State contest seeks top coverage of elder abuse issues

CNPA members whose newsrooms have covered elder abuse or dependent-adult abuse are encouraged to enter a new contest sponsored by the California Department of Social Services.

The 2018 Elder & Dependent Adults Abuse Journalism Contest invites coverage of any angle of elder and dependent adult abuse, as well as the work of Adult Protective Services responding to reports and providing safety to victims of abuse. Categories include hard news/investigative reporting, general reporting, case studies, analysis, local and larger angles, features and profiles. News and feature photos can also be entered, as can photo essays.

Publication dates must be between Sept. 1, 2017, and March 5, 2018. Contest submissions must be received by Friday, March 30, 2018.

The contest is open to print and online publications. Entry divisions are: Daily Newspapers (periodicals published 5+ times a week), Weeklies (1-2x a week); Internet Online news sites (articles that also appeared in print are not eligible to be submitted in both categories); Campus Publications: High School and Community Colleges, and Four-year Universities.

Get rules and entry information. Questions? Contact John Hartmire at the California Department of Social Services, (916) 651-5111.