IIMCAA Awards 2020: Categories | Rules & Criteria | Deadline- 31 December, 2019

Dear IIMCians,
IIMC Alumni Association is now in its fourth year of the IIMCAA Awards. Our endeavour to recognise the excellent work of our alumni in different sectors of mass communication continues and we are glad that we have reached IIMCAA Awards 2020.
We are announcing entries open for IIMCAA Awards 2020 in 33 categories out of 35 categories of IIMCAA Awards 2020. This is the 4thseason of IIMCAA Awards which IIMCAA instituted in 2017 with 10 categories and now we have 35 categories for the year 2020.
IIMCAA Awards will felicitate the best professional work done by the alumnus, during 1 January, 2019 to 31 December, 2019. It carries a cash prize along with a trophy and certificate.
There are cash prizes of Rs 51,000 for one category and Rs 21,000 for remaining categories which are open for entries. Awards will be announced and given at the Annual Alumni Meet- Connections 2020 on 8th February, 2020 at IIMC HQ, New Delhi.
The selection will be done by a jury of eminent mass communication personalities. The jury will convene in January, 2020 and select the winners.
Last date for receiving entries is 31st December, 2019 with exceptions to those print journalists whose report or work done on 31st December is published in the edition of 1st January, 2020. Deadline for them will be 1st January, 2020.
Categories of IIMCAA Awards 2020
Not Open for Entries: Selection & Announcement by The Central Committee
1.         Alumni Of The Year- Felicitation
2.         Public Service- Felicitation
Open for Entries: Selection by Jury, Announcement by The Central Committee
3.         A 1- Agricultural Reporting- 51,000 INR
4.         A 2- Investigative Reporting- 21,000 INR
5.         A 3- Developmental Reporting- 21,000 INR
6.         A 4- Political Reporting- 21,000 INR
7.         A 5- Sports Reporting- 21,000 INR
8.         A 6- Economic and Business Reporting- 21,000 INR
9.         A 7-Crime – 21,000 INR
10.       A 8-Environment – 21,000 INR
11        A 9-Entertainment – 21,000 INR
12.       A 10- Features- 21,000 INR
13.       A11- Data Journalism – 21,000 INR
14.       B 1- Print Production- Large Publications- 21,000 INR
15.       B 2: Print Production- Medium & Small Publications- 21,000 INR
16.       B 3- Broadcast Production- Large Network- 21,000 INR
17.       B 4- Broadcast Production- Small & Medium Network- 21,000 INR
18.       B 5- Digital Production- Content – 21,000 INR
19.       B 6- Digital Production- Innovation- 21,000 INR
20.       B 7- Digital Production- Video – 21,000 INR
21.       B 8- Anchor/ Presenter/ Broadcaster [Audio]- 21,000 INR
22.       B 9 – Anchor/ Presenter/ Broadcaster [Video] – 21,000 INR
23.       B 10– Documentary Film Making- 21,000 INR
24.       B 11-Photography – Amateur – 21,000 INR
25        B 12-Photography – Professional – 21,000 INR
26.       C 1- Advertising- 21,000 INR
27.       C 2- Media Innovation- 21,000 INR
28.       C 3- Image Building (Public Relations) – 21,000 INR
29.       C 4- Advocacy- 21,000 INR
30.       C 5- Crisis Management- 21,000 INR
31.       C 6-Image Management – 21,000 INR
32.       C 7- Social Media Management – Small- 21,000 INR
33.       C 8- Social Media Management – Big – 21,000 INR
34.       C 9- Social Media Influencer – 21,000 INR
35.       C 10- Research paper in Mass Communication – 21,000 INR
General Criteria and Rules of IIMCAA Awards 2020 | Category Specific Rules Mentioned with Respective Categories
1. Applicant must be a PG Diploma holder of the IIMC.
2. Applicant must cite an example of outstanding work done in the reference period for the particular years’ award, in this case the period applicable is 1 January, 2019 – 31 December, 2019. 
3. Entries and queries to be sent at awards@iimcaa.org
4. Applicant must attach a brief essay maximum in 200 words of the work justifying the eligibility to the jury. 
5. Entries to be sent only in PDF, JPEG, URL and PPT formats. 
6. If entry is Video/ Audio, send the web URL of uploaded file by self/ organization.
7. An applicant can send only ONE entry in any TWO categories (maximum) in a year. Both entries should be emailed SEPARATELY. 2 entries in 1 email will be ground for rejections in BOTH categories.
8. Recommendation letter from the Head of the organisation or Reporting Manager or Two peers are required. By-line entries do not require any recommendation but clippings/ PDF/ URL is a must.
9. Entries need to be accompanied by a letter of Editor or Competent Authority in all categories of the Production Awards.
10. Organisational nomination should be backed by Head of the department or competent authority.
11. Two references of classmates/ batch mates at IIMC have to be provided by applicant with their email id and mobile number. 
12. Work in all Indian languages will be considered without favour or prejudice but the applicant should provide a suitable translation in English or Hindi to enable the jury to judge.
