Since November 30, 1971.

2017 Harry Gordon award eligibility and criteria

Who is eligible?

The Gordon Award is open to any Australian journalist in any media whose work was published or broadcast in 2017. Nominees may enter themselves or be nominated by their editors or colleagues.

By accepting the prize, the winner agrees, if requested, to speak at an event hosted by the Melbourne Press Club within a year of the presentation. They also acknowledge the right of the Club to republish or rebroadcast the winner’s work in promoting the Award.

Judging criteria

The judges are looking for sports journalism that is memorable and excellent - in print, in the broadcast media or online. They are seeking a winner whose work is consistent with the standard of journalism practised by Harry Gordon. They are looking for great news reporting, story-telling, commentary, analysis and presenting. They recognise the impact of a big breaking story or a game-changing revelation but they also give weight to consistent achievement of a high standard. Above all they will recognise journalists whose work has enriched the sports they cover and the experience of their readers, viewers or listeners.

How to enter

Entries should include a statement of no more than 1000 words summarising the work and
achievements of the entrant and include a maximum of five examples of their work. For print and online journalism, PDFs of the page or pages of the work examples should be attached. For broadcast journalism, links should be provided to the video or audio files. All videos and audio files must be publicly accessible and downloadable.

In the case of large video files, four DVDs including copies of the work should be posted to the Melbourne Press Club at:

GPO Box 769, Melbourne 3001.

Enquiries can be directed to or (03) 9614 2779

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