Global Awards for Excellence prize deadline

World Media Summit offers prize for media professionals

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GlobalAwardsForExcellence-WorldMediaSummitI just got word of the World Media Summit to organise a global awards contest for media professionals. Don’t hesitate to enter if you have any projects that qualify for it. The deadline for entries is 30th September 2014. See the details below. You can enter at World Media Summit’s website.

The WMS Global Awards for Excellence, launched by the World Media Summit, are the first comprehensive news awards covering multiple media formats, including press, photography, video and integrated media. The awards, designed to become an authoritative, credible and globally influential news showcase, are open to news agencies, newspapers, TV stations and news websites around the world.

The WMS Global Awards for Excellence honor “TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY, EXCELLENCE” in journalism. The awards encourage all people working in the media sector to keep honing their professional skills and pursue excellence, while inspiring media setups to work with the times in the spirit of innovation.

There are three categories: New Media Reporting Award, Media Innovation Award and Awards for Public Welfare, which include two sub-categories: Award for Exemplary News Teams in Developing Countries and Award for Exemplary News Professionals in Developing The WMS Secretariat will invite veteran and senior news practitioners from the Secretariat members and other world renowned media organizations, as well as experts and scholars from professional academic institutions, to act as judges. They are to proceed with their work in line with prevailing international norms and with the principle of “equality and justice.”

The entries must have been published, released or broadcast by media organizations. Given these are the first Awards ever launched, the time frame within which entries must have been published extends:

  • Time frame for entry publication: Jan. 1, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2013.
  • Entry submission period: 00:00 GMT, Jul. 1, 2014 – 24:00 GMT, Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Winners announcement: November 2014.

The working language is English. There are no restrictions on the original language of the entry, but an English translation should be attached, based on which the reviews and judgment are made.

Click here to register and submit entries online.

Awards for Public Welfare

  1. Award for Exemplary News Teams in Developing Countries
    This award commends media units or organizations in developing countries for their outstanding contribution to political, economic and cultural development, and to public services.
  2. Award for Exemplary News Professionals in Developing
    This award commends media professionals in developing countries for their outstanding contribution to political, economic and cultural development, and to public services.

Award for Media Innovation
This award is conferred upon the media team that has adopted innovative and creative perspectives, approaches or patterns. There is an emphasis upon taking a novel approach to traditional news practices, in terms of journalistic tools and techniques, products and services, market exploration, etc.

Award for New Media Reporting
This award is conferred upon a distinguished example of news reporting that presents on new media terminals while exhibiting distinct features of new media or multimedia. This page will guide you through the entry submission procedure.

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  1. Registration
    Entrants are required to register on the WMS official website (www.worldmediasummit.org) after providing the necessary personal information. Personal information is only for reference within the WMS Secretariat, and will not be supplied to any third party without entrants’ approval. Entrants can log in at any time and submit new entries within the prescribed time for submission. They can also revise personal information and check entries’ status (such as “submitted”).
  2. Submission of Entries
    Entries can be submitted at www.worldmediasummit.org. Please follow the online guidance to process your submission(s). You can click “save” to preserve unfinished entries. The entry will not be uploaded unless you click “submit.” Once submitted, entries cannot be revised or altered.

Click here to register.

  1. Eligible entrants refer to professional media practitioners working in authentic news agencies, newspapers, TV stations and Internet network institutions from all countries and regions. User-generated websites and social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Wechat, micro-blogs and Wikis, are not included.
  2. There is no entry fee.
  3. Entries are submitted online. All entrants should register on the official website www.worldmediasummit.org before submitting entries. All information provided by the entrant must be genuine.
  4. All submitted works should have been released, published or broadcast by relevant institutions. No entry can participate in any other international news award competitions before the winners of the WMS Global Awards for Excellence are announced in November this year.
  5. Entrant must be the principal writer or one of the writers of the entries. For team awards, one entrant should be selected as a representative to undergo registration and entry submission.
  6. English is the sole working language. Non-English entries should be accompanied by an English translation, based on which the reviews and judgment are made. Entrants are responsible for the credibility of the translation.
  7. Entries should not cover sensitive issues such as disputed state sovereignty and religion, nor contain false speech and/or images, nor involve violence, pornography, bloodstained scene and/or other unhealthy conducts. Entries which do not observe these rules and do not conform to the prerequisites and technical requirements will be disqualified. If an awarded entry is found to have been involved in any of the above-mentioned misconducts, the WMS Secretariat will rescind its qualification and remove the entry from the WMS’s official website.
  8. Entrants should either be copyright holders or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to enter the contest. It is the responsibility of the entrants to ensure there will be no controversies from a third party over the publication, reproduction or transmission of the entries submitted. Entrants will be wholly responsible for any legal liabilities initiated by a third party over
  9. If entries have been previously questioned on their authenticity and justice, entrants should underline the parts questioned and provide a response.
  10. The submission of entries indicates that WMS has been authorized to use them on various occasions without any payment. Entrants of awarded entries automatically authorize WMS to use them in various activities sponsored or organized by WMS without any payment. WMS retains the right to ask for more electronic data from entrants to meet the needs of future exhibitions and events promotion. WMS has the obligation to respect the signature rights of entrants and copyright holders.
  11. The sign-in of entrants to the contest constitutes an agreement to adhere to the Entry Rules. No entry can be withdrawn for any reason once it enters the judging procedure.
  12. Submitted entries will not be returned. The WMS secretariat holding the entries is in the position to dispose them after they have been used as per the rules.

