NAAJ writing contest categories
Writing contest categories:
News: Informs readers about a timely, important, interesting agricultural issue or event in an objective, thorough manner.
Spot News: Covers breaking news–news that is time-sensitive and written under tight deadline. Entries in this category would include (but not be limited to) stories written for wire services and the Internet. A statement of 100 words or less describing the conditions under which the story was written and/or the time significance of the story MUST accompany entries in the spot news category.
Feature: Takes a broader or more human look at an important or interesting agricultural issue, event or experience. It may be longer and more in-depth than a news story. This category includes human interest and technical articles.
Series: Contains multiple stories focused on an agricultural issue or event. The series objectively explores the subject in great depth from various points of view.
Column: Allows the writer to express personal observations, humor or feelings on a topic. Include three selected examples to submit as a single entry.
Editorial: Requires the writer to build arguments on fact and logic to address a certain issue. An editorial should state a position and convince the reader of the need for action. Include three selected examples to submit as a single entry.
Best Blog: Can be on any agricultural topic posted by one writer and updated regularly. A blog can include various writing styles to share the writer’s insight and expertise, but should encourage audience reaction. Blogs must have appeared on a media website or standalone, and were first online rather than in a publication. Blogs generally have features such as reader feedback and links to other sites. Include three examples of blog posts, along with any reader comments, to submit as a single entry.
Special Projects: Takes reporting to a higher level. The overall entry shows careful planning and enterprise. The entry also shows that time, talent, and in some cases, monetary commitments were made to produce the project. May be a team effort.
Student: There are no sub-categories for students. Each student may submit up to two entries, published in 2015 in a student publication or a publication that would have employees eligible for NAAJ membership.