CATEGORIES & JUDGING CRITERIA

What are the judges looking for?

Think about what will make your entry stand out. Make the best use of the supporting notes to persuade the judges that your entry is better than the one they've just read, and choose your examples of work carefully. Primarily, the judges are looking for high standards of journalism. 

Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Local reporting to a national standard will be key to winning this award. Whether on radio, television or online, this journalist will have produced high quality, well presented news that’s appropriate for their audience and subject.

Kent Columnist of the Year

Whether challenging authority, providing thought-provoking insight into the issues their readers are talking about or simply reflecting day-to-day life in the county in an entertaining and engaging way, Kent’s columnists add depth and variety to the news menu. This award reflects the difficult skill of keeping regular columns relevant, timely and entertaining, all the while demonstrating journalism of the highest quality.

Kent Design(er) of the Year 

Whether in print or online, design can be large pictures, bold graphics and bold use of colour. Equally it can be a striking balance of headline, image, white space and text to draw a reader into a page. This award is about making the most of the tools and story elements available to individual designers, showing consideration for the tone in relation to the time available before a deadline. This can apply to magazines, newspapers, websites or television.

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print)

The luxury of a feature is time, the danger is a failure to engage with your audience. How does this printed feature approach its subject in an interesting way? Is it sensitive to the subject? Informative? Does it encourage the audience to take an interest when they might perhaps have otherwise moved on? Print includes any online written features.

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Broadcast), sponsored by Digitom

The luxury of a feature is time, the danger is a failure to engage with your audience. How does this spoken or visual feature approach its subject in an interesting way? Is it sensitive to the subject? Informative? Does it encourage the audience to take an interest when they might perhaps have otherwise moved on? 

Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group 

Open for journalists in their first two years in the profession (so they must have begun work on or after 25 April 2019) in print, broadcast or online, the winner of this award will be able to show they can identify and successfully follow up strong off-diary stories as well as working to newsdesk briefs, producing a broad portfolio of stories told in a compelling and engaging way. They will also be able to demonstrate how they have successfully used social media as part of their day-to-day work.

Kent Print Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern

Whether in printed publications or on related websites, this award is all about the written word and is for staff and freelance journalists filing for newspapers and magazines published in Kent. Our Print Journalist of the Year will demonstrate a high degree of excellence in their field through a portfolio of written work reflecting the continuing importance and relevance of local journalism to the people of Kent.

The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year

From live coverage of fixtures to round-ups of the latest results, how does this journalist meet the needs of diverse sports fans? This winner will understand the benefits and limits of their medium, tailoring their work according to the various opportunities of print or broadcast while appreciating the different requirements of fans of different sports.

The 2020 Award

This award recognises the efforts made by the county’s media to serve our communities during the pandemic. It is open to everyone in the Kent press, whether you’re an individual journalist or an organisation.   

 

Perhaps you’re a journalist who campaigned for something in your community; a media organisation that found a new way to connect to your audience; or maybe you adapted your work to be covid-safe in a way that deserves recognition. This may be the best category to enter if your usual one has been suspended.  

 

Please note, we call it The 2020 Award in recognition of the impact that year had on all our lives. The entry period for this category is the same as the rest of the awards – 25 April 2020 to 23 April 2021. 

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