Terms and Conditions
Upon sign-in to participate in the WMS Global Awards for Excellence, the entrants are deemed to have read and understood the Terms and Conditions and be in agreement with them.

1. Entrants agree and acknowledge that the WMS Secretariat has the right to obtain registration information and use it within necessary

2. The WMS Secretariat reserves the right to rescind an entry or disqualify the entrant unless entries conform to the following basic requirements:

  • A. Entries are submitted by eligible entrants;
  • B. Entrants are the copyright holder. If entrants are co-producers, they must all enter the contest. If one of the co-producers acts as the entrant, he or she owns the right of publication;
  • C. All personages appearing in and related to the entry agree to the
  • D. Entries do not involve content that might give rise to civil or criminal cases, or involve such unhealthy conducts as intimidation, misleading information, insult, malice, harassment, slander, vulgarity, obscenity, gossip mongering, sex and/or pornography;
  • E. There is no infringement on others’ copyright, rights of image, trademark, reputation and privacy and/or all other civil rights;
  • F. There is no commercial promotion in any form.

3. Entrants are obliged to resolve issues involving legal matters themselves and hold corresponding liabilities.

4. In case the WMS Secretariat perceives misconducts violating the basic requirements such as counterfeit and rights, it reserves the right to rescind the entry and disqualify the entrants. The WMS Secretariat also retains the right to rescind a winner’s certificate while recovering any prizes given after the winners announcement.

5. Economic and reputation losses brought to the WMS Secretariat and any other side due to entrants’ violation of the above-mentioned rules should be borne by the entrants.

6. To promote the ongoing event, the WMS Secretariat enjoys, though does not solely own, the right to use the entries upon their submission. It also enjoys the right to allow media organizations the world over to use the entries for reporting, including using them in the following circumstances and/or on the following occasions:

  • A. For the ongoing WMS Global News Award competition;
  • B. As exhibits of awarded entries;
  • C. For publication by newspapers and websites related to the Global News Awards competition;
  • D. Promotional materials for other competitions and exhibitions;
  • E. For publication of other printed materials related to competitions and exhibitions;
  • F. For publications of entries’ derivatives;
  • G. For display on computers and all other portable devices.

7. The WMS Secretariat has the right to use the name and image of entrants in ads and promotional activities related to the competition without payment.

8. The WMS Secretariat requests that entrants provide more electronic data to meet the needs of publication, exhibition and other derivative printed matters.

9. The WMS Secretariat should indicate the names of entries when using them. However, the Secretariat will not hold any responsibility due to insufficient information provided and/or the failure to obtain the relevant information when efforts have been made.

10. The WMS Secretariat is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the upload of entries.

11. Entrants are responsible for the risks incurred during the submitting of personal information and entries. The Secretariat shall not be responsible for any errors, such as missing, flawed, delayed and/or distorted information due to technical breakdown, viruses or illegal online invasion.

12. The WMS Secretariat shall not be responsible for the submission of entries to wrong terminals due to entrants’ wrong operation or other technical problems of web service providers.

13. Entrants should take effective measures to protect their entries, guarding against any illegal use or access by third parties.

14. Under no circumstances shall the Secretariat be responsible for the losses (direct or indirect) incurred to entrants after participating in the competition via the Internet.

15. The decisions of the panel of judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The panel of judges is composed of veteran and senior news practitioners from the Secretariat members and other world renowned media organizations, as well as experts and scholars from professional academic institutions. To ensure impartiality, the list of judges each year will not be made public until the winners list is announced.

