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KENTUCKY
AP Broadcasters

2015 Kentucky AP Broadcasters Contest

 

Professional TV Categories

Professional Radio Categories

Kentucky AP College Competition

 

The 2015 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Contest is designed to recognize Kentucky AP member stations and their staffs for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism.  The competition is open to all AP member broadcast stations licensed in Kentucky and staff employed by member stations at the time the entry was produced. Entries must have been broadcast in calendar 2014.

The entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

DIVISIONS:
TV Division I: Louisville and Lexington
TV Division II: All others.

RADIO: All stations compete regardless of market size.

 

 

HOW TO ENTER:
Entries must be in digital format and must be submitted online at http://betternewspapercontest.com.  For instructions, please click here.  Entries may run up to 15 minutes, except where noted below. Entries may be accompanied by a 100-word description of their contents. There is no limit on entries in any categories.
 

 

FOR A PRINTABLE VERSION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

NOTE: There is a maximum of three (3) individual credits per entry.  If more than three staffers contributed to the entry, please enter credit as ‘Staff.’ 

 

THE DECISION OF THE JUDGES IS FINAL. Ties are possible. It is also possible there could be NO award in a category.

 

ENTRY FEES:
Submitting by PayPal:
TV entries $26.50 per entry
Radio entries $16 per entry

The payments for PayPal can be made from the BNC site. 


Submitting by check or money order:
TV entries $25 per entry
Radio entries $15 per entry

Checks should be made out to Kentucky AP Broadcasters.

 

All entry checks should be sent to:

2015 KAPB Contest
The Associated Press
ATTN:  Dee Vassar
1207 18th Avenue S., Suite 261
Nashville, TN 37212

 

If you submit payments online, please send a copy of your entry summary form and the BNC PayPal receipt either via regular mail to the address below or via email to dvassar@ap.org.

 

If paying by check please include a copy of the entry summary form.

 

Payments must be received no later than 10 business days after the contest entry deadline - Jan. 30, 2015.

 

For questions, contact Dee Vassar at 615-925-3725 or dvassar@ap.org.

 

New this year, there are no contest days.  See updated rules below for submitting newscast.  Also note new categories for TV and radio designated below.

 

 

TV CATEGORIES

NEWSCAST:  An entry must consist of two newscasts from any two different days of the station’s choice. All newscast entries must have been produced by the regular news staff and must be submitted as broadcast.

 

SPOT NEWS: A single, specific, unscheduled, unanticipated news event requiring immediate response from the news department. 

 

CONTINUING COVERAGE:  Coverage of a longer running story of local interest.

 

SPECIAL – SERIES/DOCUMENTARY:  Either: (A) Series: Two or more reports on a single topic; or (B) Documentary: a single, serious, compelling story that documents or analyzes events, people, places, social conditions, lifestyles, political situations, etc.

 

ENTERPRISE OR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:  Either a single in-depth story (Enterprise), or a series of reports (Investigative Reporting), on a topic of some controversy, utilizing new or previously unaired information that would otherwise not have reached the public. Judges will consider the quality of investigation and research and the significance of the subject matter to the community as well as the final production.

 

HARD NEWS FEATURE: A specialized story spotlighting a person, place or thing not necessarily related to current news events, with (Human Interest) or without (Feature) strong emotional appeal.  Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

LIGHT NEWS FEATURE: A specialized story spotlighting a person, place or thing not necessarily related to current news events, with (Human Interest) or without (Feature) strong emotional appeal.  Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS:  An informative piece about an issue of interest and importance to the community, presented by the station as a public service, and addressing such concerns as fire prevention, weather warnings, health issues, water safety, etc. Stations may submit any number of entries. Caution: Not the same as a Feature.

 

POLITICAL COVERAGE:  A composite of stories on a political topic.  Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

SPORTS FEATURE: A single story or one segment of a multi-part series.

 

SPORTS SPECIAL:  A show on a sports topic produced live or taped outside of a regularly scheduled sportscast. Must be locally produced.

