Emmy Statue

2021 Call for Entries Categories

NEWS CONTENT
News content categories are intended for journalistic material produced by news departments within television stations, newspapers or online news reporting entities.
Producers should be the primary entrants for these categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Submitters who created work as part of media pool coverage can only enter their material once and must clearly identify their contributions on the entry.

NEWSCASTS

101. Newscast – Morning/Daytime/Evening
For excellence in a regularly scheduled newscast. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of commercials. For newscasts that exceed the 30 minute category time limit entrant may submit up to 3 excerpts.

NEWS GATHERING

102. Daily News Report (single shift)
For excellence in coverage of a single news story or topic which is shot, edited and aired within one work shift. Entry may include live and/or recorded elements and online video content. Topic covered must not be considered a news investigative report or news specialty report. Time Limit: 10 minutes.
NOTE: This is the basic news reporting done day-in and day-out by a news department. Entries in this category typically evolve out of the daily planning of a newscast or other news distribution product.

103. Hard News Report (no time limit)
For excellence in coverage of a single hard news story or topic which has no time limit for its preparation. Entry may include live and/or recorded elements and online video content. Topic covered must not be considered a news investigative report or news specialty report. Time Limit: 10 minutes.
NOTE: This is the basic news reporting done day-in and day-out by a news department. Entries in this category typically evolve out of the daily planning of a newscast or other news distribution product.

104. Breaking News
For excellence in coverage of a single unanticipated news event. Entry should convey a sense of immediacy in the coverage of an unfolding event. Entry must be one continuous report as originally broadcast or streamed. Entry may include live or taped elements or a combination of both. Time Limit: 15 minutes.
NOTE: Regional recipients in this category are eligible, at their discretion, to compete for a crystal pillar in the National News and Documentary Awards in the following category: Outstanding Regional News Story – Breaking News.

105. Continuing Coverage
For excellence in coverage of a single, evolving news topic through an extended number of reports distributed over a time period exceeding 24 hours. Entries will be judged in part on story advancement. Entry should be a composite of at least two (2) reports as they were originally broadcast or streamed. Exempt from composite and excerpt limit rules. Time Limit: 30 minutes
NOTE: Continuing coverage entries typically consist of an establishing report followed up by additional reports that show how the story has evolved and changed with new revelations or sidebar stories over a longer period of time, such as days, weeks or months.

106. Investigative
For excellence in a single report focused on a community problem requiring research and investigative journalism. Entry will be judged on the quality and extent of research, the presentation and the impact of the reporting, which may include new legislation, policies, government or legal investigations, public outcry, etc. Entry must include written documentation in the synopsis section of the online entry form. Time limit: 15 minutes.
NOTE: Regional recipients in this category are eligible, at their discretion, to compete for a crystal pillar in the National News and Documentary Awards in the following category: Outstanding Regional News Story Investigative Report.

News Feature
For excellence in reporting of feature news stories or topics. Features are generally defined as stories that have a personal, emotional or creative slant and include elements that go beyond the scope of straight factual information found in a hard news story. Multiple Report entries may include either several reports on the same feature topic, or several reports from an ongoing branded feature news series and must include a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) reports.
Single Report Time Limit: 10 minutes.
107. Light Feature (Single Report)
108. Serious Feature (Single Report)

SPECIALTY CONTENT
Producers should be the primary entrants for Specialty Content categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness.

News content is only eligible in the appropriate News subcategories.
For single News and Short Form Content entries, the original video and submission length must not exceed 10 minutes.

For Long Form Content entries, the original video must be longer than 10 minutes. Submission length may not exceed 30 minutes. No more than three (3) excerpts may be used to bring longer content to the 30-minute time limit. Excerpts must be presented in original, chronological order.

Series entries are eligible and must include a minimum of two (2) but no more than five (5) separate segments from the series. Total submission time limit for News and Short Form Content series entries may not exceed 15 minutes. Long Form Content series entries may not exceed 30 minutes.