Awards & Prizes
The WMS Global Awards for Excellence 2014 are comprised of three categories: New Media Reporting Award, Media Innovation Award and Awards for Public Welfare, which include two sub-categories: Award for Exemplary News Teams in Developing Countries and Award for Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries.

Vacancies are possible if all the entries competing for a specific award are judged to be of low quality. Winners will be given a certificate and 10,000 US dollars each.

Winners Announcement
The list of winners will be announced in November 2014. The WMS Secretariat will inform the winners by telephone, fax or email. To be announced.

World Media Summit Secretariat
Address: 97A, Xuanwumen Xidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
ZIP Code: 100031
Tel.: (+8610)88051071, 88053233
Fax: (+8610)88051071, 88053230
Official website: www.worldmediasummit.org
Email: info@worldmediasummit.org

Entry Procedures and Technical Requirements

Prerequisites for Award for Exemplary News Teams in Developing Countries

This paper aims to help entrants become familiar with the entry procedure and prerequisites, and to dispel possible doubts over the The WMS Global Awards for Excellence, set to be among one of the top academic awards in the profession, intend to commend and foster the journalistic mentality of “TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY, EXCELLENCE.” They also aim to embody journalism’s social obligation and mission for public welfare through the outstanding pieces of work the awards will

The WMS Secretariat is to invite veteran and senior news practitioners from the Secretariat members and renowned media organizations, as well as experts and scholars from professional academic institutions, to act as judges. The panel of judges is to proceed in line with prevailing international norms and the principle of “equality and justice.”

1. Entrants
This award is open to media units or organizations from developing countries and regions. No limit has been set on the number of entrants nor the level of the institution. One representative from each unit or organization should be responsible for the entry procedure and submitting relevant materials.

2. Language
Submitted materials should be written in English. An English translation, including translations for video subtitles, should be included if parts of the submitted materials are written in a language other than English. Translation must be faithful to the original meaning. The English version will be the one judged.

3. How to Submit an Entry
Sign-in and entry submission is online. Entrants should log on to the WMS official website www.worldmediasummit.org to register, create a personal ID and complete entry forms before submission.

Entrants will be guided through the process. Incomplete information will disqualify the submission. The following is required for entry

— Full name of the news team
If the team is affiliated to a news organization, please provide the full name and official website of the organization.

— Necessary entry materials
A comprehensive and systematic description of the team is needed, including its members, coverage area, major achievements and Submit no more than five pieces of the team’s representative works. The works should have been accomplished and published between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec.31, 2013. For detailed submission formats, please refer to Technical Requirements.

— Proof of publication
Copies of the news team’s published works are required in PDF or JPG format. The size for each should be between 400k and 1M. For works published online, please provide the URL and make sure that judges have free access to the webpage from July to November

— Supplementary materials
Please provide at least one recommendation letter (in a PDF/JPG format) in English from a person familiar with the team. Please include a PDF/JPG format of any previous awards of the project. (PDF/JPG file: size between 400k and 1M.)

4. Technical Requirements
Upload entries in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). The submitted entry should be faithful to the published one. Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones. Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

A. The PDF file should include:
a. the entry’s original publication layout on the first page;
b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;
c. the English version of the entry if it is published in a language other than English.

B. PHOTOGRAPHS
Photographs may be uploaded in either color or black-and-white. The submitted entry should be uploaded as it was originally published. Digital photographs should be in JPEG format, with the file size between 800k to 2M. The photographs should not measure fewer than 2000 pixels on their longest side. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for color pictures, while Gamma 2.2 is recommended for black-and-white ones. CMYK is not accepted.

Provide necessary information of the photographs in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones.

Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs. The PDF file should include:
a. the entry’s original publication layout on the first page;
b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;
c. the English captions of the entry if it is published in a language other than English to facilitate the judges’ better understanding of the entry. Captions should include when, where, what and other news element.

Provide entry information including titles at broadcasting time, names of reporters/anchors, principal producers, time of broadcast and TV channels and language used in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones.

Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

Upload videos. If the entry was broadcast by a TV station, the station should bear its own logo. If aired online, the footage should be intact. Ads should be erased from the footage. Entries should remain the same as were broadcast. Re-editing is not accepted. Non-English entries should be accompanied by an English translation of the subtitles.

