2021 Call For Entries

MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL

EMMY® AWARDS

2021 call for entries

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

APRIL 1, 2020

THROUGH

MARCH 31, 2021

EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE

(wiTH DISCOUNTED FEES)

APRIL 9

STANDARD ENTRY DEADLINE

APRIL 23

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE

APRIL 30

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

APRIL 1, 2020

THROUGH

MARCH 31, 2021

EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE

(wiTH DISCOUNTED FEES)

APRIL 9

STANDARD ENTRY DEADLINE

APRIL 23

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE

APRIL 30

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR 2021

THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER IS PLEASED TO RELEASE THE CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021

What's New?

Here are some highlights, changes and important information for this year’s competition:

  1. Maximum number of entrants is now 12 on most content categories except where noted.
  2. New categories: “Health News Story – Single Shift” and “Societal Concerns- Long Form.”
  3. Discontinued categories: “Craft Achievement: Musical Composition” – entrants may include their names on the appropriate content category in which the music was used, such as “Documentary. “Craft Achievement: Sports Analyst/Play-by-Play” – may enter in the “Sports Talent” category.
  4. Eligibility Period:
    April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021
  5. Categories formerly known as “Program/Special” and “Program- Feature/Segment” are now referred to as “Long Form Content” (over 10 minutes) and “Short Form Content” (up to 10 minutes).
  6. Specify the exact role you played in the production when submitting your name on an entry. Do not include whatever company job title you have listed in your NATAS member profile.
  7. Read the definition for double-dipping to be sure your entries qualify for submission.
  8. Do I have to judge? Yes, all entrants are required to judge and will be charged a $25 judging fee if they don’t judge annually.
  9. How can I save more money on my entries? Judge more! You can earn credits toward entry fees or membership dues for judging multiple times a year.

IMPORTANT DATES AND FEE INFORMATION

EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE

(with discounted fees)

APRIL 9

News/Content/Program categories:

$65 per person

Craft categories:

$45 per person

STANDARD ENTRY DEADLINE

APRIL 23

News/Content/Program categories:

$80 per person

Craft categories:

$50 per person

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE

APRIL 30

News/Content/Program categories:

$100 per person

Craft categories:

$60 per person

VIDEOS MUST BE UPLOADED AND APPROVED BY THE DEADLINE TO BE ELIGIBLE

VIDEO GUIDELINES

VIDEO FORMATS

PREFERRED FILE FORMAT

MP4 using H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec

For best quality, encode your video at its original size.
Sizes 1920x1080 or 1280x720 are recommended.
Your video should be at least 720p.

Entrants are responsible for the technical quality of their videos.​

Supported File Formats

The system supports nearly any format other than DRM-encrypted media.

Additional Support:

For more detailed information regarding acceptable video formats, encoding and other settings, visit:
JW Player upload guidelines

UNSupported File Formats

· Quicktime (MOV) files that use the Apple Intermediate Codec (used in Final Cut Pro)
· DRM protected files from Microsoft (WMV) or the iTunes Store (M4V, MOV)
· WMV videos using the MSS2 video codec (for screencasting)

VIDEO UPLOAD STEP BY STEP

PREPARING YOUR UPLOAD

· Ensure that you have a video file in a format that can be uploaded.
· Videos must be uploaded through Emmy® Express.
· The browser window must remain open while the file is being uploaded.

PROCESSING

· Once the file has been uploaded, processing will begin.
· If you don't want to wait, you may close the browser window. The video will be processed in the background.
· NOTE: If you close the browser window, you must come back to approve the video upload

APPROVAL

· After upload and processing, you must double check the video and approve the upload.
· If you close the browser window during processing, you must come back later to approve it.

EMMY AWARDS CONTEST RULES

PURPOSE

To recognize outstanding achievements in television and allied media by conferring annual awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated award region which includes Pennsylvania (except Erie), New Jersey (Trenton and south), Delaware (Dover and north), Wheeling, WV and Steubenville, OH. 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.

WHO CAN ENTER

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 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.

STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

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.

SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY

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 produced and intended for the regional or local audience. Documentary films with a theatrical debut more than one year prior to its 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. Materials provided by a news service, cooperative news association or similar source must be treated as previously produced material unless it was originally intended for first release in the regional awards eligibility area to which it was submitted with on-site supervision by the entrant.
  5. 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.

