Contests

The 2020 Milwaukee Jewish Federation Journalism Prize for Tolerance and Democracy

About the Journalism Prize

The current environment for local journalists is extremely challenging, with cutbacks and financial pressure at news organizations. It can be a struggle for journalists to find time to work on important topics.

The purpose of this contest is to encourage and reward critical work by local journalists of all faiths. A panel of journalists has advised Milwaukee Jewish Federation that contests like this one can be helpful in encouraging relevant and appropriate journalism.

There has been a sharp increase in acts of hate and alleged shortcomings in the proper functioning of democratic institutions. We hope this contest will help shed light on these issues and on related work by local journalists.

The contest will be judged by out-of-state professional journalists, with some participation from staff and teens in the local Jewish community. Participants will be expected to recuse themselves as appropriate.

The 2020 Milwaukee Jewish Federation Journalism Prize for Tolerance and Democracy is a contest for written local journalism.

The first-place $400 cash prize will be for journalists who write stories related to the tolerance of differences or the proper functioning of democratic institutions. Smaller second and third-place cash prizes may also be awarded. Only locally written journalism for or about the following counties will be eligible: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine. The contest is for journalism published in newspapers, in magazines, on websites or in other media.

Criteria are expected to include relevance, reader engagement, effectiveness, quality given available resources, writing and enterprise.

There will be no charge to enter the contest. The contest is open to work published from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.

This project is funded by a grant from Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Local Jewish teens selected this project from among a list of grant applicants, to achieve their goal of tikkun olam, which is Hebrew for “repairing the world.”

Rob Golub, current editor of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle and former chief editor of The Journal Times in Racine, is the administrator of the contest. Golub will not be a judge and work published in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is ineligible. Recent paid writers for the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle are not eligible.

Rules for Entry

1. The contest is open to work published from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.

2. The purpose of the contest is to encourage and reward important work by local journalists of all faiths. There has been a sharp increase in acts of hate and alleged shortcomings in the proper functioning of democratic institutions. Journalism has a critical role in addressing these issues.

3. Entries may be submitted from Jan. 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021. Each entry can include up to three stories. Email story links to JournalismContest@MilwaukeeJewish.org. Put “2020 Journalism Contest Entry” in the subject line. Put the headline for each story above each link. You may include up to 200 words in the body of the email on why this is a strong entry for the competition, given our criteria, and why it is appropriate for the competition, given our rules for entry. Complete your entry with a contact name and phone number for the entry and with a list of names of those entering.

4. One entry of up to three stories each is allowed per person or team. An individual may enter on their own and as part of multiple teams as long as each team has a different makeup of individuals.

5. If you submit more than one story as part of your entry, the additional stories should be on the same topic or should show the impact of your reporting. For example, did something change because of your first story in the set?

6. There is no charge to enter.

7. This is a new contest. It may or may not be repeated in the future. Milwaukee Jewish Federation reserves the right to revise or add to these rules. Any changes will be posted.

8. Work produced by journalists in partnership with government agencies, businesses or trade organizations with a stake – financial or otherwise – in the issue at hand are not eligible. Entries must include a disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest.

9. This is a local contest for written journalism. Only locally written journalism for or about the following counties will be eligible: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine. The contest is for journalism published in newspapers, in magazines, on web sites or in other media.

10. The first-place $400 cash prize will be for journalists who write stories related to the tolerance of differences or the proper functioning of democratic institutions. Smaller second and third-place cash prizes may also be awarded.

11. Criteria are expected to include relevance, reader engagement, effectiveness, quality given available resources, writing and enterprise. This contest is for written work, but embedded digital elements may also be considered.

12. Rob Golub, current editor of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, and former chief editor of The Journal Times in Racine is the administrator of the contest. Golub will not be a judge and work published in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle will not be eligible. Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle writers paid since Jan. 1, 2010 are not eligible to submit articles from any publication.

13. For more information about the contest, contact Rob Golub at 414-390-5770.