Front Page Awards Submissions Deadline Is May 1

Competition Includes Honors for ‘Guild Service’ by WBNG Members in 2016

 “May Day!” “May Day!”

No, it’s not a call for emergency aid. It’s a call for you to submit entries to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Front Page Awards and Guild Service Awards competition. And May Day is the deadline.

The Front Page Awards honor the “best of the best” in writing, photography, commentary, graphics and union campaigns, all created by workers in WBNG-covered units in calendar-year 2016. Former workers can enter, too. The point is: If you created work that was published in a print medium and/or posted on your employer’s website, it’s eligible for an award – and so are you. 

And remember, folks, it’s our members recognizing the great work of our members … SO GET THOSE ENTRIES IN!

The deadline is easy to remember: Entries should be postmarked or hand-delivered to the WBNG office, 1225 Eye Street NW,  Washington, DC 20005, by May 1, 2017. An entry form should be included with each submission. Please specify the category in which each entry is being submitted, and feel free to enter the same submission in more than one category.

Here are the categories:

Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting or Public Service Reporting
Bernie Harrison Memorial Award for Commentary
Frank C. Porter Memorial Award for Labor and Business Reporting|
News Analysis
Feature Writing
National or International News Reporting
Local News Reporting
Non-Daily Specialized Technical Reporting
Sports Reporting
Labor Unit Publication

Feature Photography
Local News Photography
National News Photography
Sports Photography

Graphics and Art
Advertising Design
Illustration Design
Labor Promotional Campaign
Marketing and Promotion Design
Most Creative Web Graphic

Social Media 
Use of Social Media
Social Media Campaign
Most Informative Blog (250 words or less)
Most Informative Blog (More than 250 words)
Website Design/User Experience

There will be three Grand Prizes, for which there are no separate entries: The Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Writing, the Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Photography and the John Albano Memorial Grand Prize for Graphics and Art. The judges will award these prizes to entries selected from among the appropriate Front Page winners.

A cash award will accompany the Grand Prizes, which are open only to competitors who are current with their WBNG dues.

Guild Service Awards
The Front Page ceremonies this summer also will honor members who performed distinguished and outstanding service for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild during 2016. Letters of recommendation for the annual Guild Service Awards should be submitted by the Front Page Awards deadline of May 1, 2017. 

Darlene Meyer Award for Customer Service Professional of the Year (Front Page Award)
Mobilizing (Front Page Award)
Dan de Souza Memorial Award for Member of the Year
Nadine Grinder Memorial Award for Shop Steward of the Year
Unit Officer of the Year
Organizer of the Year
Bargaining Unit of the Year
Herb Block Award for Community Service 
Outstanding Service to the Local (Connie Knox Memorial Award)

The Front Page Awards and Guild Service Awards will be presented at the WBNG General Membership meeting in July.