Entries within each category shall be divided and judged based on their language of publication, English or French.
Judging shall be conducted in two rounds:
Judging Round 1
A panel of industry experts (selected by Newspapers Canada & PEI 2014) will adjudicate the entries and select a shortlist to move into round 2.
Judging will be based on:
- Newsworthiness: Significance to community, Impact, Local content, Timeliness (50 points);
- Depth and detail: Scope and excellence of content, Quality of reporting / initiative, Depth of research (30 points);
- Quality of writing: Writing style, Grammar, Spelling (20 points);
Total: 100 points.
Once the results are in, Newspapers Canada and PEI 2014 will review the scores and determine the cut-off point for the shortlist to be judged by the public.
Judging Round 2
Based on the shortlist determined in Round 1, the shortlisted entries shall be made available on a website where the general public can vote. The public’s votes will determine the first, second, third and honourable mention for each category.
The public will vote using a rating system. The entry with the most likes shall become the first place winner and so on. If there is a tie, the stories’ Round 1 scores will be used to declare a winner. If tied entries have the same Round 1 score, they shall remain at a tie.
The decision of the judges shall be final.
All submissions become the property of Newspapers Canada and PEI2014 and may be reproduced by Newspapers Canada and/or PEI2014 in any of their digital and print properties. They may also be used for informative or educational purposes as either organization sees fit.