WHAT IS THE MIDLANDS MEDIA AWARDS?
Designed to recognise core-values, creativity, the best editorial team, photographers, journalists and new talent, the Midlands Media Awards, organised by Birmingham Press Club, will deliver an outstanding event celebrating the diversity of the media throughout the Midlands.
HOW TO ENTER
Entries are now open for the 2019 Midlands Media Awards.
Entry is now only online via this website – all supporting materials must be either uploaded where indicated (eg pdfs, MP4 files, MP3 files), or supplied in the form of links to websites such as YouTube or your news outlet’s website. No hard copies will be accepted.
All judging will be carried out online, and it is a condition of entry that your links must be live, and remain live, until the end of November 2019. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
To enter, select the categories you wish to enter from the list below and click to be taken to the application form. Please complete all the details and note that you will be required to review your submission before finally entering it.
Entry Deadline – Monday, 21 October 2019.
If you have any questions or wish to clarify the criteria for a category, please telephone Press Club Events Committee Chairman Fred Bromwich on 07815 660076 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
To celebrate emerging talent from someone who has been in his or her role for up to two years. Open to all media disciplines. Three examples of work required.
BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
To celebrate the journalist who has made the most impact in the field of business journalism through breaking news, analysis of stories and ability to explain issues to a general audience. Three examples of work required.
COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR
To celebrate journalists who bring a unique perspective on the issues of the day; provocative, engaging, controversial and entertaining. Three examples of work required.
BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Judges will be looking for thought-provoking and entertaining copy, or videos, which provide insight and engagement. Also looking for details of average monthly visitor and page/video view statistics; additional reach and engagement via social media platforms. Three examples of work required.
FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR
Open to all media disciplines, this award is to celebrate the person who demonstrates a compelling writing style with colour and analysis. Three examples of work - three separate features or a single planned series of three features - required.
CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
To celebrate campaigns which made waves or struck a chord with readers/listeners/viewers. Open to individuals or teams of journalists, entries can include campaigns, which have led to a change in the law, those that have captured the public’s attention and those, which have achieved worthwhile results. One example of work required.
SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR
Again, the judges will be looking for outstanding content, design, use of photography and readability from supplements published weekly, monthly or at other regular intervals as part of a newspaper. Three examples of work required.
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (BROADCAST)
To celebrate the person who has made the most impact in the field of sports journalism through the medium of television or radio. Three examples of work required.
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (PRINT)
To celebrate the person who has made the most impact in the field of sports journalism through the medium of print, taking into consideration match reports, features, and interviews. Three examples of work required.
MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
The judges will be looking for the journalist whose research skills, combined with the use of text, images, sound, video clips, graphics, and social media platforms informs, educates or entertains their audience in an engaging fashion. Three examples of work required.
THE TONY FLANAGAN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
To celebrate photographers whose work appears either in print or online. The award will be presented to the photographer responsible for the picture that had the biggest impact of the year – sport, news or features. Three examples of work required.
RADIO JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
To celebrate the person who has made the most impact in the field of radio journalism during the past year. Three stories or one series of three stories on any one topic required.
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is a vital tool in the armoury of the modern journalist at every stage of the story-telling process. Sourcing, sharing and getting feedback can be super-charged through intelligent and careful use of a variety of platforms. In this category, the judges will be especially looking for evidence of the use of social media to engage deeply with a target audience – and they will want to know how successful entrants have been in “transferring” online content to social media. Three examples of work required.
TEAM OF THE YEAR EXCELLENCE AWARD
(DIGITAL, PRINT OR BROADCAST)
This award showcases the achievements of an editorial or photographic team that has produced an outstanding contribution towards the success of its employer. Open to all disciplines.
NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR (WEEKLY)
To celebrate a news reporter whose stories made the biggest impact during the past year. Specifically for print and online reporters working for weekly newspaper brands and associated websites. Three examples of work required.
NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR (DAILY/SUNDAY)
To celebrate a news reporter whose stories consistently led the agenda during the past year. Specifically for print and online reporters working for daily newspaper brands and associated websites. Three examples of work required.
WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Taking into account innovation, depth of coverage and content presentation, judging will be on the overall strength of a website which could be a stand-alone digital or associated with a newspaper.
DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
To celebrate the newspaper which has consistently led the way both online and in print through its high-quality, ground-breaking coverage. Factors such as audience engagement, the newspaper’s involvement with its community, design and content will be taken into consideration. Three examples of work required.
WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
To celebrate the newspaper which has consistently led the way both online and in print. Factors such as audience engagement, the newspaper’s involvement with its community, design and content will be taken into consideration. Judges will be looking at the whole package – news, sports, features and innovation. Three examples of work required.
STORY OF THE YEAR
To celebrate the team or individual behind the stand out story of the year; be it an investigation, breaking news coverage or agenda setting exclusive. Open to all media disciplines.
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Please note that this category will be awarded by the President of Birmingham Press Club and does not invite entries.
ENTRY TERMS & CONDITIONS
Entries to the Midlands Media Awards are free but each entry must be made online via this website.
Entries must relate to material published or broadcast between 1 December 2018 and 17 October 2019.
(There is a degree of flexibility about qualifying periods for campaigns and certain projects and the judges will be made aware of this when assessing entries).
Entry deadline is 18 October 2019.
All entrants must upload a photograph of themselves.
The organisers reserve the right to mention any entrants and to display any work in any publicity and marketing relating to the event without copyright infringement.
The decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
SAVE THE DATE!
The Midlands Media Awards 2019 – a black tie event - will be held at the Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE, on Friday 15 November.
Reception 6.30 pm
Dinner 7.30 pm
Single Ticket £85.00 (inc. VAT)
Table of 10 £800.00 (inc. VAT)