Deadline Approaches for NAREE Journalism Contest


Commercial and Residential Real Estate Reporters, Columnists, Writers, Bloggers,
Editors and Producers Can Enter on

BOCA RATON, Fla. – February 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Journalists can now enter the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ (NAREE) 65th Annual Journalism Competition via an online portal. Submit entries online or by mail by March 1, 2015.

Nearly all contest categories are now open to work published in digital formats. “This is the first time NAREE has opened all five ‘Best Newspaper Story’ categories to work published in a digital edition. NAREE starting accepting magazine stories published in ink or on a digital platform last year,” said Executive Director, Mary Doyle-Kimball.

Categories for individual journalists include: Best Commercial Real Estate Story, Best Residential Real Estate Story, Best Home and Design Story and Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story. Categories open to individuals and teams of journalists with multiple bylines include: Best Breaking News Story, Best Series and Best Investigative Report.

Journalists can also enter categories for Best Web site, Best Magazine — digital or print — and Best Section –digital or print. The NAREE contest will also recognize the work of broadcast journalists, young journalists and those working at small daily papers and weekly newspapers.

NAREE’s journalism competition is aimed at journalists covering all types of real estate from real estate investment, commercial real estate — including office markets, retail, hospitality and multifamily sectors and residential real estate — from affordable to luxury, celebrity and second homes, plus new home building, green architecture, resilient urban development and remodeling trends. Stories on sources of finance from equity trading to crowd sourcing and the mortgage market and post-foreclosures are also topics eligible for entry in the NAREE competition. All work must be published, posted or aired in 2014. Stories must be published in English.

“Independent news outlets publishing daily and weekly newspapers as well as shelter, investment, and commercial real estate trade magazines and newsletters will find categories to enter, as will radio and television stations, and wire services,” Doyle-Kimball said.

More than 80 awards — Gold, Silver and Bronze – will recognize excellence in digital, print and broadcast journalism. A Platinum Award for Best Overall Individual Entry will also be awarded. The Platinum winner will receive a $1,000 cash award. Best Freelance Collection winner will receive a $500 award. The Ruth Ryon Best Young Journalist (age 30 or under) winner and 25 Gold category winners will receive $250 each. View last year’s winners on under “Association Headlines.”

The faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University will judge competition entries on clarity of writing, objectivity, originality, depth of reporting, and/or graphic design/production.

NAREE’s prestigious journalism competition is open to all professional journalists — reporters, writers, columnists, bloggers, broadcasters, editors and producers — both staffers and freelancers — covering commercial and residential real estate and home and design.

To enter online or to get a printable entry form, go to, pull down the Journalism Contest tab at the top of the home page and follow the prompts.

Winners and all leading real estate journalists are invited to NAREE’s June Journalism Conference in Miami, “A World View of Real Estate,” June 24-27, at the Intercontinental Hotel. Top economists, market analysts, home builders, developers, architects and experts from all real estate market sectors will assemble under one roof to present mid-year trends and take reporter questions. Peer-to-peer professional development for veteran and new-to-the beat real estate journalists also will be offered daily. NAREE’s Real Estate Journalism Awards Presentation will be held on Friday, June 26 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Contact: Mary Doyle-Kimball
NAREE Executive Director

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