[Blueboard] Call for Entries - 14th Raul L. Locsin Awards for Student Journalism

Jaime Manuel Q. Flores jqflores at ateneo.edu
Fri Mar 8 09:10:11 PHT 2013


*The Raul L. Locsin Awards for Student Journalism honor the outstanding
contributions of Ateneo campus journalists to keep alive the tradition of
fearless, compelling writing that has been the hallmark of journalism in
the Ateneo.  By citing their work, the awards also hope to encourage future
careers in journalism.*

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*The awards are named in honor of Raul L. Locsin, outstanding journalist
and Ateneo alumnus.*

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*Mr. Locsin was the founder of BusinessWorld and the first Filipino to
receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 1999.*

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*GUIDELINES*

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1. *Award Criteria. *Entries will be judged according to the criteria set
for each category.



2. *Eligibility. *All undergraduate students with written work or photos
that have appeared in student publications circulated in the university and
published with regular frequency in print. Written work is defined as a
news, features or opinion article appearing in the print version of a
student publication. A student publication may be published by a student
organization, whether or not it accredited by the Office of Student
Activities.



The Board of Judges will determine if a publication qualifies as a student
publication according to the definitions stated herein and as the judges
deem fit.



3. *Entry Submission Process and Requirements. *



a.  All undergraduate campus journalists may vie for the awards. Entry
forms may be obtained from the secretary of the Department of
Communication, 3rd Floor, Social Sciences Building. Deadline for submission
of entries is April 1, 2013, also at the Department of Communication.



b.  Contenders may submit up to three entries only for each category. An
entry can be submitted in only on category. Five copies of each entry
should be made, one for each judge.

c.  The entries should have seen print in, or have been posted on, campus
publications from January to December 2012. Each work should be accompanied
by one entry form (the entry form may be photocopied). Entries should
represent only the best work for the chosen category or categories that
contenders have chosen to vie for.



d.  Stories that appeared in the online version of the publication should
be printed on an 8.27” x 11.69” bond paper. A screen shot of the story with
the publication’s masthead should be printed out and attached to the hard
copy.



e.  For the news category, only entries with a minimum of eight paragraphs
will be accepted.



f.  For the photojournalism category, photos should be in digital format
(JPEG high resolution, maximum of 151 dpi, ranging between 5 x 7 to 8 x 10
inches) and *submitted on a disc*.



g.  Each photo entry should be accompanied by a photocopy of the page where
it saw print. The page could be reduced and should fit an 8.27” x 11.69”
bond paper. For photos appearing in the online version of the publication,
a screenshot of the page where the photo appeared should be printed out on
an 8.27” x 11.69” bond paper. Contenders for this category should still
fill out an entry form and submit a hard copy.



h.  Each entry should be accompanied by a photocopy of the staff box of the
publication where it appeared. For online publications, a printout of the
screen shot of the staff box will suffice. If entries in one category come
from the same publication, one photocopy of the staff box will be enough.



i.   All entry forms and attachments should be placed in a long Manila
envelope with the following information written on the front of the
envelope.



                    *Name of Applicant*

*                    Student ID Number*

*                    Year and Course*

*                    Contact Numbers (Mobile & Residence)*

*                    Email Address*

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4.* Board of Judges and Selection Process. *A board of judges will examine
the entries and determine winners for each category based on a set of
criteria. The board will be composed of journalists and journalism
educators to be chosen by the Chair of the Department of Communication.
Entries may be reclassified by the judges as they deem fit. The board may
invite a resource speaker to provide additional information during its
deliberations. The decision of the board is final.



5. *Notification of Winners. *Winners will be contacted by phone and email
by May 2013.



6.  *Awards Ceremony. *Winners will receive plaques during a ceremony in
July 2013.

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*AWARDS CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA*

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*SOCIAL IMPACT. *Did the story or photo make an impact? Did it help bring
about change in systems, policies, rules? To what extent?

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*NEWS*

1. *Topic. *Is the topic new and of great interest to its target audience?

2.  *Factual Reporting. *Are enough details, direct quotes, information,
facts and color provided?

3. *Sourcing.* Are there 2 or 3 sources used and are they authoritative?

