Thursday, May 10, 2018

Rob Burgess - Awards list

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

  


Here's a list of the awards I've been honored to receive for my writing. Click the links below to read more about each:

2013
Winner - First Place - Best General Commentary - Division 5 - 2013 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest
 
2014 
Winner - Second Place - Best General Commentary - Division 5 - 2014 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

2015
Winner - Staff - First Place - Best Multimedia Package - Division 2 - 2015 Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Contest #

Winner - Staff - First Place - Best Special Section - Division 5 - 2015 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest #

2016
Winner - Staff - Second Place - Best Ongoing News Coverage - Division 5 - 2016 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

2017
Winner - Staff - Third Place - Best Spot News Coverage - Division 2 - 2017 Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Contest *

Winner - Second Place - Best Editorial Writer - Division 5 - 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest 

Winner - Staff - Second Place - Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure - 2017 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest *


# = These were won by the Nov. 17, 2014, special section, "One Year Later," to which I contributed audio, wrote one of the main stories and compiled three sidebars. 

* = These were won for our coverage of the Aug. 24, 2016 tornadoes.

 ***

 STAFF AWARDS


 

I've also been honored to be a part of several Kokomo Tribune staff awards:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rob Burgess - Judging history

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

2018 Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Awards

In my capacity as Managing Editor of the Indiana Lawyer, I was one of the judges of the 2018 Leadership in Law Awards. A total of 30 attorneys in the state were honored May 8 at the TwoDEEP Brewing Company in Indianapolis. Both of the categories — Distinguished Barrister and Up and Coming Lawyers — featured 15 honorees.

 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, 2015 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