ABOUT THE CONTEST
Sexual violence is a complex topic for journalists to cover and can be even more difficult for the general public to understand. At the nexus of trauma, violence, crime and public health, news coverage on sexual assault and rape often lacks the depth of context connecting specific events with broader social patterns. Responsible and high-impact reporting uses statistics, stories and background to enhance public understanding of how sexual violence impacts individuals, families and communities. Excellence in coverage of sexual violence highlights the spectrum of sexual violence and range of people affected. Most importantly, effective reporting on sexual violence conveys the scope of the problem while also identifying solutions and challenging the notion that these acts are inevitable. The RALLY Awards competition is designed to enhance public understanding of sexual violence and to promote media coverage with context and credibility. The RALLYs honor the highest level of journalistic achievement for reporting on sexual violence.
Please review the following RALLY Awards category descriptions, eligibility information and rules before entering the competition.
This award honors community coverage of any issue related to sexual violence. This category is for short-form, “beyond the blotter” narrative stories and may include breaking news pieces. Entries must include two stories and may include related multimedia, graphics, etc. Print and online entries must be bylined. Stories may be produced by one person or a team. Entries will be evaluated on their journalistic excellence in reporting, storytelling and presentation, as well as the ability to provide context for larger issues surrounding sexual violence. A summary of 300 words or less will be required to explain how this entry enhanced public understanding of sexual violence.
This award honors a narrative feature story or single broadcast on the topic of sexual violence that is not breaking news. These stories may be produced by one person or a team. Entries will be evaluated on their writing and narrative skill (whether print, online or broadcast), as well as sensitive and thorough storytelling that puts the issue in context. There is no word count or duration minimum. A summary of 300 words or less will be required to explain how this entry enhanced public understanding of sexual violence.
This award honors a series of stories or broadcasts that thoroughly explores one issue related to sexual violence. These stories may be produced by one person or a team. A minimum of three pieces (articles, videos, podcasts, etc.) must be submitted. For Investigative Series submissions that cross over the calendar year, at least 50 percent or more of the submission pieces (articles, videos, podcasts, etc.) must be dated during the 2016 calendar year. Entries will be evaluated on their excellence in reporting and storytelling, as well as sensitive and professional coverage. A summary of 300 words or less will be required explain how this entry enhanced public understanding of sexual violence and any impact that resulted from the series.
This award honors excellence in covering sexual violence through digital tools and/or platforms. Entries may be a single piece or a set of pieces, but the whole must use technology to showcase information. These entries may include data visualization, infographics, video, photos and/or interactive multimedia packages, or be part of a package that also includes narrative or a long-form article. The elements may be produced by one person or a team, and are not limited to a single sexual violence topic. Entries will be evaluated on their innovative approach, digital production and design, user experience, and opportunities for audience engagement. A summary of 300 words or less will be required to explain how this entry enhanced public understanding of sexual violence.
ELIGIBILITY & RULES
- The RALLY Awards are open to any English-language news organization, their staff and freelancers. Print, online and broadcast entries are eligible, including but not limited to: newspaper, newsletter, magazine, online journals, websites, email newsletters, blogs, B2B publications, podcasts, and broadcast.
- There are no membership requirements or entry fees.
- All entries must have editorial content relating to sexual violence, including reporting on, awareness of, investigation of and/or adjudication related to sexual violence.
- Entries may be produced by a single person or a team.
- There is no age requirement, however entrants are required to confirm if they are under 18 years of age.
- All entries must have a publication, broadcast or post date between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. For Investigative Series submissions that cross over the calendar year, at least 50% or more of the submission pieces (articles, videos, podcasts, etc.) must be dated during the 2016 calendar year.
DEADLINE & SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
- All entries must be submitted via the green "Submit an entry" button at the top right of this page.
- All entries must be submitted during the contest entry period of February 13, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. ET through March 17, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. No extensions will be made regardless of circumstance.
- All entries will require PDF or video file uploads or links. Entries missing information will be disqualified. No submissions should be mailed to Raliance nor The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
- Logo file uploads are limited to 2 MB, and entry file uploads are limited to 2 GB.
- There is no limit to the number of unique entries in a given category, but each entry should follow the requirements set forth in the description of that category. See Category Descriptions (above). If you are submitting more than one entry, please fill out the entry form for each submission. Entries should not be combined.
- Submissions can be entered in more than one category, where applicable, but an entry can only win in one category.
- Improperly submitted entries may be rejected. Reasons can include, but are not limited to, not following instructions, not providing required information and materials, or submitting an entry to the wrong category. At the discretion of the judges, entries may be moved to a more appropriate category.
- If a password is required to access all or part of an entry, the entrant must provide a username and password that multiple judges can use and that will remain active until July 31, 2017. There is a field to provide this information on the entry form.
- Each entry requires two introductory summaries of 300 words or fewer. The first should describe the work that went into the entry. The second should describe how the entry enhanced public understanding of sexual violence and any impact that resulted.
- Entries can be saved and edited at a later date, however entries cannot be edited or corrected after they are submitted.
- Accepted File Formats:
- For print publication and other text: .pdf only
- For photos, screenshots, charts, etc.: .jpg, .png, .tif
- For audio: .mp3
- For video: .avi, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .wmv
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND MATERIAL RE-USE RIGHTS:
- Persons submitting entries represent that they have the right to do so on behalf of themselves or their organization and that doing so does not violate the rights of any third party; that each entry is an original work and does not infringe upon the intellectual property or other rights of any third party; and that the entrant or the entrant’s organization will defend and indemnify Raliance, its affiliates and The Poynter Institute against claims brought by third parties arising out of use of the entry.
- Each entrant grants to Raliance, its affiliates and The Poynter Institute full material re-use rights by virtue of entry in this contest. Materials may be used to develop teaching related to awareness of and journalism about sexual violence.
- Each entrant grants to Raliance, its affiliates and The Poynter Institute a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable right and license to utilize and/or display the entry and all its components in the RALLY Awards competition, at any awards ceremony, in promotional materials for this or future RALLY Awards competitions, and in a published (digital or otherwise) compendium of RALLY Awards winning entries.
JUDGES, JUDGING CRITERIA & AWARDS:
- Judges are selected based on background and familiarity with journalism about sexual violence. All judges’ names, information and ratings are confidential.
- Judges’ ratings are final and will not be adjusted.
- Judges are provided with criteria, including but not limited to quality of writing, reporting and editing; development of the subject; presentation; and value to readers/viewers. Judges rate each criteria on a scale from 1-5.
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected for each of the four categories.
- Finalists will be announced on or around April 20, 2017.
- RALLYs winners will be presented at the Raliance Media Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C.
- 1st place winners will receive a cash prize of $500.00. Please note that winners located outside of the United States cannot receive prize money.
- Please first review the RALLYs’ FAQs before contacting the RALLY Awards coordination team.
- Further questions about the contest or categories should be submitted to the RALLY Awards coordination team at email@example.com. The coordination team will do its best to respond to all questions within 2 business days, however, responses may be delayed due to high email volume.