45th Annual

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL

EMMY® AWARDS

2022

Eligibility Window

April 1st 2021 — March 31, 2022

Regular Entry Window

March 28 — April 17, 2022

Regional EMMY® NOMINATIONS

TBD

Regional EMMY® AWARDS

Ceremony

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Eligibility Area

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

  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Utah
  • El Centro, CA

NEW CATEGORIES THIS YEAR

• Sports Excellence

• News Special

• Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

(added in both News and Programming)

• Live Sporting Event Season

REMINDER VIABILITY RULE

The Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards Committee is offering ALL versions of the specialty categories as a test in 2022. Because we jumped from 90 to 130 categories for the contest this year, we are exercising the option to “roll them back up” after the entry deadline. The goal is always a fair and strong competition. If a category has only two or three entries on deadline day, the committee may choose to bundle it with a similar category for judging. For example, Arts & Entertainment News Single Shift could be combined with Arts & Entertainment News No Time Limit. If that were to happen, the submitter would be notified and given the chance to pull their entry from the competition and have the fee refunded. Judges will see the entries in groups AS THEY WERE ENTERED, just all in one panel. So, in this example News Single Shift entries would appear together and be separated from News No Time Limit.

COSTS

REGULAR RATES

March 28 — April 17, 2022

ENTRIES

MEMBER

$ 95
per entrant

NON-MEMBER

$ 275
per entrant

OVERALL, NEWS & SPORTS EXCELLENCE

$ 500
per entry

EXTENDED PERIOD RATES

April 18 — April 24, 2022

ENTRIES

MEMBER

$ 175
per entrant

NON-MEMBER

$ 350
per entrant

OVERALL, NEWS & SPORTS EXCELLENCE

$ 500
per entry

* Any entry not created, paid, uploaded and approved by April 17 will be charged the rates above. Names added after April 17 will be charged extension period fees.

Further Extensions

No further extension
will be issued in 2022

incorrect entries

All incorrect entries will be charged:

$ 25
reprocessing fee

Changes after April 24

Before nomination announcements:

$ 100
reprocessing fee

After Nomination Announcements

There is a 10 calenday day grace period after nomination announcements during which submitters may appeal to add a name because of extreme or special circumstances.

These requests are considered by the Awards Committee on a case-by-case basis. If an additional name is granted, the cost is:

$ 400
per name

Clerical errors or simply forgetting someone is not an extreme or special circumstance.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN Regional EMMY® Awards

Contest Rules

To recognize outstanding achievements in television and allied media by conferring annual awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated awards region which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and El Centro, CA. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in the television and digital media industry and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news, informational programming and craft achievements in television and online.
Membership in The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is not required to enter the Emmy® Awards. Entrants must have each performed a significant and hands-on role in the production. Eligibility is determined by role rather than an individual’s job title. Managers, News Directors, clients and supervisory personnel are typically not considered eligible but may petition to be included if they actively participated and their work significantly contributed to the content being submitted.
Entrants, producers, management or designated representatives may submit an entry on behalf of another individual. In that case, the submitter is responsible for confirming the entrant’s knowledge of and adherence to all eligibility rules and that they have given their consent to the content submitted. Also, submitters are strongly encouraged to reach out to all key contributors on the entry, to make them aware that their work is being submitted and to allow them the opportunity to add their name.
Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class for which school credit is received, the material is considered to be the work of a student. If a student works on a project submitted for Emmy® consideration by a professional, and is included on the entry for that project, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate professional entry fees. Student award recipients or their institutions from any NATAS Chapter’s high school or college competitions may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion for their recognition
To be eligible, original entries must have been transmitted to the general public by a television station, a cable company, satellite, the Internet or other digital delivery medium. Eligibility is limited to digital and telecast/ cablecast programming that was originally produced and intended for the Chapter’s regional or local audience during the Chapter’s eligibility year.
Broadcast and cablecast entries must have been produced and intended for a regional or local audience within the Chapter’s designated awards area and must have had their first transmission in that awards area during the eligibility period. Entries produced and intended for a wider audience (a national audience) should be submitted for consideration in NATAS’ national awards.
Video content distributed via the Internet must have been produced and intended for a regional or local audience within the Chapter’s designated awards area. Internet content intended for a wider audience (a national audience) should be submitted for consideration in NATAS’ national awards.
Additional eligibility clarification notes:
  1. Local station news coverage that may receive national exposure should be submitted to regional Emmy® Award competitions.
  2. A documentary film that has a limited theatrical release at film festivals (showing on 50 or fewer screens in the U.S. over a one-year period) before telecast or being made available online is eligible provided the program content is produced and intended for the regional or local audience. Documentary films with a theatrical debut more than one year prior to their television or streaming debut will not be eligible.
  3. Local content that later receives national distribution may be submitted to either a regional or a national awards competition, but not both.
  4. Local segments that are eligible to participate as entries in National Emmy® Award competitions (i.e. News & Doc) may compete in both regional and national awards competitions under prevailing rules.
At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment that, in the opinion of the Chapter Awards Committee, results in new, original content.
Materials provided by a news service, cooperative news association or similar source must be treated as previously produced material, unless originally intended for first release in the Chapter’s regional awards eligibility area to which it was submitted with on-site supervision by the entrant.
The interpretation of the Chapter Awards Committee is final and absolute. Entries must be submitted as originally shown. There may not be any post-broadcast changes except as noted in the category descriptions.
The following programming is not eligible:
  1. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive content.
  2. Previously 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. No content produced or created for ta regional or national Emmy® awards show may be submitted to an Emmy® awards contest. Related craft material is also ineligible.
  6. Motion picture content that premiered in general release to the public in theaters.
  7. Compilation reels, “clip shows” or “best of…” programs that were edited from original content.
  8. Any acquired foreign productions not originated in the United States.
In order to sustain a high level of award excellence, Chapters must continue to self-regulate their entries, making sure only the appropriate individuals are recognized. To maintain this consistency, there is a maximum quota of 12 eligible names allowed on each entry. Any name(s) added beyond this number will require written authorization from the primary responsible entrant detailing the additional job title and responsibility. Chapters would then have the option of accepting these additional entrants or not.
In the event that the number of entries in a category falls below a range of four (4) to nine (9), Chapters have the option of eliminating or merging the category with another. If a category is merged, entrants would have the option of dropping out of the competition and receiving a refund of their entry fees.
Categories for which entrants do not readily volunteer to judge may be eliminated in the following eligibility year.
An excerpt is defined as a continuous segment or section from longer content.