4.  *Structure. *Are thoughts and information well-organized?

5. *Language.* Is the writing concise; is it grammatical and clear? Is
there a good lead?

6. *Adherence to Journalism Standards.* Are the standards of accuracy,
fairness and balance impartially upheld?

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*FEATURES*

1. *Topic. *Is the topic new and of great interest to its target audience?

2.* Human Interest. *Is the story about an experience, person, thing, place
or event of great interest?

3.  *Sourcing.* Are there 2 or 3 sources used and are they authoritative?

4. *Details/Color. *Are there sufficient quotes, information, details
provided that enhance colorful storytelling?

5. *Structure. *Are thoughts and information well-organized?

6. *Language.* Is the writing concise; is it grammatical and clear? Is
there a good lead?

7. *Adherence to Journalism Standards.* Are the standards of accuracy,
fairness and balance impartially upheld?



*EDITORIAL OPINION*

1. *Mastery of the Subject Matter. *Does the writer exhibit mastery of the
subject matter? Is the writing based on facts and not mere opinion?

2. *Discussion of Issues. *Does the editorial engage issues or
personalities that represent issues?

3. *Impact. * Does the topic affect many readers?

4. *Language. *Is the writing concise and clear? Is the writer writing to
communicate rather than to showoff? Is the writing fresh (no clichés)?

5. *Logic/Persuasion. *Is the editorial structured logically and argued
persuasively?

6. *Solid Conclusion. *Are there alternatives or fresh inputs offered? Or
is the piece merely critical without offering solutions? Does it have a
solid conclusion that gives the editorial the right punch?

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*INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM*

1. *Topic. *Is the chosen topic timely, relevant and of great interest to
readers?

2.  *Newness. * Does the story unearth new information?

3.  *Expose. * Does the story expose wrongdoing, provide information that
others may want to keep secret, report about neglect or systems failure?

4.  *Use of Investigative Techniques. *Does the story use at least two of
the following investigative techniques: research, interviews, observation?

5. *Language. *Is the narrative engaging, the language     grammatical,
clear and readable?

6.  *Logic.* Is the presentation logical and coherent? Does the story flow
well?

7.  *Adherence to Journalism Methods. * Are the standards of accuracy,
fairness and balance impartially upheld?


*EXPLANATORY JOURNALISM*

1. *Topic. *Is the chosen topic timely, relevant, and of great interest to
readers?

2.  *Sourcing. *Is a variety of sources used to make the story credible?

3.  *Use of Investigative Techniques. *Does the story use at least two of
the following investigative techniques: research, interviews, observation?

4.  *Clarity, conciseness, thoroughness. *Is a complex issue or process
explained thoroughly using clear and concise language?

5.  *Language. *Is the narrative engaging, the language grammatical, clear
and readable?

6.  *Logic. *Is the presentation logical and coherent? Does the story flow
well?

7.  *Adherence to Journalism Standards. *Are the standards of accuracy,
fairness and balance impartially upheld?

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*PHOTOJOURNALISM*

1.  *Content. *Does the photo tell a story? Does it have news value?

2.  *Communication. *Does the photo evoke a strong emotion? Does it leave a
lasting impression?

3.  *Capture.* * *Does the photo capture a spontaneous and memorable
moment? Is the photo sharp? Is the main subject in focus? Are brightness
and contrast adequate for print?

4.  *Composition. *Is the photo composed well? Does it have a strong focal
point, dynamic balance and contrast? Are unnecessary, extraneous elements
avoided? Does the photographer take a fresh approach to the subject? Is the
angle of view imaginative and compelling?



*A copy of the informational brochure and the entry form is attached to
this email.  For more information, contact Kai at the Department of
Communication, 426-6001 ext 5211, or send an email to
ateneolocsinawards at gmail.com.  You may also check the Ateneo Com
Department's Facebook page at **http://www.facebook.com/ateneocomdept for
updates.*

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*JAIME MANUEL Q FLORES, M.A.*
Instructor and Associate Chair
Department of Communication
Ateneo de Manila University

426.6001 local 5213
jqflores at ateneo.edu
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