Submitters who created work as part of media pool coverage can only enter their material once and must clearly identify their contributions on the entry.

Arts/Entertainment
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.
201. News
For excellence in content about general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.

202. Short or Long Form Content

Business/Consumer
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics.
203. News
For excellence in content about business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics.

204. Short or Long Form Content

Crime
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of crime, violations of the law or criminal justice related topics.
205. News

For excellence in content about crime, violations of the law or criminal justice related topics.
206. Short or Long Form Content

Education/Schools
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of schools, teaching or education related topics.
207. News

For excellence in content about schools, teaching or education related topics.
208. Short or Long Form Content

Children/Youth (12 and under)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage that is of interest and value to a target audience 12 years of age or younger.                                                                          209. News 

For excellence in content that is of interest and value to a target audience 12 years of age or younger.                                                                                                              210. Long Form Content

Environment/Science
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of environmental impact issues, science or related topics.                                                                                                                  211. News

For excellence in content about environmental impact issues, science or related topics.  212. Short or Long Form Content

Health/Medical
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of health or medical related topics.          213. News 

For excellence in content about health or medical related topics.                                  214. Long Form Content

Historical/Cultural
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage about historical or cultural related topics.
215. News

For excellence in content about historical or cultural related topics.
216. Long Form Content

Human Interest
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit.
217. News 

For excellence in content that appeals to the human spirit.
218. Short Form Content
219. Long Form Content

Lifestyle

For excellence in news or journalistic content that deals with everyday life subjects such as: food preparation, recipes, techniques, home improvement, decoration, renovation, gardening, outdoors, crafts and/or automotive repairs.
220. News

For excellence in content that deals with everyday life subjects such as: food preparation, recipes, techniques, home improvement, decoration, renovation, gardening, outdoors, crafts and/or automotive repairs.
221. Short or Long Form Content

Military

For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of military related topics.
222. News 

For excellence in content about military related topics.
223. Short Form Content

Politics/Government

For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of political, civil or government related topics.
224. News 

For excellence in content about political, civil or government related topics.
225. Short Form Content

Societal Concerns

For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
226. News 

For excellence in content about current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
227. Long Form Content

Weather

For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of weather related topics.
228. News

For excellence in content about weather related topics.
229. Short or Long Form Content

230. Weathercast
For excellence in an anchored weather segment from within a newscast.

SPORTS CONTENT
Producers should be the primary entrants for Sports Content categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness.

Sports News content is only eligible in the appropriate News subcategories.
For Short Form Content and Sportscast entries, the original video must not exceed 10 minutes.

For Long Form Content and Program entries, the original video must be longer than 10 minutes and submission length may not exceed 30 minutes (exception: Sports Documentary). No more than three (3) excerpts may be included to bring longer content to the 30-minute time limit (exceptions: Sports – One-Time Special and Sporting Event/Game Live Broadcast.) Excerpts must be presented in original, chronological order.

Series entries are eligible and must include a minimum of two (2) but no more than five (5) separate segments from the series. Total submission time limit for News and Short Form Content series entries may not exceed 15 minutes. Long Form Content series entries may not exceed 30 minutes.

Sports Story

For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics.
301. News Feature

302. Sportscast
For excellence in an anchored sports segment from within a newscast.

303. Sports Program – Live
For excellence in a sports program or series that is live or recorded live. Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast, including but not limited to pregame and postgame shows surrounding live sporting events. Entry may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Entry may not have post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.

304. Sports Program – Post-Produced or Edited
For excellence in a daily or weekly sports program or sports series (non-news). Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Content in these programs is post-produced and heavily edited. Entry may have no post-broadcast edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.

305. Sports – One-Time Special
For excellence in a one-time sports-related special program that is not part of a daily or weekly sports program, game or series. Entry may be live, recorded live or post-produced. Entry should have no post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry may include no more than eight (8) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute time limit.

NOTE: examples might include content surrounding regional coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Boston Marathon, Hockey Day Minnesota or High School Football Championship Preview.

