Excellence In My Market Categories

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

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

1. Overall Excellence

Awarded to the General Manager/President only for excellence in overall station or cable/sports system operations, during the eligibility period. Entry should reflect the station or cable/sports system’s overall local product including any news & sports coverage, other locally produced programs, promotional announcements, on-air examples of events hosted by the organization and involvement in the community, and any further evidence of excellence. Entry should emphasize the quality, breadth and efficacy of the organization’s operations, stressing substance rather than style, and exhibit performance in sustaining excellence throughout the eligibility year. The composite entry must be comprised only of material as actually aired. No introductions, post production, montages, music or special effects may be added. Entry should include a one-page, written synopsis of the organization’s operation, product, accomplishments and achievements. Entry length shall not exceed 60 minutes.

NEWS PROGRAMMING

One award, more than one award, or no award (a crystal pillar with the NATAS logo), except where noted, may be given to the producer(s) and others directly responsible for the content and execution of the news program, segment or coverage. Anchors, reporters, photographers, editors, assignment editors, hosts, directors and 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 any entry designated as a series, a minimum of two reports must be included.

2. General Assignment Report

For excellence in coverage of a single or multi-part story or topic. Entry may include live and/or taped elements. Time Limit: 10 minutes.

3. Breaking News

For excellence in coverage of a single unanticipated news event. Entry may include multiple live or taped elements and online content. Time Limit: 15 minutes.

4. Spot News

For excellence in coverage of a single unanticipated news event that is shot edited and produced within 24 hours. Entry may include multiple live and/or taped elements and online content. Elements of a related Breaking News entry may be included in a Spot News entry but not in their entirety. Time Limit: limited to a single report.

5. Investigative Report

For excellence in reporting of a news 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. Written documentation is required (100-word limit). Time Limit: 30 minutes.

6. Feature News Report

For excellence in reporting of a single or multi-part feature news story or topic. Time Limit: 10 minutes. Series Time Limit: 15 minutes.

7. Specialty Assignment Report

For excellence in coverage of special interest information. Time Limit: 10 minutes. Series Time Limit: 15 minutes.

NEWS & PROGRAM SPECIALTY

One award, more than one award, or no award (a crystal pillar with NATAS logo) is given to the producer(s) directly responsible for the content and execution of the program, segment or coverage. Anchors, reporters, directors, photographers, editors, assignment editors, hosts, writers and qualified others may be eligible if their contributions are significant to the entry’s award-worthiness. A maximum of 3 segments/lifts is permitted to bring longer programs to the required time limit. For non-news program entries, the entry may only contain content from one episode of the series, not multiple installments.  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.

8. Weather/Weathercast

For excellence in coverage of weather in general, weather related topics or subject matter within a news program. Time Limit: 10 minutes. Series Time Limit: 15 minutes.

9. Sports

For excellence in coverage of sports in general, sports related topics or subject matter within a news program. Time Limit: 10 minutes. Series Time Limit: 15 minutes.

10. Sports Program

For excellence in a sports program or for coverage of a one-time-only sports event (not sporting game or play-by-play) or sports series. Entry may be live or taped. Entry must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a scheduled newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments that cover the full spectrum of the event. Entry may have no post edits except for the removal of commercials. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc. Time Limit: 30 minutes. (A maximum of three segments/lifts is permitted to bring longer programs to the time limit).

11. Magazine

For excellence in a program, series or special consisting of various segments of local interest designed to entertain and inform. Time Limit: 30 minutes.

12. Informational

For excellence in a program, series or special, whose prime purpose is to be instructional; to teach formally or informally about a subject or subjects. Time Limit: 30 minutes.

SPOT ANNOUNCEMENT

One award, more than one award, or no award (a crystal pillar with the NATAS logo) is given to the producer(s) and others directly responsible for the content and execution of the promotion. Entries must be locally conceived, produced and aired. 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 5 minutes in length. Program length commercials (infomercials) are not eligible. If a campaign is entered, a maximum of three spots may be included.

13. Promotion

For excellence in announcements that promote a news image, a specific story, stories or series, including sports, weather and/or franchise stories. This includes promos for news specials, breaking weather, sports specials, etc.

CRAFTS ACHIEVEMENT

One award, more than one award, or no award (a crystal pillar with the NATAS logo) is given for excellence in a specific television 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 broadcast. Time Limit: 15 minutes.

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.

Craft awards are intended for hands-on craft persons, not those that supervise craft persons.

14. Director

A. Director
B. Technical Director

15. Editor

16. On-Camera Talent

A. Anchor – News
B. Anchor – Sports
C. Anchor – Weather
D. Host/Moderator
E. Reporter

17. Photographer

18. Producer

Enter complete segment or composite not to exceed 30 minutes. Unless part of a composite entry, producer material entered in this category cannot be part of a full-length program (news or non-news) already entered elsewhere.

19. Writer