46th Annual

MICHIGAN REGIONAL

EMMY® AWARDS

2024

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

January 1st 2023 — December 31, 2023

ENTRY DEADLINE

11:59PM on Monday, January 22, 2024

Regional EMMY® NOMINATIONS

May 15, 2024

Regional EMMY® AWARDS

Ceremony

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Little Caesars Arena

Eligibility Area

All broadcast, cable, broadband, cable / community / government access and video content providers (not close circuit or venue specific) located within the following Designated Market Areas (DMAs):

New This Year

Each year the Michigan Chapter’s Emmy® Awards Rules Committee reviews our Call for Entries and makes changes based on requirements and recommendations from the National Awards Committee. Listed below are the highlights of changes for this year. All regional chapters adhere to the same standard contest rules as outlined in our Call for Entries; and, while each chapter may select different categories based on what they feel is most appropriate for their region, the category titles and definitions are the same across chapters.

While not a complete list, here are some key changes for this year:

Retired Entries

  • Special Achievement: News Excellence, Sports Excellence, Community Service
  • News Content: Arts/Entertainment - News, Lifestyle - News, Religion - News, Technology - News
  • Programming Content: Technology
  • Sport Announcements: Promotion - Promotional Campaign & Promotion, Sports Promotion (Single Spot)
  • Craft Achievement: Director - Sports, Photographer - Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)

Category Changes updates

  • Spot Announcements – Commercial – Single Spot and Campaign are collapsed into one category
  • No more than 12 entrants on an entry with the exception of special achievement and craft categories.
  • News and short form entry time limited is 15 minutes instead of 10 minutes.
1. BECOME A MEMBER
Renew your membership (or become a member if you’re not already). This will enable you to receive the lower “member” entry fee and it will save money overall. If you’ve been a member in the past, please renew rather than submit a new membership form; just follow the links on the membership page for passwords or call the office for your password/membership ID.
Can you enter without becoming a member?
Yes, certainly, but the rates are higher. If you enter as a non-member, all your entries will be at the non-member price.
2. FILL OUT YOUR ENTRY
Fill out and submit the online entry form for your entry. Be sure to list all eligible names for the entrants. Pay for the entry at this time. You’ll receive an email confirmation of your entry, with the Entry ID Number on the form.
3. UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO
Uploading on Emmy® Express is as easy as uploading a video on YouTube! After you upload, you will be able to watch the uploaded video on Emmy® Express and approve it for submission.
PREFERRED FILE FORMAT
  1. MP4 USING H.264 VIDEO CODEC AND AAC AUDIO CODEC
  2. For best quality, encode your video at its original size
  3. Sizes 1920×1080 or 1280×720 are recommended
  4. Your video should be at least 720p
  5. Entrants are responsible for the technical quality of their videos
SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS
The system supports nearly any format other than DRM-encrypted media. For more detailed information regarding acceptable video formats, encoding and other settings, visit: JW Player upload guidelines .
UNSUPPORTED FILE FORMATS
  1. Quicktime (MOV) files that use the Apple Intermediate Codec (used in Final Cut Pro)
  2. DRM protected files from Microsoft (WMV) or the iTunes Store (M4V, MOV)
  3. WMV videos using the MSS2 video codec (for screencasting)

ENTRY FEES

Special Achievement #100 Series

Member $350
Non-Member $450

News Content #200 Series
Sports Content #300 Series
Program #400 Series
Spot Announcement #500 Series
Craft #600 Series

Member, 1st Name $175
Member, 2nd Name & Greater $200
Non-Member $250

Entry Fee Rules

Members who met their judging requirement will receive a $25 discount on each entry submission

  1. A separate entry fee is required for each person listed on the entry form.
  2. Failure to pay correct fees in full will result in disqualification of entry or removal of any entrant who have not paid their fees.
  3. No refunds in the case of disqualification.
  4. All incorrect entries will be charged a $50 reprocessing fee.

Payment

Credit cards

Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Payments due at the time of submission.

Checks

Company check payments are due by January 31, 2024.

Make checks payable to:

NATAS — Michigan Chapter
29155 Northwestern Hwy. #389, Southfield, MI 48034

DON’T LEAVE A MESS IN EMMY® EXPRESS

Entry Form

Please use Upper and Lower Case when filling out your entry form and membership application. The name you use on your membership application will show on your entry form.

Entry Title

Make sure the title of your entry is no more than 7 words.

Producing Company

The Producing Company is the company that will be recognized if your entry gets nominated. If you work for a television station please use the station's call letters.

If your company is not listed in the dropdown menu for submitting organization, please type in your company name.

Entry Changes

If you need to change the category of an already submitted entry in Emmy® Express and find that you are unable to do so:

DO NOT create a new entry.

Contact:

Stacia Mottley

Michigan Chapter Executive Director

CALL FOR ENTRIES

CALL FOR ENTRIES PDF

EMMY® Categories

CHANGE REQUESTS AFTER THE DEADLINE

A fee of $50 will be charged for any entry changes (entry titles, category change, revised entry description/synopsis etc.) requested after the final entry deadline on January 22, 2024.

After the nominations are announced, there is a 5-calendar day only grace period (from the date of the nomination announcement) in which names, under extreme, special circumstances, can be added to a nominated entry. These requests must be authorized in writing to the Chapter from one of the original entry nominees requesting this addition and detailing why this request should be granted.

The Chapter's Awards Committee will make the final decision and ruling. If approved, a $500 fee will be charged to add the name.

NOTE:
All requests to add name must be submitted in writing and sent via email to the Chapter Executive Director michigannatas@gmail.com with "Emmy Entry - Add Name" in the email subject line.

After the 5-day grace period, no names will be added under any circumstances.

Further, once the Emmy® awards ceremony has concluded NO individual names can be added to an awarded entry as an additional recipient, under any circumstances.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Michigan Chapter is available to television professionals who reside within the Michigan geographic area.

