Hello,

Award season for the Chess Journalists of America will begin over the next few weeks.  The first task is for I, as coordinating judge, to determine the categories.  The list from last year is below and a few suggested changes and one question is noted below that.  Anyone is welcome to email me at joshuamiltonanderson@gmail.com or by replying below in the comments.

 

TOP THREE CATEGORIES (OPEN TO PRINT OR ONLINE)

Chess Journalist of the Year (June 1, 2021 – May  30, 2022)

Best Story of the Year

Best Column

 

BEST CHESS BOOK

Best Book – Instruction

Best Book – Other

Best Self-Published Book

 

BEST VISUAL ARTS

Best Photojournalism Article

Best Single Chess Photo

Best Art

Best Single Chess Magazine Cover

Best Cartoon

 

BEST PRINT ARTICLES (OPEN ONLY TO PUBLICATIONS)

Best Regular Newspaper Column

Best Single Article of Local Interest

Best Overall Magazine

Best Feature Article

Best Interview

Best Tournament Report National / International

Best Tournament Report – State / Local

Best Club Newsletter

Best Instructive Lesson

Best Review

Best Analysis

Best Historical Article

Best Humorous Contribution

Best Personal Narrative

 

BEST ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS AND FEATURES

Best Interview

Best Feature Article

Best Podcast

Best Single Podcast Episode

Best Tournament Report – National/International

Best Tournament Report – State/Local

Best News

Best Club Newsletter

Best Instruction Lesson

Best Analysis

Best Humorous Contribution

Best Historical Article

Best Personal Narrative

Best Overall Chess Website

Best Overall Website Small Organization (group of less than 500)

Best Online Blog

Best Educational Lesson

Best Online Review

Best Non-Instructive Chess Video

Best Twitter Feed

Best Coverage by Mainstream Publication (free entry)

Best Twitch Channel

Best Instagram Feed

 

JUNIOR (UNDER 20)

Best Print Article by a Junior

Best Online Article by a Junior

Best Personal Narrative by a Junior

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

 

CRAMER AWARDS

Best State Championship Report

Best State Tournament Coverage

Best Scholastic Coverage in State

Best Overall State Website

Best State Magazine/Newsletter – Print

Best State Magazine/Newsletter – Online

Best Personal Narrative 

Best Photography

Best State Chapter Website

 

 

Proposed changes:

  • In Cramer Awards change Best Photography to Best Photograph
  • In Cramer Awards keep Best Overall State Website and get rid of Best State Chapter Website
  • Best Scholastic Coverage in State – make clear this can include multiple articles
  • Best Twitch Channel – While this is not a popularity contest, there are individuals with thousands if not hundreds of thousands if not millions of followers. How do we balance their popularity with only the entries that are submitted, or do we not care?
  • The idea has been voiced to move Best Magazine into the Top 3 Awards, making them the Top 4 Awards.
  • Best weekly video program Eade’s Eade’s files or the New England group that has a weekly program would be examples
  • Best tournament/match coverage by one organization – chess.com’s coverage of the world championship match

People are welcome to suggest other changes.  I am in favor of 1-3, 5-7, but others are welcome to give there opinion and if they have other suggestions or thoughts, now is the time to weigh in.

Take care,

Joshua