Loeb Awards announce changes to entries, schedule

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Gerald Loeb Awards

UCLA Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation announced Tuesday significant changes to the 14 competition categories for the 2013 Gerald Loeb Awards.

A longer submission period was also announced. The new structure is an effort to lift platform restrictions per category and more accurately reflect journalism as it is currently practiced.

“The Loeb Awards are significant to the industry and to the public at large because they celebrate the best in business journalism,” says Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and chair of the G. and R. Loeb Foundation, in a statement.  “As platforms and dissemination channels change, so too should The Loeb Awards.  It is time for the Loebs to move toward platform neutrality, and to continue to highlight the best current expression of excellence in business journalism.”

Beginning this year all categories will be classified into either Platform Neutral or Platform Specific groups. Platform Neutral categories will accept submissions in all forms of journalism and in any combination of forms – traditional print, broadcast (video and audio), digital (online and interactive), still photography, graphics/data visualization, and social media.

Platform Specific category submissions will be limited to a single form of journalism as designated by the category – newspapers, magazines, broadcast, etc. For both Platform Neutral and Platform Specific categories, a single submission is limited to a maximum of five (5) news items: individual article(s), broadcast segments (television, radio, or online video), visual elements, blogs, photos, etc. For a full list of eligibility and rules, please visit http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x45708.xml.

Three new Loeb Award categories also were created for the 2013 competition: Images/Visuals, International, and Investigative. Additionally, the Large Newspapers category is now open to submissions from outlets with a circulation of 200,000 or more; and the circulation criteria for the Small & Medium Newspapers category will be 199,999 or less. For a full list of all fourteen competition categories and their descriptions, please visit http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x45707.xml.

To give submitters time to learn the new system, this year’s call-for-entries will be extended by nearly two weeks. Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 19, 2012, through Feb. 1, 2013 at www.loeb.anderson.ucla.edu.

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