awards

On Thursday, June 25th, PMJA Members came together virtually to honor award winners, bid a fond farewell to outgoing board members and welcome new board members.  But mostly, we gathered to hear from two amazing women in public media - Maria Hinojosa, the 2020 Leo C. Lee Award winner and Kate Concannon, the 2020 Editor of the Year.  

At its first ever Virtual Awards Gala, PMJA announced the stations that will be receiving PMJA awards for work done in calendar year 2019.  This year, 179 awards are being presented to 84 organizations.  The awards recognize the best work in public media journalism from across the country.  Stations compete against others with similar sized newsrooms.  Overall, judges reviewed nearly 1300 entries.

The deadline for entering the PMJA Annual Awards is being extended by one week. The new entry deadline will be Sunday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The only catch?  It'll cost you a few extra dollars to take advantage of the extended deadline.  Any entries submitted before the original March 1, 11:59 p.m. EST deadline will be charged at the early entry rate of $60 per entry for membrs and $85 for non-members.  Between then and the final deadline of Sunday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST, entries will incur an additional $10 fee per entry.  

Why You Should Judge Contests

Feb 17, 2020

It’s contest season!  A very exciting time for journalists (even those who claim they don’t care for awards).  Undoubtedly you or your colleagues are sifting through the past year’s coverage, seeking diamonds among the gold nuggets (and some clumps of sod, sure) to ensure the best shot at victory.

PMJA recognizes the importance of editors to the craft of journalism.  We know how hard editors work behind the scenes to make stories at local stations shine.  Countless hours working with reporters, shaping stories, elevating good journalism to something great - all without much recognition.  PMJA aims to change that with our Editor of the Year Award.  We're asking you to nominate your great editor for the 2020 award. 

New to our awards this contest year, PMJA has implemented Newscast days.  We've had one of these days each calendar quarter during 2019.  Only newscasts from these specific dates will be eligible for entry into the newscast category for the annual PMJA Awards Competition.

Tomorrow, October 11, 2019 is the last of those four days.  Prior newscast days were February 19, April 25, and August 21.  

The 2019 PRNDI Conference closed with the annual awards banquet which honors the best work being done by local public radio stations.  This year, nearly 190 awards were presented to local public radio stations in a number of categories.  

In addition to the awards, the 2019 banquet included honoring of the 2019 Editor of the Year, Karen Frillmann from WNYC and the 2019 Leo C. Lee Award winner, Martha Foley Smith of North Country Public Radio.  

The full list of awards is available HERE.

New to our awards this contest year, PRNDI is implementing Newscast days.  We'll have one of these days each calendar quarter during 2019.  Only newscasts from these specific dates will be eligible for entry into the newscast category for the annual PRNDI Awards Competition.

Tomorrow, April 25, 2019 is the second of those four days (the first day was February 19, 2019).  We'll notify you of subsequent newscast days one day before the scheduled date.

New to our awards this contest year, PRNDI is implementing Newscast days.  We'll have one of these days each calendar quarter during 2019.  Only newscasts from these specific dates will be eligible for entry into the newscast category for the annual PRNDI Awards Competition.

Tomorrow, February 19, 2019 is one of those four days.  We'll notify you of subsequent newscast days one day before the scheduled date.

The deadline to enter the 2019 PRNDI Awards competition is Friday March 1 at Midnight Eastern Time.  We thought this might be a good time to answer some questions about the awards competition. 

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