Unless noted in the category description, no more than three (3) excerpts may be used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.

For entries representing a program series, content must be included from multiple episodes of the series. A maximum of three (3) representative excerpts is permitted. One to two seconds of black, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate excerpts.

If the awards committee determines the content of any excerpt is ineligible, the entire entry will be ruled ineligible.

Removal of a commercial break between segments does not constitute a separate excerpt.
A composite is defined as a sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category.

The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects.

Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content. One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite.
DEMO REELS OR MONTAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
When an entry’s content allows for a choice of category placement, the producer has the discretion to enter the material in the most appropriate content category in addition to any craft achievement categories where it is eligible.
However, certain rules must also be considered and followed:
  • No entry may be submitted to more than one Emmy® awards competition (Regional or National).
    *Exception:
    Regional Emmy® recipients in the Breaking News and Investigative Report categories are eligible for submission to the National News & Documentary competition under prevailing rules.
  • No entry may be submitted to more than one Emmy® awards competition (Regional or National).
    *Exception:
    Regional Emmy® recipients in the Breaking News and Investigative Report categories are eligible for submission to the National News & Documentary competition under prevailing rules.
  • Different episodes from the same program or series can only be entered in one Emmy® Awards competition.
  • Entrants are not allowed to separate content from individual craft achievement and submit in multiple Emmy® Awards competitions.
  • If the Chapter deems content ineligible, craft submissions related to that content would also be ineligible.
  • The first distribution of the entry is the primary determination of eligibility.
 
The Chapter reserves the right to disqualify outright or move any entry to a different entry category if in its judgment such action is warranted. Entries will not be accepted if no applicable category is found.
No entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one content category. No entrant may be recognized more than once for performing the same job function for the same content.
Exceptions are given for content that was part of a full newscast, or included as an excerpt in the Overall Excellence, News Excellence and Community Service categories. To be eligible for this exception in the newscast categories, the same entrant cannot be listed on the newscast entry and another entry.
Example: An investigative reporter is listed on a newscast entry. Under this double-dipping rule, a portion of the newscast content could be entered in Investigative Report, but the same reporter cannot be listed as a reporter since their name already appeared on the newscast entry in that specified role.
If you enter a full program or episode from a series in a content category, you cannot also enter a segment from the same 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.
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 of the 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.
The entrant warrants that they are the party most responsible for the award-worthiness of the entry. The intentional falsification of production credits or entry credits will result in disqualification.​
Attempts to adjust show titles, original distribution dates and/or descriptions of content in order to submit to multiple chapters or multiple categories, regardless of the circumstances, is prohibited.​
Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.​
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 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.
Entries are judged against a standard of excellence on their own merit and do not compete against each other. Craft entries are evaluated using a 1-10 scale each for Creativity and Execution. All other entries are scored using a 1-10 scale each for Content, Creativity and Execution. There may be one award, more than one award or no award given in each category. Any exceptions will be noted in the category description.​
Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish will be judged by Spanish-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English or Spanish submit an English-language translation of the narration track.​
The success of the Emmy® Awards process depends on the willingness of qualified professionals to serve as judges. Peers in other NATAS Chapters are judging our Chapter’s entries. Our Chapter will judge other Chapters’ entries.
BY ENTERING, YOU AGREE TO SERVE AS A JUDGE WHEN ASKED.
In order to maintain fair, consistent peer judging without influence, judges must not disclose how they voted. If they ignore or abuse this privilege, their ballot will be disqualified and/or their judging status revoked.​
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.
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.
All publicity, advertising or any written reference undertaken by nominees and award recipients to the Emmy® Awards, must clearly state that the awarded achievement is for a Regional Emmy® Award. The word “Regional” must appear in these instances. The recipient of a nomination or an Emmy® Award may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they have been honored only for one year after the recognition was bestowed. They may use a replica of the Emmy® statuette in such advertising. Individuals who significantly contributed to the production or craft but were not honored with a statuette cannot specifically advertise they are an Emmy® award recipient. They can only state they worked on the recognized program.
The Emmy® statuette is the property of and all rights are reserved by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Television Academy). The Emmy® statuette may not be reproduced or used in any commercial manner unless otherwise permitted by NATAS, it being understood that possession of the same is solely for the benefit of the recipient and the recipient’s heirs or successors in interest. If a recipient or the recipient’s heir or successor in interest proposes to sell, loan, donate or otherwise dispose of the Emmy® statuette, such persons shall be obligated to return the statuette to The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which will retain the same in storage in memory of the recipient.
A ® registration mark and the appropriate copyright notice: © NATAS/Television Academy must accompany any portrayal of the Emmy® statuette or moniker.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN Regional EMMY® Awards

