68th Annual Journalism Competition

68th Annual Competition Portal Opens February 1, 2018  Entry Deadline March 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Awards: Award winners will be contacted by mid-May to make travel plans to attend NAREE's Las Vegas Conference, June 13-16, 2018. Awards Day is Friday, June 15, 2018.

PLATINUM AWARD $1,000 for Best Overall Individual Entry (chosen from the categories pertaining to individual journalists only -- categories 1-20 and single byline work in categories 21-25.) 

PRESIDENT’S AWARD $500 for Best Freelance Collection (Requires 3 pieces of freelance work -- all media)

RUTH RYON AWARD $250 for Best Young Journalist  (Must be 30 years or younger by Dec 31, 2017 for 68th annual)

CATEGORY AWARDS Gold, Silver and Bronze

Cash awards of $250 will be presented to the Gold Winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will receive certificates and may request complimentary admission to NAREE's Spring conference in Las Vegas, June 13-16, 2018. Email request to: nareeprograms@gmail.com.

 

Eligibility:  All bona fide media in the broad field of real estate – print, online and on air journalists – whose work is published in, posted on or broadcast on bona fide independently owned news outlets not affiliated with trade associations or lobbying organizations, and are independent of sponsoring organizations or advertising control, and are not produced in concert with real estate companies, building companies, developers, architects, land planners or any company involved in the broad field of real estate or governmental entities. Entries must be published, posted or aired in the year prior to the contest entry year. Staff or freelance journalists devoting 50 percent or more of their time to bona fide news outlets can enter.

Open to Digital, Print and Broadcast Journalists --

Writers, Editors, Columnists, Bloggers, Investigative Reporters and Freelancers -- covering:

• Residential and Commercial Real Estate

• Mortgage and Finance

• Home and Urban Design

• Luxury, Green Building and Architecture

See all 32 categories listed below.

Note: Only eligible work with a single byline may be entered in categories 1-20.

Work with either a single byline or multiple bylines can be entered in categories 21-25. So if the piece you want to enter has a joint byline or you created a podcast, audio or visual report, or blog with another journalist or team of reporters, that particular story or report can be entered only in categories 21-26.

What are the Contest Deadlines?

  • The work entered must have been published, posted, or aired between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017. Work must be written or broadcast in English. Work published, posted or aired outside the US may be entered.
  • Competition entry forms must be submitted online on or before March 01, 2018.

Entries: Please send in a link to or Pdf of the piece in the form it was originally published, not a repackaged version.

Include passwords for all entry links behind paywalls at the end of the summary field. Make sure the paywall password doesn't expire until September 1, 2018 and allows the judges and the contest administrator to access the entry as many times as is necessary to complete judging and processing.  Remember, if the judges can’t open it, they can’t judge it. Judges may opt to look at an entry more than once. So if you experience paywall issues, have low access limits, or expect an access code to change because your own Webmaster  or software developer is planning changes, it’s safer to upload PDFs.  Please pull down the "Instructions" tab once you have entered the contest module. You need to read the information on this page AND on the Instructions page.

Judging: The competition is slated to be judged by journalism faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Judges will be the sole arbiters of the awards. Competition judges reserve the right to decide if an entry is in the proper category, and to move those they determine need reassignment as well as not to make awards in a particular category. Judges will consider criteria appropriate to the category including, but not limited to:

  • CLARITY OF WRITING  
  • OBJECTIVITY
  • ORIGINALITY
  • DEPTH OF REPORTING 
  • DESIGN (IF APPLICABLE)

"Best Section," "Best Magazine," "Best Web site," and "Best Newsletter" entries will be judged on the above plus overall graphics presentation and use of graphic elements to help communicate the message to the readers.

If you are entering NAREE's Journalism Contest for the first time: Click Here  (This will take you to the correct page to create your journalism contest account -- available to to you from Feb 1 to March 1.)

Important Information for All NAREE Journalism Competition Entrants who Entered Online Last Year:

You may create a new journalism contest entry account for 2018 if you use a new email. Or you can use the j-contest account you created last year using the email you used last year. If you forgot your password, you can follow the "forgot my password" prompt. Whether you create a new j-contest account or use last year's, you will be able to use your NAREE Journalism Contest account from Feb. 1 to March 1, 2018 to add new submissions published in 2017 and look at the submissions you have already entered be between Feb 1 and March 1, 2018 for work done in 2017. You won't have access to any entries submitted in the prior contest year. 

To create your journalism contest account in 2018 or to use last year's account: Click Here (Use the red link to the left and ignore the log-in instructions at bottom of each landing page of this website. Don't confuse the Web-site log-in prompts at the bottom of each Web page, with the j-contest entry portal you need to enter by hitting the "Click Here" links -- they are two different entities.)

