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Frequently asked questions

What is the time frame for entering the awards?

Entries may be submitted any time from 12 noon Friday, December 14, 2018 extended until 11pm on Friday, February 15, 2019. (NZDT). The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.

 How do I enter the awards?

  1. Go to www.voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com (If this link doesn’t work, Google ‘Voyager Media Awards Awards Force’ and click directly on the voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com link)

  2. If you already have an Award Force account as a result of entering another Award Force award (for example Panpa), please log in. If you have forgotten your password, click on the link that reads "Have you forgotten your password?". This is on the log-in form, just above the 'Log in' button.

  3. If you don’t already have an Award Force account, please register (your password must be at least 8 characters) and follow the steps to complete your profile.

  4. Before you click on “Start new entry” you will need to go to your email and click on the verification link (in an email from the Newspaper Publishers’ Association). You may need to refresh the web page.

  5. If the verification email doesn’t show up in your email, check you junk/spam folder.

  6. Once you begin the entry process you can "save + close" your entry/entries and go back to edit them later.

  7. Once you submit an entry, you can go back into the system at any time to make changes – up until the extended entry deadline of 11pm, Friday February 15, 2019.

Do I need to enter online?

Yes, every category – including the newspaper, magazine and trade specialist publication categories – must be entered online.

What will I need to provide as part of my entry?

Material must be supplied as follows:

- Stories and features should be in pdf format or a URL link
- Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format
- Videos or interactive/motion graphics can be uploaded as a URL link or in m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or mov format.
- Artwork/graphics should be ai or eps format.
- Cartoons should be in jpg or pdf format

Maximum file size is 400MB per piece.

Please give attachments an appropriate name that depicts what the entry is about.  All photos should have captions. Entrants may include a statement of support giving background to your entry. Each category has a specific word maximum. Please refer to the entry criteria.  

 As a broadcast journalist or employee, which categories will I be able to enter?

Broadcast journalists/artists/cartoonists/videographers/editors may enter the following categories:

Digital
Website of the Year
Best news website or app
Best innovation in digital storytelling 

 Features
General including sport, business and/or politics
Crime, justice and/or social issues, including health and education where appropriate
Best arts, entertainment and/or lifestyle portfolio

General
Best artwork/graphics (including interactive/motion graphics)
Cartoonist of the Year
Editorial Executive of the Year
Reviewer of the Year

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Reporting
Best editorial campaign or project
Best individual investigation
Best (single) news story/scoop
Best team investigation
Best reporter - junior
Broadcast Reporter of the Year
Business Journalist of the Year
Environmental/Sustainability Award
Political Journalist of the Year
Reporting – crime, justice and/or social issues, including health and education where appropriate; general, including sport, business and politics; Maori Affairs.
Science and Technology Award
Sports Journalist of the Year
Student Journalist of the Year

Videography
Best videographer - junior
Best feature video (single)
Best news video (single)
Best team video – feature
Best team video – news  
Videographer of the Year

Broadcast journalists may enter “written only” categories if their entry has appeared in written form, eg on a supporting website.  These include opinion and feature-writing categories; and Best headline, caption or hook (including social media).

Will I be able to enter the awards from a smartphone?

Yes, the Awards Force website will run on all devices including smartphones. However, entrants will not be able to upload attachments using an iPhone or iPad due to Apple’s policy on attachments.

Do I need to post anything in as part of my entry?

The following categories need hard copies of their entries to be posted or couriered to the Voyager Media Awards office if the story/feature/newspaper/magazine/publication has been published in printed form:

Category / Sub-category / No. of copies of the entry form / No. of newspapers/ magazines/stories to be posted in

Feature writing
Feature Writer of the Year (long and short-form) / 2 / 2 sets of 3 features
Feature writing – specialist categories: general; crime and/or social issues / 2 / 2 sets of both features
Feature writing - Best first-person essay or feature / 2 / 2 sets of single feature
Feature writing - Best feature writer - junior / 2 / 2 sets of 3 features
Features - Best arts, entertainment and/or lifestyle portfolio / 2 / 2 sets of 4 stories

Newspaper
Community Newspaper of the Year / 2 / 2 sets of 4 publications
Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation) / 3 / 3 sets of 4 publications
Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation) / 3 / 3 sets of 4 publications
Weekly Newspaper of the Year / 3 / 3 sets of 4 publications

Magazine
Magazine of the Year / 2 / 2 sets of 3 magazines
Best magazine design / 2 / 2 sets of 3 magazines
Best trade/specialist publication, free magazine and/or website / 2 / 2 sets of 2 publications
Best newspaper-inserted magazine / 2 / 2 sets of 3 magazines

Post the Award Force entry forms and newspapers/magazines/stories as required to:

Voyager Media Awards
c/- News Works NZ
PO Box 2941
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140

Alternatively, courier or hand deliver entries and the entry forms to:

Voyager Media Awards
c/- News Works NZ
39 Market Place (ground floor)
Auckland Central
Auckland 1010

What publication dates are eligible for entry?

