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Cramer Journalism Awards

Joint Announcement

Press Release
March 9, 2003

Pete Tamburro, President of the Chess Journalists of America, and Don Schultz, Chairman of the Cramer Awards jointly announced their annual call for entries that appeared in either print publications or internet sites.

There are several important changes from last year. The impact of the use of the internet for chess journalist activities has necessitated the changes mentioned below. Of particular interest are the new categories: Best State Internet Site, Best New Website, and Best Chess News Site. This last category will be different in that sites that are entered in this category will be monitored for one year, and the award given next year.

It is also important to note that June 25, 2003, will be the deadline for most entries. Several entries have earlier deadlines. Take care to note them.

The Cramer awards are, as last year,

  1. Chess Journalist of the Year
  2. Best Book (published in 2002)
  3. Best Newspaper Chess Column
  4. Best State Magazine (any size).

For the first mentioned Cramer award, people are asked to send nominations to the Chief Judge for the CJA, Pete Tamburro, with an explanation as to why this person should receive the award. This may be a person who has greatly contributed to chess journalism this past year or who has a lifetime record of achievement in chess journalism. The nominations for Chess Journalist of the Year are due by June 1, 2003. Only CJA members may nominate. Entrants with a book selection should send four copies to the Chief Judge to insure consideration. The remaining Cramer Award categories are entered under the CJA categories listed below.

The procedure for entries is as follows:

The CJA awards require an entry fee that includes membership in the CJA. Internet entries must be from legal U.S. residents or U.S. citizens abroad. Print entries may be from any publication published in the United States or its territories. There are different procedures for print and internet entrants, as noted below.

Print entrants should submit one original and four photocopies or five originals for each entry. If you are submitting one article in two categories, for example, then you would submit ten items and two separate cover sheets.

Internet submitters should send five printouts of the production to the Chief Judge and also email the entered item to the CJA webmaster at Contact Webmaster.Your entry must give us permission to display your entry on the CJA site or it will not be considered an entry. The webmaster may choose, as an alternative, to link to your site. The entry fee with required information is sent to the Chief Judge.

Both internet and print entrants must send an entry fee of $15 for the first entry (that includes membership or extension of membership in the CJA) and $8 for each additional entry after that.

Each entry shall have an 8.5 x 11 cover sheet(typed!) indicating the category, name of the publication (magazine, newspaper, website, etc.) the entry appears in, the name and address of the person to whom the award should be sent, and the name and address of the person receiving the CJA membership.

All entries in categories 2 through 29 must have been produced between June 1, 2002 and June 1, 2003.

Send entries to the Chief Judge:

Pete Tamburro
22 Budd Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Questions or problems: Email: ptamburro@aol.com or phone: 973-984-3832.

Magazine Editor Award Categories
Category 1
Chess Journalist of the Year
Cramer Award Category
Instructions are above. Note June 1, 2003 nomination deadline.
Category 2
Best State Magazine, Open Division
Cramer Award Category
Limited to the official publication of a state chess association. Supply four sets of one year's worth of issues. States that have two publications (e.g., adult and junior) must submit them separately.
Category 3
Best State Magazine,
under 1000 circulation