If you plan on becoming a member, we strongly suggest that you sign up before you start the Emmy® Express.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RATES FOR ACTIVE, PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS

Detroit $75
Lansing $75
Flint $75
Saginaw $75
Bay City $75
Grand Rapids $75
Kalamazoo $75
Battle Creek $75
Alpena $45
Marquette $45
Traverse City – Cadillac $45

Awards Store

CERTIFICATES & PLAQUES

  • Nomination Certificates will be awarded to all nominees following verification by the Emmy® Awards Committee
  • Production Certificates and/or plaques may be purchased by individuals or producers for distribution to individuals who can provide documentation on participation of an awarded entry. Contact the Michigan Chapter office following the Emmy® Awards presentation for more information

Michigan Regional EMMY® Awards

Contest Rules

To recognize outstanding achievements in television and allied media by conferring annual awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated award region which includes Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Alpena, Marquette and Traverse City-Cadillac. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in the television and digital media industry and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news, informational programming and craft achievements in television and online.
Membership in The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is not required to enter the Emmy® Awards. Entrants must have each performed a significant and hands-on role in the production. Eligibility is determined by role rather than an individual’s job title. Managers, News Directors, clients and supervisory personnel are typically not considered eligible but may petition to be included if they actively participated and their work significantly contributed to the creative process of the video content being submitted.
Entrants, producers, management or designated representatives may submit an entry on behalf of another individual. In that case, the submitter is responsible for confirming the entrant’s knowledge of and adherence to all eligibility rules and that they have given their consent to the content submitted. Also, submitters are strongly encouraged to reach out to all key contributors on the entry, to make them aware that their work is being submitted and to allow them the opportunity to add their name.
Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class for which school credit is received, the material is considered to be the work of a student. If a student works on a project submitted for Emmy® consideration by a professional, and is included on the entry for that project, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate professional entry fees. Student award recipients or their institutions from any NATAS Chapter’s high school or college competitions may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion for their recognition
To be eligible, original entries must have been transmitted to the general public by a television station, a cable company, satellite, the Internet or other digital delivery medium. Eligibility is limited to digital and telecast/cablecast programming that was originally produced and intended for the Chapter’s regional or local audience during the Chapter’s eligibility year.
Broadcast and cablecast entries must have been produced and intended for a regional or local audience, within the Chapter’s designated awards area, and must have had their first transmission in that awards area during the eligibility period. Entries produced and intended for a wider audience (a national audience) should be submitted for consideration in NATAS’ national awards.
Video content distributed via the Internet must have been produced and intended for a regional or local audience within the Chapter’s designated awards area. Internet content intended for a wider audience (a national audience) should be submitted for consideration in NATAS’ national awards.
Additional eligibility clarification notes:
  1. Local station news coverage that may receive national exposure should be submitted to regional Emmy® Award competitions.
  2. A documentary film that has a limited theatrical release at film festivals (showing on 50 or fewer screens in the U.S. over a one-year period) before telecast or being made available online is eligible provided the program content is of primary interest to the regional or local audience. Documentary films with a theatrical debut more than one year prior to their television or streaming debut will not be eligible.
  3. Local content that later receives national distribution may be submitted to either a regional or a national awards competition, but not both.
  4. Local segments that are eligible to participate as entries in National Emmy® Award competitions (i.e. News & Doc) may compete in both regional and national awards competitions under prevailing rules.
REGIONAL vs. NATIONAL
In determining whether content distributed online, without geographic restriction, is more appropriate for submission to a regional competition or a national one, entrants should consider the following:
  • Subject matter must be regionally or locally focused rather than national or global in scope.
  • If the content or program has been submitted into any of the NATAS national competitions in a previous or current awards cycle, it may no longer be submitted regionally.
  • Company/individual has entered other similar content into NATAS national competitions.
  • If the program or content has been promoted to/marketed to a national audience or produced in association with a national media brand, it may not be entered regionally.
  • All promotional and craft-category submissions associated with the content must be submitted to the same competition.
Regional content that later receives national distribution may be submitted to either a Regional Awards competition or a relevant National Awards competition, subject to the following restrictions
  • Content may only be submitted to a single competition. A program submitted to a regional competition may not then be submitted to a national competition or another regional competition.
  • All craft-category submissions associated with the content must be submitted to the same regional or national competition.
  • Eligibility for a regional competition is determined by the date the production was first telecast or made available online or via VOD in a region.
  • Eligibility for a national competition is determined by the date the production was first telecast or made available online or via VOD nationally.
At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment that, in the opinion of the Chapter Awards Committee, results in new, original content.
Materials provided by a news service, cooperative news association or similar source must be treated as previously produced material, unless originally intended for first release in the Chapter’s regional awards eligibility area to which it was submitted with on-site supervision by the entrant.
The interpretation of the Chapter Awards Committee is final and absolute. Entries must be submitted as originally shown. There may not be any post-broadcast changes except as noted in the category descriptions.
The following programming is not eligible:
  1. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive content.
  2. Previously distributed programs, series or related craft content which was distributed and met eligibility requirements during a previous awards year or another Emmy® competition.
  3. Program length commercials or infomercials.
  4. Closed circuit content or internal communications.
  5. No content produced or created for a regional or national Emmy® awards show may be submitted to an Emmy® awards contest. Related craft material is also ineligible.
  6. Motion picture content that premiered in general release to the public in theaters.
  7. Compilation reels, “clip shows” or “best of…” programs that were edited from original content.
  8. Any acquired foreign productions not originated in the United States.
In order to sustain a high level of award excellence, Chapters must continue to self-regulate their entries, making sure only the appropriate individuals are recognized. To maintain this consistency, there is a maximum quota of 12 eligible names allowed on each entry. Any name(s) added beyond this number will require written authorization from the primary responsible entrant detailing the additional job title and responsibility. Chapters would then have the option of accepting these additional entrants or not.
In the event that the number of entries in a category falls below a range of four (4) to nine (9), Chapters have the option of eliminating or merging the category with another. If a category is merged, entrants would have the option of dropping out of the competition and receiving a refund of their entry fees.
Categories for which entrants do not readily volunteer to judge may be eliminated in the following eligibility year.
An excerpt is defined as a continuous segment or section from longer content.
Unless noted in the category description, no more than three (3) excerpts may be used to bring longer content to the category’s specified entry time limit.
For entries representing a program series, content must be included from multiple episodes of the series. A maximum of three (3) representative excerpts is permitted. One to two seconds of black, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate excerpts.
If the awards committee determines the content of any excerpt is ineligible, the entire entry will be ruled ineligible.
Removal of a commercial break between segments does not constitute a separate excerpt.
A composite is defined as a sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category.
The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects.
Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content.
One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite.
DEMO REELS OR MONTAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
When an entry’s content allows for a choice of category placement, the producer has the discretion to enter the material in the most appropriate content category in addition to any craft achievement categories where it is eligible.
However, certain rules must also be considered and followed:
  • No entry may be submitted to more than one Emmy® awards competition (Regional or National).
    *Exception: Regional Emmy® recipients in the Breaking News and Investigative Report categories are eligible for submission to the National News & Documentary competition under prevailing rules.
  • Different episodes from the same program or series can only be entered in one Emmy® Awards competition.
  • Entrants are not allowed to separate content from individual craft achievement and submit in multiple Emmy® Awards competitions.
  • If the Chapter deems content ineligible, craft submissions related to that content would also be ineligible.
  • The first distribution of the entry is the primary determination of eligibility
The Chapter reserves the right to disqualify outright or move any entry to a different entry category if in its judgment such action is warranted. Entries will not be accepted if no applicable category is found.
No entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one content category. No entrant may be recognized more than once for performing the same job function for the same content.