All entries must bear cover dates from the 2018 calendar year. For example, a magazine that appears on newsstands or reaches subscribers in late December 2018 but has a cover date of January 2019 is not eligible (it will be eligible for the 2020 media awards). The same rule applies to journalists’ work appearing in print. A publication that appeared in December 2017 but has a January 2018 cover date is eligible.

A publication with a December 2017/January 2018 cover date will be eligible, as will a publication with a December 2018/January 2019 cover date.

Does this also apply to digital entries?

Digital entries must be published within the 2018 calendar year.
Best news website or app and Website of the Year will be partially judged live during March 2019.

Must the work have been published or broadcast in New Zealand?

Yes, your entry must have been published or broadcast during 2018 in a recognised form of New Zealand newspaper, magazine, website, or television or radio station.

Qualifying media include:

- Daily and weekend newspapers
- Regional, community or suburban newspapers
- News and current affairs websites
- Magazines sold at newsstand or by subscription, or a combination of both*
- Free magazines with a minimum editorial content of 25%.*
- Newspaper-inserted magazines.
- Specialist and trade publications and/or websites*
- Local television and radio stations

 * Eligible publications must appear at least two times a year and must target a mass audience. Publications comprised largely of native advertising or advertorial without editorial content will not be eligible.

Eligibility for all award categories will be at the sole discretion of the NPA.

Do I have to be living in New Zealand to enter?

Not necessarily. Entrants must be either New Zealand citizens, permanent residents aged 16 and over or students on a working visa and living in New Zealand at the time the work was published. This includes New Zealanders working overseas. 

Can I enter a multi-part story or feature?

Yes, you can enter two parts presented together, and cross referenced. This could be a two-part story, or two parts from a specific series. Follow-ups to an original story do not qualify as a two-part submission.  

If I enter Best photo - junior, can I enter those photos in another specialist category? 

Yes, you can enter each photo into ONE other photographic sub category, and as part of a portfolio for Photographer of the Year.

Can I enter the same piece of work into more than one category?

While you can enter as many categories as you want, you are not able to enter the same piece of work into multiple categories, otherwise you risk being disqualified.  However, entries from specialist categories can also be entered into the following:

- Best feature writer – junior
- Best individual investigation
- Best photo - junior
- Best reporter - junior
- Best (single) news story/scoop
- Best videographer - junior
- Broadcast Reporter of the Year
- Business Journalist of the Year
- Community Journalist of the Year
- Environmental/Sustainability Award
- Feature Writer of the Year (long & short-form)
- nib Health Journalism Scholarship - junior & senior
- Opinion Writer of the Year
- Photographer of the Year
- Political Journalist of the Year
- Regional Journalist of the Year
- Reporter of the Year
- Reviewer of the Year
- Science & Technology Award
- Sports Journalist of the Year
- Student Journalist of the Year
- Videographer of the Year

The same story can also be submitted to both the Best individual investigation and Best (single) news story/scoop categories. 

A story entered into the Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry) can be entered by the journalist into ONE other sub category as well as:

- Best individual investigation
- Best (single) news story/scoop
- Best reporter – junior
- Broadcast Reporter of the Year
- Feature Writer of the Year (long and short-form)
- Best feature writer – junior
- Business Journalist of the Year
- Community Journalist of the Year
- Regional Journalist of the Year
- Reporter of the Year
- Political Journalist of the Year
- Sports Journalist of the Year
- Student Journalist of the Year

Can I enter more than one award category?

Yes, there is no restriction on the number of categories you may enter.

Can I enter the same category more than once?

No, only one entry per person or team. The exception is:

  • Publishers can nominate up to THREE executives for Editorial Executive of the Year.  Publishers with an employee base of more than 500, can enter up to FIVE candidates.

  • Editors and publishers may enter multiple times the newspaper, magazine and website categories, if the publications are different.

  • News organisations may enter Best innovation in digital storytelling up to FIVE times, with separate entries.

I’m a new entrant to journalism. Can I enter categories other than junior awards?

The junior categories are open to individuals who have been employed in the publishing industry for three years or less at the time of publication. However, you are not restricted from entering other categories.

Student journalists, including interns, can enter any category, including Student Journalist of the Year, Best feature writer – junior and Best reporter – junior.

What is the date of the Voyager Media Awards dinner and where will it be held?

Friday, May 17, 2019 at Cordis, Auckland

What does it cost to enter the awards?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, entry to the Voyager Media Awards is free.

Who selects the judges?

The Newspaper Publishers’ Association in consultation with senior publishers and editorial directors.

Are the judges paid?

No, they do the job as a contribution to journalism. The judges work in pairs for each category. The names of the judges will not be announced until judging is complete in April 2019.  

Who do I contact if I have a question?

Email the Voyager Media Awards team at voyagermediaawards@npa.nz

Last updated: Monday February 11, 2019, 11.20am