Battle Born Journalism Awards

Contest Categories and Rules

2022 Awards General Rules 

All professional and student journalists can enter the contest or have their news organization submit an entry on their behalf. 

You do not have to be a member of SPJ Las Vegas to enter the contest. 

Other rules:

  • Work must be from calendar year 2021. (Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31).
  • No opinion pieces, advertisements or paid content will be accepted as entries. 
  • Stories must be written by a Nevada-based reporter or for a Nevada publication.
  • Entry packages will be judged on news value, quality of writing and relevance to Nevada audiences. 
  • Newsrooms can enter the same work in multiple categories, but they must pay a new entry fee for each category.
    • There is no limit on the number of categories a publication or individual may enter.  
    • There is a 3-entry limit by any individual or publication within any one category.
  • There are no “divisions” of entries. All news organizations will compete against each other — regardless of circulation size or medium of publication.
  • Entrants must provide log-in information to their news website if the website has a paywall that may prevent judges from accessing content.
  • Publications can submit only their work. Freelancers can enter to any category, but can only submit their work. 
  • Article submissions for single-reporter awards may include multiple bylines, so long as the applicant reporter has a byline on each piece submitted.
  • SPJ Las Vegas board members cannot enter the awards competition. However, another entrant may submit articles carrying the board member’s byline, if those articles carry multiple reporter bylines.
  • Judging will be conducted by out-of-state volunteers selected by Greater Cincinnati SPJ.

All submissions of entries and payment must be made by May 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions can be edited until the contest entry deadline; please email SPJ Las Vegas at battlebornjournalism@gmail.com to edit a submission.

Have questions? Contact us or email battlebornjournalism@gmail.com.

Fees

Professional entries: $15 each

Student entries: $10 each

Submission fees are non-refundable. You can pay here

Contest Categories

Education Reporting: 

This award recognizes a reporter’s coverage of education and school issues in Nevada. 

Entry may be no more than three stories on a single topic. Examples of subjects include, but are not limited to, school funding, teacher staffing levels, or innovation in the classroom. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize reporting that offers an in-depth portrait of an important topic in Nevada education.

Environmental Justice Reporting: 

This award recognizes a story or series of stories from a reporter(s) covering environmental issues and how they shape and affect communities. 

Entry may be no more than three stories on a single topic. Examples of subjects include, but are not limited to, nuclear waste storage, water rights, tribal land issues or endangered plants or animals. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize reporting that captures how environmental issues have impacted people living in Nevada. 

Human Rights Reporting: 

This award recognizes an individual reporter’s coverage of underserved and marginalized communities. 

Entry may be no more than three stories on a single topic or a mixture of coverage about underserved communities and human rights issues. Examples can include, but aren’t limited to, reporting on homelessness, communities of color, the foster care system and social services. 

The spirit of this award is to highlight a reporter dedicated to humanizing issues affecting vulnerable and disenfranchised people and communities, not just top-level policy stories.

Legislative Reporting:

This award recognizes an organization’s coverage of topics proposed, discussed and/or enacted upon during the 2021 Nevada Legislature.

The entry may be a single article or a series of no more than three articles on a legislative-related topic, such as police reform or education funding. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize stories that best informed the public about the Legislature itself or legislative-related issues.

Entries may comprise multiple reporters’ work from a single outlet.

Narrative Nonfiction: 

This award recognizes an article that goes beyond typical news reporting on an issue, event or a topic and uses the pillars of narrative storytelling to give a character-driven article that both informs and intrigues the reader. 

Entry may be no more than one story. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize good prose, character development and writing that transports readers into the written world. 

Reporting Using Public Records: 

This award recognizes a reporter(s) for reporting important stories that would only have happened with public records. 

Entry may be a single article or no more than three articles on the same topic. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize stories that otherwise would not have been known to the public without the release of public records. Entries will be judged on the content of the story that is produced, not on how difficult it was to obtain the records.  

Spot News Reporting:

This award recognizes an organization’s coverage of unfolding events in Nevada. 

Entry may be no more than three stories about one or multiple events, published within 24 hours of the events’ occurrence. Examples of subjects include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, law-enforcement investigations, or the sudden resignation of a public official. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize deadline reporting that offers the most in-depth, accurate account of unexpected events.

2021 Topical Storytelling, COVID-19: 

This award recognizes a single reporter’s coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Entry may be no more than three articles.

The spirit of the award is to recognize a reporter who provided comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and whose stories best informed the community. Entries should document diverse issues around coronavirus, whether it’s the health impact caused by the coronavirus or the subsequent consequences from the pandemic including the social and economic upheaval. 

Web Presentation:

This award recognizes an organization for outstanding presentation of a single news story or series online.

Entry may be no more than three digital articles, and links must be submitted. 

The spirit of this award is to recognize story content, web design, interactive graphics and functionality. 

Student Journalism:

This award recognizes a single student journalist’s outstanding work. 

Entry may be no more than three articles from the student’s body of work. Can include articles published at a student media organization.

The spirit of this award is to recognize a student journalist whose published works demonstrate sound journalistic principles and the ambition to tell captivating stories.