Emmy Statue

2018 Call for Entries Categories

NEWS PROGRAMMING & NEWS GATHERING

One award, more than one award, or no award (except where noted) may be given to the producer(s) and others directly responsible for the content and execution of the news program, segment or coverage. Anchors, reporters, photographers, editors, assignment editors, hosts, directors and 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. For any entry designated as a series, a minimum of two reports must be included.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated in the category description, program entries (categories 3-26) may be entered in only one programming category.

NEWSCASTS

1. Newscast – Morning/Daytime
For excellence in a regularly scheduled morning or daytime newscast. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc. Time limit: 60 minutes.

2. Newscast – Evening
For excellence in a regularly scheduled evening newscast. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc. Time limit: 60 minutes.

3. Breaking News
For excellence in coverage of a single unanticipated news event. Entry may include
multiple live or taped elements and online content. Time limit: 15 minutes.

COMMENT: This is the “I am here at the bank robbery and the bullets are flying over my head” story. Preparation limit is unnecessary since it must be simultaneous.

Note: Regional winners 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 – Spot News.

4. Continuing Coverage
For excellence in coverage of a single news story over an extended number of reports.
Entries will be judged in part on story advancement and should be entered as a composite. Time limit: 30 minutes

COMMENT: The wording has been changed to reflect that it is coverage with a number of reports not just over a period of time. Also, change has been made to indicate that the coverage is of one story. This would be considered a producer’s entry and not a station entry since it is one story coverage.

5. Investigative Report
For excellence in reporting of a news 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. Written documentation is required (100
word limit). Time limit: 30 minutes.

Note: Regional winners in this category are eligible, at their discretion, to compete for a crystal pillar in the National News & Documentary Awards in the following category: Outstanding Regional News Story – Investigative Reporting.

6. Feature News Report
          A. Light Feature
          B. Serious Feature
For excellence in reporting of a single feature news story or topic. Time limit 10 minutes.

NEWS & PROGRAM SPECIALTY

One award, more than one award, or no award is given to the producer(s) and others directly responsible for the content and execution of the news program, segment or coverage. Anchors, reporters, directors, photographers, editors, assignment editors, hosts, writers, and qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. A maximum of 3 segments/lifts is permitted to bring longer program entries to the required time limit. For non-news program entries, a composite may only contain content from one episode of the series, not multiple installments. 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.

7. Arts/Entertainment
For excellence in a program, series or special general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts. Time limit: 30 minutes.

8. Business/Consumer
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics. Time limit: 30 minutes.

9. Children/Youth/Teens
         A. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of issues of specific interest and value to a target audience 12 years of age and under (children/youth) or 13 and older (teens). Time limit: 10 minutes.

        B. Program/Special
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers issues of specific interest to a Target audience 12 years of age and under (children/youth) or 13 and older (teens).
Time limit: 30 minutes.

10. Crime
       A. News Single Story / Series / Feature
For excellence in coverage of crimes or other violations of the law. Time limit: 10 minutes. Series Time limit: 15 minutes.

11. Education/Schools
For excellence in a feature or segment from a program, series or special that covers schools, teaching or education. Time limit: 10 minutes.

12. Environment
For excellence in a feature or segment from a program, series or special that covers
environmental impact issues, topics or subject matter. Time limit: 10 minutes.

13. Health/Science
        A. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of health, science, medical topics or subject matter. Time limit: 10 minutes.

        B. Program/Special
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers health, science, medical topics or subject matter. Time limit: 30 minutes.

14. Historic/Cultural
        A. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of subjects that emphasize historical, cultural and/or ethnic issues or topics. Time limit: 10 minutes.

        B. Program/Special
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers historical, cultural and/or ethnic Issues or topics. Time limit: 30 minutes.

15. Human Interest
        A. News Single Story
        B. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit. Time limit: 10 minutes.
       C. Program/Special
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers subject matter that appeals to the human spirit. Time limit: 30 minutes.

16. Military
       A. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of military issues at home and/or abroad. Time Limit: 10 minutes.

       B. Program Feature/Segment
For excellence in a feature or segment from a program, series or special that covers military issues at home and/or abroad Time Limit: 10 minutes.

17. Politics/Government
       A. News Single Story/Feature
For excellence in coverage of political, civil, government issues or subject matter. Time Limit: 10 minutes.

       B. Program Special
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers political, civil, government issues or subject matter. Time limit: 30 minutes.

18. Societal Concerns
        A. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of current issues of societal concern, social ills, community or general public interest. Time limit: 10 minutes.

       B. Program/Special
For excellence in a program, series or special that covers current issues of societal concern, social ills, community or general public interest. Time limit: 30 minutes.

19. Sports
       A. News Feature
For excellence in coverage of sports in general, sports related topics or sports news program. Time limit: 10 minutes.
     

