AP-APTRA Awards,ADVISORY

The 2013 Associated Press Television-Radio Association Broadcast Contest Rules

ENTRY FEES HAVE BEEN REDUCED!

NEW FEE SCHEDULE:

$75 per entry for Class 1 television

$50 per entry for Class 2 television

$50 per entry for Class 1 radio

$25 per entry for Class 2 radio

$25 per entry for student contest

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The contest covers the period from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013.

Entry deadline is Monday, February 24, 2014.

The contest is sponsored by The Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA).

Television and radio stations and their employees are eligible to enter the APTRA broadcast contest if the station subscribes to The Associated Press and is located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. There are no dues or membership applications for membership in APTRA. Non-AP members will not be considered, except for student awards.

First place winners will receive a trophy. Second place will receive a certificate. Judges may choose to make no award in a category if they believe none of the entries rises to a standard of excellence. Ties are NOT permitted.

All entries must be submitted online. To enter, go to www.aptra.org and follow the links to the BetterBNC Online Journalism Awards Platform and select "2013 APTRA Broadcast Contest." For first time entrants, click on "authorized entrant," enter your email and use the temporary password "bnc." Detailed entry instructions are on the APTRA website.

Audio and video content is added via web URL. Contestants must first host their files (either on their station's website or YouTube, etc.), then copy/paste the web address in their entry's Web URL field. You will be able to upload an information sheet for each entry describing any information important to the entry or for the judge's information. DVDs and CDs are not accepted.

Designated news days have been eliminated. Entries may come from any day of the 2013 calendar year.

DIVISIONS:

CLASS 1 Markets 1-50.

CLASS 2 Markets 51+.

Radio classes are based on Arbitron markets; television classes are based on Nielsen markets.

NEW FEE SCHEDULE

$75 for Class 1 television

$50 for Class 2 television

$50 for Class 1 radio

$25 for Class 2 radio

$25 per entry for the student contest

Entry fees are not refundable.

JUDGING

Entries will be judged by AP-member broadcasters from outside the 13-state APTRA region.

Stations submitting entries to the APTRA contest MUST provide a judge for another state's contest.

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CONTEST CATEGORIES:

THE STAN CHAMBERS AWARD FOR EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT

APTRA's Board of Directors will select an individual to honor such things as lifetime achievement, specific achievements or extraordinary service to the industry.

STATION OF THE YEAR

This award honors a station for outstanding work by its news staff. Submit a single entry that contains a newscast and additional examples of spot news, continuing coverage, features and/or other work that reflects the depth and scope of the news organization. Entry may be edited (all commercials breaks must be removed) and must not exceed 60 minutes for television entries or 30 minutes for radio entries. Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece that aired. A written presentation is required and should include a list of material on the entry, plus examples of social media use or other engagement with viewers or listeners. Please note that judging will be based on the original work samples and not on the way the entry is produced or edited. One entry per station. Entries will be judged without regard to market size or class division. Please indicate whether your station is radio or television, class 1 or 2.

RADIO CATEGORIES

Please note: Bill Stout categories are contested as open categories in the APTRA competition without regard for market size or division class.

BILL STOUT AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE - This may be a long-form special segment, miniseries or documentary. It may be truly investigative in nature or it may be an enterprising, in-depth look at any subject. This may be the work of one reporter or the joint efforts of two or more reporters dealing with the same subject over a specific period of time.

BILL STOUT AWARD FOR STATION SPOT NEWS - This should be a total station effort toward spot news that may include live and taped elements within the total coverage. This entry should not exceed 60-minutes in length, but may include breaks into programming, as well as newscasts while covering a single, breaking spot news story. (This may include elements from BEST LIVE COVERAGE OF A NEWS EVENT and BEST SPOT NEWS STORY, if appropriate.)

(DESIGNATE WHETHER YOU ARE ENTERING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IN CLASS ONE OR CLASS TWO RADIO)

BEST NEWS WRITING - Individual or staff effort. Entire script or portion thereof should not exceed 15 minutes.

BEST SPORTS SEGMENT - Must be a regular comprehensive sports report.

BEST LIVE COVERAGE OF A NEWS EVENT - Either interrupting a regularly scheduled program or within a news broadcast. Must not exceed 60 unedited minutes.

BEST SPOT NEWS STORY - On-the-scene coverage of an unscheduled, breaking news story.

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - An in-depth expose of a single subject. This may be reported in one newscast or a series of newscasts.

BEST SPECIAL PROGRAM - No year-end summaries. Documentaries can be submitted in this category.

BEST COVERAGE OF AN ONGOING STORY - A compilation must be submitted along with a written explanation of the audio and the extent of coverage.

BEST SERIOUS FEATURE - A human interest story.

BEST LIGHT FEATURE - A humorous or light human interest story.

BEST SPORTS REPORTING - Must be a sports story on an athletic event or other sports topic.

BEST ANCHOR OR ANCHOR TEAM - Submit one unedited newscast. (commercial breaks may be removed)

BEST USE OF SOUND - HARD NEWS - Entry must demonstrate excellence in using sound to tell or enhance a news story.

BEST USE OF SOUND - FEATURE - Entry must demonstrate excellence in using sound to tell or enhance a news story.

PAT DAVIS RADIO REPORTER OF THE YEAR - Submit one example each of a hard news story, a spot news story and a feature story.

BEST NEWS BROADCAST - Entries may not be edited except to remove commercial breaks. Time limit is 30 minutes. Network or syndicated cut-ins must be included if they were part of the broadcast.

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Please note: Bill Stout categories are contested as open categories without regard for market size or division class.