Exceptions are given for content that was part of a full newscast, or included as an excerpt in the Overall Excellence, News Excellence and Community Service categories. To be eligible for this exception in the newscast categories, the same entrant cannot be listed on the newscast entry and another entry.
Example: An investigative reporter is listed on a newscast entry. Under this double-dipping rule, a portion of the newscast content could be entered in Investigative Report, but the same reporter cannot be listed as a reporter since their name already appeared on the newscast entry in that specified role.
If you enter a full program or episode from a series in a content category, you cannot also enter a segment from the same program or series in another content category.
Example: An investigative team does a three-part series within a newscast on gun control. Once the three parts have aired, and the same material re-purposed as a news or program special, the team would need to decide if they should enter the original series or the special, not both.
For Titled Franchise series, you may choose to submit up to five (5) representative segments from the series as a single entry in the appropriate category. If you enter the Titled Franchise as a series, you cannot also enter a segment from the same Franchise in another content category. However, if you do not submit the franchise as a series entry, you may submit individual segments in the appropriate categories.
Example: Your franchise is “This Week’s Health Advice.” The specific subject matter varies from week to week with topics such as Heart Health Awareness, Mary’s Battle with Lupus, Dietary Tips, The Best Yoga Studios in Springfield. You may submit each segment separately as individual entries based on the subject matter. Alternatively, you may submit all 5 segments in the Health category as a single entry representing the franchise. However, if you submit the franchise as a series entry, you may not submit any individual segments from the franchise elsewhere.
A single or multi episode full-length program, or a multi-part news series, all on the same subject, may only be entered in one content category. If the subject matter varies, different episodes from the same overall program series can be entered in other program categories as appropriate based on content. This exception does not apply to individual stories from a news series.
Examples: Your entry is a four-part series, Saving the Bay. Part one of the series is entered in the Informational/Instructional category. Part three cannot be entered in the Environment category.
Your program is called Community Weekly, an on-going weekly series. Though it is basically a Public Affairs series, episode 204 may be about music, episode 216 about sports, while other episodes are more generic. Under our rules, episode 204 could be entered in an Entertainment category, while episode 216 could be entered in Sports. Other episodes from the series could be entered in Public Affairs.
In situations where craft persons, like writers, photographers, editors, etc., served in multiple roles that significantly impacted the final product, they may be listed on content categories and/or craft achievement categories provided they don’t violate double-dipping guidelines.
Examples: If a craft person is a writer/photographer on a documentary, they could enter the documentary in a program category listing themselves as only the writer. They could also enter the documentary (or a portion of it) in the photographer craft category, listing themselves as photographer only.
If they are not an entrant on the program entry, they could enter the writer and/or photographer craft categories, using the same material since they performed different job functions.
If they list themselves as both writer and photographer on the program entry, they are ineligible to enter either the writer or photographer craft categories.
They cannot enter either craft category using the dual job title since one craft category is only for writer and the other only for photographer.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information. NATAS shall accept all submissions that are not in conflict with any of its rules and regulations.
Once a Chapter’s award nominations are announced, there is a 5 calendar day grace period in which names, under extreme, special circumstances, can be added to a nominated entry. These requests should be authorized in writing to the Chapter from the person who submitted the entry or one of the entry nominees requesting this addition and detailing why this request should be granted. At a minimum, the appeal must include why the person was not originally listed on the entry AND what significant contributions that person made. An individual may petition the Chapter directly if the situation warrants. The Chapter’s Awards Committee will make the final decision and ruling.
Once the Emmy® awards ceremony has concluded, NO individual names can be added to an awarded entry as an additional recipient, under any circumstances.
The entrant warrants that they are the party most responsible for the award-worthiness of the entry. The intentional falsification of production credits or entry credits will result in disqualification.​
Attempts to adjust show titles, original distribution dates and/or descriptions of content in order to submit to multiple chapters or multiple categories, regardless of the circumstances, is prohibited.​
Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.
Any violation of the rules or error in naming an entrant may result in a disqualification or an Emmy® Award being revoked at any point, including after recipients have been announced.
Each entrant agrees that any form of analog and/or digital recording, whether it be film, tape recording, screenshot or supplemental printed material that is furnished to NATAS in connection with an entry may be retained by NATAS for file, reference and archival purposes and may be viewed partially or in its entirety for judging purposes. All of, or portions of, said content may be used on or in connection with the awards ceremony, any broadcast/telecast and other exhibition, including internet; as well as with promotional announcements or activities for any of the fore going. If required, the entrant is further responsible for approval and clearances to the appropriate parties for any use of this copyrighted content​.
Entries are judged against a standard of excellence on their own merit and do not compete against each other. Craft entries are evaluated using a 1-10 scale each for Creativity and Execution. All other entries are scored using a 1-10 scale each for Content, Creativity and Execution. There may be one award, more than one award or no award given in each category. Any exceptions will be noted in the category description.
Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish will be judged by Spanish-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English or Spanish submit an English-language translation of the spoken sequences.​
Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish will be judged by Spanish-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English or Spanish submit an English-language translation of the narration track.​
The success of the Emmy® Awards process depends on the willingness of qualified professionals to serve as judges. Peers in other NATAS Chapters are judging our Chapter’s entries. Our Chapter will judge other Chapters’ entries.
BY ENTERING, YOU AGREE TO SERVE AS A JUDGE WHEN ASKED.
In order to maintain fair, consistent peer judging without influence, judges must watch, at a minimum, the required amount of each entry. They must not score entries with any bias or attempt to manipulate scoring, and must not disclose how they voted. If they ignore or abuse this privilege, their ballot will be disqualified and/or their judging status revoked.​
Producers, craft persons and other eligible entrants as listed on the entry form receive the Emmy® statuette.
Eligible entrants must have significant, creative, and hands-on involvement in the actual production of the video that is submitted. Roles peripheral to the actual video production (proposal/grant writing, fundraising, general supervision, etc.) are not substantial enough to be considered in this competition.
Executive Producers and management personnel (such as News Directors) are not eligible for Emmy® statuettes unless directly involved in the hands-on production of the work submitted. Those who serve in a managerial or supervisory role only should not be listed on the entry. To be considered, Executive Producers, General Managers, News Directors or other management personnel must have directly participated in the execution of the video. In such cases, a written request outlining the person’s involvement should be submitted via email to the Chapter’s awards committee for approval.
Note: General Managers are statuette eligible for the Overall Excellence category. News Directors are statuette eligible for the News Excellence category.
In the Craft Achievement categories, those who actually perform a specific discipline receive the Emmy® statuette. Supervising or directing the work of others does not qualify except for achievements in directing categories.
Emmy® Awards are presented to individuals, not to their employers. It is the individual entrant’s achievement that is being judged and recognized, even if an employer pays entry fees.
Others who work on a nominated or recognized entry may order contributor certificates or plaques. Individuals who did not receive a statuette, but were eligible for production certificates and/or plaques are not considered Emmy® recipients.
As a courtesy, stations, studios, production companies and other Chapter-approved organizations may order a commemorative statuette for public display at their place of business. The statuette is engraved the same as the original Emmy® Award, with the word “commemorative” added. Neither the organization’s name nor any other special wording may be engraved in place of where the individual’s name and position would usually appear. Commemorative Emmy® statuettes cannot be ordered for individuals.
All publicity, advertising or any written reference undertaken by nominees and award recipients to the Emmy® Awards, must clearly state that the awarded achievement is for a Regional Emmy® Award. The word “Regional” must appear in these instances. The recipient of a nomination or an Emmy® Award may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they have been honored only for one year after the recognition was bestowed. They may use a replica of the Emmy® statuette in such advertising. Individuals who significantly contributed to the production or craft but were not honored with a statuette cannot specifically advertise they are an Emmy® award recipient. They can only state they worked on the recognized program.
The Emmy® statuette is the property of and all rights are reserved by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Television Academy). The Emmy® statuette may not be reproduced or used in any commercial manner unless otherwise permitted by NATAS, it being understood that possession of the same is solely for the benefit of the recipient and the recipient’s heirs or successors in interest. If a recipient or the recipient’s heir or successor in interest proposes to sell, loan, donate or otherwise dispose of the Emmy® statuette, such persons shall be obligated to return the statuette to The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which will retain the same in storage in memory of the recipient.
A ® registration mark and the appropriate copyright notice: © NATAS/Television Academy must accompany any portrayal of the Emmy® statuette or moniker.