What if I Want to Renew My Membership for the current year and enter the contest at the same time? This is a great time-saving option for you and for NAREE.

If you did not pay your current year dues during the membership renewal period (October 1 - January 1) you can still enter the journalism contest entry portal below. Your first entry will be $75 (the regular dues fee) and your membership will be renewed automatically. To create a new journalism contest entry account or use last year's and pay your 2018 dues, pleaseClick Here  (Please don't try any other link or log-in.)

Important Information for Paid 2018 Members -- those who have paid during the dues renewal period -- October 1, 2017 to to January 1, 2018:

NAREE Active members – bonafide media who have paid their current 2018 dues – can email the NAREE office to request a special Coupon Code to allow their first entry to be processed free of charge. Email nareejcontest@gmail.com and indicate in the subject line: "NAREE J-contest Coupon Code needed for a paid 2018 member."  Once the NAREE office has verified payment of 2018 dues, you will be emailed a code as quickly as we can get back to so you can scroll back up and hit any of the red journalism contest "Click Here" links. (Remember: do not try to reach the log-in to the journalism contest any other way.)

If you paid your current year dues prior to Jan 1, but already started the entry process and forget to ask for a Coupon Code, hit "Save and continue" and email nareejcontest@gmail.com immediately to ask for the Coupon Code to avoid delays. With the new box to the right of "Do you have a coupon code? Enter it here:", it's pretty easy to remember to enter your coupon code.  But if you accidentally hit the Blue Box "Pay with Card" and you think you actually paid $75 for your first entry and $25 for each additional entry and the NAREE office can verify that, this payment actually went through -- AND you are current with your 2018 dues -- you can email the NAREE office no later than March 1 to ask to receive a refund on your first entry. Note the refund may not be processed until AFTER the contest judging has been completed AND the June 2018 conference has concluded. Email: nareejcontest@gmail.com and type in the email subject line: "Refund needed for paid 2018 member/your last name/entry number."

 

Journalism Contest Fees and How to Correct Entry Errors by March 1:

Non member journalists and NAREE media members renewing in the current contest year:

$75 for the first entry and $25 for each additional entry.  One entry per category per journalist.

For categories  21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 only one member of the team must pay the $75 processing fee. Individual journalists or a team of journalists may enter 21-25.

Categories 1, 2, 18, and 23 require more than one work sample to be judged. Category 22 can include a single investigative report or all parts of an investigative series. A single processing fee covers each entry in its entirety, no matter how many stories, Tweets or pieces in a series or investigative report are required for a particular category.

After you are inside the journalism competition module, you have filled out the entry form and you have uploaded your PDF or included your link, please hit "Save & Continue."  You will land on the Processing Fee page. You can pay the fee, use your coupon code or scroll to the top of the page and click on the "New submission" tab to enter another category, or click on the "My submissions" tab to check on all of the entries you have saved earlier. You will have until March 1 to make changes to the entries in your journalism contest account.  This means if you entered the wrong story link or PDF, or entered your work the wrong category, and you saved your entry by clicking "Save and Continue," you can make corrections yourself by hitting any of the red "Click Here" links' and then clicking the "My Submissions" tab. The NAREE office cannot perform these corrections for you or check to see if your submission is in the correct place, but you can. After March 1 all submissions and payments for those entries are final. Contestants will not be allowed into the module after March 1, no additional questions will be answered, if not asked by March 1, and no refunds will be issued, if not requested by March 1.

More Info: The system prompts will provide you with all of the category information you need, but if you would like to refer to a paper copy of the category names only, without instructions, you can: Click HERE for 68th Annual Journalism Contest Flyer which lists the Categories or you can scroll down here for the complete category list with more detailed information.

Submit any questions for the NAREE office by Feb 25 if possible. Please type "J Contest Question/your last name/your entry reference number" in the subject line of your email, so we will know which entry to pull up in reference to your question. Please submit your questions as early as you can to avoid delays.

Categories for NAREE’s 68th Journalism Competition: 

 March 1, 2018 entry deadline

32 categories for Individual Journalists and/or Teams of Journalists plus three Overall Awards for Individual Journalists

Individual Awards - All Media (Single Byline)

  • Category 1: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Residential Real Estate
    Submit 3 stories as a single Pdf or single link, if possible -- each story can be in the same platform or different platforms.
  • Category 2: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Commercial Real Estate
    Submit 3 stories as a single Pdf or single link, if possible -- each story can be in the same platform or different platforms.
  • Category 3: Best Real Estate Column
    Submit 1 column written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 4: Best Economic Analysis
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 5: Best Interior Design Story
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 6: Best E-Newsletter by an Individual Journalist (New category this year) Submit 1 e-newsletter written and/or compiled by 1 journalist. The e-newsletter, covering residential and/or commercial real estate should be no more than 2,500 words and be delivered by email.
  • Category 7: Best Architecture Story
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.

