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12th Annual California Journalism Awards

Lunch and Plenary Session with California Education Reporters

Friday, September 22, 2006, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

The Center for California Studies established the California Journalism Awards to recognize, encourage and reward excellence in reporting of California state government and politics.

Who May Enter

The 12th Annual California Journalism Awards competition is open to any journalist, full-time, part-time, or free-lance, based in California who covers California state government and politics.

The Katharine M. Macdonald Award is open to any full-time or part-time student registered at a two-year or four-year college or university in California whose work on any topic has been published or broadcast in a college or university news media outlet, or in a non-academic news outlet, so long as the work was done as part of an academic class or internship and the piece was not professionally edited.

Contest Period

The contest period covers January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005. Entries must have been originally published or broadcast during the contest period.

Deadline & Entry Submission Details

Entries must be postmarked no later than July 21, 2006, and sent to:

California Journalism Awards
Center for California Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081

Entrants should include their name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.

How to Enter

Journalists may enter themselves or be nominated by someone else. An entry is defined as a story or a program about state government or politics in California. Daily coverage is defined as articles or programs designed to provide routine news coverage within the normal limits of a daily newspaper or program. Special feature or enterprise coverage is defined as articles or programs designed for in-depth, extended, or special coverage.

Entries covering local government or politics or federal government or politics are not eligible for judging unless the story or program covers the impact of state government or politics on local or federal government or politics. Entries can be a single story or program, or no more than five stories or programs representative of the journalist's body of work. Print entries must be submitted affixed to an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper (i.e., for photocopying). Radio entries must be in the form of an audio-cassette or CD not exceeding 15 minutes in length. Information relating to the entry may be included as narration at the head of the tape or CD. Television entries must be in the form of a VHS tape or DVD not exceeding 30 minutes in length. Information relating to the entry may be included as narration at the head of the tape or DVD. All entries may be submitted by more than one individual (e.g., reporter, producer, editor).

Awards

The Center for California Studies established the California Journalism Awards to recognize, encourage and reward excellence in reporting of California state government and politics.

The Center gives four awards:

Print Journalism
John Jacobs Awards for excellence in daily coverage, and excellence in special feature or enterprise reporting

Radio Journalism
For excellence in radio reporting

Television Journalism
For excellence in television reporting

Student Journalism
Katherine M. Macdonald Award for excellence in print, radio or television journalism by a college or university student journalist.

Judging

The Center for California Studies has named two panels of judges. One panel will judge print entries, and the second will judge radio and television entries.

Each panel will decide the winners by September 8, 2006. The California Journalism Award and a cash prize of $500, and the Macdonald Award and a cash prize of $300, will be given in Sacramento at the 12th Annual Journalism Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 22, 2006.

For Print Journalism:

A. G. Block, Director, Public-Affairs Journalism Program, University of California Center Sacramento

Robert Fairbanks, Publisher, Capitol Morning Report

Dr. William Lee, Editor and Publisher, Sacramento Observer

Marcia McQuern, Former Editor and Publisher, The Press-Enterprise, and former State/Political Editor and City Editor, San Diego Union

Dan Walters, Political Columnist, The Sacramento Bee

For Radio and Television Journalism:

David C. Martin, Ph.D., Professor, Communication Studies Department, California State University, Sacramento

Barbara O’Connor, Ph.D., Director, Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, and Professor, Communication Studies Department, California State University, Sacramento

Alice Scott, Media Specialist and former Reporter, KCRA-TV, Sacramento

Steve Swatt, Senior Consultant, Porter Novelli, and former Political Reporter, KCRA-TV, Sacramento

Click HERE to view the 12th Annual Journalism Awards brochure (PDF)


The Center for California Studies
California State University, Sacramento
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