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WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Open to television or radio stations, online news sites or websites, any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2018, broadcast or cable networks, cable systems, news services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, or news magazines. Staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) are eligible. May be individual or team entry.

WHAT TO ENTER: Work must have originally aired or published in 2018. Entries are limited to 10 items (a day's presentation is counted as one item even if it includes several pieces). Content must be submitted as it originally appeared. Supplemental material, which does not factor into the 10 item limit, must be clearly marked. Include script(s). A nominating or cover letter must include a synopsis with a description of the objective, how the objective was met and the results, if any. Be sure to include the name of the person who should be notified if the entry is declared a winner or finalist along with their contact information: phone number, e-mail address and mailing address (not a post office box number).

HOW TO ENTER: The form will ask for publication or distribution dates; instead of providing each date simply enter the first and last dates the entry appeared. Submitted text should be in PDF form, rich text files (.rtf) or simple text (.txt). No Word documents (.doc or docx) files or Open Document (.odt) files. If you are submitting the entry as one PDF, be sure the nominating or cover letter appears first. If the entry is large and presenting it as one PDF makes understanding its context difficult, enter multiple PDFs.

Publication dates must be visible on PDFs. Entrant should upload video and enter URL(s) on our online entry site or a third-party site such as YouTube. Video file(s) (50 MB maximum per file - not per entire entry) must be one of the following formats: .wmv, mpeg or .mp4. All audio files should be in mp3 format. Online material must be available on a live URL that functions on a standard web browser. Judges see the titles of the digital files. Keep that in mind when naming your documents. It makes your entry easier to find and remember if you reference its topic or your media outlet’s name in the file’s name. Please do not name it “SHA entry” or similar variations; this will not distinguish your entry.

MAIL-IN OPTION: This option is intended for an entry that has a file that exceeds the 50 MB per file limit and is not linked to a third-party site. Entrant MUST complete the entry form on the awards site, print the confirmation form, and include it with the submitted DVD or CD formatted for cross-platform use (PC/Mac). Audio files should be in mp3 format. Label the disc(s) with the category, title of the entry, and the confirmation number

NOTE: Our competition offers one entry site with fields that ask for information that may not apply to your entry. When you encounter this fill the field with "does not apply" so that the system will permit you to move to the next step. $50 entry fee. Prize is $20,000 and a trophy. Entry form asks for name of individual entrant, a team when up to four are involved, or a media outlet when more than four are involved. Expanded recognition will be given should a media outlet win and want to name more than four individuals.

Keep up with the latest news on the Scripps Howard Awards through Facebook and Twitter (@sh_awards), and find out more about how to enter at shawards.org.

Winner agrees to attend awards presentation in Cincinnati. Recipient also agrees to make a presentation about the winning entry at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication in Athens, Ohio during the 2019-20 academic year; expenses paid.