Instructions  Who can enter?



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 Who can enter? All entries must be submitted by a broadcast station, an educational institution, or an individual student. No independent professional productions will be accepted.

 

 Air dates: All entries must have aired during calendar year 2014. Please indicate on the entry form the date(s) the program was broadcast.


 

 Number of entries: There is no limit to the number of entries that an entrant may submit.

 

 Multiple entries: If applicable, a story may be entered in more than one category (i.e. Feature & Best Audio), however, two entry fees must be submitted.



 

 Online Entries: All entries will be submitted through our online contest website, www.betterbnc.com. NOTE: Entries must be submitted in the form of URL’s—the entry is not uploaded to the contest site. If the entries are not already archived on your station’s website, they can be uploaded to an online hosting site such as You Tube or Kiwi 6 (audio only).

 

 NEW THIS YEAR: We’re requesting that each entry also be accompanied by a 30 second clip that will be used to complete our awards presentation.


 Supplementary material: Supplementary material, can be uploaded to the contest site, but judging will be based solely on the broadcast entry.

 

 Deadline: All online entries must be submitted by midnight EST Friday, January 16, 2015.



 

 Entry fees: Fees, payable to NBNA are as follows:

$40 per professional entry and $30 per student entry.

NOTE: NBNA accepts payment by check, VISA or M/C.

 

 Questions: Call NBNA Executive Secretary Christine Paige Diers at (605) 490-3033, or email cpaigediers@gmail.com



 

 Unless otherwise noted, entries can be edited to fit the maximum allowed length.

 

Market Size

 

TELEVISION

LARGE: Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul

 

MEDIUM: Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Des Moines, Fargo, Green Bay, Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Madison, Omaha, Quad Cities, Sioux Falls.


 

SMALL: Bemidji/Brainerd, Bismarck/Minot/Dickinson, Duluth, LaCrosse/Eau Claire, Mankato, North Platte, Ottumwa, Rapid City, Rochester/Mason City/Austin, Rhinelander, Wausau, Sioux City.

 

STUDENTS: Can submit their own entries or college/university can enter on behalf of student(s).



 

RADIO

LARGE: Four or more full-time newsroom employees.

 

MEDIUM: Two or three full-time newsroom employees.



 

SMALL: One or no full-time newsroom employees.

 

STUDENTS: May submit their own entries or college/university can enter on behalf of student(s).



 

News staff that operate only within the framework of a network must compete at the large market category regardless of the size of their individual shop. News operations that are part of a network, but operate independently from that network— and at least 75 percent of the news produced is for a local audience— should compete based on the size of their staff. Stations may enter in multiple categories, but must select only one market size.

 

Special Notes on

Entering & Judging

 

MARKETS



Program producers or syndicated non-broadcast services must enter in the largest market in which their programs are aired regionally.

 

SELECTING WINNERS


The judges will select one First Place and up to two Award of Merit winners in each category and market size (where applicable).

Although judges are instructed to select as many winning entries as allowed by contest rules, they do have the discretion to select no winners in a category if they feel none are merited. In that event, judges will submit a written explanation of their reason.

 


Categories

 

SPOT NEWS

Coverage of an unscheduled event for which there was no advance planning or notice, broadcast or telecast within 24 hours of the event. A single story or composite of all coverage of an event aired within 24 hours may be entered.

Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Depth of coverage; Information developed in limited time period (under deadline pressure); use of station resources such as graphics, live interviews, audio/video to help the story.

 

GENERAL REPORTING

Best reporting on a single topic. May be in-depth, investigative, enterprise, or coverage of a planned event used in a regularly scheduled newscast. Single stories or composites are allowed.

Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Significance of the report; depth; originality; public interest; results; contains information discovered by a deliberate journalistic effort.

 

SPORTS REPORTING

Best sports reporting on a single topic. Will be awarded when merited.

Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Significance of the issue; impact on the community; quality.

 

SPORTSCAST/PROGRAM

A regularly scheduled sportscast or program airing on any day in the contest year.

Maximum Length: 60 min.

Judging Criteria: Overall content, presentation, writing, editing and use of audio and/or video.

 

NEWSCAST

A regularly scheduled newscast airing on any day in the contest year. Only one entry is allowed per news organization. Entry will represent the station’s best effort at producing a newscast.


Maximum Length: 60 min.

Judging Criteria: Overall content, presentation, story selection, writing, editing and use of audio and/or video.

 

DOCUMENTARY/SPECIAL

Single program scheduled outside of a newscast, showing commitment of the station to a community issue. Support material and results of the effort may be included with the entry.

Maximum Length: 60 min.

Judging Criteria: Depth of reporting; significance; originality; impact of the project on the community; depth of the station’s commitment to the project; service to the community.

 

SERIES

Multi-part reports on a single subject or continuing coverage of a single news event, broadcast in a regularly scheduled newscast.

Maximum Length: 30 min.

Judging Criteria: Significance of the series; depth; originality; public interest.

 

BROADCAST WRITING

Stations are asked to submit entries and accompanying scripts that demonstrate excellence in writing. The writing must convey the feeling and significance of events to the listener or viewer. It may represent individual or collaborative efforts. Stations may include up to three examples, exactly as broadcast.

Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Clear, concise writing that conveys the feeling and significance of events.

 

HARD FEATURE

A planned story on a news-related topic in which the reporter, producer or photographer put considerable time and effort into the production of the story;

Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Quality of writing; use and quality of audio/video; originality.

 


SOFT FEATURE

A story providing an imaginative and colorful look at an event or

individual(s). Entry may be human interest stories, personality profiles, trend stories, or any other feature that is not breaking news.



Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Quality of writing; use and quality of audio/video; originality.

 

WEATHER (Television Only)

Best weather coverage over a 24 hour period. Entrants must submit any two regularly scheduled weathercasts that aired 24 hours apart. Students need only submit one weathercast.

Judging Criteria: Content; clarity, accuracy, and overall presentation.

 

TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The category provides for a variety of locally-produced entries in substance and form, serious or humorous. The subject and format can be anything newsworthy, including talk show, caller interaction, interview, debate, or other broadcasts, live or taped, outside of a regular newscast.

Maximum Length: Unedited 15 min.

WEB SITES

Submit at least three (3) examples of functioning, cached or active URL’s


that demonstrate exceptional news coverage and journalistic skill.
Creativity, clarity, storytelling techniques, and uses of audio, video or other internet technologies will be considered by the judges.

 

INVESTIGATIVE

This award is given for enterprising investigative reporting by a reporter or team. Entry may be a single broadcast or a series of no more than three parts. This category is for short reports; not documentaries.

Maximum Length: 15 min.

Judging Criteria: Use of investigative techniques, depth, timeliness, public interest.

 

SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY

An unedited aircheck of play-by-play coverage of any sporting event produced by your station. Commercial breaks should be removed.

Maximum length: 15 minutes

 

AUDIO (Radio Only)

Best use of audio in a story which places the listener at the scene of an event. Accuracy in conveying story, meaning and impact will be factors in judging.

 

PHOTOJOURNALISM (TV)

Best use of video and sound in a story; best photography.

 

CABLE NEWSCAST



Each Cable system can submit one newscast originally produced for cable.

Maximum Length: 60 min.

Cable operators are still eligible to enter under single categories, but will be competing against those stations listed for their market size. In this category only will they compete solely with each other.

 


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