ORIGINAL MATERIAL

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.

CONTENT ELIGIBILITY

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 aired programs, series or related craft content which aired and met eligibility requirements during a previous award year or another Emmy® competition.
  3. Program length commercials or infomercials.
  4. Closed circuit content or internal communications.
  5. Content from telethons, pledge breaks and/or programs with a unique call to action aired for the purposes of raising money for political parties, charities or other related causes.
  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

ENTRY QUOTA

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.

CATEGORY VIABILITY

In the event that Administration and the Awards Committee deem a category non-viable due to insufficient number of entries, the category may be canceled or merged with another similar category. If a category is merged, entrants would have the option of dropping out of the competition and receiving a refund of their entry fees.

EXCERPTS

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 specified category time limit.

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.

COMPOSITES

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.

ENTRY PLACEMENT

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Different episodes from the same program or series can only be entered in one Emmy® Awards competition.
  3. Entrants are not allowed to separate content from individual craft achievement and submit in multiple Emmy® Awards competitions.
  4. If the Chapter deems content ineligible, craft submissions related to that content would also be ineligible.
  5. 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

DOUBLE-DIPPING

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 show in another content category.

Content produced as both a multi-part series and a full-length program may be entered only once, regardless of the amount of new material added.

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 Branded 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 Branded 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 single 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.

ENTRY ERRORS AND OMISSIONS

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 10 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 entry nominees requesting this addition and detailing why this request should be granted. 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.

INTENTIONAL FALSIFICATION

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, airdates and/or descriptions of content in order to submit to multiple chapters or multiple categories, regardless of the circumstances, is prohibited.

DISQUALIFICATION

Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.

COPYRIGHT

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 foregoing. If required, the entrant is further responsible for approval and clearances to the appropriate parties for any use of this copyright content.

JUDGING PROCEDURE

Judging panels should be made up of no fewer than 6 qualified judges who shall be certified as peer judges, with no more than 3 of those judges from the same station or company. Whenever possible, it is preferred that the judging coordinator secure at least 8 qualified individuals to serve on a judging panel. Judges may not have a conflict of interest, which is described as having a direct involvement in the production of an entry, or having a personal relationship with a member of the production staff of an entry. Group ownership, by itself, does not necessarily create a conflict of interest.

NON-COMPETITIVE JUDGING

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.

LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Spanish-language entries will be judged by a panel of Spanish-language media professionals who are bilingual or Spanish proficient.

Programs in languages other than English or Spanish may also be entered; however, judging of these entries in their native language is subject to the availability of qualified, peer judges who speak the language of the entry. Therefore, NATAS requires that these entrants submit their entries with English subtitles or with English on a second audio channel.

JUDGING REQUIREMENT

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.

DISCLOSURE OF JUDGING RESULTS

In order to maintain fair, consistent peer judging without influence, judges must not disclose how they voted. If they ignore or abuse this privilege, their ballot will be disqualified and/or their judging status eliminated.

WHO RECEIVES THE AWARD?

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, research, 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.

COMMEMORATIVE STATUETTES

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.

PROMOTION

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.

RULES FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE EMMY® STATUETTE

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.

MID-ATLANTIC

EMMY CATEGORIES

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

SINGLE RECIPIENT

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

  1. Overall Excellence
    Awarded to the President/General Manager only for excellence in the overall operations of a television station, news/sports cable system or online media outlet, during the eligibility period. Entry should reflect the organization’s overall local product including any news & sports coverage, other locally produced programs, promotional announcements, on-air examples of events hosted by the organization and involvement in the community, and any further evidence of excellence. Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of the organization’s operations, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit performance in sustaining excellence throughout the eligibility year. Exempt from the five (5) excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post-production, montages, music or special effects may be added. This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis of the organization’s operation, product, accomplishments and achievements.
    Time limit: 30 minutes
    NOTE: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules.
  2. News Excellence
    Awarded to the News Director only for excellence in the overall news operation during the eligibility period. Entry should present as many different examples as possible, including, but not limited to: enterprise in general assignment reporting, breaking news coverage, specialty and beat reporting, series, documentaries, continuing coverage of community issues, editorials/commentaries, etc. Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of a news operation, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit the news department’s performance in sustaining excellence throughout the year. Exempt from the five excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis.
    Time limit: 30 minutes
    NOTE: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules.
  3. Community Service
    Awarded to the individual most responsible for excellence in programming; whether news or non-news, involving the entire company in a continuing effort to focus interest on and marshal support for a worthy community cause or causes. Entry should emphasize the depth, breadth, duration and efficacy of the efforts and must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. Composite entries are allowed, but entry is exempt from five excerpt and composite limits. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis.
    Time limit: 30 minutes
    NOTE: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules.

MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS

One award, more than one award or no award is given to those person(s) directly responsible for the content and execution of the material presented in the entry.

  1. Interactive Media
    For excellence in multimedia/trans-media content that stands alone as original regional programming and, OR uses digital platforms, like the web, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, etc., to extend or enhance the viewing experience, involvement and engagement beyond a linear television or video experience. Components may include tools, cross-platform environments or activities that unlock content, provide access to information, back-story or user-generated narratives, facilitate individual or collective participants and social collaboration. Content must have originated during the Chapter’s eligibility year. Submission to include a video (no promotional, marketing, sales or sizzle reels), that explains and focuses on key features and user experiences, along with the active URL or link to the webpage for judges to view.
    Time limit: 5 minutes
    NOTE: This category is NOT exempt from double-dipping rules.

NEWS CONTENT

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

Producers should be the primary entrants for these categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Submitters who created work as part of media pool coverage can only enter their material once and must clearly identify their contributions on the entry.

(CHAPTER NOTE: NEWS categories are intended for content that had its origin in a newscast or news feed, and from online journalism organizations such as newspapers that also produce video content. Entries submitted in NEWS categories from non-news organizations, production companies, programming organizations, etc. will be subject to disqualification.)

NEWSCASTS

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

  1. Evening Newscast, Larger Markets (1-38)
  2. Evening Newscast, Smaller Markets (39 and smaller)
  3. Morning Newscast, Larger Markets (1-38)
  4. Morning Newscast, Smaller Markets (39 and smaller)

NEWS GATHERING

  1. Daily News Report (single shift)
    For excellence in coverage of a single news story or topic which is shot, edited and aired or streamed within one work shift. Entry may include live and/or recorded elements and online video content. Topic covered must not be considered a news investigative report or news specialty report.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
    NOTE: This is the basic news reporting done day-in and day-out by a news department. Entries in this category typically evolve out of the daily planning of a newscast or other news distribution product.
  2. Hard News Report (no production time limit)
    For excellence in coverage of a single hard news story or topic which has no time limit for its preparation. Entry may include live and/or recorded elements and online video content. Topic covered must not be considered a news investigative report or news specialty report.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
    NOTE: This is the basic news reporting done day-in and day-out by a news department. Entries in this category typically evolve out of the daily planning of a newscast or other news distribution product.
  3. Breaking News (single or multiple reports)
    For excellence in coverage of a single unanticipated news event. Entry should convey a sense of immediacy in the coverage of an unfolding event. Entry may be one continuous report, or a composite of at least two (2) reports on the same topic – as originally broadcast or streamed. Entry may include live or taped elements or a combination of both.
    Single Report Time Limit: 15 minutes. Multiple Reports Time Limit: 30 minutes.
    NOTE: Regional recipients in this category are eligible, at their discretion, to compete for a crystal pillar in the National News and Documentary Awards in the following category: Outstanding Regional News Story – Breaking News.
  4. Continuing Coverage
    For excellence in coverage of a single, evolving news topic through an extended number of reports distributed over a time period exceeding 24 hours. Entries will be judged in part on story advancement. Entry should be a composite of at least two (2) reports as they were originally broadcast or streamed. Exempt from composite and excerpt limit rules.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
    NOTE: Continuing coverage entries typically consist of an establishing report followed up by additional reports that show how the story has evolved and changed with new revelations or sidebar stories over a longer period of time, such as days, weeks or months.
  5. Team Coverage
    For excellence by a team involved in covering multiple news reports on a single subject, shot, edited, produced and broadcast or streamed within 24 hours. Entry may include multiple live and/or recorded elements and online video content. Entry may be a single, continuous report or a composite of multiple reports or elements. Exempt from composite and excerpt limit rules.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
    NOTE: As a team entry, multiple entrants must be listed on the entry form.
  6. Investigative (single report)
    For excellence in a single report focused on a community problem requiring research and investigative journalism. Entry will be judged on the quality and extent of research, the presentation and the impact of the reporting, which may include new legislation, policies, government or legal investigations, public outcry, etc. Entry must include written documentation in the synopsis section of the online entry form.
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
    NOTE: Regional recipients in this category are eligible, at their discretion, to compete for a crystal pillar in the National News and Documentary Awards in the following category: Outstanding Regional News Story Investigative Report.
  7. News Special
    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.
    Time Limit: 60 minutes

