Plaridel Awards Guidelines

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SAN FRANCISCO – Entries are being accepted from June 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017 for The 2017 Plaridel Awards, the Philippine American Press Club USA (PAPC) announced.

The Plaridel Excellence in Filipino American Journalism Awards is open to journalists whose articles/broadcast production saw print or were shown in a Filipino American based media anywhere in the U.S. between June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017.

CATEGORIES

Awards will be given to the best stories and articles that provide unique perspective on the issues and concerns of Filipino Americans.

Categories for print and online articles include Investigative Story, News Story, Personal Essay, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Commentary or Editorial Essay, International Reporting; Entertainment, Food, and Sports Stories; and Youth Voice (age 16 – 26.)

For Broadcast TV- Community Reporting and Personality Profile. For Radio: Community Programming. Photojournalism and Tourism stories are also accepted. There is a maximum of two articles per category. Submissions must come from the journalists themselves and not the media organization.

This year’s awards will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2017 at 6:45PM at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on 445 Sutter Street, San Francisco.

PLARIDEL AWARDS CATEGORIES

 

PRINT/ONLINE CATEGORIES

PLARIDEL 1 – BEST INVESTIGATIVE/ IN DEPTH STORY

This award honors in-depth or investigative stories or series that identify and explore issues relevant to Filipinos in America. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, resourcefulness in the pursuit of facts and information and overall impact of story.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 2 – BEST COMMENTARY/EDITORIAL ESSAY

This award honors the best editorial or commentary by a columnist, editorial writer or independent contributor. Judges will consider originality of viewpoint, quality of writing, and courage of opinion expressed. Editorials should be no longer than 1,500 words in length.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 3 – BEST INTERNATIONAL REPORTING

This award honors the best reporting on an international issue related to Filipinos or the Philippines. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, depth of analysis, balance, and effectiveness of presentation.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 4 – BEST ENTERTAINMENT STORY

This award will be given to the best article on the journey or success of Filipinos in the entertainment field in America or the world. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, and freshness of perspective.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 5 – BEST SPORTS STORY

The article will be given to the best article that spotlights remarkable sports figures independent of celebrity and also explores the impact of their sport on ethnic communities. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, and freshness of perspective.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 6 – BEST FOOD STORY

This award will be given to the best article that explores cultural diversity and unique perspectives on Filipino cuisine. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, and freshness of perspective.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 7 – BEST YOUTH VOICE

This award honors reporting or commentary by young people about their broader communities. Judges will consider the originality of the topic and power of the storytelling. Writers should be between 16-24.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 8 – BEST NEWS STORY

This award honors the best straight reporting of an issue, an event or an incident that directly affects or is relevant to the Filipino American community. Judges will consider quality and comprehensiveness of reporting and unique angles.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 9 – BEST PERSONAL ESSAY

This award honors the best First Person essay. Judges will consider quality of writing, unique angles and perspectives, research input, and relevance to the community. Entries should be from 800-1,500 words.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 10 – BEST FEATURE WRITING

This award honors the best feature story with focus on the choice of topic, the quality of writing, research input, unique perspective and relevance to the target market. Entries should not be more than 2,500 words.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 11 – BEST PROFILE WRITING

This award honors the best personality profile, with emphasis on the choice of subject, the quality of writing, research input and the scope of the interview. Entries should not be more than 1,500 words and should be in essay form, not Q&A.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

 

BROADCAST CATEGORIES

PLARIDEL 12 – BEST COMMUNITY REPORTING IN TELEVISION

This award will honor the exceptional coverage of an issue affecting a local Fil-Am community broadcast on a television program. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, technical excellence, and compelling insight. Judges should be provided a short summary of the show.

  • ENTRY: Maximum air time: 30 minutes
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 13 – BEST TELEVISION BROADCAST – PERSONALITY PROFILE

This award will honor the exceptional profile of a Fil-Am personality broadcast on a television program. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, technical excellence, and compelling insight. Judges should be provided a short summary of the show.

  • ENTRY: Maximum air time: 30 minutes
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 14 – BEST COMMUNITY REPORTING IN RADIO

This award will honor the exceptional coverage of an issue affecting a local Fil-Am community broadcast on a radio program. Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, technical excellence, and compelling insight. Judges should be provided a short summary of the show.

  • ENTRY: Maximum air time: 30 minutes
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

PLARIDEL 15 – PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD

This award honors the exceptional photography of a significant action or event that has a profound impact on its Fil-Am community readership. Judges will consider the clarity and the artistry of the photograph and how it imparts its message.

  • ENTRY: One picture or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

PLARIDEL 16 – BEST TOURISM FEATURE STORY OR PHOTOJOURNALISM
Sponsored by the Philippine Department of Tourism

This award will be given to the most unique or convincing article on why “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” Judges will consider originality of topic, unique angles, and freshness of perspective.

  • ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series
  • AWARD: One Plaridel Awardee

ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • Entries must have been published/aired between June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017
  • Submissions open June 1, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017
  • Journalist must do the submission not publisher
  • Contacts: Jojo.peralta@asianjournalinc.com or Esther.chavez@inquirerinc.net
  • Maximum submissions to only three (3) categories. Two articles per Category, And Entry Fee is $15.

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