Individual Awards - Newspapers - Print Or Digital (Single Byline)

  • Category 8: Best Residential Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 9: Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 10: Best Commercial Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 11: Best Small Daily Newspaper Story - Daily Newspaper under 75,000 Circulation
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design
  • Category 12: Best Weekly Newspaper Story - Weekly Business Newspaper
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design

Individual Awards - Magazines - Print Or Digital (Single Byline)

  • Category 13: Best Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Magazine Story - General Circulation
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Shelter, Business or Financial story in a consumer publication
  • Category 14: Best Residential Trade Magazine Story
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Residential Real Estate or Development, Mortgage. Finance or Home Building
  • Category 15: Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine Story
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.

Individual Awards - Online Or Broadcast (Single Byline - Recognizing the work of one reporter)

  • Category 16: Best Online Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 17: Best Online Commercial Real Estate Story
    Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.
  • Category 18: Best Real Estate Tweet Collection
    Submit 3 tweets 140 characters or less published on Twitter.
  • Category 19: Best Short Blog Post
    Submit 1 blog less than 250 words plus any photos, graphics and videos produced by the individual entrant not staff artists or photographers
  • Category 20: Best Audio or Video Report – Online or Broadcast – Podcast or Videocast, Radio or Television – local, network, subscription or Internet channels
    Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design -- 1 reporter voicing the report or hosting the podcast/videocast.

Individual Or Team Awards - All Media (Single or Multiple Bylines)

  • Category 21: Best Breaking Real Estate News Story
  • Category 22: Best Investigative Report or Investigative Series
    Submit ALL parts.
  • Category 23: Best Series
    Submit ALL parts.
  • Category 24: Best Blog
    Submit 1 blog - Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design.
  • Category 25: Best International Real Estate Story
    Submit 1 story focused on real estate outside the U. S.

Team Awards - All Media (Multiple Bylines)

  • Category 26: Best Team Report
    Submit 1 multiple bylined report - Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design

Individual Or Team Awards - Magazines Or Newsletters - Print Or Digital (These awards recognize the work of the publication and its editor[s].)

  • Category 27: Best Design, Home or Shelter Magazine
    Submit 1 magazine.
  • Category 28: Best Residential Trade Magazine
    Submit 1 magazine.
  • Category 29: Best Commercial Trade Magazine
    Submit 1 magazine.
  • Category 30: Best Newsletter
    Submit 1 newsletter - Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design.

Individual Or Team Awards - Newspapers - Print Or Digital (this award recognizes the publication and its editor[s].)

  • Category 31: Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home Section
    Submit 1 section - Daily or Weekly Newspapers.

Individual Or Team Awards - Online (This award recognizes the Web Site and its editor[s].)

  • Category 32: Best Web Site
    Submit 1 URL - Solely Devoted to Residential, Commercial, Mortgage and/or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building Home and/or Urban Design.

Overall Awards

Platinum Award - $1,000 - Best Overall Individual Entry

(Judges choose from categories 1-20 submitted by individuals and any single bylined work in categories 21-25.)

President's Award - $500 - Best Freelance Collection

(For journalists not on staff but whose work is published in bona fide media outlets. Entrant must request that the paid entry being submitted in categories 1-25 also be considered for this award. Entrant must submit two additional pieces of work in any medium at no additional charge.

Ruth Ryon Award - $250 - Best Young Journalist

(If entrant is 30 years or younger, entrant must request that one paid single bylined entry in any category from 1-25 also be considered for this award at no additional charge.)

Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards

Cash awards of $250 will be awarded for the top entrant in each of the 32 categories. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners (including each listed team member) may receive award certificates and may request complimentary admission to the full NAREE Journalism Conference in Las Vegas, June 13-16 at the Planet Hollywood Resort. Judges may also award Honorable Mentions. Those honorees will also receive certificates and may request complimentary admission to the NAREE conference. A special Awards Day Program will highlight the NAREE conference's mix of rich educational and story gathering opportunities. All winners will be notified in late April or early May so they can make advance travel arrangements to attend either the full NAREE Conference in June 2018 or the Awards Day Program on Friday, June 15.

  • Winning entries may be displayed at the NAREE Spring Conference.
  • Those unable to attend will receive their awards by mail after the awards ceremony.
  • A media release naming all award winners will be posted to NAREE Web site, www.naree.org, after the awards presentation. No advance media releases will be available.

 

If you are ready to enter the contest: Come back and see us February 1st, 2018 and

Click Here 

  


Click HERE for the PDF of the 67th Annual Journalism Competition winners list with judges comments.

 

QUESTIONS AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Call: 561-391-1983 (cell)
Email: NAREEjcontest@gmail.com
Mary Doyle-Kimball
Executive Director