2019 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting
About the NAJA Richard LaCourse Investigative Reporting Award
The NAJA Richard LaCourse Award honors groundbreaking work by a Native American journalist or a team that creatively uses digital tools in the role of community watchdog. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. The 2019 award recognizes stories and projects published or aired in 2018.

Recipient or team will be honored at the 2019 National Native Media Conference in Prior Lake, MN. A $500 cash prize for the individual or team will be included with this award and travel support may be provided to attend the event.

Criteria for evaluating entries includes:
• Innovation in storytelling including: interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools and creative use of any digital medium.
• Entry may consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.
• Spot news, news analysis, editorials, columns, features and photography are eligible.
• Student work is not eligible.
• Team submissions must name a primary contact who played a key role in the publishing of the submitted work.
• There is no entry fee to enter this category.
• Contest entries will be accepted through March 31, 2019.

Rules and Eligibility Guidelines
• Contest entries will be accepted through March 31, 2019.
• Submitted entries must have been published, broadcasted, or posted on or between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018.
• Entries may only be submitted via link – no hard copies will be accepted.
• Links to a master Dropbox or Google Drive folder with multiple entries are accepted, however, please provide clear directions to judges for easily locating all entries within any larger folder(s).
• Entrants submitting a single story from a full issue should include issue information, page number(s), jumps and headline / cutline in the Notes section of the entry form to provide specific location instructions to judges.
• If an editor or producer is entering the work of an employee at the member rate, the employee must be a current NAJA member or the work will not be considered.
• Individuals may submit up to five separate entries in any one category, as desired. Entries in multiple categories are encouraged. (Example: In the best news photo category, an individual may submit up to and no more than five different photos to compete against each other, in addition to competing with other outlet or individual submissions.)
• General excellence awards are for Native American-owned media outlets (tribal media) that are at least 50% Native-owned, managed or controlled.
• Associate members and non-Native entrants may only enter the Associate Divisions.
• Only those categories with a minimum of three entries from three or more individuals or organizations will be judged. Categories without the minimum number of entries may be combined, as applicable. NAJA will make all accommodations possible for ensuring entries are included for judging, which may include, but isn't limited to, combining divisions and categories.
• Judges have the right to withhold an award if they determine that no entries merit recognition.
• Judges have the right to transfer entries from one category to another based on their reading of the contest guidelines. Entrants will not be notified of such a transfer prior to the announcement of awards.
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