CATEGORIES

#100 SERIES

101 · Overall Excellence
102 · News Excellence
103 · Sports Excellence NEW

#200 SERIES

201 · Morning Newscast — (All Markets)
202 · Daytime/Evening Newscast — Larger Markets (1 - 30)
203 · Daytime/Evening Newscast — Medium & Small Markets (31+)
204 · News Special NEW

205 · Daily News Report — (Single Shift)
206 · Breaking or Spot News — (Single Report)
207 · Breaking or Spot News — (Multiple Reports)
208 · Continuing Coverage
209 · Investigative — (Single Report)
210 · Investigative — (Multiple Reports)
211 · News Feature — Light (Single Report)
212 · News Feature — Light (Multiple Reports)
213 · News Feature — Serious (Single Report)
214 · News Feature — Serious (Multiple Reports)
215 · Arts/Entertainment News — (Single Shift)
216 · Arts/Entertainment News — (No Production Time Limit)
217 · Business/Consumer News — (Single Shift)
218 · Business/Consumer News — (No Production Time Limit)
219 · Crime News — (Single Shift)
220 · Crime News — (No Production Time Limit)
221 · Diversity/Equity/Inclusion News — (Single Shift) NEW
222 · Diversity/Equity/Inclusion News — (No Production Time Limit) NEW
223 · Education/Schools News — (Single Shift)
224 · Education/Schools News — (No Production Time Limit)
225 · Teen (13 - 19) News — (Single Shift)
226 · Teen (13 - 19) News — (No Production Time Limit)
227 · Environment/Science News — (Single Shift)
228 · Environment/Science News — (No Production Time Limit)
229 · Health/Medical News — (Single Shift)
230 · Health/Medical News — (No Production Time Limit)
231 · Historical/Cultural News — (Single Shift)
232 · Historical/Cultural News — (No Production Time Limit)
233 · Human Interest News — (Single Shift)
234 · Human Interest News — (No Production Time Limit)
235 · Military News — (Single Shift)
236 · Military News — (No Production Time Limit)
237 · Politics/Government News — (Single Shift)
238 · Politics/Government News — (No Production Time Limit)
239 · Religion News — (Single Shift)
240 · Religion News — (No Production Time Limit)
241 · Societal Concerns News — (Single Shift)
242 · Societal Concerns News — (No Production Time Limit)
243 · Technology News — (Single Shift)
244 · Technology News — (No Production Time Limit)
245 · Weather News — (Single Shift)
246 · Weather News — (No Production Time Limit)

#300 SERIES

301 · Sports Story — News
302 · Sports Story — Short/Long Form Content
303 · Sports Program — Live (Single Program or Series)
304 · Sports Program — Post-Produced or Edited (Single Program or Series)
305 · Sports — One-Time Special
306 · Live Sporting Event/Game — (Single Game or Series)
307 · Live Sporting Event Season — (Single Game or Series) NEW

#400 SERIES

401 · Cultural/Topical Documentary
402 · Historical Documentary
403 · Magazine Program — (Single Program)
404 · Magazine Program — (Series)
405 · Public Affairs Program — (Single Program or Series)
406 · Special Event Coverage — (Live or Edited)
407 · Instructional
408 · Interview/Discussion
409 · Arts/Entertainment — Short Form Content
410 · Arts/Entertainment — Long Form Content
411 · Business/Consumer — Short Form Content
412 · Business/Consumer — Long Form Content
413 · Crime — Short Form Content
414 · Crime — Long Form Content
415 · Diversity/Equity/Inclusion — Short Form Content NEW
416 · Diversity/Equity/Inclusion — Long Form Content NEW
417 · Education/Schools — Short Form Content
418 · Education/Schools — Long Form Content
419 · Teen (13 - 19) — Short Form Content
420 · Teen (13 - 19) — Long Form Content
421 · Environment/Science — Short Form Content
422 · Environment/Science — Long Form Content
423 · Health/Medical — Short Form Content
424 · Health/Medical — Long Form Content
425 · Historical/Cultural — Short Form Content
426 · Historical/Cultural — Long Form Content
427 · Human Interest — Short Form Content
428 · Human Interest — Long Form Content
429 · Military — Short Form Content
430 · Military — Long Form Content
431 · Politics/Government — Short Form Content
432 · Politics/Government — Long Form Content
433 · Religion — Short Form Content
434 · Religion — Long Form Content
435 · Societal Concerns — Short Form Content
436 · Societal Concerns — Long Form Content
437 · Technology — Short Form Content
438 · Technology — Long Form Content
439 · Weather — Short Form Content
440 · Weather — Long Form Content
441 · Branded Content — Short Form Content
442 · Branded Content — Long Form Content

#500 SERIES

501 · Public Service Announcement — (Single Spot)
502 · Public Service Announcement — (Campaign)
503 · Commercial — (Single Spot)
504 · Commercial — (Campaign)
505 · News Promotion — Topical (Single Spot)
505 · News Promotion — Image (Single Spot)
505 · News Promotion — (Campaign)
506 · Program Promotion — (Single Spot)
507 · Image Promotion — (Campaign)
507 · Sports Promotion — (Single Spot or Campaign)

#600 SERIES

601 · Anchor — News
602 · Anchor — Weather
603 · Talent Sports
604 · Reporter — Daily News
605 · Reporter — Consumer/Investigative
606 · Reporter — Sports
607 · Performer/Narrator/Host/Moderator
608 · Live News Producer
609 · Live Sports Producer
610 · Writer — News
611 · Writer — Short Form Content
612 · Writer — Long Form Content
613 · Director — Live or Recorded Live
614 · Director — Short Form Content
615 · Director — Long Form Content
616 · Editor — News
617 · Editor — Sports
618 · Editor — Short Form Content
619 · Editor — Long Form Content
620 · Photographer — News
621 · Photographer — Sports
622 · Photographer — Short Form Content
623 · Photographer — Long Form Content
624 · Video Journalist
625 · Graphic Arts
626 · Audio — Live or Post Produced
627 · Musical Composition
628 · Lighting Lovetion or Studio
629 · Technical Achievement

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

One award, more than one award or no award is given only to the eligible recipient(s) 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.

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

101
Overall Excellence
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
Awarded to the President/General Manager only for excellence in the overall operations of a television station, news/sports cable system or online media outlet, during the eligibility period. Entry should reflect the organization’s overall local product including any news & sports coverage, other locally produced programs, promotional announcements, on-air examples of events hosted by the organization and involvement in the community, and any further evidence of excellence. Entrants are encouraged to include community outreach and video content distributed via social media and digital platforms.

Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of the organization’s operations, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit performance in sustaining excellence throughout the eligibility year. Exempt from the excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually distributed. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a written synopsis of the organization’s operation and achievements. Synopsis may be uploaded as a PDF or typed into the available text box within the online entry form.
Note: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules. Only one entrant may be listed on the entry.
102
News Excellence
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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. Entrants are encouraged to include community outreach and video content distributed via social media and digital platforms.

Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of a news operation, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit the news department’s performance in sustaining excellence throughout the year. Exempt from the excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually distributed. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a written synopsis of the news organization’s operation and achievements. Synopsis may be uploaded as a PDF or typed into the available text box within the online entry form.
Note: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules. However, the entry submitted for News Excellence may not also be submitted in another Special Achievement category. Only one entrant may be listed on the entry.
103
Sports Excellence NEW CATEGORY
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
Awarded to the individual most responsible for excellence in the overall operations of a television station’s sports department, regional sports network, sports franchise or online sports media outlet during the eligibility period. Entry should reflect the organization’s overall local product including any sports news coverage, locally produced sports programs, promotional announcements, in-arena or in- stadium content, examples of charitable events 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. Entrants are encouraged to include community outreach and video content distributed via social media and digital platforms. Exempt from the excerpt and composite limits, but the entry must be comprised only of material as actually distributed. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added.

This is not intended to be a “buzz” or demo reel. Entry should include a written synopsis of the organization’s operation and achievements. Synopsis may be uploaded as a PDF or typed into the available text box within the online entry form.
Note: This category is exempt from double-dipping rules. However, the entry submitted for News Excellence may not also be submitted in another Special Achievement category. Only one entrant may be listed on the entry.

NEWS CONTENT

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

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.

For single News entries, the original video and submission length must not exceed 10 minutes.

Multi-part news series entries are eligible and must include a minimum of two (2) but no more than five (5) separate reports from the series. Total submission time limit for News series entries may not exceed 15 minutes.

