Media Awards Application

About the Media Journalism Awards

Promoting and rewarding excellence and accuracy of media coverage about mental health.

With the financial support of the Australian and New Zealand governments, we are pleased to seek entries from Australia and New Zealand for entries in 3 Media Award Categories.

Entries should reflect non-stigmatising attitudes towards mental health and be constructive in supporting the understanding of mental health matters.

Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in TheMHS Awards. We value your Awards entry greatly.

Before lodging your entry please ensure that:

  • You meet the relevant “Entry Rules and Scoring” below,
  • You have read the “Lodging your entry” instructions below,
  • You have read and followed the “Preparing your entry” instructions below.

If you experience any difficulties, please email awards@themhs.org or telephone +61(2) 9810 8700

Rules and Scoring

Rules

Entry first published or broadcast within 13 months prior to closing date, i.e. 1 April 2018 to 1 May 2019.

Scoring
  • The entry has been well researched and is factually accurate.
  • The content of the entry is sufficiently complete and balanced to impart a broad understanding of the issues.
  • The overall style and the journalistic character of the entry are engaging for the target audience.
  • Guidelines for reporting of mental health matters are taken into account:
    Australia – Mindframe guidelines
    New Zealand – Mental Health Foundation guidelines

Judges are encouraged to take into account the realistic limitations within which journalists work and the variability on impact and reach of diverse media outlets.

Judges will also take into consideration any material that supports the positive effect of the publication or broadcast e.g. letters to editor, community response in the form of letters, emails, phone calls, talkback radio, etc.

The Judges’ decision is final. Prize benefits are contingent on funding. (TheMHS Learning Network reserves the right to make changes to the number of awards in each category and/or the amount of money awarded.)

Judges have the right not to accept an entry which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of TheMHS Awards program. The judges’ decision will be final. TheMHS Awards Committee reserves the right to withdraw a TheMHS Award if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the entry conditions.

Other Information

A panel of media practitioners, clinicians, consumers and carers will judge the awards. To assist the panel with judging issues, an external journalist may be invited to review any shortlist. See more about the Judging Process here.

Finalists will be notified by the end of June to enable attendance at the conference to receive the awards.

The Award presentation will be held during TheMHS Conference 2019 in August in Brisbane, Queensland.

Lodging Your Entry

The Entry has a Part A and a Part B. You will need to create an account and log in. To lodge your entry, first register your details by clicking on “Update Details”. Next, click on “Part A Submission’ and follow the prompts to complete Part A.

After Saving a Draft or Submitting Part A you will be able to access Part B. You can submit Part A and Part B separately. You just need to use the link and your unique Sign In details. You can move between previous screens using the back and forwards arrow at the top of the computer screen or the tabs at the top of the page. To access a saved draft or view a submitted Entry, select the View/Edit Part A or View/Edit Part B tab.

Thank you for your interest in TheMHS Awards. We value your Awards entry greatly!

Preparing Your Entry

Part A – Submit Online

Prepare and have ready to include with your online submission:

  • Demographic Details
  • Brief CV
  • 150 word description of entry
Part B – Submit Online

Prepare Part B according to the following instructions and have ready to submit as a single pdf file.

Text Journalism

  • Submit a single PDF file containing a copy of the story/work being submitted, plus any support material (up to 8 pages).

Sound/Vision Journalism

  • Submit a single PDF file containing a URL link to the Program being submitted, plus any support material (up to 8 pages).
  • The overall time limit for your entry piece is 60 minutes.

Understanding that journalists work within limitations and acknowledging the differences and diversity of media outlets and their impact and reach, entries are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence that the story has been well researched and is factually accurate.
  • The content of the story is sufficiently complete and balanced to impart a broad understanding of the issues.
  • The overall style and journalistic character of the entry are engaging for the target audience.
  • Guidelines for reporting of mental health matters are taken into account:
    Australia – Mindframe guidelines
    New Zealand – Mental Health Foundation guidelines

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