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The latest Ricochet news contest gives you the chance to show off enterprise reporting on a tight budget.

Tools of the Trade by Princess Valium on Flickr

Show a story borne of the pursuit of an original idea and crafted for the Web and you’ll be entered in this round’s random drawing. The prize? We’ll donate $40 to the community-funded reporting project Spot.Us in your name.

The Rules:

  • One entry per person.
  • The entry must have been posted online in 2008.
  • The entry be an story that no one else in your market had (we’re holding you to the honor system).
  • The entry must have a thoughtful Web component (interactive graphic, video, audio, slideshow, map).
  • Winners of previous contests held on Ricochet in 2008 are ineligible.
  • Deadline: Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. ET.

To Enter: Post the link to your entry in comments. Include your contact info. Again, one entry per person, please.

To Win: Winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced here and on Twitter on Dec. 23 at 10 p.m. ET. The drawing result is final, as is the prize.

Let other reporters and bloggers know about this contest — it’s an opportunity to show others your good work on the Web. Good luck to all entrants!

Photo: Princess Valium/Flickr

Ricochet celebrates its first year in publication this month. To thank you for being a part of the community here, we’re doing a series of holiday giveaways.

Christmas Gifts by Brungrrl on Flickr

For the first round, we’ve got one copy of “The Wire,” Season 4 on DVD up for grabs.

The overarching themes of the show (set in Baltimore) were the failures of the educational system and local law enforcement.

For the Ricochet Giveaway “Wire” round, we want to see examples of reporting about police and education programs that have worked or are showing clear signs of improvement in the community.

The Rules:

  • One entry per person.
  • The entry must be from a community blog, news blog or news outlet — mainstream or not.
  • The entry must be mostly original reporting. Links within the report are fine.
  • The entry should come from a community you have ties to. It doesn’t have to be your employer, it doesn’t have to be your own work, and it doesn’t have to be an all-text + photo piece. Video, slideshows and interactives are welcome.
  • Entries from smaller outlets would be very much appreciated.
  • Deadline: Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

To Enter: Post the link to your entry in comments. Include contact info. Again, one entry per person, please.

To Win: Winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced here and on Twitter on Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET. The drawing result is final, as is the prize, which we’ll send to you via

Let other reporters and bloggers know about this contest too. There is bound to be a lot of good work on the Web in police and education reporting. And if you enter, good luck!

Photo: Brungrrl/Flickr

Ricochet’s hed-to-hed competition went neck and neck, with a near photo-finish between two entrants. In the end, the headlines by Jenny Cromie took the tape.

Contest judge Matthew Crowley had some funny, instructive advice in his assessment:

All of Jenny’s were complete and accurate and summarized their stories.

The Marriott headline used all of those p’s to sonic use (not to be confused with Sonic Youth, which is a band). I realize Inga Hensen’s head for this is almost the same, but Jenny’s referenced pay-per-view, which I think is a key detail….

I liked the following in the footsteps one for the kite skier. What’s also important is that Jenny’s head uses “great-grandfather” and not the name. This is important because, for the general reader, “Hurley” probably isn’t an instant “I-know-who-he-is” name….

And Jenny’s marathon head mentions the race and the song and dance, putting key elements together. I don’t think you could leave the race out, although I did like Inga’s reference to awareness-raising.

Crowley also gave honorable mentions “for style and snap” to individual entries by Lizz Westman (“Marriott Hotels May Say ‘Kiss Off’ To Adult Movies”) and Anna Curtis (“Arctic Kite-Skier Prepares To Walk South Until She Gloats”).

Thanks to everyone who entered. And Jenny, your Threadless gift certificate will be arriving in your emailbox shortly.

Las Vegas Review-Journal copy editor Matthew Crowley has graciously agreed to judge Ricochet’s headline writing competition.

Crowley won the American Copy Editors Society “Best Headlines of the Year” contest in the newspapers with circulations between 100,001 and 250,000 category.

Judges gave his work special citation, saying:

In a time when newspapers need more than ever to shake off the stiff, stentorian conventions of the past and work harder to connect with readers, Crowley’s heads make the reader feel as if he or she is dropping into the middle of a coffee-shop conversation. And they make the reader want to dive into the stories and continue the conversation.

See Crowley’s winning portfolio and take your own crack and headline writing in the Hed to Hed competition.

The American Copy Editors Society doled out awards for best headlines of the year Thursday, highlighting what peers deemed exemplars of “the quality of copy editing amid dwindling resources, tighter deadlines and more work.”

In the spirit of copyediting greatness, this week’s One for Fun is a headline contest.

April 15 Update: In the spirit of Tax Day (in the U.S.) the entry deadline has been extended to April 18.

The rules:

  • Entries must be posted in comments by April 16 April 18, 9 p.m. Pacific Time.
  • Write one headline per story. (Hit Ricochet with your best shot.)
  • Entries with fewer (or more) than three headlines will be disqualified.
  • Headlines must make sense on their own — no relying on a dek/drophed/subhed for additional context. If you’re having trouble visualizing why, look at this.
  • Headlines must be no more than 60 characters long. (Use this to check your character count.)
  • The usual standards of news-appropriate language apply. No obscenities.
  • One entry per person.

The instructions:

  • Post your entry in comments and include your email. I need a way to contact you if you win.
  • Use the format:
    1. (headline)
    2. (headline)
    3. (headline)

The judging: Entries will be evaluated on appropriateness, understandability, keywordiness and clickability (interesting beats boring). Additional details on how judging will be conducted TBA.

The prize: A $25 gift certificate for Threadless, ’cause who doesn’t want a really cool T-shirt?

The stories:

  1. Several conservative groups, including the American Family Association, are asking Marriott International Inc. to stop giving hotel guests the option of ordering pay-per-view movies with strong sexual content. (full text)

  2. Six Maasai warriors in London for Sunday’s marathon saw the city from 450 feet yesterday and could not resist the chance to show their appreciation with a song. (full text)

  3. If you have recently seen a petite woman, 162 centimetres tall and 50 kilograms, trying to pile on the pounds by pulling a makeshift sled of tyres across the soft sands of Sydney’s beaches, you have probably met Flip Byrnes, great-granddaughter of Frank Hurley, the legendary Antarctic photographer. (full text)

Good luck to all entrants!

Poynter Online announced an inspired competition this morning: the Valentine’s Day Short Writing Contest.

You will be limited to three lines of text (one or two is acceptable), and a total of 10 characters, as in “Hubba hubba!”

You may enter in any one of three categories (or all three):
Journalism love: “Nice Lede!”
Presidential candidate love (or hate): “Huck – a – bee.”
Or generic love or lust (rated PG-13, please): “My space?”

Create a heart and send the screen grab to by Feb. 13.

Enter early, enter often. Additional details are on Poynter.