2014 National Journalism and Special Awards Now Open for Submissions

AAJA is proud to announce the call for entries and nominations for the 2014 National Journalism Awards, the 2014 Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice, the 2014 AAJA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. Award winners will be announced at the 2014 AAJA National Convention in Washington, D.C. at the Gala Awards & Scholarship Banquet on August 16. Submissions are made online; see the red links below.

2014 AAJA National Journalism Awards

The 2014 categories are listed below. To submit an entry, click on the appropriate category name:

General Excellence:

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Issues:

Eligibility Requirements: Please see each individual category’s submission form for complete requirements. You may also view general requirements on the National Journalism Awards FAQ page.

Entry Fee:

  • Entry fee is waived for current 2014 AAJA members. Click here to renew your membership for 2014.
  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable fee of $100 per entry via credit card.
  • Fee is based on membership status of entrant (please note: membership is subject to verification).
  • Entry is considered incomplete and ineligible without payment, if applicable.

Judging:

  • Entries are judged based on the quality of work submitted, regardless of circulation or market size.
  • Judges are professional journalists and change annually.
  • Judges reserve the right to withhold awards if they believe entries are not of winning quality.
  • Winners will be notified in advance of the convention.
  • Awards will be presented on August 16, 2014 at the AAJA Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet.
  • Entrant need not be present to win.
  • Travel to the awards banquet will not be covered.
  • For joint or team entries, all names submitted will be listed on the award.

Deadline: The submission deadline has passed.

For more information, see the National Journalism Awards FAQ page, or contact Justin Seiter, Program Associate, at justins@aaja.org.

Click here to read about 2013′s National Journalism Award winners.

The 2013 National Journalism Award winners pose with their plaques (from left to right: Mina Kimes, Unlimited Subject Matter - Print; Howard Chen accepting for Adela Uchida, AAPI Issues - Television; Fred Katayama, Unlimited Subject Matter - Television; Heidi Chang, AAPI Issues - Radio; Nancy Matsumoto, AAPI Issues - Online). (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)

The 2013 National Journalism Award winners pose with their plaques (from left to right: Mina Kimes, Unlimited Subject Matter – Print; Howard Chen accepting for Adela Uchida, AAPI Issues – Television; Fred Katayama, Unlimited Subject Matter – Television; Heidi Chang, AAPI Issues – Radio; Nancy Matsumoto, AAPI Issues – Online). (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)


2014 AAJA Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominate an individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life’s work, as well as dedication to issues important to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Candidates do not need to be AAJA members, and there is no entry fee. Nominate someone today!

Deadline: Monday, April 21, 2014

Yuen Ying Chan speaks after accepting the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)

Yuen Ying Chan speaks after accepting the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)


2014 Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism

Recognize groundbreaking work by a journalist or a team that creatively uses digital tools in the role of being a community’s watchdog with the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. View the Gannett Award FAQ page for more information. Only current AAJA members may nominate candidates’ work. Submit your nomination today!

Award Prize: $5,000 and an award plaque.

Eligibility Requirements: See the nomination form and the FAQ page for complete requirements.

Deadline: The submission deadline has passed.

Sisi Wei (left) accepts the 2013 Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism from AAJA National President Paul Cheung (center). (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)

Sisi Wei (left) accepts the 2013 Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism from AAJA National President Paul Cheung (center). (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)


2014 Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice

The Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice for Asian American & Pacific Islanders was established in 2003 by the Asian American Journalists Association to recognize excellence in coverage of civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and/or issues of social justice for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Nominate someone today!

Award Prize: $5,000 and an award plaque.

Eligibility Requirements: See the submission form for complete requirements. A $25 non-refundable entry fee is due upon submission for non-AAJA members.

Deadline: Monday, April 21, 2014

Richard Lui accepts the 2013 Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Justice from AAJA National President Paul Cheung (right). (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)

Richard Lui accepts the 2013 Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Justice from AAJA National President Paul Cheung (right). (Photo by Lia Chang/AsianConnections.com.)


For questions about the 2014 AAJA Awards, contact Justin Seiter at justins@aaja.org.