Michigan Regional EMMY® Awards

CATEGORIES

101 · Overall Excellence

201 · Newscast — Morning/Daytime/Evening - Larger Markets
202 · Newscast — Morning/Daytime/Evening - Smaller Markets
203 · News Special

204 · Daily News Report — Single Shift
205 · Hard News Report — No Production Time Limit
206 · Breaking News
207 · Continuing Coverage
208 · Investigative
209 · News Feature — Light Feature (Single Report)
210 · News Feature — Light Feature (Multiple Reports)
211 · News Feature — Serious Feature (Single Report)
212 · News Feature — Serious Feature (Multiple Reports)
213 · Business/Consumer — News
214 · Crime/Justice — News
215 · Education/Schools — News
216 · Children/Youth/Teen — News
217 · Environment/Science — News
218 · Health/Medical — News
219 · Historical/Cultural — News
220 · Human Interest — News (Single Shift)
221 · Human Interest — News (No Production Time Limit)
222 · Military — News
223 · Politics/Government — News
224 · Societal Concerns — News
225 · Weather — News (Single Shift)
226 · Weathercast

301 · Sports Story — News
302 · Sports Story — News Feature
303 · Sports Story — Short Form Content
304 · Sports Story — Long Form Content
305 · Sports Program — Live
306 · Sports Program — Post-Produced or Edited
307 · Sports Documentary
308 · Sports Interview/Discussion
309 · Live Sporting Event/Game
310 · Live Sporting Event Season

401 · Documentary — Cultural
402 · Documentary — Historical
403 · Documentary — Topical
404 · Magazine Program
405 · Public Affairs Program
406 · Special Event Coverage
407 · Entertainment
408 · Interview/Discussion
409 · Informational/Instructional
410 · Arts/Entertainment
411 · Education/Schools
412 · Children/Youth/Teen
413 · Environment/Science
414 · Health/Medical
415 · Historical/Cultural
416 · Human Interest — Short Form Content
417 · Human Interest — Long Form Content
418 · Lifestyle
419 · Military
420 · Politics/Government
421 · Religion
422 · Societal Concerns
423 · Weather

501 · Public Service Announcement — Single Spot/Campaign
502 · Commercial
503 · News Promotion - Topical (Single Spot)
504 · News Promotion - Image (Single Spot)
505 · News Promotion - Campaign
506 · Program Promotion — Non-News (Single Spot)
507 · Program Promotion — Image Promotion (Single Spot)
508 · Branded Content

601 · Talent — Anchor - News
602 · Talent — Anchor - Weather
603 · Talent — Anchor - Sports
604 · Talent — Sports Analyst
605 · Talent — Sports Play-by-Play
606 · Talent — Reporter - Daily News
607 · Talent — Reporter - Investigative
608 · Talent — Reporter - Specialty Assignment
609 · Talent — Reporter - Sports
610 · Talent — Performer/Narrator
611 · Talent — Program Host/Moderator/Correspondent
612 · Live News Producer
613 · Live Sports Producer
614 · Writer — News
615 · Writer — Sports
616 · Writer — Short Form Content
617 · Writer — Long Form Content
618 · Writer — Spot Announcement
619 · Director — Live or Recorded Live
620 · Director — Long Form Content
621 · Editor — News - No Production Time Limit
622 · Editor — Sports - No Production Time Limit
623 · Editor — Short Form Content
624 · Editor — Long Form Content
625 · Editor — Spot Announcement
626 · Photographer — News - No Production Time Limit
627 · Photographer — Sports - No Production Time Limit
628 · Photographer — Long Form Content
629 · Video Essay
630 · Multimedia Journalist
631 · Graphic Arts — Motion Graphics
632 · Graphic Arts — Motion Graphics - News
633 · Audio
634 · Lighting
635 · Technical Achievement

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

A statuette is awarded only to the eligible recipient(s) in 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.

An entry submitted in a Special Achievement category may not be duplicated in its entirety in any other Special Achievement category.

101
Overall Excellence
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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. Entrants are encouraged to include community outreach and video content distributed via social media and digital platforms. 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 distributed. 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 and achievements. Synopsis may be uploaded as a PDF or typed into the available text box within the online entry form.
Note: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules. Only one entrant may be listed on the entry.

NEWS CONTENT

News content categories are intended for journalistic material produced by news departments within television stations, newspapers or online news reporting entities.

The person, typically the producer, who determines the overall tone, structure, look, sound, and mission of the content should be the primary entrant for these categories. Please refer to the glossary definition of Producer (pages 42-43) Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Crafts people should submit in the appropriate craft category.

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 single News entries, the entry submission length must not exceed 15 minutes.

For newscasts and news specials that exceed the specified category time limit entrant may submit up to 3 excerpts.

NOTE:
One (1) second of black must be inserted between elements of a series entry or between excerpts if the original video has been edited to fit the entry time limit for the category.

