2017 General Rules

Florida Society of News Editors

2017 Journalism Competition

(For work published in 2016)

Please note that there is a new contest-entry website this year: https://florida.awardsplatform.com/

The General Contest and Spanish-language Contest are open to FSNE members news organizations that have paid their dues for 2017. The Student Contest is open to all Florida student-led news media and individuals enrolled as full-time students whose work appears in student-led news media.

Fees are $30 per organization entry and $20 per student entry.

Material submitted must have appeared in a daily newspaper in Florida, a Spanish-language paper (daily or weekly) in Florida, or on a daily Florida news organization’s website during the previous calendar year and must have been the work of staff members of the newspaper or Florida-based staff members of a news organization.

Freelance/independent cartoonist work should be entered by a member organization.

Work by more than two staff members will be treated as a “staff” entry for the purposes of identification on awards. Only one plaque or certificate will be given to each winner in a category. (For winners, additional plaques or certificates can be ordered at cost.) Editors must list all participating staff members to assist contest officials in notifying winners.

Please pay close attention to the rules for divisions and categories as these have changed. Except for page design categories, work may come from presentations in print or online. If online work is behind a paywall or meter, provide a username and password for the judges (in the “extra” window of the URL submission page).

Circulation divisions are base on Sunday print circulation: Division A: more than 125,000; Division B: 50,000 to 125,000; Division C: under 50,000. Other categories include Spanish Language Publications and Student Journalism.

Entries will be submitted using https://florida.awardsplatform.com/

Contest opens: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Deadline for all entries: Monday, April 10, 2017

  • FSNE GOLD MEDAL FOR PUBLIC SERVICE: The FSNE Gold Medal for Public Service is awarded for work of meritorious public service by a newspaper through distinguished reporting, writing and presentation. The medals will be awarded in each of three circulation classes from among the First Place winners in the four top categories: Breaking News, Features and Enterprise Writing, Investigative and Community Leadership. All the judges participate in selecting the Gold Medal winners. Each entry in those four categories must include a 1-page letter noting the public impact of the reporting. Attach the letter as a PDF. The contest chairs shall report the three winners to the FSNE president. The names of the winners shall be kept confidential until they are announced at the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony. News organizations do not enter this category separately.


  1. On the contest site: https://florida.awardsplatform.com/ register by entering your first and last names and a password that you create.
  2. If you are already registered, log-in using your email and password.
  3. On the left menu bar click “Entries” then “Manage entries”
  4. At the top of the page click the button “Start Entry”
  5. Under “Contest” select “Florida Society of News Editors Journalism Contest”
  6. Under “Category” select your category. Category rules will appear on the page when the category is selected.
  7. Under “Entry name” type in a title for your entry.
  8. Under “Publication name” type in the publication for which you are submitting the entry.
  9. Click “Save + next”
  10. This will take you to the next tab “Staff credits” where you can enter contributors by clicking the “Add contributor” button. You can click it multiple times to add multiple people.
  11. Click “Save + next”
  12. This will take you to the “Attachments” tab where you can upload attachments and/or submit a URL.
  13. When you are done with the entry click “Submit entry” at the bottom.
  14. This will take you to the payment page where you can either pay for your entries or click a button to submit another entry.