13. Central Committee members do not qualify for any awards.
14. A campaign can’t be entered for two different categories. If an alumnus of agency and another of client side send the same campaign for two different categories, the entry received first will qualify and will be considered for judging.
15. Applicant must submit an undertaking to authorise IIMCAA to use applicant’s name, photograph, organisation’s name and their entries for promoting the IIMCAA Awards in all communication medium. 
16. Deadline to submit the entries for IIMCAA Awards 2020 is 31 December, 2019 with only exceptions for those print journalists whose work done on 31st December will get printed on January 1st, 2020.
17. The applicant has to agree to the all terms and conditions of the IIMCAA Awards 2020. 
18. If the jury doesn’t find any suitable entry in any of the categories then the award for that category may be dropped for this year.
19. The decision of the jury will be final and can’t be contested in any court.
20. Organistion name/ Freelance status of winners will be recognized in certificates of IIMCAA Awards 2019.
21. Any rule/ criteria can be altered by the IIMC Alumni Association if necessary in the larger interested of alumni and awards.
A brief description of the category of the awards is as follows:-
1)     Alumni of the Year – Recognising and felicitating a personality for his achievements and contributions to any field of Mass Communication.
2)     Public Service – Projects and plans in the areas of social work, public welfare and    development.
3)     Agricultural Reporting – Covering any issue related to agriculture and rural India
4)     Developmental Reporting – All issues related to covering development in any sector or field including science, research, social welfare, environment or disaster management.
5)     Political Reporting – Covering all areas and topics of political importance and relevance.
6)     Investigative Reporting – Any issue where the topic involved research, investigation and collating of facts to reach a conclusion.
7)     Sports Reporting – All issues related to games and sports in the national and international arena.

8)     Economic & Business Reporting – Coverage of financial, business, economic and commercial news and development.
9)     Crime – Covering all areas of reporting and follow up on crime.
10) Environment – Covering all areas related climate, pollution, energy, emissions and other elements that are part of our surroundings.
11) Entertainment – Coverage of issues related to fashion, Bollywood, plays, Page 3 and other areas of entertainment.
12) Feature Writing– Includes features in any media on entertainment, lifestyle and other areas of interest.
13) Data Journalism – Any issue where data and its depiction was used for research, investigation and collating of facts to reach a conclusion or to create a story.
14) Print Production- Large Publications – Includes the planning, content and presentation of any page or supplement in the print media.
15) Print Production- Medium & Small Publications – Includes the planning, content and presentation of any page or supplement in the print media.
16) Broadcast Production– Large Broadcasters – Programmes and news production for the broadcast medium.
17) Broadcast Production– Medium and Small Broadcasters– Programmes and news production for the broadcast medium.
18) Digital Production– Content
This award is for evaluating the content of any journalistic piece in the digital field which would include websites and web pages.
19) Digital Production– Innovation
This award is for evaluating any new idea or innovation or creativity in creating and managing the website or web page including any site for mobile or an app for it.
20) Digital Production – Video
This covers any kind of video production for the digital media including a clipping, film or a channel on this media.
21) Anchor/ Presenter /Broadcaster  – Recognising the work of any presenter or anchor in the broadcast medium – Audio
22) Anchor/ Presenter /Broadcaster– Recognising the work of any presenter or anchor in the broadcast medium – Video
23) Documentary Film Making – Recognising the work done in making a documentary film in any area or topic.
24) Photography (Amateur) – Recognising the work of any kind of non-professional/hobby photography and photographer.
25) Photography (Professional) – Recognising the work of any kind of professional photography in the field of reporting/news/advertising and PR.
26) Advertising Campaign – A single or a series of advertisements in any media.
27) Advertising Media Innovation – Any idea or innovation in the planning of media for advertising.
28) Image Building – Any campaign for building and maintaining the image for a client or for a brand or idea. This includes both the agency and the corporate.
29) Advocacy – Issues relating to advocacy of concepts, thoughts and ideas or any plans or campaigns for promoting a cause including CSR projects. This includes both the agency and the corporate.
30) Crisis Management – Handling of any crisis situation both internal or external in any organisation either by the agency or by the corporate itself.
31) Image Management – Managing any personalities image be it a celebrity or a politician or a professional, through planned activities and campaigns using the various elements of PR and event management.
32) Social Media campaign (Big) – Ideas and innovations in the use of the digital platform including the social media for the promotion of a brand or concept.
33) Social Media Campaign (Small) – Ideas and innovations in the use of the digital platform including the social media for the promotion of a brand or concept.
34) Social Media Influencers – Recognising the efforts of a personality who has become a major influencer on the social media be it through blogs, films or a channel using the social media platform.
35) Research paper in Mass Communication – A research paper or study on any aspect of Mass Communication which is the work of an alumni whether in the academic or non-academic field.
Thanks & Regards,
Rajeev Deshpande
Convenor, IIMCAA Awards 2020
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