BILL STOUT MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ENTERPRISE NEWS COVERAGE - This may be a long-form special segment, mini-series or documentary. It may be truly investigative in nature or it may be an enterprising, in-depth look at any subject. This may be the work of one reporter or the joint efforts of two or more reporters dealing with the same subject over a specific period of time.

BILL STOUT MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STATION SPOT NEWS - This should be a total station effort toward spot news that may include live and taped elements within the total coverage. This entry should not exceed 60 minutes in length, but may include breaks into programming, as well as newscasts during a single breaking spot news story. (This may include elements from BEST LIVE COVERAGE OF A NEWS EVENT and BEST SPOT NEWS STORY, if appropriate.)

(DESIGNATE WHETHER YOU ARE ENTERING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IN CLASS ONE OR CLASS TWO TELEVISION)

BEST NEWS WRITING - Individual or staff effort. Entire script or portion thereof should not exceed 15 minutes.

BEST SPORTS SEGMENT - Must be a regular, comprehensive sports news report.

BEST WEATHERCAST SEGMENT - Must be a regular comprehensive weather report.

BEST LIVE COVERAGE OF A NEWS EVENT - Interrupting either a regularly scheduled program or within a news broadcast. Entry must not exceed 60 unedited minutes.

BEST SPOT NEWS STORY - Must be on-the-scene coverage of an unscheduled, breaking news story.

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - An in-depth expose of a single subject. This may be reported in one newscast or a series of newscasts.

BEST COVERAGE OF AN ONGOING STORY - A compilation must be submitted along with a written explanation of what is on the video and the extent of coverage.

BEST SPECIAL PROGRAM - No year-end summaries. Documentaries may be submitted in this category.

BEST SERIOUS FEATURE - A human interest story.

BEST LIGHT FEATURE - A humorous or light human interest story.

BEST SPORTS REPORTING - Must be a sports story on an athletic event or other sports topic.

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY OF HARD NEWS - Best field work by an electronic camera crew in coverage of breaking news or hard news.

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY OF A NEWS FEATURE - Best field work by an electronic camera crew in coverage of feature material.

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY OF SPORTS - Best field work by an electronic camera crew in coverage of sports material.

BEST ANCHOR OR ANCHOR TEAM - Submit one unedited newscast. (commercial breaks may be removed)

BEST PRODUCER - Submit one newscast. Entry will be judged on content, stacking, pacing, teases, writing and execution. Maximum length is a one-hour newscast with commercial breaks removed, but no other editing is allowed. Include a show rundown.

BEST EDITING - Hard news or feature. Must be one single news or sports story or one segment of a multi-part series.

DICK TERRY VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - On one entry, submit one example each of a hard news story, spot news story and feature story.

BEST ASSIGNMENT TEAM/LIVE BREAKING NEWS - Stations may enter only those people on an assignment desk who worked on a breaking news story whether broadcast live within a newscast or as a break-in during regular programming. Entries must include a video of the broadcast and a written statement of 250 words or less explaining what was involved in that team effort and why they believe it was exceptional, creative and demonstrated excellence in finding and getting a story to air.

CHRIS HARRIS REPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Submit one example each of a hard news story, spot news story and feature story.

BEST EVENING NEWS BROADCAST - Locally-originated and regularly-scheduled newscast broadcast between noon and midnight. Judging will be based on overall content and how well the newscasts serve the community. Among considerations will be news judgment, writing, editing, use of audio/video and live capabilities. Each entry must consist of one 30-60 minute stand-alone newscast or a 30-60 minute block from a longer show, edited to remove commercial breaks.

BEST MORNING NEWS BROADCAST - Locally-originated and regularly-scheduled newscast broadcast between 4 a.m. and noon. Judging will be based on overall content and how well the morning show serves the community. Considerations will include news judgment, writing, editing, use of audio/video and live capabilities. Stations having only a morning newscast may enter in the Newscast or Morning News Broadcast categories, but no single newscast may be entered in more than one category. Each entry must consist of one 30-60 minute stand-alone newscast or a 30-60 minute block from a longer show, edited to remove commercial breaks.

RACHEL AMBROSE WEBSITE AWARDS

BEST WEBSITE - Web sites will be judged on content, presentation, creativity and production value. The awards are judged on an unannounced day. To enter, provide a link to the site. You may also include a written description of the site and how it is used. Please indicate radio or TV, class 1 or 2

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA - Station must provide links to its social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and include a written description of its impact on the community through social media sites. Please indicate radio or TV, class 1 or 2.

NEWS PROMO AWARD

BEST NEWS PROMO - Entries must be spots that were broadcast outside of the newscast. Please indicate radio or TV, class 1 or 2.

STUDENT CATEGORIES:

Entrants must be a full-time student an accredited college or university in one of the 13 states in the APTRA region during the 2013 calendar year.

Television:

BEST NEWSCAST - Each entry must consist of a single local newscast. Entries must be unedited except to eliminate commercial breaks. Limit 20 min.

BEST SERIOUS FEATURE - A human interest story.

BEST LIGHT FEATURE - A humorous or light human interest story.

BEST GENERAL NEWS - Hard news or spot story

BEST SPORTS REPORT - Must be a sports story on an athletic event or other sports topic.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY - Feature or hard news

Radio:

BEST NEWSCAST - Each entry must consist of a single local newscast. Entries must be unedited except to eliminate commercial breaks. Limit 10 min.

BEST FEATURE - A human interest story, serious or light.

BEST GENERAL NEWS -A hard news or spot story

BEST SPORTS REPORT - Must be a sports story on an athletic event or other sports topic.