NEWS FEATURES

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

  1. News Feature, Light (Single Report)
    Time limit: 10 Minutes
  2. News Feature, Serious (Single Report)
    Time limit: 10 Minutes
  3. News Feature, Multiple Reports (Formerly Series)
    Time limit: 15 Minutes

SPECIALTY CONTENT - NEWS

Producers should be the primary entrants for Specialty Content categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness.
News content is only eligible in the appropriate News subcategories. For single-story News entries, the original video and submission length must not exceed 10 minutes.

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

(CHAPTER NOTE: NEWS categories in this Specialty Content section are intended for journalistic material produced by news departments within television stations, newspapers or online news reporting entities. Content from “non-news” organizations submitted in these categories is subject to disqualification.)

(CHAPTER NOTE: There are no production time limits for entries in this Specialty Content – News Section. News teams may spend longer than one day in the production of the entry.
The exception is category 307 “Health/Medical News Single Shift” as noted below.)

  1. Arts/Entertainment – News (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  2. Business/Consumer – News (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  3. Crime – News (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of crime, violations of the law or criminal justice related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  4. Education/Schools – News (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of schools, teaching or education related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  5. Environment/Science – News (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of environmental impact issues, science or related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  6. Health/Medical – News (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of health or medical related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  7. Health/Medical – News: Single Shift (Single Story) For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of health or medical related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: This Single Shift designation pertains only to this Health/Medical category. It is meant for news teams that report on the topic and premiere the story within a single shift, rather than having longer than a day to work on the story.)
  8. Historical/Cultural – News (Single Story)
    For excellence in news or journalistic coverage about historical or cultural related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  9. Human Interest – News (Single Story)
    For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  10. Politics/Government – News (Single Story)
    For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of political, civil or government related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  11. Societal Concerns – News (Single Story)
    For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes

SPECIALTY CONTENT- SHORT FORM, NON-NEWS

Producers should be the primary entrants for Specialty Content categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness.
News content is only eligible in the appropriate Specialty Content – News section.

For Short Form Content entries, the original video and submission length must not exceed 10 minutes.

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

(CHAPTER NOTE: Short Form Content categories in this Specialty Content section are intended for NON-NEWS organizations, production companies, programming organizations, etc. News content entered in these categories is subject to disqualification.)

  1. Arts/Entertainment – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content about general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  2. Education/Schools – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content about schools, teaching or education related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes.
  3. Health/Environment/Science – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content about health, medical, environmental or science related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  4. Historical/Cultural – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content about historical or cultural related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  5. Human Interest – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content that appeals to the human spirit.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  6. Lifestyle – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content that deals with everyday life subjects such as: food preparation, recipes, techniques, home improvement, decoration, renovation, gardening, outdoors, crafts and/or automotive repairs.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  7. Societal Concerns – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content about current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes

SPECIALTY CONTENT - LONG FORM, NEWS & NON-NEWS

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

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

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

(CHAPTER NOTE: Long Form Content categories in this Specialty Content section will accept entries from both NON-NEWS and NEWS organizations. For example, a news team that produces long form content such as a program or special on arts, entertainment, health, lifestyle, history, education, etc. IS eligible in these Long Form Content categories, provided their long form content was not part of a newscast.)

