Friday, December 11, 2020

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 *


2019

Monday, November 16, 2020

Rob Burgess - Election Night Reporter

Here is a list of elections I have been honored to have been asked to serve as an Election Night Reporter for:

2020 Election Night Reporter for Edison Research

During the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, I worked as the Election Night Reporter for Wabash County, Indiana for Edison Research. “We provide exit poll and vote results information to news organizations to analyze the results of the election and project election results,” according to the company. About a week before the election., I completed a five- to 10-minute rehearsal call. On Election Night, Edison Research provided a number to call and I read the results for President; Governor; and U.S. House, Congressional District 2 off to one of their operators as they were updated throughout the evening. “I would like to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication on Election Night! The Edison Research team and viewers around the world appreciate all of the work you put into this Election. The reporting of the results that you watched online or on your TV was only possible with your help,” said Election Coordinator Taylor DelRocco on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2020.


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.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Winner – Third Place - Arts and Entertainment Writing (publication circulation below 30,000) - Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Best in Indiana Contest


 On Monday, May 18, 2020, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. The awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

I won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000: https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/burgess-wins-spj-award/article_c7518c05-4c01-56b4-b9fe-990c85fd598f.html

 

My entry included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center:

2019-08-03 - WPD - You will remember David Crosby's name

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/you-will-remember-david-crosbys-name/article_88f2f2ce-c7a4-508c-b220-314b3b56e5ae.html

2019-12-12 - WPD - The Oak Ridge Boys to bring a 'Down Home Christmas'

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/the-oak-ridge-boys-to-bring-a-down-home-christmas/article_66b462d9-08fc-5f52-b10f-fb4022fd5a21.html

2019-09-28 - WPD - Amy Grant in motion

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/amy-grant-in-motion/article_e78d32bc-dcb5-5366-8496-3c7b2e84529e.html

2019-07-03 – WPD - 'Hee Haw' returns, this time to the stage

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/hee-haw-returns-this-time-to-the-stage/article_301c8fb1-37fa-5368-84d8-864914da7be2.html

2019-06-15 - WPD - Killer Queen will rock you

https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/killer-queen-will-rock-you/article_3b8ee997-d9ae-5d0e-9e6d-30328d98ad94.html

The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 41st year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories. The rest of the 2019 award winners may be found here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5756ccd7cf80a1df079406c4/t/5ec285d639a7d161d0d25b1f/1589806550818/2020+awards+results_FINAL_TDedit.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1WkXhNfcDiZtQmE0VSVLVoAjgs4oL6Aryy46r9K9a3zXI4dF9Rh0N2QZw

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rob Burgess - Judging History

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


2020 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Tri-State Golden Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Media and Communications in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia

I served as one of the judges for the 2020 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Tri-State Golden Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Media and Communications in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia. It was the 56th annual contest. I judged the following categories:

- Public Affairs, Politics or Government: Excellence in Written Journalism, Daily: Qualifying entries may be from traditional print newspapers, news services or digital media news organizations that consistently publish new written content daily, or five or more times a week. Submissions may be material posted on a website or written digital media associated with any journalistic or media organization that considers the work published. Entries may be a single story or series. Entry credit must be the writer(s) or reporter(s) most responsible for the written entry.

- News Feature: Excellence in Audio Journalism (Radio and Podcasts): Qualifying entries may be from traditional radio broadcasts, podcasts or digital audio media associated with any journalistic or media organization, including traditional print outlets. Entries may be a single story, single program or series. Limited entries to 60 minutes. Entrant should be the member(s) of the production team most responsible for the entry (i.e., reporters, producers, editors, writers, sound engineers).

 

2019 Virginia Press Association News and Advertising Contest

I judged the following categories for the 2019 Virginia Press Association News and Advertising Contest:

- W06 Editorial Writing (N1, N2, N3, N4):The writing of an opinion which appears on a bona fide editorial page and reflects the opinion or stance of the publication. Editorials may be signed or unsigned. Requirements: Each entry consists of a group of three editorials on the same subject or three unrelated examples of the entrants' work. An example may be a single editorial or a package of editorials published on the same day. Entries with fewer examples will be disqualified. Sidebars or related stories published on the same day as one of the three main stories may be included. Submit one PDF containing all portions of the entry.

- W10 Feature Story Writing (Excluding Obituaries) (O1): For stories in which the writer emphasizes such techniques as narrative and drama. The quality of writing and ability of the writer to hold reader interest will be considered.

2019 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest


I judged the following category in the 2019 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest:

- Arts & Entertainment Story (C06,C05) - 50 entries



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.
- Best Column (Weekly): 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.

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