2021 Categories

The submission period for the 2021 Mirror Awards competition is now closed. Finalists will be announced in early April.

SPECIAL TOPIC CATEGORY FOR 2021: Best Story on Media Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic ($1,000 prize): A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece or series of up to three pieces specifically addressing media coverage of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

SPECIAL TOPIC CATEGORY FOR 2021: Best Story on Media Coverage of the 2020 Presidential Election ($1,000 prize): A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece or series of up to three pieces specifically addressing media coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

Best Single Article/Story ($1,000 prize): A single carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece of any length focused on the media industry. May include photos, videos, sidebars, audio and/or interactive elements in addition to the written piece. One article/story may be submitted per entry.

Best Profile ($1,000 prize): A single carefully researched and sourced print, broadcast or digital piece covering a person or organization noteworthy in the media industry. One profile may be submitted per entry.

Best Commentary ($1,000 prize): A print, broadcast or digital piece or series of up to three pieces of commentary on the media industry demonstrating the writer’s overall knowledge of the issues, analytic skills and unique voice.

John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting ($5,000 prize): A single, in-depth investigative piece or a series of up to three pieces focused on the media industry. Print, broadcast or digital pieces may be entered, and entries may cross platforms (though not required). Entries will be judged on the quality of the reporting and the importance of the story covered.