  1. Arts – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content about general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  2. Education/Schools – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content about schools, teaching or education related topics.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  3. Entertainment – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content whose purpose is to entertain. Examples include scripted content, music videos, live stage performance.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  4. Health/Environment/Science – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content about health, medical, environmental or science related topics.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  5. Historical/Cultural – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content about historical or cultural related topics.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  6. Human Interest – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content that appeals to the human spirit.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  7. Lifestyle – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

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

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  8. Politics/Government – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

    For excellence in content about political, civil or government related topics.

    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  9. Societal Concerns – Long Form Content (Single Story or Program)

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

    Time Limit: 30 minutes

PROGRAM CONTENT – NEWS & NON-NEWS

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

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

Unless otherwise noted, the time limit for any program or long form content category is 30 minutes. A maximum of three (3) segments/excerpts is permitted to bring longer programs to the required entry time limit.

  1. Documentary
    For excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of an event, condition or situation of current, cultural and/or historical significance.
    Time Limit: 60 minutes
  2. Magazine Program (single program)
    For excellence in a program consisting of various stories of regional interest designed to entertain and inform.
    Time limit: 30 minutes
  3. Public Affairs Program (single program)
    For excellence in a program that focuses on current community, social or political issues that are of general public interest or concern.
    Time limit: 30 minutes
  4. Interview/Discussion (single program)
    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.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  5. Branded Content
    For excellence in a complete, stand-alone, content-based program which tells a story and includes some visual branding, product placement or overt mention of the entity at the center of the production. For example, a medical program produced by/for a hospital. Program may not contain a call for commerce. Website URLs or requests to follow social media accounts do not constitute calls for commerce. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes

(CHAPTER NOTE: Short and Long Form Branded Content is eligible in this category. Short Form Branded Content entries may consist of a composite of up to 3 samples from the same campaign.)

SPORTS CONTENT – NEWS & NON-NEWS

Producers should be the primary entrants for Sports Content categories. Qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. Sports News content is only eligible in the appropriate News subcategories.

For Short Form Content and Sportscast entries, the original video must not exceed 10 minutes.

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

  1. Sports Story – News (Single Story)
    For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: This category is intended for sports NEWS stories from a newscast, sportscast, or sports news program. They are typically more fact-based or hard-hitting than sports features.)
  2. Sports Story – News Feature (Single Story)
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: This category is intended for sports FEATURE stories from a newscast, sportscast, or sports news program.)
  3. Sportscast
    For excellence in an anchored sports segment from within a newscast.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
  4. Sports – Short Form Content (Single Story)
    For excellence in content about sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics.
    Time Limit: 10 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: This category is intended for sports content produced outside of a newscast, sportscast, or sports news program.)
  5. Sports Program – Live (Single Program)
    For excellence in a sports program that is live or recorded live. Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast, including but not limited to pregame and postgame shows surrounding live sporting events. Entry may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Entry may not have post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  6. Sports Program – Post-Produced or Edited (Single Program)
    For excellence in a daily or weekly sports program. Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Content in these programs is post-produced and heavily edited. Entry may have no post-broadcast edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  7. Sports – One-Time Special
    For excellence in a one-time sports related special program that is not part of a daily or weekly sports program, game or series. Entry may be live, recorded live or post-produced. Entry should have no post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry may include no more than eight (8) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute time limit. NOTE: examples might include content surrounding regional coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Boston Marathon, Hockey Day Minnesota or High School Football Championship Preview.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Sports documentaries are eligible in this category. “Special Editions” of an ongoing, established sports series are NOT eligible.)
  8. Sports Interview/Discussion (Single Program)
    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.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
  9. Sporting Event/Game Live Broadcast (Single Program)
    For excellence in production of a single program, (live or recorded live) sporting event or game. A composite is required and should include examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion. Entry may include no more than eight (8) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute time limit.
    Time Limit: 30 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Different games from the same season are eligible, but must be submitted as separate, stand-alone entries.)

SPOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

  1. Commercial (Single Spot)
    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.
    Time Limit: 2 minutes

PROMOTION

For excellence in announcements that promote news departments within television stations, newspapers or online news reporting entities and/or content produced by those entities. This includes promotion of or teases for specific news stories, breaking news or weather, sports content within newscasts, news specials, news image, and on-air news/weather/sports anchors and reporters.

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.

For excellence in announcements that effectively create awareness, focus interest on or marshal support for worthy community causes or organizations.