Entries should observe the following technical specifications in producing the video:
* File formats: WMV/AVI
* Maximum file size: 1G. Separated ones should be marked with sequence number.
* Channels: dual or stereo channels
* Coding format: WMV: WMV2 for video coding; WMAV2 for audio coding AVI: MPEG4 for video coding; MP3 for audio coding
* Videos should use progressive scanning (no interlacing).e.g. Video footage shot at 24fps should be encoded and uploaded at 24fps. Video shot at 30fps should be uploaded at 30fps. Video shot at 720p60, should be uploaded at 720p60. Video shot at 1080i60, should be de-interlaced before uploading at 1080p30.
* Resolution

Online players usually display videos in a 16:9 frame. If you are uploading a non-16:9 file, it can also be processed and displayed. However, we recommend the following three resolutions: 480p:854*480, 720:1280*720 and 1080:1920*1080

* Bit rates
To ensure the effect of broadcasting, bit rates are suggested to be no lower than the following:
Format Video Bit Rate Audio Bit Rate
HD 2,000 kbps 128 kbps
SD 1,000 kbps 128 kbps

* Time limit: no longer than 90 minutes

D. MULTIMEDIA REPORTING

Upload entries in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). The submitted entry should be faithful to the published one. Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones. Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

The PDF file should include:
a. the screenshot of the entry’s original publication layout on the first page;
b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;
c. the English version of the entry if it is published in a language other than English.
If the entry contains video materials, please include a video screenshot. Video materials should be uploaded as a separate package. See the above technical requirements for videos.

5. Seeking Help
If you fail to upload the entry materials online due to poor network conditions, you may send an email to info@worldmediasummit.org with name, organization, country, video name, video size, contact information and other information deemed necessary. The WMS Secretariat will contact you as soon as possible to address the problem.

Prerequisites for Award for Exemplary News

Professionals in Developing Countries

This paper aims to help entrants become familiar with the entry procedure and prerequisites, and to dispel possible doubts over the The WMS Global Awards for Excellence, set to be among one of the top academic awards in the profession, intend to commend and foster the journalistic mentality of “TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY, EXCELLENCE.” They also aim to embody journalism’s social obligation and mission for public welfare through the outstanding pieces of work the awards will The WMS Secretariat is to invite veteran and senior news practitioners from the Secretariat members and renowned media organizations, as well as experts and scholars from professional academic institutions, to act as judges. The panel of judges is to proceed in line with prevailing international norms and with the principle of “equality and justice.”

1. Entrants
This award is open to news practitioners of media organizations from developing countries and regions.

2. Language
Submitted materials should be written in English. An English translation, including translations for video subtitles, should be included if parts of the submitted materials are written in a language other than English. Translation must be faithful to the original meaning. The English version will be the one judged.

3. How to Submit an Entry
Sign-in and entry submission is online. Entrants should log on to the WMS official website www.worldmediasummit.org to register, create a personal ID and complete entry forms before submission.

Entrants will be guided through the process. Incomplete information will disqualify the submission. The following is required for entry

— Full name of the news professional
If the professional is affiliated to a news organization, please provide the full name and official website of the organization, as well as the professional’s title and department.

— Necessary entry materials
A comprehensive and systematic description of the news professional is needed, including his/her working experience, coverage area, major achievements and influence.

Submit no more than five pieces of the professional’s representative works. The works should have been accomplished and published between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec.31, 2013. For detailed submission formats, please refer to Technical Requirements.

— Proof of publication
Copies of the entrant’s published representative works are required in PDF or JPG format. And the size for each copy should be between 400k and 1M. For works published online, please provide the URL and make sure that judges have free access to the webpage from July to November

— Supplementary materials
Please provide at least one recommendation letter (in a PDF/JPG format) in English from a person familiar with the entrants. Please include a PDF/JPG format of any previous awards of the project. (PDF/JPG file: size between 400k and 1M.)

4. Technical Requirements
Upload entries in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). The submitted entry should be faithful to the published one. Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones. Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

The PDF file should include:
a. the entry’s original publication layout on the first page;

b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;

c. the English version of the entry if it is published in a language other than English.

B. PHOTOGRAPHS
Photographs may be uploaded in either color or black-and-white. The submitted entry should be uploaded as it was originally published. Digital photographs should be in JPEG format, with the file size between 800k to 2M. The photographs should not measure fewer than 2000 pixels on their longest side. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for color pictures, while Gamma 2.2 is recommended for black-and-white ones. CMYK is not accepted.

Provide necessary information of the photographs in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones.

Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs. The PDF file should include:

a. the entry’s original publication layout on the first page;

b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;

c. the English captions of the entry if it is published in a language other than English to facilitate the judges’ better understanding of the entry. Captions should include when, where, what and other news element.