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

201
Morning Newscast — (All Markets)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
202
Daytime / Evening Newscast — Larger Markets (1 — 30)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
203
Daytime / Evening Newscast — Medium & Small Markets (31+)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a regularly scheduled newscast. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of commercials. For newscasts that exceed the 30-minute category time limit entrant may submit up to 3 excerpts.
204
News Special NEW CATEGORY
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, significant, newsworthy event, occasion or topic. Subject should be an in-depth treatment of a current topic.
205
Daily News Report — (Single Shift)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a single news story or topic which is shot, edited and aired within one work shift. Entry may include live and/or recorded elements and online video content. Topic covered must not be considered a news investigative report or news specialty report.
Note: This is the basic news reporting done day-in and day-out by a news department. Entries in this category typically evolve out of the daily planning of a newscast or other news distribution product.
206
Breaking or Spot News Single Report
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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 must be one continuous report as originally broadcast or streamed. Entry may include live or taped elements or a combination of both.
Note: Regional recipients in categories 206 & 207 are eligible, at their discretion, to compete for a crystal pillar in the National News and Documentary Awards in the following category: Outstanding Regional News Story – Breaking News.
207
Breaking or Spot News Multiple Reports
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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 should be a composite of at least two (2) reports on the same topic – as they were originally broadcast or streamed. Exempt from composite and excerpt limit rules. Entry may include live or taped elements and online video content.
Note: Regional recipients in categories 206 & 207 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.
208
Continuing Coverage
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a single, evolving news topic through an extended number of reports distributed over a time period exceeding 24 hours. Entries will be judged in part on story advancement. Entry should be a composite of at least two (2) reports as they were originally broadcast or streamed. Exempt from composite and excerpt limit rules.
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.
209
Investigative Single Report
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
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.
Note: Regional recipients in categories 209 & 210 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.
210
Investigative Multiple Reports
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a series of reports covering one investigation focused on a specific 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 and a minimum of two (2) reports.
Note: Regional recipients in categories 209 & 210 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.
211
News Feature Light — (Single Report)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For excellence in reporting of feature news stories or topics. Features are generally defined as stories that have a personal, emotional or creative slant and include elements that go beyond the scope of straight factual information found in a hard news story.
212
News Feature Light — (Multiple Reports)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in reporting of feature news stories or topics. Features are generally defined as stories that have a personal, emotional or creative slant and include elements that go beyond the scope of straight factual information found in a hard news story. Multiple 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.
213
News Feature Serious — (Single Report)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For excellence in reporting of feature news stories or topics. Features are generally defined as stories that have a personal, emotional or creative slant and include elements that go beyond the scope of straight factual information found in a hard news story.
214
News Feature Serious — (Multiple Reports)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For excellence in reporting of feature news stories or topics. Features are generally defined as stories that have a personal, emotional or creative slant and include elements that go beyond the scope of straight factual information found in a hard news story. Multiple 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.
215
Arts/Entertainment News — (Single Shift)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
216
Arts/Entertainment News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.
217
Business/Consumer News — (Single Shift)
218
Business/Consumer News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics.
219
Crime News — (Single Shift)
220
Crime News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of crime, violations of the law or criminal justice related topics.
221
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion News — (Single Shift) NEW CATEGORY
222
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion News — (No Production Time Limit) NEW CATEGORY
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage focused on topics including racism, discrimination, inequity, marginalized communities and similar social injustices, notably focused on efforts to raise awareness or effect positive change.
223
Education/Schools News — (Single Shift)
224
Education/Schools News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of schools, teaching or education related topics.
225
Teen (13 – 19) News — (Single Shift)
226
Teen (13 – 19) News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in content that is of interest and value to a target audience 13 through 19 years of age.
227
Environment/Science News — (Single Shift)
228
Environment/Science News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of environmental impact issues, science or related topics.
229
Health/Medical News — (Single Shift)
230
Health/Medical News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of health or medical related topics.
231
Historical/Cultural News — (Single Shift)
232
Historical/Cultural News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage about historical or cultural related topics.
233
Human Interest News — (Single Shift)
234
Human Interest News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit.
235
Military News — (Single Shift)
236
Military News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of military related topics.
237
Politics/Government News — (Single Shift)
238
Politics/Government News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of political, civil or government related topics.
239
Religion News — (Single Shift)
240
Religion News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of religious and/or spiritual related topics.
241
Societal Concerns News — (Single Shift)
242
Societal Concerns News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
243
Technology News — (Single Shift)
244
Technology News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of technology industry stories and related topics.
245
Weather News — (Single Shift)
246
Weather News — (No Production Time Limit)
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of weather-related topics.

Sports CONTENT

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 (exceptions: Sports Documentary and Live Sporting Event Season). 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.

Series entries are eligible and must include a minimum of two (2) but no more than five (5) separate segments from the series. Total submission time limit for News and Short Form Content series entries may not exceed 15 minutes. Long Form Content series entries may not exceed 30 minutes.

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

301
Sports Story News
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES, OR 15 MINUTES IF SUBMITTING A SERIES
For excellence in news or journalistic coverage of sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics.
302
Sports Story — Short/Long Form Content
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content about sports, athletes, coaches and other related topics. This category is intended for features, segments and other storytelling vehicles of varying lengths and NOT for traditional 30 or 60-minute programs.
303
Sports Program – Live — (Single Program or Series)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a sports program or series that is live or recorded live. Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast, including but not limited to pregame and postgame shows surrounding live sporting events. Entry may include multi- camera and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Entry may not have post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
304
Sports Program – Post-Produced or Edited — (Single Program or Series)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a daily or weekly sports program or sports series (non-news). Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Content in these programs is post-produced and heavily edited. Entry may have no post-broadcast edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
305
Sports – One-Time Special
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
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.
306
Live Sporting Event/Game — (Single Game or Series)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in production of a single program or series, (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. Series entries must have something that makes it a series (an actual baseball series, playoff series, season series between teams, etc.) Entry may include no more than eight (8) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 30-minute time limit.
307
Live Sporting Event Season NEW CATEGORY
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in production of a season series covering one sports team. A composite is required and should include examples of: Show Open, 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. Entries must include excerpts from at least 5 different games during the season. Entry may include no more than fifteen (15) excerpts to bring the entry down to the 60-minute time limit. Games from a particular season may only be submitted as a season entry in a single eligibility period. If a season entry is submitted, no single game from that season may be submitted in the Live Sporting Event/Game category.
Note: If a season occurs over 2 different eligibility periods for the chapter, the entrant may only submit a season entry for one of those competition periods. The entrant can choose which year to submit. Example: The season runs October 15 – March 31. The chapter’s eligibility period is the calendar year. The entrant can submit a season entry that includes games from October 15 through December 31 and submit in the current year’s competition. Or, the entrant can wait to submit a season entry that includes games from January 1 through March 31 in the following year’s competition. In any case, entrants may not submit games from the same season as a season entry in competitions from 2 different years.

PROGRAMMING CONTENT

Producers should be the primary entrants for Programming 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. For program series or long form series entries, the entry must include excerpts from at least two (2) episodes from the series.

Short Form content must be submitted in its entirety as originally distributed. The original video and submission length must not exceed 10 minutes.

News content is only eligible in the appropriate News categories.

