Military Reporting Contest Announced

RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Visit Us
LinkedIn

By: Joe Strupp

Military Reporter and Editors, the organization of those who cover combat and non-combat defense issues, will hold its first competition for the best reporting of military affairs, the group announced.

In a letter to members from MRE President Dave Moniz, a USA Today correspondent, the group indicated it would select eight winners, four in broadcast and four in print, that best represent distinguished coverage of military and war news.

“One of our goals has for some time been to promote excellence on the military beat,” Moniz said in the letter, which is also posted on the organization’s Web site. “We are finally taking a major step.”

The group, which organized in 2002 in an attempt to spark better relations with the Pentagon and other government military agencies, plans to split the awards into categories for foreign and domestic-based coverage, and larger and smaller media.

Those include:

Print Categories

1. Overseas military or national defense coverage for large market newspapers and magazines. Circulation of more than 100,000.
2. Overseas military or national defense coverage for small market newspapers or magazines. Circulation of less than 100,000.
3. Domestic military or national defense coverage for large market newspapers or magazines. Circulation of more than 100,000.
4. Domestic military or national defense coverage for small market newspapers or magazines. Circulation of less than 100,000.

Broadcast categories

1. Overseas military or national defense coverage for national broadcast media.
2. Overseas military or national defense coverage for local broadcast media.
3. Domestic military or national defense coverage for national broadcast media.
4. Domestic military or national defense coverage for local broadcast media.

The contest is open to anyone who regularly covers U.S. military affairs, even if they are based overseas, contest organizers said.

Members of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism will judge the contest, Moniz indicated. Awards will be presented at the group’s third annual convention in the fall.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *