AUSTIN (January 27, 2021) — The Headliners Foundation of Texas is issuing a call for entries for its annual Showcase Awards for Enterprise and Innovation in Journalism, the only cross-media competition to honor exceptional work by Texas-based journalists. The current contest period is for journalism produced from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.
The deadline for entries is March 8, 2021. The Showcase Awards, first introduced by the Foundation in 2013, recognize outstanding journalism that has made a significant impact on Texas government, public policy, culture, or the conduct of a business, non-profit or other organization. Contest rules were changed last year to widen the competition and allow contest judges better opportunity to study entries closely.
The revised rules are posted on the Foundation's web site. Last year, for the first time, Texas-based journalists who work for news organizations with permanent bureaus in Texas can enter, in addition to journalists who are on the staffs of news media headquartered in Texas. For example, the new rules now permit entries from Texas bureaus of national wire services, national newspapers and broadcast networks. Journalists and news organizations are encouraged to choose up to three entries from their 2020 work.
A maximum of three entries is allowed, and each entry can contain up to 10 separate elements. There is no cost to enter the Showcase competition, which provides cash awards directly to individual journalists. The top Showcase Award pays $2,000, part of more than $30,000 in annual award prizes. Last year's winner of the top Gold Award was a team of Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News staff members for "Abuse of Faith," which exposed sexual abuse allegations in the Southern Baptist Church. Silver Awards went to KXAN-TV of Austin and WFAA-TV in Dallas. Certificates of Merit were awarded to Victoria Advocate, Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News.
This year's winners will be announced in the spring. They will be recognized in person at the Headliners Foundation's annual Mike Quinn Luncheon in the fall. In 1983, the Headliners Foundation of Texas was formed as a tax-exempt organization to formalize the Headliners Club’s awards program into an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in Texas journalism. In addition to awarding scholarships for promising students, the Headliners Foundation recognizes media talent and sponsors unique journalism projects. In 2019, it made a significant expansion of programs by creating the Verne Lundquist Sports Media Institute.
For further information, visit www.headlinersfoundation.org or contact Alison Unger, executive director.