  1. Promotion – News/Program/PSA – Single Spot
    Time Limit: 2 minutes
  2. Promotion – News/Program/PSA – Campaign
    Time Limit: 10 minutes

CRAFT ACHIEVEMENT

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

  1. Audio
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Live and post-produced audio are eligible)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  2. Editor – News/Sports
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for content airing in a newscast or sportscast)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  3. Editor – Spot Announcement
    (CHAPTER NOTE: For promos, PSAs, commercials, opens, etc.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  4. Editor – Content
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for documentaries, programs, short and long form content that is not considered “News/Sports” or “Spot Announcement” in the Editor categories above. Editing from sports “content” categories, such as a sports-themed documentary-style program IS eligible here.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  5. Graphic Arts/Motion Graphics
    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.
    Time Limit: 5 minutes
  6. Photographer – News/Sports
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for content airing in a newscast or sportscast.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  7. Photographer – Content
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for documentaries, programs and other short or long form content not eligible in the “Photographer – News” category above. Photography from a sportscast or newscast is NOT eligible. Photography from sports “Content” categories such as a sports-themed documentary style program IS eligible here.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  8. Talent – Anchor – News
    For Anchor categories only: A segment is an excerpt from a news program (newscast, news special, breaking news, etc.) with the material that doesn’t include the entrant edited out. An entry may include up to five segments. Each segment can include material from only ONE news program: think of this as “five segments equals five changes of clothing” rule. It is 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.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  9. Talent – Anchor – Weather
    (CHAPTER NOTE: May follow composite guidelines above for “Anchor – News.”)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  10. Talent – Program Host/Moderator
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  11. Talent – Reporter – Features/Human Interest
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  12. Talent – Reporter – Daily News
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for general assignment and similar reporters who produce and deliver content on within a typical daily shift. Investigative reporters are NOT eligible.)
  13. Talent – Reporter – Specialty Assignment
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for reporters who cover specialty areas such as consumer, business, politics, health, science, entertainment, lifestyle, etc. Investigative reporters are NOT eligible.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  14. Talent – Sports
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for sports anchors, sports reporters, analysts, play-by-play announcers, and/or those who perform several of those functions and wish to submit a composite showing the breadth of their sports talent. Entries consisting entirely of sports anchor content may follow composite guidelines above for “Anchor – News.”)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  15. Video Essay
    For excellence by a single individual telling a single or multi-part story. The video essay creator is the photographer and editor, weaving together elements captured in the field to tell the story without a reporter, narrator or host. Entry may not be entered in any other craft category.
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  16. Video Journalist
    For excellence by a cross-discipline individual, serving as photojournalist, editor, talent, and writer; covering a single or multi-part story or topic. Entry may not be entered in any other craft category.
    Time Limit: 15 minutes
  17. Writer
    (CHAPTER NOTE: Intended for various written content from Programs, Documentaries, Short and Long Form Content, News, Sports, Promotions, PSAs, Commercials, Branded Content, Commentary, Editorial, etc. Content consisting entirely of interview sound bites is NOT considered “written” material and is therefore NOT eligible. Script preferred.)
    Time Limit: 15 minutes

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Branded Franchise Series

Short form content that includes multiple installments, all of which fit under a unifying theme.

Examples: “Tom’s Financial Tips” that air every Wednesday night on a local newscast, “Reports from the Border” that post on a local news website over a 6-month period.

Call for Entries

The document that provides information related to the Emmy® Awards contests, including rules, guidelines and categories.

Chapter Awards Committee

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 Call for Entries, determining content and entrant eligibility and reviewing judges’ challenges (among other duties.)

Clip Shows and “Best Of” Programs

Programs or other content that consist of previously aired material in the form of a “year in review” special or a collection of Branded Content Series pieces. These are NOT eligible for Regional Emmy Awards contents.

Closed Circuit Content

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.

Composite

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

Conflict of Interest

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.

Content Category

A 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 1 – (insert final content category number).
(also see: Craft Category)

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 (insert craft category numbers, ie: 55 – 73).
(also see: Content Category)

Demo Reels / Montages

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.

Distribution

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.

Double-Dipping

Any entry submitted in its entirety in more than one content category or instance of any 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.

