1. Entries can be submitted under one of four categories :
- Long-form & investigative journalism;
- Breaking news;
- Analysis, opinion & commentary;
- Student / Early career journalism.
2. Any reports published or broadcast during the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019 are eligible for entry
3. Entries across all media formats are eligible – print, online, TV, radio, digital and podcasts
4. The awards are open to journalists and reporters working for Australian media outlets and journalists and reporters working in Australia. This can include freelancers submitting work for Australia based media outlets. Owners or directors of media companies are not eligible to enter.
5. Entry is open to Australian journalists who have self-published, including blogs and other digital content such as podcasts
6. An entry is permitted if it is considered to be of interest to a Victorian audience, and must be accessible to a Victorian audience
7. For the purposes of these awards, a journalist is someone who produces news or other content of interest to the public, which is both intended for, and accessible to, the general public. A tertiary qualification in journalism is not a pre-requisite.
8. Joint / team entries (e.g. multiple byline, broadcast producers/presenter) will be accepted. Producers of TV and radio are permitted to make entries
9. To be eligible to enter the Student / Early Career category, the entrant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- A student entrant must have been working toward a degree during 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019, and be in their second year or later.
- An early career journalist is defined as having worked in media/journalism for no more than two years prior to the date their entry was published/broadcast.