Award for International Impact

Judging Process

 

The following is the National Magazines Awards Foundation's guidelines for judging.  

 

 

Writing Awards Judging Process

 

Entries for the Writing Awards are adjudicated as follows:

  • Each category will have a three-person jury evaluating English entries and a three-person jury evaluating French entries.
  • Each jury will evaluate and score all entries in their category.
  • Each jury will consist of at least one editor and one writer, with the third juror either a second editor or writer, or a journalist or other person with topical expertise in that category.
  • Each entry is judged according to three criteria in equal proportions:
    • Style and Creativity (1/3 of score)
    • Content (1/3 of score)
    • Impact (1/3 of score)
  • Each individual judge will have 4-5 weeks to review all submissions and then submit numerical scores, based on provided criteria and scoring procedures, on each entry prior to the group discussion.
  • Each jury will be convened via conference call to deliberate and discuss the entries, and work towards consensus on the nominations.
  • Judges will have a period of time following the conference call to review entries and modify/finalize their scores.
  • In order to be considered for nomination, an entry must have a minimum average score of 24 (on a 30-point scale) from all three judges.
  • There will be a maximum of 10 nominations (minimum 3) in each category.
  • Finalists will be proportional by language to the submissions received.
  • The top overall score (English and French) will receive the Gold Medal; the second-highest overall score (English and French) will receive the Silver Medal. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention.
  • With respect to French- and English-language entries being evaluated by separate juries:
    • Juries in both divisions receive identical criteria, scoring procedures and guidelines;
    • In the event of a scoring outcome in which the final average scores of the top English and French entries are within 3% of each other, the NMAF Judging Committee may convene a Bilingual Advisory Panel to analyze the results and either uphold the results or award a tie.
  • For the award Best New Magazine Writer, there will be a maximum of 5 finalists and a single Gold winner.

 

 

Visual Awards Judging Process

 

Entries for Visual Awards are adjudicated as follows:

  • Each category will have a three-person jury evaluating all entries.
  • At least one member of each jury is bilingual.
  • Depending on the category, panel members may include an illustrator, a photographer, a magazine art director, an editor, or an industry member with relevant expertise.
  • Each individual judge will have 4-5 weeks to review all submissions and then submit numerical scores, based on provided criteria and scoring procedures, on each entry prior to the group discussion.
  • Each entry is judged according to three criteria in equal proportions:
    • Quality of the visual content (1/3 of score);
    • Appropriateness of the visual content to the text it accompanies it (1/3 of score);
    • Functionality: does the treatment make you want to read the article or magazine? (1/3 of score)
  • Each jury will be convened via conference call to deliberate and discuss the entries, and work towards consensus on the nominations and the gold and silver medal winners. If consensus is not possible, the winners will be determined by a majority vote. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention.
  • There will be a maximum of 10 finalists (minimum 3) in each category.
  • For the award Best New Magazine Illustrator / Photographer, there will be a maximum of 5 finalists and a single Gold winner.

 

 

Integrated Awards Judging Process

 

Entries for Integrated Awards are adjudicated as follows:

  • Each category will have a three-person jury evaluating all entries.
  • At least one member of each jury is bilingual.
  • Depending on the category, panel members may include an editor, a publisher, an art director, and/or an industry member with relevant expertise.
  • Each individual judge will have 4-5 weeks to review all submissions and then submit numerical scores, based on provided criteria and scoring procedures, on each entry prior to the group discussion.
  • Each Integrated Award has its own set of criteria and scoring procedures.
  • Each jury will be convened via conference call to deliberate and discuss the entries, and work towards consensus on the finalists and the gold and silver medal winners. If consensus is not possible, the winners will be determined by a majority vote. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention.
  • There will be a maximum of 10 finalists (minimum 3) in each category.

 

 

Special Category Judging Process

 

  • Magazine of the Year — The jury for Magazine of the Year is responsible for identifying the magazine which exemplifies overall editorial excellence. The jury will consist of 5 individuals, at least two of whom are bilingual (including one from Quebec), and at least 1 of whom is an international judge. Jurors should be recognized leaders in their fields of expertise, including publishing, editing, art direction, and other facets of magazine journalism. Each individual judge will have 4-5 weeks to review all submissions, including the application form, a set of print issues, and supplementary material from each applicant. Each individual judge must submit numerical scores, based on provided criteria and scoring procedures, on each entry prior to the group discussion. The jury will be convened via conference call to deliberate and discuss the entries, and work towards consensus on 5 finalists and from them, a single overall winner.
  • Outstanding Achievement —The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will select the winner by a plurality vote, following deliberation of all applicants.
  • International Achievement —The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will select the winner by a plurality vote, following deliberation of all applicants.

 

 

Other Procedures

 

Supporting our Judges

Judges in all categories receive a “Judging Guide” which is a written explanation of how the judging process works, as well as criteria and scoring procedures. For all awards judges are requested to participate in a conveniently scheduled conference call with other judges on their panel.

 

Small Categories

For any category that receives fewer than 15 entries, the NMAF reserves the right to limit the number of finalists to 5 and present only a Gold Award (no Silver Award).

 

Conflict of Interest

A person shall be considered ineligible to judge in a category in which that person is entered as a writer, handling editor or other contributor. A person who appears on the masthead of a magazine entered in a particular category may not serve as a judge for that category. If a person is the subject of an article, has a close association with the writer, is a regular contributor to one of the entering publications, or has any other conflict, that person may still be eligible to judge that category but may be asked to abstain from judging the entry for which a conflict of interest exists.

 

Category Review

Honouring our commitment to reflect evolving methods of presentation and publication of content, the NMAF will review its categories on an annual basis.

 

Stakeholders from the industry are asked to provide feedback on the clarity of category description, the relevancy of the current roster of awards and to note any areas of content and creation that are not included.

 

The bottom 20 per cent of categories, in terms of the number of applicants, will be reviewed annually to ensure their ongoing viability to the Foundation and relevance to the industry.