The American Society of Journalists and Authors is proud to recognize the vital work of journalists worldwide as they help audiences understand all aspects of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Introducing the first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Writing Awards. The contest is now closed. Thank you and good luck to all the entrants!
"Professional journalists are key in helping us all navigate the confusing and conflicting news about a worldwide crisis that is changing our lives," said Janine Latus, chair of the ASJA Crisis Coverage Awards. "ASJA is proud to recognize our colleagues' vital work as they help audiences make sense of all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic."
More than 500 submissions were received for this important writing awards program. Here were the categories:
- Business & Economy – including all financial aspects, the effect on contract workers, recession, furloughs, open-up movements, remote work, supply chain disruptions, unemployment and travel and tourism.
- Education – including homeschooling, school-related online classes and virtual internships.
- Healthcare – including the broad spectrum of COVID-19’s impact on medical personnel, infection spread and testing, hospital overload, the reduction of elective procedures and long-term implication of delayed treatments for issues unrelated to COVID-19.
- Mental Health – including explorations of resilience, grief, isolation, stress, pandemic fatigue, anxiety, depression and suicide.
- Personal Essays – first-person accounts of any aspect of the pandemic.
- Politics & Government – including federal, state, local and international government responses, positions by political entities, effect on campaigns and elections, stimulus efforts and the disparity of COVID-19’s impact on different demographics.
- Science – including COVID-19 research, efforts toward vaccines and treatments, virus origin and evolution and future implications.
- Social Adaptation – including parenting and innovative ways of dealing with isolation (i.e. incorporating social distancing into celebrations, finding at-home hobbies, online versions of traditionally in-person activities).
- Technology – including quarantine chats, Zoom popularity, TV shows from home (like Saturday Night Live), tracking technologies, vaccine/treatment technologies and 3D printing of protective equipment.
Due to the overwhelming response, ASJA has enlisted the help of more than 75 judges to review the contest submissions. Each awards category has been assigned a judging team of award-winning journalists and authors. The winners will be announced in August via this website, a press release and email blast to all entrants as well as to the ASJA community. Winners in each category will be notified via a personal email from the awards chair, Janine Latus, indicating they have won, followed by arrangements to for each winner to receive a cash prize of $350 each.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition.