2015 Legal Reporting Awards Entry Guidelines

About the awards

Victoria Law Foundation's annual Legal Reporting Awards recognise and promote excellence in legal journalism, across a range of media, for material about or connected with Victoria.

The awards acknowledge the important role that the media plays in helping Victorians understand the law and the legal system. They reflect the foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of legal information available to Victorians.

Presented in partnership with the Supreme Court of Victoria, entries are judged by a committee made up of representatives from Victoria's courts and experts in media and communications.

The 2015 awards are being offered in 12 categories for work published or broadcast in 2014. The full list of award categories can be found here.

Closing date for entries
Entries for the awards close at 5:00 pm on Friday 6 February 2015.

Announcement of winners
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Supreme Court Library on Tuesday 21 April 2015. All entrants will be invited to attend.

Awards selection criteria
In each category, the judging panel will be looking for entries that demonstrate excellence in legal journalism covering topics about or connected with Victoria.

The awards will recognise work that:

  • conveys complex issues in a manner that is understood by the general community;
  • is topical, timely, accurate and/or presents a unique opinion;
  • demonstrates objectivity, integrity, deals with an issue respectfully and/or shows general journalistic professionalism;
  • presents an issue in its entirety and/or succinctly;
  • has a significant impact on the community;
  • demonstrates astute investigation skills, initiative and/or is an innovative use of medium;
  • raises the profile of the courts or the legal sector; and
  • follows plain language principles.

Award categories
The 2015 awards are being offered in 12 categories for work published or broadcast in 2014. The full list of award categories can be found here.


What works are eligible?
Legal journalism published or broadcast in 2014 about or connected with Victoria. This includes works published or broadcast interstate or in national media.

Who can enter?
The author(s), or their editor or employer, may enter work(s) for the awards. Entries cannot be submitted by anyone else.

The author(s) must be clearly identified by a by-line or similar on all work entered, or alternatively their authorship must be verified by a letter from their editor or employer.

What categories can I enter?
Entries can be submitted in all award categories except for Reporter of the year on legal issues. The award in this category is made by the judging panel, who will consider entries received across all categories.

The judges may also use their discretion to change the category of an entry.

How many times can I enter a category?
An author or co-author can only submit one entry per category.

Can I submit the same work for more than one category?
Yes, but you can only enter each category once.

Can I submit a portfolio?
You can submit a portfolio of work in the Columb Brennan Award and the Tony Smith Award.

Where a portfolio of work is submitted by one author, each work in the portfolio must be authored or co-authored by the entrant. When a portfolio of work is submitted by co-authors, each work in the portfolio must be co-authored by the entrants.

How to submit your entry
All entries must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday 6 February 2015.

Entries will be accepted in hardcopy or as electronic files on a USB sent to the address below. Electronic files must be provided as PDF, MP3 (audio) or MP4 (video) files. Please note that there are two entry forms: one for categories that accept single works, and one for categories that accept portfolios of work.

When preparing your entry please ensure that:

  • you include a signed entry form for each work or portfolio submitted (a PDF version will be accepted if provided electronically)
  • electronic files contained on a USB are given clear file names that include the author(s) and category entered
  • hardcopy entries are printed in colour, one-sided and preferably in A3.

Address entries to:

Legal Reporting Awards entries
Victoria Law Foundation
Level 5, 43 Hardware Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

If you win an award, we will use the works submitted with your entry to provide information about your award on the foundation’s website.

Acknowledgement of your entry
We will acknowledge receipt of your entry by email within five days. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact us to make sure that we have received your entry. Entries will not be returned, so do not submit originals.

More information
Please contact our Communications Manager on (03) 9604 8100 or email.

This page was last updated on June 06, 2017