Ippies 2017 Entry Form
The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is proud to present the Ippies Awards 2017.

What are the Ippies Awards?
The Ippies Awards are given to the ethnic and community press by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. It is the only New York-area competition that recognizes excellence among journalists, photographers, graphic artists, editors, publishers and broadcasters of the ethnic and community media. Judges will be faculty and adjuncts at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and professional journalists.

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Submissions deadline: Monday, April 24th, 2017 (Midnight)

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# Category Description Prize
1. Best investigative/in-depth story Investigates an issue overlooked by mainstream media or one that has significant community impact. $1,500.00
2. Best story about a community Takes a critical look at how communities are affected by economic, political or social issues. $1,500.00
3. Best social issues story Examines one or more pressing social issues affecting a community. $750.00
4. Best small circulation publication Best overall coverage of a community or a neighborhood. $750.00
5. Best editorial/commentary Addresses an issue of importance to a community in a convincing and compelling fashion $750.00
6. Best overall design of a print publication Use of typography, art, images and layout in conveying a publication’s editorial message. $750.00
7. Best overall design of an online publication Use of typography, art, images and layout in conveying a publication’s editorial message. $750.00
8. Best photograph Goes beyond headshots or posed formal photos. $750.00
9. Best video Best use of visual storytelling to highlight an issue or event (including a cultural event) of importance to a community. $750.00
10. Best multimedia package Integration of multiple elements such as text, photo, video or audio that best conveys a news narrative. $750.00
Award Rules:
1. Entries must have been published/broadcast/posted on social media between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 in a metro New York-based community or ethnic media outlet. The story should be rooted in the tri-state area. Entries focused on issues rooted in states other than NY, NJ and CT will not be entertained. Opinion pieces must reflect a local community's perspective.
2. A cover letter should accompany the application, offering a description not to exceed 2,500 characters for each entry.
3. No submission material will be accepted on CD/DVD, as printouts or as original print copies, except in cases specifically mentioned in the rules. Only digital formats (e.g. PDF/JPEG/Word files) will be accepted.
4. Material submitted will not be returned.
5. Only ethnic and community media outlets and freelance journalists associated with this media sector may enter the competition.
6. No employee of CUNY or any organization affiliated with CUNY is eligible to apply.
7. There will be a one-time $40 registration fee for all entrants, and a $20 fee for each individual submission.
8. Payment may be submitted online or by check or money order made payable to: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation, Inc.
9. A media outlet may submit no more than three entries per category. The same entry cannot be entered in more than one category. The same entry cannot be entered in more than one category.
10. Freelance journalists/graphic artists (who are not submitting on behalf of a media outlet) can submit no more than three entries per category.
11. If the entry is part of a series, please give the link to the best article in the series for the entry submission. Feel free to add more links (not exceeding four) to the cover letter.
12. Foreign language articles must be submitted in their original language and accompanied by a translation.
13. For Best Overall Design (print), mail three copies of the issue being entered into the competition or email a PDF copy. (PDF version preferred.)

Ippies 2017
Center for Community and Ethnic Media
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W 40th Street, Room 446
New York, NY 10018

14. Entries in the Best Video category in languages other than English must be accompanied by English subtitles or transcripts. Entries on DVDs will not be accepted. Only links to online videos will be accepted.
15. Best overall design (online) will be determined based on the use of typography, art, images, color, story treatment and overall layout in conveying a publication's editorial message. Judges will look at site navigation and functionality, including mobile display, as well as evidence of innovation.
16. Entries in the Multimedia category must be submitted only as digital link(s). Submissions on paper, CDs or DVDs will not be accepted.
17. Judges will determine the Best Small Circulation Publication based on three factors – quality of the article submitted, overall layout of print and online publication and use of photography and other images for conveying the editorial message.
  • Community and ethnic publications with up to 30,000 daily/weekly/biweekly/monthly circulation or website with up to 2,000 daily unique visitors can participate.
  • Entrants must submit copies of the last print order or a web analytics report (for example: Google Analytics). Entrants may only submit either a print or online publication and cannot combine the two as a single entry.
  • Entrants must submit one original editorial or commentary or an article covering community events. Non-English publications must send translations of the original articles, along with a copy of the original published editorial/commentary/article.
18. Print publication entrants must submit three complete copies of a single issue OR PDF COPY OF THE SAME ISSUE. Online entrants must submit a valid URL.

Ippies 2017
Center for Community and Ethnic Media
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W 40th Street, Room 446
New York, NY 10018

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