Choosing the judges
Judges are selected from the ranks of former/retired newspaper and magazine journalists and editors, non-conflicted editors and journalists (such as from other countries), freelancers, academics, public relations executives and broadcasters. Where possible, judging panels of two and three people are selected, especially for the major awards. The selection process tries to ensure there is regional representation. The intention is also to freshen up the judging line-up with an injection of some new faces each year. Judges should not have direct ties with any newspaper or publishing group although we do allow freelancers to judge in a category they are not likely to enter.
Judges will numerically score all entries assigned to them based on a set of scoring criteria provided by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association. Scoring criteria may be up-weighted or down-weighted, are totalled for each entry and an average calculated across all judges. Judges will be aware of only the results in their category.
Judges are not paid other than sometimes with a gift of modest value, and in the main centres, occasionally a judges' lunch. Most say they do it for the love of journalism and the honour of being asked to be a judge.
Judges are selected between November and January. All judges are contacted beforehand and asked if they are prepared to take on the workload, and meet the various criteria including judging deadline.