Eligibility Window

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.
(Chapter Note: Our eligibility window is April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2031).

Emmy® Award

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.

Entrant

Individual whose work has been submitted for consideration in a regional Emmy® Award contest.

Excerpt

A continuous segment or section from longer content, excerpts are used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.

Feature

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.

Hard News

Classic, fact-gathering and reporting. Should include a news hook and timely peg.

Infomercials

A program or long form content that promotes a product, service or idea and includes a call to commerce.

Job Title vs Role on Entry

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.

For the purposes of regional Emmy® Award statuette eligibility, Role on Entry is the determining factor over Job Title.

Journalistic / Journalistic Coverage

Method of coverage that considers all sides fairly, reporting without bias or persuasion.

Key Contributor

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.

Long Form Content

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.

Member

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).

NATAS

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.

NATIONAL AWARDS

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. National Awards Committee 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.

NEWS SERIES

Multiple reports that build on the same subject or news story.

ONE-TIME SPECIAL

A stand-alone program or content that is not part of a larger series of content.

ORIGINAL AIR DATE

The date that content was first made available (aired or otherwise distributed) to the general public.

PEER JUDGING

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.

PODCAST

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.

PRIMARY INTEREST

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.

PROGRAM

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.

PROGRAM SERIES

Multiple episodes of a program with similar subject matter or an overall unifying theme.

RECIPIENT

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.

REGIONAL AWARDS MANUAL

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.

SEGMENT

A section of video content that could be part of a program or entry.

SERIES

Multiple installments of similar and related content.
(also see: News Series and Program Series).

SHORT FORM CONTENT

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.

SINGLE SHIFT

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.

STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS

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.

STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

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.

SUBMISSION LENGTH

Exact runtime of an entry video.

SUBMITTER

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.

SYNDICATED

Content that is licensed for distribution on multiple broadcast or online outlets and available for consumption in multiple geographic locations.

TIME LIMIT

The maximum amount of time allowed. A chapter call for entries will include two (2) types of time limits: Time Limit and Production Time Limit.

  1. Time Limit: maximum length allowed for an entry, this varies among categories
  2. Production Time Limit: maximum length allowed to produce an entry, which may be indicated in hours or the term Single Shift

UNIQUE AND CREATIVE TREATMENT

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.

FAQs

How do I submit an entry?

First, join NATAS or create an account to access EMMY® Express. From your dashboard, you can submit an entry, request judging, make payments, etc. Be sure to upload and approve the video so it can be viewed by the judges.

What are the eligibility dates?

The eligibility year runs April 1-March 31.

Why is there a judging requirement?

It’s part of the Emmy process.  All entries are judged by trading entries with other chapters.  We need judges for our entries so we have to judge entries from other chapters.  We need qualified entrants and past nominees/recipients to keep the integrity of the awards process.  In the past, many have entered but only few actually judge.  Starting in 2020, if you don’t fulfill the judging requirement each year then you pay more for your entries.  Most judging takes 60-90 minutes. Be part of the process- we need you!

Can I add entrants later?

No.  You should include all entrants at the time of submission.  Each entrant must pay an entry fee to be eligible for a statue if the entry would win.  Only entrants named on the submission will be eligible for a statue.

When will the Nominees and Recipients be announced?

Entries will be judged through July and Nominees will be announced in August. Look for more information on the four locations of our Nomination Announcement Parties.  The 2021 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award Recipients will be announced in September.

Do I have to be a member of NATAS to enter?

No.  Membership is not required to submit an entry.  However, members receive discounts on every entry they submit.  It pays to be a member!!

Can I submit a group name or “News Team” as an entrant?

No. Emmy® Statues are awarded to individuals, not groups. We permit up to twelve (12) largest contributors to be listed on the entry. Each entrant pays an entry fee to cover the cost of processing the entry and part of the cost of the statue. While only ten entrants can be listed on the entry and are eligible to receive a statue for a winning entry, additional contributors may purchase plaques and certificates to note their accomplishments. The company/station may also purchase up to three commemorative statues for display at their place of business.

Can I submit a URL to view my video entry?

No. I’m sorry we cannot accept a URL and must have the video uploaded through the Emmy® Express system for judging. We do accept the URL for the Interactive Media category in addition to the video.