Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rob Burgess - Judging history

Here is a list of contests I have been honored to have been asked to judge:

 2016 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

I judged the following categories in the 2016 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest:


Best Column (Daily)  
To a local writer whose column is published on an ongoing basis. Editorials do not qualify, nor do syndicated columns originating from another source.
To a local writer whose column is published on an ongoing basis. Editorials do not qualify, nor do syndicated columns originating from another source. 
 Sports Feature (Daily)  
To a writer for a sports feature not covering a specific sporting event that displays exceptional development, creativity and enterprise.

2016 Associated Press Primary Election Stringer

During the May 3, 2016 primary election, I served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. Here is a section from the instructional packet describing the duties involved:

"The results you provide are accumulated and distributed to newspapers, broadcasters, cable networks and websites across the nation for immediate publication and broadcast. We are providing real-time results so speed is important, but the accuracy of the information you provide is of utmost importance. We want to be fast, but first we want to be right. AP reporting places priority on accuracy, timeliness and completeness in that order. By achieving these goals, we will have a successful election night."
 
During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Democratic presidential, Republican presidential, Republican U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. House District 4, Democratic U.S. House District 5 and Republican U.S. House District 5.

2016 Associated Press General Election Stringer

During the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, I again served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Presidential, Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Education, U.S. House District 4, U.S. House District 5, Public Question Right to Hunt, State House District 30, State House District 32 and State House District 38.

2015 Hoosierdance International Film Festival


Lasting from June 25 to 27 in Kokomo, Indiana, I was selected to judge the Documentary Short category in the 2015 Hoosierdance International Film Festival. Here is my coworker Martin Slagter's story about it.

2014 New Jersey Press Association Newspaper Contest


I judged the following categories in the 2014 New Jersey Press Association Newspaper Contest:

Division: Editorial Weekly Contest

Competition: W9 Reporting, Writing & Illustration - Interpretive Writing (WO)
“An entry is a supporting story or series that delves more deeply into breaking news or an issue of wide public interest and explains or clarifies a situation. Judging will be based on readability, thoroughness of research and ability to make technical details clear to the reader.”


Division: Editorial Daily Contest
Competition: D21 Reporting and Writing - Robert P. Kelly Award (DU)

“One entry per newspaper. Bob Kelly was a seasoned journalist who honed his skills at the Somerset Messenger-Gazette before serving as executive editor of Princeton Packet Publications for many years. He passed away after a short illness in 1984 and soon after NJPA established the Robert Kelly Award as a regular component of their annual Better Newspaper Contest. Three stories written by a permanent staffer with less than a year of professional experience at the time of publication, excluding paid or unpaid internships. Judging will include basic reporting skills, language use and clarity. An editor's letter (500 words or less) must accompany the entry.”

2012 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest


I judged the following categories in the 2012 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest:

Local Breaking News Coverage (C06) – 19 entries
Category X: Utilizing Public Records (C05,C06) – 9 entries


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