306. Sports Documentary
For excellence in a creative, in-depth treatment of a sports topic presented in a factual and informative manner. Time limit: 60 minutes.

307. Sports Interview/Discussion
For excellence in content consisting of sports interview/discussion content that is at least 75% unscripted. This category is primarily intended for formal interviews where both the interviewer(s) and interviewee(s) are visible on camera and engaged in discussion.

308. Live Sporting Event/Game
For excellence in production of a single program or series, (live or recorded live) sporting event or game. A composite is required and should include examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion. Series entries must have something that makes it a series (an actual baseball series, playoff series, season series between teams, etc.) Entry may include no more than eight (8) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute time limit.

PROGRAM CONTENT
Producers should be the primary entrants for Program Content categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Submitters who created work as part of media pool coverage can only enter their material once and must clearly identify their contributions on the entry.
Unless otherwise noted, the time limit for any program or long form content category is 30 minutes. A maximum of three (3) segments/excerpts is permitted to bring longer programs to the required entry time limit. For program or long-form series entries, the entry must include excerpts from at least two (2) episodes from the series.

Documentary
For excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of an event, condition or situation of current, cultural and/or historical significance. Time limit: 60 minutes.
401. Cultural
402. Historical
403. Topical

404. Magazine Program
For excellence in a program or series consisting of various stories of regional interest designed to entertain and inform.

405. Public Affairs Program
For excellence in a program or series that focuses on current community, social or political issues that are of general public interest or concern.

406. Special Event Coverage
For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, anticipated community or entertainment event such as a parade, holiday fireworks or a funeral procession. Entry may include multi-cameras and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Live entries should include at least 75% live material, with no post edits.

407. Interview/Discussion
For excellence in content that consists of interview/discussion material that is at least 75% unscripted. This category is primarily intended for formal interviews where both the interviewer(s) and the interviewee(s) are visible on camera and engaged in discussion.

408. Branded Content
For excellence in a complete, stand-alone, content-based program which tells a story and includes some visual branding, product placement or overt mention of the entity at the center of the production. For example, a medical program produced by/for a hospital. Program may not contain a call for commerce. Website URLs or requests to follow social media accounts do not constitute calls for commerce. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible.

SPOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

For excellence in promotional, commercial or public service announcements. Entries must be regionally conceived, produced and distributed. Spots that contain more than 50% of network or syndicator-provided material do not qualify. Music, graphics and pre-edited video constitute such material. Spots may be 5 seconds to 2 minutes in length, except for the Promotional Trailer category. If a campaign is entered, a maximum of five (5) spots may be included which are edited together for a single video upload. If a campaign is entered, no spots from that same campaign may be submitted in a single-spot category.

Public Service Announcement
For excellence in announcements that effectively create awareness, focus interest on or marshal support for worthy community causes or organizations.
501. Single Spot
502. Campaign

Promotion
For excellence in announcements that promote news departments within television stations, newspapers or online news reporting entities and/or content produced by those entities. This includes promotion of or teases for specific news stories, breaking news or weather, sports content within newscasts, news specials, news image and on-air news/weather/sports anchors and reporters.
503. News Promotion – Topical (Single Spot)
504. News Promotion – Image (Single Spot)

For excellence in announcements that promote content produced outside the news department. This includes spots that promote a broader station/company image as well as regionally produced spots for network, local and/or syndicated programming.
505. Program Promotion (Single Spot)
506. Image Promotion (Single Spot)
507. Sports Promotion
NOTE: Intended for promos produced for content that would be entered in the Sports Content section with the exception of Sports Story – News.

Commercial
For excellence in commercial production advertising a product, business or service that is conceived, written, created and produced in and for the regional market. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible.
508. Single Spot
509. Campaign

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (Single Recipient)

One award, more than one award or no award is given only to the primary recipient listed on each category. Others who may have contributed to the content and execution of the material presented in the entry may purchase plaques to commemorate their participation.