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

401
Cultural/Topical Documentary
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of an event, condition or situation of current and/or cultural significance.
402
Historical Documentary
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 60 MINUTES
For excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of historical significance.
403
Magazine Program — (Single Program)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a program or series consisting of various stories of regional interest designed to entertain and inform.
404
Magazine Program — (Series)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a program or series consisting of various stories of regional interest designed to entertain and inform.
405
Public Affairs Program — (Single Program or Series)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in a program or series that focuses on current community, social or political issues that are of general public interest or concern.
406
Special Event Coverage — (Live or Edited)
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, anticipated community or entertainment event such as a parade, holiday fireworks or a funeral procession. Entry may include multi-cameras and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Live entries should include at least 75% live material, with no post edits.
407
Instructional
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: SHORT FORM UP TO 10 MINUTES OR LONG FORM UP TO 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content whose purpose is to be instructional; to teach formally or informally about a subject.
408
Interview/Discussion
ENTRY TIME LIMIT: SHORT FORM UP TO 10 MINUTES OR LONG FORM UP TO 30 MINUTES
For excellence in content that consists of interview/discussion material that is at least 75% unscripted. This category is primarily intended for formal interviews where both the interviewer(s) and the interviewee(s) are visible on camera and engaged in discussion.
409
Arts/Entertainment — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
410
Arts/Entertainment — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts.
411
Business/Consumer — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
412
Business/Consumer — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about business, finance, consumer affairs or economic topics.
413
Crime — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
414
Crime — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about crime, violations of the law or criminal justice related topics.
415
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes) NEW CATEGORY
416
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes) NEW CATEGORY
For excellence in content focused on topics including racism, discrimination, inequity, marginalized communities and similar social injustices, notably focused on efforts to raise awareness or effect positive change.
417
Education/Schools — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
418
Education/Schools — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about schools, teaching or education related topics.
419
Teen (13-19) — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
420
Teen (13-19) — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content that is of interest and value to a target audience 13 through 19 years of age.
421
Environment/Science — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
422
Environment/Science — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about environmental impact issues, science or related topics.
423
Health/Medical — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
424
Health/Medical — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about health or medical related topics.
425
Historical/Cultural — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
426
Historical/Cultural — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about historical or cultural related topics.
427
Human Interest — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
428
Human Interest — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content that appeals to the human spirit.
429
Military — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
430
Military — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about military related topics.
431
Politics/Government — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
432
Politics/Government — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about political, civil or government related topics.
433
Religion — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
434
Religion — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about religious and/or spiritual related topics.
435
Societal Concerns — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
436
Societal Concerns — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about current issues of societal concern, community or immediate public interest.
437
Technology — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
438
Technology — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about technology industry stories and related topics.
439
Weather — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
440
Weather — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in content about weather related topics.
441
Branded Content — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
442
Branded Content — Long Form Content (longer than 10 minutes)
For excellence in a complete, stand-alone video or video series produced with the intention of connecting or engaging an audience with an organization’s brand. The content may tell a story and/or inform in an entertaining, creative, or emotional way. The video includes some visual branding, product placement or overt mention of the organization at the center of the production.
Note: Video may not contain a call for commerce. Website URLs or requests to follow social media accounts do not constitute calls for commerce. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible. Content from projects identified as “branded” may not be entered in other content categories.
Examples:
  • Businesses or non-profits that produce content to highlight their own establishments or services
  • Hospital or medical stories promoting a particular health care facility or cause such as organ/tissue donation
  • Videos in which organizations explore topical issues or put forth chosen experts to offer advice on topics with a focus on the organization’s viewpoint or services
  • Travel content produced by or for specific destinations such as “what to do when you’re in Las Vegas”
  • Local power company vignettes telling the story of the company’s evolution in the community
  • Police/fire department recruitment videos
  • College tour or recruitment videos
  • 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, except for the Promotional Trailer category. 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.

    501
    Public Service Announcement — (Single Spot)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
    502
    Public Service Announcement — (Campaign)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2 minutes in length)
    For excellence in announcements that effectively create awareness, focus interest on or marshal support for worthy community causes or organizations.
    503
    Commercial — (Single Spot)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
    504
    Commercial — (Campaign)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2 minutes in length)
    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.
    505
    News Promotion Topical — (Single Spot)
    NOTE: May include cold opens and in-show teases.
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
    506
    News Promotion Image — (Single Spot)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
    507
    News Promotion — (Campaign)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2-minutes in length)
    For excellence in announcements that promote news departments within television stations, newspapers or online news reporting entities and/or content produced by those entities. This includes promotion of or teases for specific news stories, breaking news or weather, sports content within newscasts, news specials, news image and on-air news/weather/sports anchors and reporters.
    508
    Program Promotion — (Single Spot)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 2 MINUTES
    For excellence in announcements that promote content produced outside the news department. This includes spots that promote a broader station/company image as well as regionally produced spots for network, local and/or syndicated programming.
    509
    Image Promotion — (Campaign)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT: 10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2 minutes in length)
    For excellence in announcements that promote content produced outside the news department. This includes spots that promote a broader station/company image as well as regionally produced spots for network, local and/or syndicated programming.
    Note: This category is intended for non-news promotional campaigns.
    510
    Sports Promotion — (Single Spot or Campaign)
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT FOR SINGLE SPOT ENTRY:2 minutes
    ENTRY TIME LIMIT FOR CAMPAIGN ENTRY:10 minutes (up to five spots, each spot up to 2 minutes in length)
    For excellence in announcements that promote sports content produced outside the news department. This includes spots that promote a broader station/company image as well as regionally produced spots for network, local and/or syndicated programming.
    Note: Intended for promos produced for content that would be entered in the Sports Content section with the exception of Sports Story – News.