 

SPORTS PREP SHOW:  A special report on games compiled by teams of reporters and videographers.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY:  Play-by-play announcers submit their composite of work involving a live sporting event, not to exceed 10 minutes.  Must be locally anchored.

 

NEWS VIDEOGRAPHY: Entries should demonstrate the ability of the videographer to tell a story with a solid beginning, middle, and end about a single news event. Judges will look for composition, editing, etc. No composites; one story per entry.

 

SPORTS VIDEOGRAPHY: A single, sports-related story of any kind, judged strictly from a photo point-of-view. No composites; one story per entry.

 

FEATURE VIDEOGRAPHY:  Anything other than hard news or sports qualifies.  Judges will look for creativity, imagination and originality, as well as technical expertise. No composites; one story per entry.

 

BEST WEBSITE: Submit URL. 

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- BEST DIGITAL JOURNALIST:  By submitting links to five online stories, journalists showcase their work in telling stories online.  The emphasis in judging is placed on the text, still images, video, audio, and graphics used to enhance a story.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- BEST MULTIMEDIA REPORTER:  Multimedia reporters must submit their composite of  work, not to exceed 10 minutes.  Entries should demonstrate the multimedia reporter’s ability to report, shoot video, and edit video entirely on their own while telling stories that are clear, concise and informative.  Judges will consider writing and language skills as well as production ability.

 

TV REPORTER:  TV reporters are to submit a composite tape of their work, not to exceed 10 minutes.  Entries should demonstrate the reporter's ability to gather the news and give a clear, concise, on-the-air report.  Judges will consider writing and language skills as well as production ability.

 

NEWS ANCHOR:  A composite of live work by a news anchor. Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

TV EDITOR:  TV editors are to submit a composite tape of their work, not to exceed 10 minutes. 

 

NEWS VIDEOGRAPHER:  A composite of work, not to exceed 10 minutes. Judges will look for variety, use of color and natural sound, framing, lighting, pacing, editing, etc.

 

WEATHER ANCHOR:  A composite of live work by a weather anchor or talk show host. Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

SPORTSCASTER:  A composite of live or taped work by any sports anchor, reporter, and or talk show host. Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

 

RADIO CATEGORIES

NEW THIS YEAR -- SHORT SERIOUS NEWS FEATURE:  Up to 2 minutes in length.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- LONG SERIOUS NEWS FEATURE:   Up to 10 minutes in length.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- SHORT LIGHT NEWS FEATURE:  Up to 2 minutes in length.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- LONG LIGHT NEWS FEATURE:  Up to 10 minutes in length.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- SHORT SPORTS FEATURE/SPECIAL:  A single story or one segment of a multipart series. Up to 2 minutes.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- LONG SPORTS FEATUE/SPECIAL:  A single story or one segment of a multipart series. Up to 10 minutes in length.

 

SPORTS REPORTING:  Choose one: (A) Two sportscasts (and only two) from different days a station selects; or (B) a single special program that was aired outside the regular newscast; or (C) a series of up to three reports about a single sporting event, personality or issue. No play-by-play

 

SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY:  Must be locally anchored. Up to 10 minutes.

 

SHORT PUBLIC AFFAIRS:  Can be a regularly scheduled program, a documentary or a series of stories to raise public awareness of an issue for public good (i.e. United Way, voter registration, etc.).  Up to 2 minutes.

 

LONG PUBLIC AFFAIRS:  Can be a regularly scheduled program, a documentary or a series of stories to raise public awareness of an issue for public good (i.e. United Way, voter registration, etc.).  Up to 10 minutes.

 

POLITICAL COVERAGE:  A composite of stories on a political topic. Up to 10 minutes.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- SHORT ENTERPRISE/INVESTIGATIVE: An exclusive story on a single subject.  This can be reported in a single newscast or a series of newscasts. Up to 2 minutes.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- LONG ENTERPRISE/INVESTIGATIVE: An exclusive story on a single subject.  This can be reported in a single newscast or a series of newscasts.  Up to 10 minutes.

