Entry Guidelines
Broadcast News Guidelines
  • Each university may submit two entrants' work per broadcast competition. An entrant may not enter both categories simultaneously, but may enter a different category in each competition, ie: radio in November and television II in February.
  • A competition entry must be a report originating with and produced by a single undergraduate journalism student (or recent journalism graduate) with primary responsibility for the entry.
  • Each entry must consist of at least two distinct reports, totaling no more than TEN minutes. The entry may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to a maximum of TEN minutes.
  • Entries must have been "aired" in the sense of having been made available to an anonymous audience of substantial size on a station or online or both.
  • Reports should be submitted as aired, and not edited substantially for the entry time limit. If a report is longer than the entry time limit, the entrant may enter an unedited excerpt but must include the whole script, outlining the portion that has been submitted.
  • Entrants must demonstrate their editing skills on at least one report.
  • If the entry is included in a professional website or a professional station's newscast, the producer or news director must certify in writing that it is primarily the student's work.
  • TELEVISION ONLY: Entrants must demonstrate their editing and shooting skills on at least one report. The entrant must attempt to appear in a "stand up" in at least one report.
  • All broadcast entries must be appropriate to the competition in which they are submitted.
  • Entrants who qualify for the semi-final round and/or the Championship may not enter another competition.
  • An entrant who has won first place in the Championship is not eligible to compete in future competitions in the same category.
  • An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other competition or in any other competition year.

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Competition entries are submitted by uploading entry materials to our online application by the chair or administering faculty member of the accredited journalism department at http://compentry.hearstawards.org. Login codes are provided by the program office. If you have not received a login code, please contact Program Director Jan Watten: jwatten@hearstfdn.org or 415-908-4565.
  • Fill out online entry form with the entrant's name, address, phone number, e-mail, title of reports, name of station/website, dissemination dates.
  • Fill out disclosure information (level of entrant's responsibility for various components of the entry).
  • Upload entry, scripts and any supporting materials such as letter from the professional station (if applicable).
  • RADIO: All audio files must be .mp3. Audio in any format other than .mp3 will not be accepted. Disclosure information and scripts will be filled out or uploaded online.
  • TELEVISION: Video entries may be linked to YouTube or Vimeo. If submitting files, the preferred format for video files is .flv, .avi, or .mov. Disclosure information and scripts will be filled out or uploaded online. Keep file sizes to less than 1gb, if possible. Keep the screen resolution to 480 x 600 or smaller (to help keep file size down). Name files as simply as possible with no special characters or spaces.

BROADCAST NEWS COMPETITIONS

RADIO NEWS AND FEATURES
Entries must be coverage of breaking or developing news stories, and/or non-deadline news, non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports in news and/or features, totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2012 through November 12, 2013.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

TELEVISION COMPETITION I: FEATURES
Entries must be non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2012 through November 13, 2013.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
*The top five winners from Television Features are not eligible to compete in Television News.

TELEVISION COMPETITION II: NEWS
Entries must be based on coverage of breaking or developing news stories related to campus, community, national or international issues, sports, business, investigative, science, weather or other current newsworthy matters. Reports must have a hard news focus, regardless of subject. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

All entries submitted must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2012 through February 11, 2014.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

TELEVISION SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION
The semi-final competition is open to the top five winners in the two TV competitions.

DEADLINES: Entries must be received by Friday, March 14, 2014 for the TV Features finalists and Wednesday, April 18, 2014 for the TV News finalists.

NATIONAL BROADCAST NEWS CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open to the five television finalists who are selected from the semi-final competition, and the top five winners from the Radio News & Features Competition.

Judging
Broadcast entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • On-camera presentation
  • Editing
  • Clarity
  • Depth
  • Knowledge of subject
  • Production values
  • Originality
  • Visual story telling
  • Graphics
  • Human interest

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