601. Overall Excellence
Awarded to the President/General Manager only for excellence in the overall operations of a television station, news/sports cable system or online media outlet, during the eligibility period. Entry should reflect the organization’s overall local product including any news & sports coverage, other locally produced programs, promotional announcements, on-air examples of events hosted by the organization and involvement in the community, and any further evidence of excellence. Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of the organization’s operations, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit performance in sustaining excellence throughout the eligibility year. Exempt from the excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis of the organization’s operation, product, accomplishments and achievements. Time limit: 30 minutes.
NOTE: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules.

602. News Excellence
Awarded to the News Director only for excellence in the overall news operation during the eligibility period. Entry should present as many different examples as possible, including, but not limited to: enterprise in general assignment reporting, breaking news coverage, specialty and beat reporting, series, documentaries, continuing coverage of community issues, editorials/commentaries, etc. Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of a news operation, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit the news department’s performance in sustaining excellence throughout the year. Exempt from the excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis. Time limit: 30 minutes.
NOTE: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules.

603. Community Service
Awarded to the individual most responsible for excellence in programming; whether news or non-news, involving the entire company in a continuing effort to focus interest on and marshal support for a worthy community cause or causes. Entry should emphasize the depth, breadth, duration and efficacy of the efforts and must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. Composite entries are allowed, but entry is exempt from the excerpt and composite limits. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis. Time limit: 30 minutes.
NOTE: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules.

CRAFT ACHIEVEMENT
For excellence in a specific craft discipline demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Each entry may contain a single example of the craft or a composite of material as originally distributed. While craft entrants may submit more than one entry per craft discipline, only one of those entries may be a composite. Elements of the composite may not be separately entered as individual craft entries in the same craft category. Craft awards are intended for hands-on craft persons, not those who supervise craft persons. Time Limit: 15 minutes (unless otherwise indicated.)

Talent
For Anchor categories only: A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment can include material from only ONE news program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. Entrants may not cherry-pick short segments from various points throughout the program and edit those together; that would be a montage. It’s allowed, but not required, for the co-anchor’s and reporters’ video to be edited out of a segment. Anchor entries may include examples of studio anchoring, field anchoring, specials, breaking, etc., but NOT reporter packages (if an anchor also does reporter packages, they must enter those in one of the reporter categories.)
701. Anchor – News
702. Anchor – Weather
703. Anchor – Sports
704. Reporter – Investigative
705. Reporter – Specialty Assignment
706. Reporter – Sports
707. Performer/Narrator
708. Program Host/Moderator/Correspondent

Writer
NOTE: Script preferred for all writer categories.
709. News
710. Sports
711. Long Form Content

Director
712. Live or Recorded Live (PL Track is Preferred)
713. Newscast (PL Track is Preferred)
714. Sports (PL Track is Preferred)
715. Long Form Content

Editor
716. News – No Production Time Limit
717. Sports – No Production Time Limit
718. Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)

Photographer
719. News – No Production Time Limit
720. Sports – No Production Time Limit
721. Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)

722. Video Journalist
For excellence by a cross-discipline individual, serving as photojournalist, editor, talent, and writer; covering a single or multi-part story or topic. Entry may not be entered in any other craft category.

Graphic Arts
Entries must contain graphical elements originally created for regional markets. Re-purposed content from national sources is not eligible. Graphics Composites may include more than 5 examples of work, for up to five minutes of entry video, as long as each example is separated by one second of black and there is no other post-production to the entry.
723. Motion Graphics
724. Motion Graphics – News

725. Audio

726. Lighting

727. Technical Achievement
For excellence in technical engineering which might include: oversight in the coverage of a special event, specific technical innovation that enhances viewer experience or a technical success story that is as unique and noteworthy as to warrant special honor and recognition. In addition to the video, entry should include a one-page synopsis detailing specific objectives and challenges that were overcome as a result of the technical achievement. Time Limit: 30 minutes.