Limited to the official publication of a state chess association. Supply four sets of one year's worth of issues. States that have two publications (e.g., adult and junior) must submit them separately. Also, a statement of circulation must be submitted with the entry. This may be provided by the circulation statement in the magazine or by a separate letter from the submitter.
Category 4
Best Club Bulletin
Limited to the official publication of local chess clubs. Enter your three BEST issues in the previous year.
Best Postal Magazine
Limited to magazines or websites dealing with postal chess. Enter your three BEST issues in the previous year. Internet sites MUST show dated evidence (sending hard copies) of regular or periodic issuing of postal chess subjects. Judges will be instructed to evaluate all productions in terms of new material presented in each as well as the repeated content (e.g. ratings).
Category 6
Best New Magazine
This may be any regular print publication and may include being the second publication of a state organization (e.g, a state youth magazine or newsletter). The sole requirement other than print is that it did not exist before July 1, 2002.
Category 7
Most Improved Magazine
Enter any two current year issues and any one previous year issue. Each editor must provide one typed sheet explaining where the improvements are. Open to all print magazines.
Category 8
Best Cover
Open to all print magazines. Enter a cover that demonstrates how the publication combines the masthead with other graphic elements to put its best face forward. An editor or publisher may enter more than one cover in this category, with each different cover consisting as a submission. A group production will receive one certificate with the name of the magazine; however, all contributors will be listed in the awards announcement.
Category 9
Best Layout
Open to all print magazines. Enter any one issue that demonstrates how the publication uses headlines, paragraphing, graphics, and printing processes to organize and highlight its material. This category judges layout for a single issue AS A WHOLE. Individual sections of a magazine will not be considered.
Magazine Author Award Categories
Best Regular Magazine Column
Limited to writers of regular magazine columns. Enter your three best columns. Be sure to include the dates of publication.
Best Magazine Tournament Report
Limited to writers of magazine articles telling the story of a single tournament that occurred in the past year. Internet sites that provide continuous coverage should enter under category 30. A group effort will receive one certificate with the name of the magazine. Contributors will be listed in the awards announcements.
Newspaper Author Award Categories
Category 12
Cramer Award Category
Best Regular Newspaper Column

Limited to writers of local, metropolitan or syndicated newspapers columns. Enter your three best columns.
Category 13
Best Regular Newspaper Column of Local Interest
Limited to writers of local or metropolitan newspaper columns that demonstrate quality coverage of local chess and chess players. Enter four columns.
Category 14
Best Newspaper Tournament Report
Limited to newspaper articles reporting on one tournament.
General Author/Artist Award Categories
Best Chess Promotion
Enter one article or column aimed at bringing new people into chess, or increasing the participation of those only mildly interested.
Best Press Release
Enter one article or column aimed at bringing new people into chess, or increasing the participation of those only mildly interested.
Best Human Interest Story
Enter a story, article, column or anecdote in which the center of interest is not chess itself, but the lives, emotions and character of the people who play chess.
Best Historical Article
Enter an article that describes some aspect of chess history.
Best Interview
Enter an interview whose relating to chess that demonstrates the skill of the interviewer in eliciting instructive and revealing responses. Internet entrants must provide tape or transcript if it is an audio interview.
Best Editorial
Enter an editorial that takes a clear stand on a chess related theme. Editors who have a counterpoint editorial (pro vs. con.) must enter each position separately.
Best Humorous Contribution
Enter any cartoons, jokes, satire, irony, parody, or exaggeration, etc., with a chess theme that makes the reader smile, chuckle or laugh out loud. The Chief Judge in advisement with the judges will decide if it is appropriately tasteful. The underlying criterion is that the humor would not be out of place if it were published in a state magazine that kids read.
Best Review
Enter a review of a single book, play, move, computer program, etc., that has a chess related theme.
Category 23(a) [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Analysis, Openings
The article(s) must cover one opening and may be in a serial format over several issues or presentations on the net. Internet entrants must provide a print copy or transcript of the presentation.

Category 23(b) [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Analysis, Endings
Same standards as 23a, except in covers the endgame.

Category 23(c) [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Analysis, Other
An analysis of some aspect of a game or several games that has a theme that is looked at deeply.
Best Instruction
Enter an item that teaches something about chess to average players. This must be something more than a typical annotated game. Internet entrants must provide a hard copy of the presentation.
Best Cartoon
Enter a single cartoon or a cartoon strip with a chess related theme.
Best Chess Art
Enter a single work of art with a chess related theme that has been created by just ONE person. It may be part of a larger production (e.g., on the cover of a magazine), but it will be judged as an entity in and of itself.
Best Chess Photograph
Enter a single chess photograph that portrays without words that chess is involved. Again, the criteria for taste are mentioned above.
Internet Categories
Best State Web Site
You need only provide the entry fee and the site address. Limited to official state organization websites. This deadline for entry is June 1, 2003.
Best New Web Site
You need only provide the entry fee, the site address and the date the site was initiated (within the past year).
Best Internet Chess News Site
Your site must enter now by the June 25 entry deadline. The award will be announced next year. The appointed judges will monitor the site for one year. The winner will have shown a regular, accurate and objective reporting of chess news in the U.S. or the world.
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