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Entries open for NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Entries are open for the 2017 NRMA Kennedy Awards.

The announcement:

Entries are now officially open for the 2017 NRMA Kennedy Awards – including the $25,000 prize for the prestigious Coca Cola Kennedy Award for Australian Journalist of the Year.

Now in our 6th year, the Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism recognise the work of Australia’s finest news media in 33 different categories.

Entries for work in the current financial year must be submitted to kennedyawardsjudging@gmail.com by close of business July 1.

The finalists in all competitive categories will be announced on Wednesday, July 26 after weeks of deliberation by our panel of judges.

The presentation of the Spirax trophies will again take place at our annual gala ceremony and winter ball in the Grand Ballroom of Royal Randwick on Friday, August 11.

This year’s awards will also again feature the Power of the Lens exhibition, showcasing the talents of all the entrants in the photographic and TV news camera categories, sponsored by City of Parramatta Council.

You can enter the awards for a tax-deductible donation of $40 to The Kennedy Foundation for each item of work entered. Entries close 6pm, July 1, 2017 for any material broadcast or published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

The entry fee helps cover Kennedy Foundation administration costs and there is no limit to the number of entries, as long as each is registered separately.

Entry is a tax deductible donation to the Kennedy foundation of $40 for every unrelated item of work and entry for a series of related stories (maximum of five) is also $40.

Once registration is complete, email entries to kennedyawardsjudging@gmail.com and include links, audio files, pdfs and photos, a recent headshot and up to 400 words in support of the entry.

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.

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.

For Coca Cola Journalist of the Year, Best Columnist, Political Reporting, Powerade 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.

In the Young Journalist of the Year category 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 for the Cliff Neville Award for Most Outstanding Team Player must be entered on behalf of the entrant, include a photo and explanation for the nomination in a maximum 400 words. The winner will be selected by the judging committee.

The Coca-Cola Kennedy Journalist of the Year winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000, the richest prize in Australian journalism, while the Powerade Young Journalist of the Year will receive $5,000

Your email to kennedyawardsjudging@gmail.com should include: Subject line: “Award Entry” and the category name, entrant’s name, date of publication or broadcast, place and publication/outlet and a maximum 400 word summary of why your entry meets the criteria

The NRMA Kennedy Awards are staged by the Kennedy Foundation, a registered charity that provides financial and other support to news media professionals in hardship, with compassion in confidence.

The trustees of the Kennedy Foundation deeply appreciate the support of our generous sponsors – NRMA, Pelikan Artline, Coca Cola Amatil, Coca Cola South Pacific, Seven News, Nine News, A Current Affair, Vodafone, Fairfax Media, Clubs NSW, Hillbrick Bicycles, ANZ Stadium, City of Parramatta Council, Racing NSW, NRMA Insurance, the Australian Turf Club, Paradigm Resources, Hunter Burton Capital and Briscoe Hotels Group.

Source: Kennedy Awards

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