Excellence In Feature Reporting – Print/digital

Recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists for outstanding reporting for a story or series of stories on complex issues in the areas of business, industry and labour. This category is open to print, online and broadcast formats.

Endowed by Jean Cormier

Requirements for Submission

In order to be eligible for a Webster Award you must meet all of the following REVISED general requirements and the specific eligibility requirements for each award.

  • Story Choice
    • What was the degree of originality of the story?
    • What was the degree of significance of the subject matter?
  • Craft
    • Was the quality of writing at the highest level?
    • Was the narrative compelling?
  • Impact and Relevance
    • Did the story raise awareness, prompt discussion or further investigation?
    • Ultimately, as reported, did any tangible changes occur as a result of the story?
  • Context
    • How did the story enhance readers’ comprehension of the issue?
    • Did it provide new insights or perspectives?
    • What did the work tell us about how we live now or did it deepen understanding of our history?
  • Balance and Diversity
    • Was the work fair to those portrayed in and affected by the story or series?
    • Does the work reflect the community by including a range of diverse voices and perspectives in the coverage?
  • You must be a BC-based journalist, or if it is a team submission the majority of those on the team must be BC-based journalists,
  • For a team submission, be prepared to list each person’s name and the name of the city/town where they reside,
  • Submissions must report on stories of interest for BC audiences,
  • Only submissions published/aired between June 1 of the previous calendar year and May 31 of the current calendar year are eligible,
  • Submissions must have been published in journalism sources, including but not limited to, online, print, video, broadcast, podcast, radio, blogs, newscast, etc.
  • Submissions are encouraged from the gamut of media departments/sections, including news, sports, the arts, business, etc.
  • You must complete an online form for each submission,
  • You can enter a story or series in only one category, however you can submit as many different entries as you like,
  • A fee of $25 per submission. Major credit cards will be accepted for payment,
  • Your submission must include a 200-word synopsis about the submission, explaining the story’s background, significance, impact and any other information you consider pertinent,
  • Aside from the synopsis, you must upload your major story to be reviewed, and should you be a finalist or the winner, this will be the story available for the public to access,
  • You may then include up to a MAXIMUM of 4 other uploads, to support your entry,
  • If uploading audio or video, a maximum of 60 minutes is allowed for each submission. You may include one file of 60 minutes, or several files of segments from your broadcast, but do not edit the segments to change how they were aired in the original broadcast,
  • For any submissions that appeared in hard copy/print, please upload a PDF showing the actual page(s) published and make sure it can be read,
  • Only one story should be in any PDF uploaded,
  • For online text-based submissions, or regarding submissions in the Multimedia category, please upload a readable screen grab as your story was displayed, or a PDF’d version of this, or if need be, provide a link to the story that is not behind a paywall,
  • For radio/audio/podcast entries, please provide an MP3 audio file no greater than 2GB in size,
  • For TV/Video entries, please provide a video in the following formats: MP4,MPG, or MPEG no greater than 2GB in size

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Entry Information

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Entry Details

Date aired or published

Entry Materials

Main Entry Material

  1. The total length for all audio / video for any one submission should total 60 minutes or less. If exceeding, only the first 60 minutes will be reviewed.
  2. All links and files must be publicly accessible, and not behind a paywall.
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Max size 128MB – for larger files please share via Google Drive, DropBox, MediaFire, Youtube or other preferred sharing platforms.

Supporting Entry Material

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