseverant and uses innovative methods to bring relevant information to light, often following scanty leads. They know how to mine their contacts until a story comes to life, and present a newsworthy topic from every angle.

9. Layout Sub-editor of the Year
The correspondence of content and headlines, the coherent use of photographs and graphics, the simplicity of presentation and readability as well as an overall flair for design will be assessed. See additional criteria above.

10. Lifestyle Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
An excellent lifestyle journalist must have a sharp eye for the details of how people live – what they eat and wear, how they stock and decorate their homes, what they drive, how they experience other worlds and create their own – and be able to describe and package these details in a creative and modern way. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

11. Journalist of the Year: Local Newspapers (Submit a portfolio)
A local newspaper is the voice of its community. The winner of this category will show excellence in breaking news and campaigning in the public interest, engagement with the community on important public issues, reportage on issues of greatest importance to its readership and original and leading coverage of events and issues in its area. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your versatility.

12. Mandy Rossouw Political Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
Entries in this category can consist of coverage of all aspects of politics – from local government to national government and party politics. Entries should consist of a portfolio of no more than five articles, showcasing excellence in breaking political news, as well as in depth analysis and columns.

13. Photographer of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
The winning entry will be determined by a portfolio of photographs which shows excellence in technique, composition, lighting and topicality. The judges will assess the original images, as well as how well they correspond with articles and headlines. See additional criteria above.

14. Scoop of the Year: English titles
The winner of this category has broken a story in English, through a single article or a series, of great importance to South African society.

15. Sports Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
The winning entry for this category needs to capture the skills, competitive spirit and humanity of sport – the drama that excites sports fans, or the politics and conflicts that confront sports organisations in South Africa. A thorough technical knowledge of the sports covered is essential. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

16. Arts Journalist of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
Articles or reviews of theatre, books, films, visual arts or crafts will be assessed. This journalist must be informed about his beat, but also writes imaginatively and accessibly to provide insight for Everyman. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

17. Profile Writer of the Year (Submit a portfolio)
How is someone’s personality captured in a single conversation? Does the reader gain insight into who or what this person is at a particular stage of their life? Does he “hear” their voice, so to speak? Is there a strong news hook? These are the criteria by which this journalist will be assessed. To enter, submit a portfolio of not more than five articles showcasing your work.

For queries, please email Ria de Villiers at legends@media24.com, with Editorial in the subject line.

ENTRIES ARE CLOSED.