CHAPTER NOTES:
Eligible to Enter: Producer, Anchor. Others who may be eligible to be included on a Newscast submission are Directors, Assignment Desk Editors, Reporters, Meteorologists, Photographers, Editors, and Writers. However, to be listed the person must have actively participated and substantially contributed to the content being submitted. Those whose roles are routine are not eligible. Anchors, Reporters or other defined crafts persons listed on the entry, may not submit the same content in the corresponding Craft Achievement category.

201
Newscast — Morning / Daytime / Evening — Larger Markets (15 — 112)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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 and news specials that exceed the 30 minutes category time limit entrant may submit up to 3 excerpts.
202
Newscast — Morning / Daytime / Evening — Smaller Markets (118 — 203)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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 and news specials that exceed the 30 minutes category time limit entrant may submit up to 3 excerpts.
203
News Special
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, significant, newsworthy event, occasion or topic. Subject should be an in-depth treatment of a current topic.
Note: Regularly scheduled newscasts that focus primarily on a single topic or story, including breaking news, are not considered News Specials. While a News Special may be scheduled to air during a regular newscast time slot, the program should be intentionally produced as a separate, in-depth look at the topic.
204
Daily News Report — single shift
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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.
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.
205
Hard News Report — no production time limit
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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.
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.
206
Breaking News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a single unanticipated news event as it is happening. Entry should convey a sense of immediacy in the coverage of an unfolding event. For a single report, entry must be one continuous report as originally broadcast or steamed. For multiple reports, entry should be a composite of a least two (2) reports on the same topic – as they were originally broadcast or streamed. Entry may include live or taped elements and online video content. Exempt from the composite an excerpt limit rules. One (1) second of black must be inserted between each excerpt or composite element.
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.
207
Continuing Coverage
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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. One (1) second of black must be inserted between each excerpt or composite element.
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.
208
Investigative
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a single report or a series of reports covering one investigation 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. Multiple report entries should be a composite of at least two (2) reports on the same topic – as they were originally broadcast or streamed. Entry must include written documentation in the synopsis section of the online entry form.
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.
209
News Feature — Light Feature (Single Report)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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 Reports entries may include either several reports on the same feature topic, or several reports from an ongoing titled feature news series and must include a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) reports.
210
News Feature — Light Feature (Multiple Reports)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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 Reports entries may include either several reports on the same feature topic, or several reports from an ongoing titled feature news series and must include a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) reports.
211
News Feature — Serious Feature (Single Report)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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 Reports entries may include either several reports on the same feature topic, or several reports from an ongoing titled feature news series and must include a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) reports.
212
News Feature — Serious Feature (Multiple Reports)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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 Reports entries may include either several reports on the same feature topic, or several reports from an ongoing titled feature news series and must include a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) reports.
213
Business/Consumer — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics.
214
Crime/Justice — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of crime, victims. courts, or justice related topics.
215
Education/Schools — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of schools, teaching or education related topics.
216
Children/Youth/Teen — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage that is of interest and value to a target audience 19 years of age or younger.
217
Environment/Science — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of environmental impact issues, science or related topics.
218
Health/Medical — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of health or medical related topics.
219
Historical/Cultural — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage about historical or cultural related topics.
220
Human Interest — News (single shift)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit.
221
Human Interest — News (no production time limit)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit.
222
Military — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of military related topics.
223
Politics/Government — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of political, civil or government related topics.
224
Societal Concerns — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
225
Weather — News (single shift)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of weather related topics.
226
Weathercast
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in an anchored weather segment from within a newscast.

Sports CONTENT

The person, typically the producer, who determines the overall tone, structure, look, sound, and mission of the content should be the primary entrant for these categories. Please refer to the glossary definition of Producer (page 42-43). Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Crafts people should submit in the appropriate craft category.

Sports News content is only eligible in the appropriate News subcategories.

For Short Form Content and Sportscast entries, the original video must not exceed 15 minutes.

For Long Form Content and Program entries, the original video must be longer than 15 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 entry 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.

NOTE:
One (1) second of black must be inserted between elements of a series entry or between excerpts if the original video has been edited to fit the entry time limit for the category.

CHAPTER NOTE:
Eligible to Enter: Producer, Host, Talent (Sports Analyst, Play-by-Play, Reporter). Others who may be eligible to be included on a Sports Program submission are Writers, Editors, Photographers, Directors. However, to be listed the person must have actively participated and substantially contributed to the content being submitted. Those whose roles are perfunctory or routine are not eligible. Talent, Writers, Editors, Photographers or other defined crafts persons listed on the entry, may not submit the same content in the corresponding Craft Achievement category.

301
Sports Story — News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics.
302
Sports Story — News Feature
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics.
303
Sports Story — Short Form Content
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in content about sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics. This category is intended for features, segments and other storytelling vehicles of varying lengths and NOT for traditional 30 or 60-minute programs.
304
Sports Story — Long Form Content
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics. This category is intended for features, segments and other storytelling vehicles of varying lengths and NOT for traditional 30 or 60-minute programs.
305
Sports Program — Live
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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-broadcast edits except for the removal of commercials or to bring a program a longer program to the 30-minute entry time limit. A maximum of three (3) excerpts is permitted with one (1) second of black inserted between excerpts. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
306
Sports Program — Post-Produced or Edited
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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 or to bring a program a longer program to the 30-minute entry time limit. A maximum of three (3) excerpts is permitted with one (1) second of black inserted between excerpts. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
307
Sports Documentary
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in a creative, in-depth treatment of a sports topic presented in a factual and informative manner. Entry may include no more than three (3) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 60-minute entry time limit. One (1) second of black must be inserted between excerpts.
308
Sports Interview/Discussion
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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 for the majority of the program. Entry may include no more than three (3) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute entry time limit. One (1) second of black must be inserted between excerpts.
Note: Some visual elements may supplement the interview, but entries for this category are typically live or recorded live and not heavily post-produced. There should be limited b-roll and/or graphic elements.
309
Live Sporting Event/Game
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in production of a single (live or recorded live) sporting event or game. A composite is required and should include examples of: Show Open, Specialty Graphics, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Exceptional Coverage and any additional material at entrant’s discretion. Entry may include no more than eleven (11) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute entry time limit. One (1) second of black must be inserted between excerpts. Announcers are eligible for entries in this category, however the same material entered here cannot also be included in that announcer’s craft composite.
310
Live Sporting Event Season
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in production of a season series covering one sports team. A composite is required and should include examples of: Show Open, Specialty Graphics, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Exceptional Coverage and any additional material at entrant’s discretion. Entries must include excerpts from at least 5 different games during the season. Entry may include no more than twenty (20) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 60-minute time limit. Excerpts DO NOT need to be in chronological order. One (1) second of black must be inserted between excerpts. Games from a particular season may only be submitted as a season entry in a single eligibility period. If a season entry is submitted, no single game from that season may be submitted in the Live Sporting Event/Game category. It is recommended that entrants include a content log of excerpts in their entry description. Announcers are eligible for entries in this category, however the same material entered here cannot also be included in that announcer’s craft composite.
Note: If a season occurs over 2 different eligibility periods for the Chapter, the entrant may only submit a season entry for one of those competition periods. The entrant can choose which year to submit. Example: The season runs October 15 – March 31. The Chapter’s eligibility period is the calendar year. The entrant can submit a season entry that includes games from October 15 through December 31 and submit in the current year’s competition. Or the entrant can wait to submit a season entry that includes games from January 1 through March 31 in the following year’s competition. In any case, entrants may not submit games from the same season as a season entry in competitions from 2 different years. Individual games from the section of the season NOT included in the season entry may be entered as individual games in the Live Sporting Event/Game category.