Provide entry information including titles at broadcasting time, names of reporters/anchors, principal producers, time of broadcast and TV channels and language used in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones. Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

Upload videos. If the entry was broadcast by a TV station, the station should bear its own logo. If aired online, the footage should be intact. Ads should be erased from the footage. Entries should remain the same as were broadcast. Re-editing is not accepted. Non-English entries should be accompanied by an English translation of the subtitles.

Entries should observe the following technical specifications in producing the video:

* File formats: WMV/ AVI

* Maximum file size: 1GB. Separated ones should be marked with sequence number

* Channels: dual or stereo channels

* Coding format: WMV: WMV2 for video coding; WMAV2 for audio coding AVI: MPEG4 for video coding; MP3 for audio coding

* Videos should use progressive scanning (no interlacing). e.g. Video footage shot at 24fps should be encoded and uploaded at 24fps. Video shot at 30fps should be uploaded at 30fps. Video shot at 720p60, should be uploaded at 720p60. Video shot at 1080i60, should be de-interlaced before uploading at 1080p30.

* Resolution
Online players usually display videos in a 16:9 frame. If you are uploading a non-16:9 file, it can also be processed and displayed, however, we recommend the following three resolutions: 480p:854*480, 720:1280*720 and 1080:1920*1080

* Bit rates
To ensure the effect of broadcasting, bit rates are suggested to be no lower than the following.
Format Video Bit Rate Audio Bit Rate
HD 2,000 kbps 128 kbps
SD 1,000 kbps 128 kbps

* Time limit: no longer than 90 minutes

D. MULTIMEDIA REPORTING
Upload entries in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). The submitted entry should be faithful to the published one. Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones. Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

The PDF file should include:

a. the screenshot of the entry’s original publication layout on the first page;

b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;

c. the English version of the entry if it is published in a language other than English. If the entry contains video materials, please include a video screenshot. Video materials should be uploaded as a separate package. See the above technical requirements for videos.

5. Seeking Help
If you fail to upload the entry materials online due to poor network conditions, you may send an email to info@worldmediasummit.org with name, organization, country, video name, video size, contact information and other information deemed necessary. The WMS Secretariat will contact you as soon as possible to address the problem.

Prerequisites for Media Innovation Award

This paper aims to help entrants become familiar with the entry procedure and prerequisites, and to dispel possible doubts over the The WMS Global Awards for Excellence, set to be among one of the top academic awards in the profession, intend to commend and foster the journalistic mentality of “TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY, EXCELLENCE.” They also aim to embody journalism’s social obligation and mission for public welfare through the outstanding pieces of work the awards will The WMS Secretariat is to invite veteran and senior news practitioners from renowned media organizations from the Secretariat members, as well as experts and scholars from professional academic institutions, to act as judges. The panel of judges is to proceed in line with prevailing international norms and with the principle of “equality and justice.”

1. Entrants
This award is open to all levels of media units or institutions from either a country or a region. No limit has been set on the number of entrants. One representative from each unit or institutions should be responsible for the entry procedure and submitting relevant

2. Language
Submitted materials should be written in English. An English translation, including translations for video subtitles, should be included if parts of the submitted materials are written in a language other than English. Translation must be faithful to the original meaning. The English version will be the one judged.

3. How to Submit an Entry
Sign-in and entry submission is online. Entrants should log on to the WMS official website www.worldmediasummit.org to register, create a personal ID and complete entry forms before submission.

Entrants will be guided through the process. Incomplete information will disqualify the submission. The following is required for entry

— Entry information
It includes the title of entry, full name of participating team and the full name and official website of the higher-level media organization to which the team is affiliated.

— Necessary entry materials
A comprehensive and systematic description of the innovation is needed, including its publication platform and time, its innovation content and features, as well as its influence on other media setups. Entries include but are not limited to the cultivating and implementing of new ideas, new technologies and new practices, e.g. efforts in fostering interaction among news organization and its audiences, in adopting new means and platforms to tell a news story in a better way, and in producing new forms of programs catering to multiple user experiences.

— Proof of publication/broadcast/application
Please provide a URL or a screenshot of the project and make sure judges have free access to the webpage from July to November 2014.

— Supplementary materials
Please provide at least one recommendation letter (in a PDF/JPG format) in English from a person familiar with the innovation item. Please include a PDF/JPG format of any previous awards the project may have received, if any. (PDF/JPG file: size between 400k and 1M.)