    CRAFT Achievement

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

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

    CHAPTER NOTE: For all craft entries except Technical Achievement the default number of entrants is one. If you need to petition to add additional names because the work is combined in a way that would be unfair to award only one name, please email info@rockymountainemmy.org and appeal to the Awards Committee with a brief explanation.

    601
    Anchor News
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    602
    Anchor Weather
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    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 equal five changes of clothing” rule. It’s allowed, but not required, for the co-anchors and reporters’ video to be edited out of a segment. Anchor entries may include examples of studio anchoring, field anchoring, specials, breaking, etc., but NOT reporter packages (if an anchor also does reporter packages, they must enter those in one of the reporter categories.).
    603
    Talent Sports
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    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 equal five changes of clothing” rule. It’s allowed, but not required, for the co-anchors 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.)
    CHAPTER NOTE: Talent Sports may include all craft entries of Sports Anchor, Play-by-Play, Announcer and Host of Sports Content. Traditional Sports Reporter entries should be in category 606.
    604
    Reporter Daily News
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    605
    Reporter Consumer / Investigative
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    606
    Reporter Sports
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    607
    Performer/Narrator/Host/Moderator
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    608
    Live News Producer
    TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
    NOTE: Material entered in this category cannot be entered by the same entrant in any News Content categories.
    609
    Live Sports Producer
    TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
    NOTE: Material entered in this category cannot be entered by the same entrant in any Sports Content categories.
    610
    Writer — News
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    611
    Writer — Short Form (Original content up to 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    612
    Writer — Long Form (Original content up to 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    CHAPTER NOTE: Along with the video, PDF Script upload preferred for Writer Categories.
    613
    Director Live or Recorded Live — (PL track is preferred)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    614
    Director — Short Form (Up to 10 minutes, PL track is preferred)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    615
    Director — Long Form (PL track is preferred)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    616
    Editor — News
    TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
    617
    Editor — Sports
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    618
    Editor — Short Form (original content up to 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    619
    Editor — Long Form (original content longer than 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    620
    Photographer — News
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    621
    Photographer — Sports
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    622
    Photographer — Short Form (original content up to 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    623
    Photographer — Long Form (original content longer than 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    624
    Video Journalist — Short Form Content (up to 10 minutes)
    TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
    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.
    625
    Graphic Arts
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    Entries must contain graphical elements originally created for regional markets. Re- purposed content from national sources is not eligible. Graphics Composites may include more than 5 examples of work, for up to five minutes of entry video, as long as each example is separated by one second of black and there is no other post-production to the entry.
    626
    Audio Live or Post Produced
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    627
    Musical Composition
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    628
    Lighting Location or Studio
    TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
    629
    Technical Achievement
    TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
    For excellence in technical engineering which might include oversight in the coverage of a special event, specific technical innovation that enhances viewer experience or a technical success story that is as unique and noteworthy as to warrant special honor and recognition. In addition to the video, entry should include a one-page synopsis detailing specific objectives and challenges that were overcome as a result of the technical achievement.