PROGRAMMING CONTENT

The person, typically the producer, who determines the overall tone, structure, look, sound, and mission of the content should be the primary entrant for these categories. Please refer to the glossary definition of Producer (page 42-43). Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Crafts people should submit in the appropriate craft category.

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 series or long form series entries, the entry must include excerpts from at least two (2) episodes from the series.

Short Form content must be submitted in its entirety as originally distributed. The original video and submission length must not exceed 15 minutes.

News content is only eligible in the appropriate News categories.

NOTE:
One (1) second of black must be inserted between elements of a series entry or between excerpts if the original video has been edited to fit the entry time limit for the category.

CHAPTER NOTE:
Eligible to Enter: Producer. Others who may be eligible to be included on a Programming Content submission are Writers, Talent/Hosts, Editors, Photographers. However, to be listed the person must have actively participated and substantially contributed to the content being submitted. Those whose roles are perfunctory or routine are not eligible. Talent, Writers, Editors, Photographers or other defined crafts persons listed on the entry, may not submit the same content in the corresponding Craft Achievement category.

401
Documentary — Cultural
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
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.
402
Documentary — Historical
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
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.
403
Documentary — Topical
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
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.
404
Magazine Program
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a program or series consisting of various stories of regional interest designed to entertain and inform.
405
Public Affairs Program
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, anticipated community or entertainment event such produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Live entries should include at least 75% live material, with no post edits.
407
Entertainment
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content whose purpose is to entertain. Examples include scripted content, music videos, live stage performance.
Note: Content about entertainment should be submitted in the Arts/Entertainment category.
408
Interview/Discussion
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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 for the majority of the program.
Note: Some visual elements may supplement the interview, but entries for this category are typically live or recorded live and not heavily post-produced. There should be limited b-roll and/or graphic elements.
409
Informational/Instructional
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content whose purpose is to be instructional; to teach formally or informally about a subject.
410
Arts/Entertainment
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.
411
Education/Schools
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about schools, teaching or education related topics.
412
Children/Youth/Teen
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content that is of interest and value to a target audience of 19 years of age or younger.
413
Environment/Science
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about environmental impact issues, science or related topics.
414
Health/Medical
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about health or medical related topics.
415
Historical/Cultural
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about historical or cultural related topics.
416
Human Interest — Short Form Content
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in content that appeals to the human spirit.
417
Human Interest — Long Form Content
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content that appeals to the human spirit.
418
Lifestyle
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content that deals with everyday life subjects such as: food preparation, recipes, home improvement, decoration, renovation, gardening, outdoors, crafts, automotive repairs or restoration, travel.
419
Military
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about military related topics.
420
Politics/Government
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about political, civil or government related topics.
421
Religion
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about religious and/or spiritual related topics.
422
Societal Concerns
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
423
Weather
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about weather related topics.

SPOT ANNOUNCEMENTS & BRANDED CONTENT

The person, typically the producer, who determines the overall tone, structure, look, sound, and mission of the content should be the primary entrant for these categories. Please refer to the glossary definition of Producer. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Crafts people should submit in the appropriate craft category.

Content submitted in the Spot Announcement and Branded Content categories must be regionally conceived, produced and distributed. Submissions 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 Long Form Promotional Spot category. For campaigns, a minimum of two (2) up to a maximum of five (5) spots from the campaign should be edited together for a single video upload. One (1) second of black must be inserted between each spot. If a campaign is entered, no spots from that same campaign may be submitted in a single-spot category.

Branded Content Short Form entries must be submitted in their entirety as originally distributed. The original video and submission length must not exceed 15 minutes.

For Branded Content Long Form the original video must have been longer than 15 minutes and the submission length must not exceed 30 minutes. A maximum of three (3) segments/excerpts is permitted to bring longer videos to the required entry time limit.

NOTE:
One (1) second of black must be inserted between elements of a campaign.

501
Public Service Announcement — Single Spot/Campaign
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
For excellence in announcements that effectively create awareness, focus interest on or marshal support for worthy community causes or non-profit organizations.
502
Commercial
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 minutes or 10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2 minutes in length for 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. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible.
503
News Promotion — Topical (Single Spot)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
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.
Note: Promotes a given story or topic that will be covered in an upcoming newscast. May include cold opens and in-show teases.
504
News Promotion — Image (Single Spot)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
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.
Note: Promotes overall newsroom image or overall station image with a primary focus on news coverage or news personnel.
505
News Promotion — Campaign
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2-minutes in length)
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.
506
Promotion — Non-News Program Promotion (Single Spot)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
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.
507
Promotion — Non-News Image Promotion (Single Spot)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
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.
Note: This category is intended for non-news image promotional spots.
508
Branded Content
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a complete, stand-alone video or video series produced with the intention of connecting or engaging an audience with an organization’s brand. The content integrates the brand or brand messaging in the story-telling in an entertaining, creative, or emotional way. The video includes some visual branding, product placement or overt mention of the organization at the center of the production. Because of the nuanced nature of what constitutes “Branded Content,” final determination of category placement is at the discretion of the Chapter’s Awards Committee.
Note: Video 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. Content from projects identified as “branded” may not be entered in other content categories.
Examples:
  • Content produced by businesses or non-profits to highlight their own establishments or services
  • Hospital or medical stories promoting a particular health care facility or cause such as organ/tissue donation
  • Videos in which organizations explore topical issues or put forth chosen experts to offer advice on topics with a focus on the organization’s viewpoint or services
  • Travel content produced by or for specific destinations such as “what to do when you’re in Las Vegas”
  • Local power company vignettes telling the story of the company’s evolution in the community
  • Police/fire department recruitment videos
  • College tour or recruitment videos
  • 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.