4. Seeking Help
If you fail to upload the entry materials online due to poor network conditions, you may send an email to info@worldmediasummit.org with name, organization, country, video name, video size, contact information and other information deemed necessary. The WMS Secretariat will contact you as soon as possible to address the problem.

Prerequisites New Media Reporting Award
This paper aims to help entrants become familiar with the entry procedure and prerequisites, and to dispel possible doubts over the The WMS Global Awards for Excellence, set to be among one of the top academic awards in the profession, intend to commend and foster the journalistic mentality of “TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY, EXCELLENCE.” They also aim to embody journalism’s social obligation and mission for public welfare through the outstanding pieces of work the awards will The WMS Secretariat is to invite veteran and senior news practitioners from renowned media organizations from the Secretariat members, as well as experts and scholars from professional academic institutions, to act as judges. The panel of judges is to proceed in line with prevailing international norms and with the principle of “equality and justice.”

1. Entrants
This award is open to qualified media organizations and their

2. Language
Submitted materials should be written in English. An English translation, including translations for video subtitles, should be included if parts of the submitted materials are written in a language other than English. Translation must be faithful to the original meaning. The English version will be the one judged.

3. How to Submit an Entry
Sign-in and entry submission is online. Entrants should log on to the WMS official website www.worldmediasummit.org to register, create a personal ID and complete entry forms before submission. Entrants will be guided through the process. Incomplete information will disqualify the submission. The following is required for entry

— Entry information
Include title of entry, names of entrants (if the number of the entrants exceeds ten, select “staff”), air date, terminals and language used.

— Necessary entry materials
Submit no more than five pieces each entrant. Entries are limited to multimedia products broadcast on multi-terminals (Internet-based devices such as smart phones, tablets, and smart TVs) and should have been accomplished and published between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013. For entries published by the webpage, please provide a URL, and make sure judges have free access to the webpage from July to November 2014. For works broadcast by smart terminal app(s), the entry should be submitted as a PDF. If the entry contains video materials, please include a video screenshot. Video materials should be uploaded as a separate package.

— Provide a description of the submitted entry
An entrant may provide an explanation in English of up to 800 words to expound on the background of the entry and other related matters.

— Proof of publication
Works published online should be accompanied by a webpage screenshot. Works published on smart terminal app(s) should be accompanied by a screenshot of the page on which the works appear.

— Supplementary materials
Please include a copy (in PDF/JPG format) of any previous awards. (PDF/JPG file: size between 400k and 1M.)

4. Technical Requirements
Upload entries in PDF format (size between 400k and 1M). The submitted entry should be faithful to its published one. Each entry should be formatted as a separate PDF. The PDF file should not be the scanned ones. Microsoft Word can create a formatted PDF document containing text and photographs.

The PDF file should include:
a. the screenshot of the entry’s original publication layout;
b. the necessary entry information, including titles of entries (as originally published), columns and layout, names of reporters, publication date and language, and the names of media platforms on which the entry was published;
c. the English version of the entry if it is published in a language other than English.

If the entry contains video materials, please include a video screenshot. Video materials should be uploaded as a separate package. See the following technical requirements for videos:
* File formats: WMV/ AVI
* Maximum file size: 1 GB. Separated ones should be marked with sequence number
* Channels: dual or stereo channels
* Coding format: WMV: WMV2 for video coding; WMAV2 for audio coding AVI: MPEG4 for video coding; MP3 for audio coding
* Videos should use progressive scanning (no interlacing). e.g. video footage shot at 24fps should be encoded and uploaded at 24fps. Video shot at 30fps should be uploaded at 30fps. Video shot at 720p60, should be uploaded at 720p60. Video shot at 1080i60, should be de-interlaced before uploading at 1080p30.
* Resolution
Online players usually display videos in a 16:9 frame. If you are uploading a non-16:9 file, it can also be processed and displayed, however, we recommend the following three resolutions: 480p:854*480, 720:1280*720 and 1080:1920*1080
* Bit Rates
To ensure the effect of broadcasting, bit rates are suggested to be no lower than the following.
Format Video Bit Rate Audio Bit Rate
HD 2,000 kbps 128 kbps
SD 1,000 kbps 128 kbps
* Time limit: no longer than 90 minutes

5. Seeking Help
If you fail to upload the entry materials online due to poor network conditions, you may send an email to info@worldmediasummit.org with name, organization, country, video name, video size, contact information and other information deemed necessary. The WMS Secretariat will contact you as soon as possible to address the problem.

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