    GLOSSARY OF TERMS

    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.​
    The document that provides information related to the Emmy® Awards contests, including rules, guidelines and categories.​
    A committee that oversees the Regional Emmy® Awards contest within a particular NATAS chapter. This committee has the final say on selecting categories for the chapter Call for Entries, determining content and entrant eligibility and reviewing judges’ challenges (among other duties.).​
    Programs or other content that consist of previously distributed material in the form of a “year in review” special or a collection of Branded Content Series pieces. These are NOT eligible for Regional Emmy® Awards contents.​
    Content that is only available to a select and limited audience via distribution on a closed circuit (hospitals, in flight entertainment, hotels, doctor’s offices, private companies, etc.)​
    Video content transmitted in a public sports venue, arena or stadium is not considered distribution on a closed circuit and is eligible in content and craft categories.
    A sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category. The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects. Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content. One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite. ​
    Having a direct involvement or vested interest in the production of an entry, or having a personal relationship with an entrant. Judges may NOT judge entries in which any of these criteria are met. Group ownership, by itself, does not create a conflict of interest.
    Examples: A producer working for a station owned by TEGNA in one market is not prohibited from judging an entry produced by another TEGNA-owned station in another chapter. NBC Sports Chicago personnel are not prohibited from serving as judges for entries produced by NBC Sports Bay Area.
    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 101 – 512.
    (also see: Craft Category)
    A category for which there are two (2) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Creativity and Execution. These categories focus solely on the craft designated for each (photography, editing, talent, etc.) Our chapter’s craft categories are 601 – 637.
    (also see: Content Category)
    Short examples edited from content that showcases your work. Demo reels or montages often include shorter excerpts from the original video that may or may not have added music, graphics and/or special effects.
    Example: A photographer cannot take short segments from original content and edit those pieces together for a composite submission in the craft category.
    The process of getting video content from a producer to a viewer. This may include being broadcast on a television or cable station, streamed on a website or app, posted on a company website or social media account.​
    Any entry 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.
    Period of time in which any content must have been produced to be eligible for entry in this regional Emmy® Awards contest. This window varies among NATAS chapters and will be prominently displayed in each Call for Entries.
    The most prestigious peer-judged award recognizing excellence in professional achievement with annual awards of merit in the television industry through extensive, confidential peer review of broadcast work and related media.​
    Individual whose work has been submitted for consideration in a regional Emmy® Award contest.​
    A continuous segment or section from longer content, excerpts are used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.​
    While still journalistic in nature, this content takes less of a hard news tone while incorporating strong storytelling. It may be a serious or lighter subject. The story construction and personality of the interviewees are highlighted in a feature story. Feature news stories often run a bit longer and may not have an immediate time peg.​
    Classic, fact-gathering and reporting. Should include a news hook and timely peg.​
    A program or long form content that promotes a product, service or idea and includes a call to commerce.​
    Job Title is the word or words under your name on a business card that indicate(s) what job position you hold within the organization for which you work.
    Role on Entry is the particular function you performed on an Emmy® Award entry.
    Many of these are similar or even the same (Producer, Photographer, Editor) while some job titles (Executive Producer, Chief Creative Officer, Assignment Desk Editor) don’t directly translate to a tangible job function performed during the production process. Entrants often perform roles on an entry that aren’t a part of their job title (a producer who edits, a director who writes, a photographer who lights the set, an editor who produces.)
For the purposes of regional Emmy® Award statuette eligibility, Role on Entry is the determining factor over Job Title.
    Method of coverage that considers all sides fairly, reporting without bias or persuasion.​
    One whose work on a production was significant enough to be considered eligible for a regional Emmy® Award statuette. In the estimation of the entry submitter, the entry would not have been award-worthy without this person’s contributions.​
    Video production that exceeds 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program categories or sub-categories, as well as longer segment or feature categories or sub-categories and online content that meets other eligibility criteria.​
    One who has completed the membership process in one of the 19 regional NATAS chapters.
    (Membership is not required to enter regional Emmy® Awards contests)
    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) was founded in 1955. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award.​
    Regional Emmy® Awards are given in nineteen regions across the United States. National Awards are given for Daytime Entertainment, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering.​
    Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.​
    The Daytime, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards contests are held annually and open to all entrants whose work meets eligibility criteria.​
    As outlined in the NATAS bylaws, this group of people administers the policy and structure of the National and Regional Emmy® Awards process. Its membership consists of representatives from each of the National Awards constituencies as well as regional/chapter reps.
    Multiple reports that build on the same subject or news story.​
    A stand-alone program or content that is not part of a larger series of content.​
    The date that content was first made available (aired or otherwise distributed) to the general public.​
    The process by which Emmy® Awards entries are reviewed by professionals of like disciplines for the purpose of determining award-worthiness. Entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other.​
    A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to or streaming on a computer or mobile device. Audio-only Podcasts are not eligible for Emmy® Award consideration. Podcasts that also include a video element would be eligible for regional entry as long as they are in compliance with all other requirements.​
    A term used to help determine eligibility of content for regional Emmy® Awards contests. This was previously used as the standard of eligibility, but has been replaced with the phrase “produced and intended for a regional or local audience,” as the National Awards Committee determined this was more effectively measured and determined.​
    A traditional content format used in broadcast and cable television. In order to be more inclusive of content delivered via non-traditional means, the term Long Form Content is being used in most applications that were previously referred to as Programs. Certain categories (Documentary, Sports Program, Magazine Program) have retained the term where the traditional definition remains applicable.​
    Multiple episodes of a program with similar subject matter or an overall unifying theme.​
    One who receives a regional Emmy® Award. As regional entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other, there may be no recipient, one recipient or more than one recipient in a given category. Honorees in the National Emmy® Award contests are referred to as “winners” since only one entry is awarded in each category, with the exception of ties.​
    The document that sets forth the rules and available categories for each regional chapter’s Call For Entries. It also includes a section of Chapter Guidance and this Glossary of Terms.​
    A section of video content that could be part of a program or entry.​
    Multiple installments of similar and related content.
    (also see: News Series and Program Series)
    Video production that is no more than 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program Feature or Segment categories or sub-categories, as well as online content that meets other eligibility criteria.​
    This is defined as the time between when a work shift begins and ends (could be a normal work shift or an extended, breaking-news type of shift). This term is replacing the previously-used “within 24 hours” as a way to separate longer term projects and productions from those completed within one work shift. A story assigned one day but researched, scheduled, and shot over another day or multiple days, should be submitted in a “No Time Limit” category.​
    Crystal pillars presented to recipients of separate contests among high school and college students, with the intention to recognize outstanding student achievements in production. Rules and category options for Student Production Awards are outlined in the Regional Awards Manual.​
    Content conceived and created by full-time students at a university, college, technical/vocational school or high school. Student Productions may not include any professional services and faculty involvement can only be advisory.​
    Exact runtime of an entry video.​
    Person who completes the process of entry in a regional Emmy® Award contest. This person may also be an entrant but is not required to.​
    Content that is licensed for distribution on multiple broadcast or online outlets and available for consumption in multiple geographic locations.​
    The maximum amount of time allowed. A chapter call for entries will include two (2) types of time limits: Entry Time Limit and Production Time Limit.
    Entry Time Limit: maximum length allowed for the submitted entry video not the original video that was aired/distributed for viewing by the general public. This varies among categories
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    Production Entry Time Limit: maximum length allowed to produce an entry, which may be indicated in hours or the term Single Shift.
    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.​