    NOTE:
    One (1) second of black must be inserted between elements of a composite.

    601
    Anchor — News
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, live sporting event/game, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment may include material from only ONE program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. 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.)
    602
    Anchor — Weather
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, live sporting event/game, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment may include material from only ONE program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. 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.)
    603
    Anchor — Sports
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, live sporting event/game, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment may include material from only ONE program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. 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.)
    604
    Sports Analyst
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, live sporting event/game, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment may include material from only ONE program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. 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.)
    605
    Sports Play-by-Play
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, live sporting event/game, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment may include material from only ONE program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. 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.)
    606
    Reporter — Daily News
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    607
    Reporter — Investigative
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    608
    Reporter — Specialty Assignment
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    609
    Reporter — Sports
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    610
    Performer/Narrator
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    611
    Program Host/Moderator/Correspondent
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    612
    Live News Producer
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
    Enter a composite not to exceed 30 minutes. Material entered in this category cannot be entered by the same entrant in any News Content categories.
    613
    Live Sports Producer
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
    Enter a composite not to exceed 30 minutes. Material entered in this category cannot be entered by the same entrant in any Sports Content categories.
    614
    Writer — News
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    Note: Script preferred.
    615
    Writer — Sports
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    Note: Script preferred.
    616
    Writer — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
    Note: Script preferred.
    617
    Writer — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    Note: Script preferred.
    618
    Writer — Spot Announcement
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    Note: Script preferred.
    619
    Director — Live or Recorded Live
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    PL Track is Preferred
    620
    Director — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes; Post-Produced)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    621
    Editor — News — No Production Time Limit
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    622
    Editor — Sports — No Production Time Limit
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    623
    Editor — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
    624
    Editor — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    625
    Editor — Spot Announcement
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    626
    Photographer — News — No Production Time Limit
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    627
    Photographer — Sports — No Production Time Limit
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    628
    Photographer — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    629
    Video Essayist
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    For excellence by a single, cross-discipline individual telling a single or multi-part story, without a reporter, narrator, or host. The video essay creator is the photographer and editor, weaving together elements captured in the field to tell the story. Entry may not be entered in any other craft category. Composites are permitted.
    Note: No more than 10% of the video should be archival material, file footage, VNR or provided video.
    630
    Multimedia Journalist
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    For excellence by a single, cross-discipline individual, serving as photojournalist, editor, talent, and writer (also known as an MMJ, VJ, MSJ, VS); covering a single or multi-part video story or topic intended for a news audience. Entry may not be submitted in any other craft category. Composites are permitted.
    Note: No more than 10% of the video should be archival material, file footage, VNR or provided video. Introductory stand-ups, bridges or end tags shot by other individuals should not be included on the entry.
    631
    Graphic Arts — Motion Graphics
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    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.
    632
    Graphic Arts — Motion Graphics — News
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    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.
    633
    Audio
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    634
    Lighting
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    635
    Technical Achievement
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
    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. A maximum of five (5) excerpts is permitted with one (1) second of black between each excerpt. 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.

    Regional EMMY® Awards

    GLOSSARY OF TERMS

    The document that provides information related to the Emmy® Awards contests, including rules, guidelines and categories.​
    A committee that oversees the Regional Emmy® Awards contest within a particular NATAS Chapter. This committee has the final say on selecting categories for the Chapter‘s Call for Entries, determining content and entrant eligibility and reviewing judges’ challenges (among other duties.)​
    Programs or other content that consist of previously distributed material in the form of a “year in review” special or a collection of Titled Content Series pieces. These are NOT eligible for submission to Regional Emmy® Awards contests.​
    Content that is only available to a select and limited audience via distribution on a closed circuit (hospitals, in flight entertainment, hotels, doctor’s offices, private companies, etc.) Video content transmitted in a public sports venue, arena or stadium is not considered distribution on a closed circuit and is eligible in content and craft categories.
    A sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category. The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects. Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content. One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite. ​
    Having a direct involvement or vested interest in the production of an entry, or having a personal relationship with an entrant. Judges may NOT judge entries in which any of these criteria are met. Group ownership, by itself, does not create a conflict of interest.
    Examples: A producer working for a station owned by TEGNA in one market is not prohibited from judging an entry produced by another TEGNA-owned station in another Chapter. NBC Sports Chicago personnel are not prohibited from serving as judges for entries produced by NBC Sports Bay Area.
    category for which there are three (3) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Content, Creativity and Execution. Our chapter’s content categories are 101 – 510. (also see: Craft Category)
    A category for which there are two (2) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Creativity and Execution. These categories focus solely on the craft designated for each (photography, editing, talent, etc.) Our chapter’s craft categories are 601 – 637. (also see: Content Category)
    Short examples edited from content that showcases your work. Demo reels or montages often include shorter excerpts from the original video that may or may not have added music, graphics and/or special effects.
    Example: A photographer cannot take short segments from original content and edit those pieces together for a composite submission in the craft category.
    The process of getting video content from a producer to a viewer. This may include being broadcast on a television or cable station, streamed on a website or app, posted on a company website or social media account.​
    Any entry or portion of an entry submitted in more than one content category or an entrant submitting work in an attempt to be recognized more than once for performing the same job function for the same content.
    See specific examples of double-dipping in the RULES section of this Call for Entries.
    Period of time in which any content must have been produced to be eligible for entry in this regional Emmy® Awards contest. This window varies among NATAS chapters and will be prominently displayed in each Call for Entries.
    The most prestigious peer-judged award recognizing excellence in professional achievement with annual awards of merit in the television industry through extensive, confidential peer review of broadcast work and related media.​
    Individual whose work has been submitted for consideration in a regional Emmy® Award contest.​
    Maximum length allowed for the submitted entry video. This does not necessarily correspond with the original length of the video that was aired/distributed for viewing by the general public. Entry Time Limits vary among categories.​
    Example: The length of a program when it originally aired was 60 minutes. You are entering that program in a category with an Entry Time Limit of 30 minutes. You must follow appropriate guidelines to shorten the entry video to 30 minutes or less.​
    A continuous segment or section from longer content. Excerpts are used to bring longer content to the specified category Entry Time Limit.​
    While still journalistic in nature, this content takes less of a hard news tone while incorporating strong storytelling. It may be a serious or lighter subject. The story construction and personality of the interviewees are highlighted in a feature story. Feature news stories often run a bit longer and may not have an immediate time peg.​
    News or Short Form Content that includes multiple installments, all of which are produced under a unifying title and theme.​
    Examples: “Reports from the Border” that air every Wednesday night on a local newscast, “Tom’s Financial Tips” posted weekly on the web, “Your Pet’s Health” features in an ongoing magazine broadcast.​
    Classic, fact-gathering and reporting. Should include a news hook and timely peg.​
    A program or long form content that promotes a product, service or idea and includes a call to commerce.​
    Systematic, in-depth and original research and reporting of a single topic of interest, such as serious crime, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing.​
    Job Title is the word or words under your name on a business card that indicate(s) what job position you hold within the organization for which you work.
    Role on Entry is the particular function you performed on an Emmy® Award entry.
    Many of these are similar or even the same (Producer, Photographer, Editor) while some job titles (Executive Producer, Chief Creative Officer, Assignment Desk Editor) don’t directly translate to a tangible job function performed during the production process. Entrants often perform roles on an entry that aren’t a part of their job title (a producer who edits, a director who writes, a photographer who lights the set, an editor who produces.)
    
