8.24.2007

SND.IES: CATEGORY CHANGES

Judges were met with 18 entries in the SND.ies breaking news category, however, during the judging process six were moved to non-breaking news. This was something that had never happened before in the SND.ies judging. The nine judges had a lively and colorful banter in discussing what qualifies as breaking news versus non-breaking news.

According to Laura Ruel, the SND.ies competition coordinator, the judges felt the differentiation lies in whether or not the event was anticipated or unanticipated. The judges were very complimentary on the databases of information created by the NY Times for the State of the Union Address, Ruel said. While the information was created live as the event was unfolding, the judges felt that this coverage didn't qualify as breaking news because this event was something that you know is going to occur.

Laura Walters
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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