A panel of 3 judges from the Center will review entries.

The winning award, in the opinion of the judges, shall demonstrate excellence, creativity, and journalistic merit in reporting a news event, feature, or human-interest story.

The judges will consider these main factors:

  • degree of difficulty – logistical and other challenges experienced in getting the story;
  • the substance of the story;
  • the treatment of the story, such as novelty, originality, drama, human interest, humor, and/or pathos;
  • comprehensiveness and quality of information;
  • the quality of writing and presentation.