For the purposes of regional Emmy® Award statuette eligibility, Role on Entry is the determining factor over Job Title.
    Method of coverage that considers all sides fairly, reporting without bias or persuasion.​
    One whose work on a production was significant enough to be considered eligible for a regional Emmy® Award statuette. In the estimation of the entry submitter, the entry would not have been award-worthy without this person’s contributions.​
    Video production that exceeds 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program categories or sub- categories, as well as longer segment or feature categories or sub-categories and online content that meets other eligibility criteria.​
    One who has completed the membership process in one of the 19 regional NATAS chapters.
    (Membership is not required to enter regional Emmy® Awards contests.)
    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) was founded in 1955. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award.​
    Regional Emmy® Awards are given in nineteen regions across the United States. National Awards are given for Daytime Entertainment, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering.​
    Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.​
    The Daytime, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards contests are held annually and open to all entrants whose work meets eligibility criteria.​
    As outlined in the NATAS bylaws, this group of people administers the policy and structure of the National and Regional Emmy® Awards process. Its membership consists of representatives from each of the National Awards constituencies as well as regional/chapter reps.
    Multiple reports that build on the same subject or news story.​
    A stand-alone program or content that is not part of a larger series of content.​
    The date that content was first made available (aired or otherwise distributed) to the general public.​
    The process by which Emmy® Awards entries are reviewed by professionals of like disciplines for the purpose of determining award-worthiness. Entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other.​
    For regional Emmy® award submissions, the term Photographer refers to and includes videographer, cinematographer, camera operator, shooter, and director of photography.​
    A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to or streaming on a computer or mobile device. Audio-only Podcasts are not eligible for Emmy® Award consideration. Podcasts that also include a video element would be eligible for regional entry as long as they are in compliance with all other requirements.​
    A term used to help determine eligibility of content for regional Emmy® Awards contests. This was previously used as the standard of eligibility, but has been replaced with the phrase “produced and intended for a regional or local audience,” as the National Awards Committee determined this was more effectively measured and determined.​
    NOTE: The duties of the newscast producer (the person producing the overall newscast) are generally understood industry-wide and are not outlined here.
    This description is meant to define duties associated with producers of specific content within a newscast or program, as well as producers of short/long form content, programs, promos, branded and other eligible content distributed on various platforms.
    To be listed on an entry as “Producer” an entrant must perform the majority of the following producer duties:
    1. Serving as an “overseer” of the content, determining the overall tone, structure, look, sound, and mission of the content.
    2. Making strategic editorial decisions that have a significant impact on the resulting content.
    3. Identifying interview subjects and shoot locations.
    4. Scheduling interviews, shoots, and edits.
    5. Writing and/or approving scripts.
    6. Formulating ideas for graphics/animations and working with designers through completion.
    7. Working with editors to assure the content meets expectations and overseeing necessary changes.
    8. For studio-based programs or content, the producer would generally fulfill much of the above and/or oversee control room decisions, timing, etc.
    The following are NOT considered to be Producers and are, therefore, not Emmy® statuette eligible.
    Note: An appropriate plaque or certificate may be purchased to recognize the support or contributions of these individuals.
    1. Clients, Sponsors, Underwriters, Funders, Distributors.
    2. CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Company Owners, General Managers with no hands-on role in the video production.
    3. News Directors and Executive Producers with no hands-on role in the video production.
    4. Support staff or management with no hands-on role in the video production.
    5. People or organizations that are the subject of the video, including interviewees.
    6. People or organizations that provide resources (archives, photos, film, location access, etc.) for and/or during the production.
    Maximum length allowed to produce an entry, which may be indicated in hours or the term Single Shift.
    A traditional content format used in broadcast and cable television. In order to be more inclusive of content delivered via non-traditional means, the term Long Form Content is being used in most applications that were previously referred to as Programs. Certain categories (Documentary, Sports Program, Magazine Program) have retained the term where the traditional definition remains applicable.​
    Multiple episodes of a program with similar subject matter or an overall unifying theme.​
    One who receives a regional Emmy® Award. As regional entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other, there may be no recipient, one recipient or more than one recipient in a given category. Honorees in the National Emmy® Award contests are referred to as “winners” since only one entry is awarded in each category, with the exception of ties.​
    The document that sets forth the rules and available categories for each regional chapter’s Call For Entries. It also includes a section of Chapter Guidance and this Glossary of Terms.​
    A section of video content that could be part of a program or entry.​
    Multiple installments of similar and related content.
    (also see: News Series and Program Series)
    Video production that is no more than 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program Feature or Segment categories or sub-categories, as well as online content that meets other eligibility criteria.​
    This is defined as the time between when a work shift begins and ends (could be a normal work shift or an extended, breaking-news type of shift). This term is replacing the previously-used “within 24 hours” as a way to separate longer term projects and productions from those completed within one work shift. A story assigned one day but researched, scheduled, and shot over another day or multiple days, should be submitted in a “no time limit” category.​
    Crystal pillars presented to recipients of separate contests among high school and college students, with the intention to recognize outstanding student achievements in production. Rules and category options for Student Production Awards are outlined in the Regional Awards Manual.​
    Content conceived and created by full-time students at a university, college, technical/vocational school or high school. Student Productions may not include any professional services and faculty involvement can only be advisory.​
    Exact runtime of an entry video.​
    Person who completes the process of entry in a regional Emmy® Award contest. This person may also be an entrant but is not required to.​
    Content that is licensed for distribution on multiple broadcast or online outlets and available for consumption in multiple geographic locations.​
    The maximum amount of time allowed. A chapter call for entries will include two (2) types of time limits: Entry Time Limit and Production Time Limit.
    News or Short Form Content that includes multiple installments, all of which are produced under a unifying title and theme. Examples: “Reports from the Border” that air every Wednesday night on a local newscast, “Tom’s Financial Tips” posted weekly on the web, “Your Pet’s Health” features in an ongoing magazine broadcast.
    When an entry includes previously produced material, it is only eligible if its use is significantly different from any previous use of the same material.​