National Press Club

THIS JUST IN! National Press Club wants to honor your best 2013 breaking news reporting

February 20, 2014 | By Will Lester |

The breaking news award in the National Press Club journalism contest recognizes excellence in breaking news reporting with a competition for print/online.

Another breaking news award is offered for broadcasters, mentioned in an earlier story.

Entries will be judged for quality of reporting, speed and innovation. Particular attention will be given to reporting in the first 24 hours and the use of a variety of formats to reach news consumers.

SCOTUSblog won the print/online Breaking News Award last year for its coverage of the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling.

The entries should have no more than five stories, written or assembled under deadline pressure, covering a single event or occurrence. Material should be submitted as originally presented. A letter describing how the reporting was done on deadline is encouraged. Supplemental material should be clearly marked. Entrants must also submit passwords if they are needed to access the material online.

The deadline to submit entries is April 1 and the contest is open to Press Club members and non-members. Offering breaking news entries is free for NPC members and $50 for nonmembers.

For the first time, entries may be submitted online or by the more traditional use of mail.

The prize is one free year of National Press Club membership in appropriate category. There is no cash award.

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