 

SPECIAL SERIES/DOCUMENTARY:  Either: (A) Series: Two or more reports on a single topic; or (B) Documentary: a single, serious, compelling story that documents or analyzes events, people, places, social conditions, lifestyles, political situations, etc.

 

CONTINUING COVERAGE:  Coverage of a longer running story of local interest.

 

SPOT NEWS:  A single, specific, unscheduled, unanticipated news event requiring immediate response from the news department. 

 

USE OF SOUND: Any story that uses natural sound to enhance a news item.  Up to 5 minutes.

 

WEBSITE:  Submit URL. 

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- LONG NEWSCAST: An entry must consist of two newscasts up to 10 minutes each from different days a station selects. All newscast entries must have been produced by the regular news staff and must be submitted exactly as broadcast.

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- SHORT NEWSCAST: An entry must consist of two (and only two) newscasts up to 5 minute each from different days a station selects. All newscast entries must have been produced by the regular news staff and must be submitted exactly as broadcast.

 

RADIO ANCHOR:  A composite of live work by a radio anchor. Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

RADIO REPORTER:  A composite of work, not to exceed 10 minutes. Entries should demonstrate the reporter's ability to gather the news and give a clear, concise, on the air report. Judges will consider writing and language skills as well as production ability.

 

 

 

 

2015 KAPB Best of College Competition

 

The Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters College Competition is designed to recognize Kentucky student broadcasters for outstanding performance in college broadcast journalism. The contest is open to ANY college in Kentucky.

Entries must have been broadcast in calendar year 2014 on the college television station, radio station or online, and should primarily be the work of an undergraduate student or students and have been broadcast to an anonymous audience of substantial size. If the entry is included as part of a professional newscast the news director or producer must certify in writing that the entry is the student's work with minimal editing and no rewriting by professionals.

 

ENTRY DEADLINE:  5 p.m. Central, FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015.  If payment is not received by Feb. 13, 2015, the entry will be disqualified.

 

HOW TO ENTER:
Entries must be submitted in digital format and must be submitted online at  http://betternewspapercontest.com.  Each entry must identify the school name, station call letters, student's name and category.  There is a 20-minute time limit for each entry. Entries may be accompanied by a brief description of contents.

 

THE DECISION OF THE JUDGES IS FINAL and ties are possible.  Entry in the college contest DOES NOT preclude a student from entering the work in the Kentucky AP Broadcasters contest for professional broadcasters.  There is a maximum of 3 credits per entry.  If more people contributed to the entry, please enter “Staff”. 

 

FOR A PRINTABLE VERSION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

ENTRY FEE:
The fee is $10 per entry for television or radio, unless paying by PayPal.  If payment is made via PayPal, the fee is $11 per entry.

 

PAYMENT METHOD:
Payment can be made by check, cash, money order or credit card via PayPal.  PayPal payments are made on the BNC site.  Checks should be made out to Kentucky AP Broadcasters College Contest.

 

All entry checks should be sent to:

              2015 KAPB College Contest
             
The Associated Press
              Attn:  Dee Vassar
              1207 18th Avenue S., Ste 261-A
              Nashville, TN 37212

 

The categories for TV and radio are:

  • BEST NEWSCAST:   May submit up to two entries, any time slot.
  • BEST NEWS STORY:   Coverage of a hard hews issue.
  • BEST FEATURE STORY:  Any type of human-interest story. 
  • BEST SPORTS COVERAGE:  A single story or sports program.
  • BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS:  Can be a regularly scheduled program, a documentary or a special coverage story to raise public awareness of an issue for public good (i.e. United Way, voter registration, etc.)
  • BEST TELEVISION REPORTER:  News package that showcases student’s abilities to report on top news stories.
    BEST VIDEOGRAPHER:  A composite of student’s work showing variety, use of color and natural sound, framing, lighting, pacing, editing, etc. 
  • BEST RADIO REPORTER:  A composite of live or taped work by student anchor or reporter. 

For more information, please contact Dee Vassar at 615-925-3725 or dvassar@ap.org.