      B. Feature/Segment
For excellence in a feature or segment from a sports program, or sports series.
Time limit: 10 minutes.
     
     C. Daily or Weekly Program
     D. Program Series
For excellence in a daily or weekly sports program or sports series (non-news). Entry may be live or recorded live. Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Entry may have no post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc. Time limit: 30 minutes.

      E. 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 or recorded live. Entry should have no post edits except for the removal of commercials. Time limit: 30 minutes.

20. Sports Event/Game – Live/Unedited
      A. Program
      B. Se ries
For excellence in production of a single program, or series, live or recorded sports event or game. A composite (from one episode or game) is required and can 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. Time limit: 30 minutes.

21. Weather
For excellence in coverage of weather in general, weather related topics or subject matter within a news program. Time limit: 10 minutes.

PROGRAMMING

One award, more than one award, or no award is given to the producer(s) and others directly responsible for the content and execution of the program, segment or coverage. Hosts, moderators, reporters, directors, photographers, editors, writers and qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. A maximum of three segments/lifts is permitted to bring longer program entries to the required time limit. For program entries, the entry may only contain content from one episode of the series, not multiple installments. 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.

22. Documentary
   A. Cultural
   B. Historical
   C. Topical
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.

23. Interview/Discussion
For excellence in a program, series or special consisting of interview/discussion material that is at least 75% unscripted. Time limit: 30 minutes.

24. Magazine Program
For excellence in a program, series or special consisting of various stories of regional interest designed to entertain and inform. Time limit: 30 minutes.

25. Public/Current/Community Affairs
For excellence in a program, series or special on general public interest or concern, especially those dealing with current community, social or political issues. Time Limit: 30 minutes.

26. Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports)
For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, anticipated community or entertainment event. Program 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. Time limit: 30 minutes.

SPOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

One award, more than one award, or no award is given to the producer(s) and others directly responsible for the content and execution of the promotion or commercial. Entries must be regionally conceived, produced and aired. 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 5 -minutes in length. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible. If a campaign is entered, a maximum of three spots may be included which are edited together for a single video upload.

27. Community/Public Service (PSAs)
      A. Single Spot
      B. Campaign
For excellence in announcements that effectively focus interest in and marshal support for worthy community or area causes.

28. Promotion
     A. News Promo – Single Spot
     B. News Promo – Image
For excellence in announcements that promote a news image, a specific story, stories or series, including sports, weather and/or franchise stories. This includes promos for news specials, breaking weather, sports specials, etc.
     C. Program – Single Spot
     D. Program – Image
For excellence in announcements that promote non-news programming. This includes spots that promote a broader station/company image as well as regionally produced spots for network and/or syndicated programming.

29. Commercial
     A. Single Spot
     B. Campaign
For excellence in commercial production advertising a product, business or service that is conceived, written, created and produced in and for the regional market. Spots may be 5-seconds to 5-minutes in length. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

One award, more than one award, or no award is given only to the primary recipient listed on this 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.

30. Overall Excellence
Awarded to the President/General Manager only for excellence in overall station or cable/sports system operations, during the eligibility period. Entry should reflect the station or cable/sports system’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. The composite entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis of the organization’s operation, product, accomplishments and achievements. Entry length shall not exceed 60 minutes.

31. 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. The composite entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired.  No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added.  Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis.  Entry length shall not exceed 60 minutes.

CRAFTS ACHIEVEMENT

One award, more than one award, or no award is given 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 transmitted. Time limit: 15 minutes.

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.

Craft awards are intended for hands-on craft persons, not those that
supervise craft persons.

32. Audio

33. Craft Specialty
     A. Musical Composition/Arrangement
     B. Makeup

34. Director
     A. Live or Recorded Live
     B. Newscast
     C. Non Live (Post Production)

35. Editor
     A. Program (Non-News)
     B. Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.)
     C. News
     D. Sports

36. Graphic Arts
(Entries must contain graphical elements originally created for regional markets. Re-purposed content from national sources is not eligible.)
     A. Graphics
     B. Set Design

37. Lighting

38. News Producer
Enter complete segment or composite not to exceed 30 minutes. Unless part of a composite entry, material entered in this category cannot be part of a full-length program (news or non-news) already entered elsewhere.

39. Talent
      A. Anchor – News
      B. Anchor – Weather
      C. Anchor – Sports
      D. Performer/Narrator
      E. Program Host/Moderator
      F. Reporter – General Assignment
      G. Reporter – Investigative
      H. Reporter – Sports
      I. Reporter – Transportation/Traffic

40. Photographer
     A. Program (Non-News)
     B. News

41. Writer
     A. Program (Non-News)
     B. Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.)
     C. News

42. 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.

43. 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.  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.