Category Grouping Award
Visual Journalism (Renamed from Photojournalism) Speciality $10,000
Opinion Speciality $10,000
Business/Financial Speciality $10,000
Breaking News Speciality $10,000
Environmental Speciality $10,000
First Amendment Speciality $10,000
Community Journalism Speciality $10,000
Human Interest Speciality $10,000
     
Broadcast Local Platform $10,000
Broadcast National/International Platform $10,000
Radio/Podcast Platform $10,000
Multimedia Journalism (new) Platform $10,000
     
Topic of the Year Major $10,000
Innovation (Renamed from Digital Innovation) Major $10,000
Investigative Major $10,000
Impact (new) (Renamed from Public Service) Major $10,000

 

Speciality Awards

*VISUAL JOURNALISM Renamed from Photojournalism

Portfolios will be judged on overall visual excellence, whether the entry consists of a portfolio of still photographs, a reel of video work or a mixture of both. Please keep in mind these six areas: journalistic content, technical visual quality, originality, ethical integrity, diversity in topic and approach, and impact.

OPINION

Walker Stone Award
Honors outstanding opinion-based journalism by an individual or team whose work was originally distributed in 2017 by a television or radio station, newspaper that publishes three or more times weekly, cable network, online news site or website, news magazine, news service or news syndicate. This category recognizes editorials, commentary, blogs, editorial cartoons and other forms of journalistic expression.

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

Edward J. Meeman Award
This award is given to encourage journalists to help educate the public and public officials on environmental issues. It may be awarded for explanatory or expository journalism or investigative reporting. Results, if any, should be included.

BUSINESS/ECONOMICS REPORTING

William Brewster Styles Award
This category honors outstanding business and/or economics reporting in 2017. Award encourages journalists to help educate the public about the free market economy, the business community, entrepreneurship, monetary policy, investing, money management or any related subject. It may be awarded for explanatory or expository journalism or investigative reporting. Results achieved by the reporting may be included.

BREAKING NEWS

This category honors comprehensive and resourceful coverage of a breaking news event during 2017. Entries will be judged on general excellence, quality of deadline reporting and continuing coverage.

COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

This award is for explanatory or expository journalism or investigative reporting on issues of local concern or of interest to a target audience or community.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Edward Willis Scripps Award
This award honors an individual or an organization for distinguished service in the cause of the First Amendment guarantee of a free press, including but not limited to fighting the threat of censorship in America, overcoming public uneasiness with regard to press credibility, combating government secrecy at all levels, and instilling in the public an appreciation of its need as well as its right to know as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Judges will look for demonstrated dedication and perseverance.

HUMAN INTEREST STORYTELLING

Ernie Pyle Award
This award honors storytelling that clearly exemplifies the warmth and craftsmanship of legendary World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, who wrote movingly about everyday people with everyday dreams.

Platform Awards

TELEVISION/CABLE LOCAL COVERAGE

Jack R. Howard Award
Honors in-depth coverage of a single event or issue that is local in scope. Must have been broadcast or distributed online by a television station or a group of television stations, television or cable network, syndication or production company that produces programming primarily for broadcast use. Entries will be judged on general excellence, depth of reporting, quality of storytelling and resourcefulness.

TELEVISION/CABLE NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE

Jack R. Howard Award
Honors in-depth coverage of a single event or issue that is national and/or international in scope. Must have been broadcast or distributed online by a television or cable network, television station or group of stations, syndication or production company that produces programming primarily for broadcast use. Entries will be judged on general excellence, depth of reporting, quality of storytelling and resourcefulness.

RADIO/PODCAST IN-DEPTH COVERAGE

Jack R. Howard Award
Honors the best in-depth and investigative reporting of a single event or issue that was broadcast or covered online by a radio station, group of radio stations, radio network, syndication or production company that produces content for radio. Judges will be looking for resourcefulness and complete coverage.

*MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM New Award

Honors the best use of multiple platforms for storytelling, or coverage of an event or issue. Any combination of platforms – print, online and/or mobile, audio, video – may be used. This category is open to all media outlets.

Major AwardS

TOPIC OF THE YEAR

This category honors comprehensive and resourceful coverage of the chosen Topic of the Year for the Scripps Howard Awards. Judges will look for ingenuity, clarity and sophistication in reporting, presentation and interpretation of the issues.

*INNOVATION AWARD New Description:

This category recognizes journalism that embraces new tools, channels, technologies and approaches or creatively uses established methods to provide better content and more meaningful experiences for consumers. It honors those who not only experiment with new methods of story gathering and presentation, but effectively execute these approaches and deliver works of impact. This is one of the major awards given by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

INVESTIGATIVE AWARD

Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize
Awarded in collaboration with the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, this prize honors substantive investigative reporting that covers stories intelligently and completely. This is one of the major awards given by the Scripps Howard Foundation, as it honors what the judges deemed to be the best of investigative journalism submitted for the year.

*IMPACT AWARD New Award

This award, not open for entry, recognizes journalism that serves the public through coverage of an issue leading to changes in the public, private or business sector. This is one of the major awards given by the Scripps Howard Foundation, as it honors what the judges deemed to be the piece of journalism that had the greatest impact. Winners in each of the other categories compete for this award, and the decision is made by the category chairs and Foundation leadership.