2014 MRE journalism contest now open for submissions

The annual MRE Journalism Contest and Awards recognize outstanding military reporting in several categories. Highlight your work that was published or broadcast from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.

The contest deadline is 5 p.m. EDT, July 11, 2014. If you are mailing in your submissions, they must be postmarked no later than July 11, 2014.

There is a $500 prize for the winner of the The Joe Galloway Award.

The winners will be announced in October.

Official Rules

Who can enter?
Print, visual, television, radio, online bloggers and journalists covering U.S. and non-U.S. military, veteran affairs, homeland defense. MRE officers and board of directors are not eligible.

General rules (all categories):

Entries must be originally published, broadcast or posted in the English language during calendar year 2013. Each entry must have a publication, broadcast or posting date listed on the article(s), CD-ROM or DVD.

All entries must be accompanied by entry fee (unless waived for MRE members), entry form, a one-paragraph bio of the entering journalist(s) and a nomination letter of two paragraphs or less from an editor.

A maximum of two entries are permitted per person or team per category. All decisions by the judges are final.

Winners will be notified at the conclusion of judging, which will be done by a panel independent of MRE, its officers and board of directors. The winning entry in each category will be posted on the MRE Web site (www.militaryreporters.org). By submitting this entry form all contestants agree to allow their work to be displayed on the MRE website free of any obligations to the individual entrant or parent company.

Categories
Print:

1. Overseas coverage – large newspapers/magazine (more than 100,000)
2. Overseas coverage – small newspapers/magazines (less than 100,000)
3. Domestic coverage – large newspapers/magazines (more than 100,000)
4. Domestic coverage – small newspapers/magazines (less than 100,000)

Photography (International or domestic):
1. Large newspapers/wire services/magazines (more than 100,000)
2. Small newspapers/magazines (less than 100,000)

Television:
1. Network/Large Market – Networks (Broadcast and cable) and Top 10 local TV markets
2. Small Market – All other television markets

Radio:
1. Network/Large Market – Networks and Top 10 local radio markets
2. Small Market – All other radio markets

Print rules:
Contestants may submit no more than four stories per entry. They can be original copies, photocopies or archival printouts, with publication or wire service name and date listed.

Photography rules:
Photographs (up to 10) must be submitted in electronic form (JPEG) on a CD, along with tear sheets or PDF files showing the publication of the photographs, including the name of the publication, date and page.

Television rules:
Submit two copies of story (can include multi-part series) on DVDs, along with cover letters listing air date(s), reporter, producer, camera and sound personnel.

Online rules:
Submit cover letter listing a “live” Internet link (URL) to the entry and dates the story, blog, slide show or video were posted on the Internet. Broken or faulty links will disqualify entry. Letter also should list writer, photographer, videographer, web designer or others directly involved in the producing the content and presentation.

Blogging rules:
Submit cover letter listing a “live” URL to the entry and dates the story, opinion, slide show or video were posted on the Internet. Broken or faulty links will disqualify entry. Letter also should list writer, photographer or videographer directly involved in the producing the content. This is designed for the blogger who is either associated with a news outlet, or is an independent. There are two categories.

Radio rules:
Submit two copies of story (can include multi-part series) on CDs or DVDs, along with cover letters listing air date(s), reporter, producer, camera and sound personnel.

All hand-delivered or entries sent by email must be received by close of business day July 11, 2014 at 5 p.m., at the MRE office. Entries being mailed must be postmarked by July 11, 2014.

No entries will be returned.

Mail or deliver entries in person to:

Military Reporters & Editors
c/o Medill School of Journalism
1325 G St., NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20005.

Send electronic files to: tiffany.roberts@northwestern.edu
Use the subject line “MRE Contest”

Entry Fee:
$50 (U.S. only) per entry per category. MRE members are entitled to one FREE entry.

Additional entries in a category are $25 each for MRE members and non-members.

To register, go to http://www.regonline.com/2014MREContest

Any questions can be sent to isaac@cubillos.com.