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2015 MISSISSIPPI AP BROADCASTERS CONTEST

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The 2015 Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters contest is designed to recognize Mississippi AP member stations and staffers for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism and staffers employed by member stations at the time the entries were produced.  The contest is also open to member broadcast stations outside Mississippi with designated market areas that extend into Mississippi.  To be eligible to enter, entries must be about news, features or sports that occurred solely in Mississippi.  All entries must be submitted online through Better BNC.  Entries may be from member stations or staffers employed by member stations broadcast in the calendar year 2014.

 

The deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

 

Entries must be in digital format.  If one piece is being entered in two categories, separate submissions must be made.  Judging of all entries will be based on accuracy, clarity, completeness, timeliness and the best use of the medium.  Judges are encouraged to give an award in each category, provided they deem entries appropriate to the category. 

The decision of the judges is final.  Ties are possible and there could be NO award in a category.

 

There is a 15-minute limit for entries, with editing permitted to meet time limit, with the exception of a 30-minute time limit for newscast entries.

 

DIVISIONS:
TV Division I:  Jackson, Biloxi and Gulfport.
TV Division II:  Columbus, Tupelo, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurel, Hattiesburg and Meridian.
Radio:  All radio stations compete regardless of market size.

 

HOW TO ENTER:
Entries must be submitted online at BetterNewspaperContest.com by Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.  Click here for detailed instructions on submitting online entries.  Click here for a quick step guide.

NOTE:  There is a maximum of six (6) individual credits per entry.  If more than six staffers contributed to the entry, please enter the credit as ‘Staff.’


ENTRY FEES:

Submitting by PayPal:
TV entries $26.50 per entry
Radio entries $11 per entry


Submitting by check or money order:
TV entries $25 per entry
Radio entries $10 per entry

 

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

 

Payments can be made through PayPal via the BNC site.  Click here for instructions on how to submit payments online.  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.

 

MAPB also accepts payment via check, cash or money order.    Send the entry fee check and an entry summary form to the address below.

 

 

Checks should be made payable to Mississippi AP Broadcasters:

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

 

 

JUDGING:
Entries will be judged by out-of-state judges.  Judges will be instructed that an award need not be given in an instance where they believe none of the entries merit recognition.  Judges will be urged to provide comments.  Judges decisions are final.

 

Members are encouraged to make nominations for Newsperson of the Year and Hall of Fame. Entries are accepted online and there is no entry fee for these submissions. See complete criteria at the link below or at the end of the contest categories.

 

 

For questions, please contact Alexa Haik at 601-460-4885 or AHaik_news@ap.org.

 

 

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TELEVISION:

 

BEST 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.

 

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

 

BEST TV NEWS VIDEOGRAPHER:  Videographers are to submit a composite tape of their work.  Judges will look for variety, use of color and natural sound, framing, lighting, pacing, editing, etc. not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

BEST TV WEATHER ANCHOR:  A composite of live work by a weather anchor.  Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

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

 

BEST NEWSCAST:  Submit half-hour shows, any time slot.  Up to two entries from any dates the station chooses. 

 

BEST SPORTSCAST:  Submit entry from any regular half-hour newscast, any time slot.  Up to two entries from any date the station chooses. 

 

BEST WEATHERCAST:  Submit from any regular half-hour newscast, any time slot.  Up to two entries from any date the station chooses. 

 

BEST SPOT NEWS STORY:  Coverage of a breaking news event.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

BEST GENERAL NEWS STORY:  Entries should be non-beat coverage without deadline pressure.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

BEST FRANCHISE REPORTING:  Entries limited to reports from usual beat coverage, such as medical, consumer affairs, nutrition, education etc., without deadline pressure.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of stories may be submitted as a single entry. 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY:  Outstanding enterprise and social awareness in the reporting of a significant issue.  Entry should be interpretive, may reflect investigative reporting and may, at the station’s discretion, include an editorial conclusion, if clearly defined.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of stories may be submitted as a single entry. 

 

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:  May be a single story or series of reports in which established principles of investigative reporting are employed.  Stories should break new ground on a previously reported story or uncover previously unknown material.  Judges will pay particular attention to the effort exerted, the quality of reporting and the results achieved.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of up to three stories may be submitted as a single entry. 

 

BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS:  May be a single story, a series or entire show demonstrating the ability of news reporting to provide outstanding service to the community.  Judges will pay particular attention to the effort exerted, the quality of reporting and the results achieved.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of up to three stories may be submitted as a single entry. 

 

BEST FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline pressure, any type of human interest story.  Stations may submit up to two entries in this category.  A series of up to three stories may be submitted as a single entry

 

BEST SPORTS STORY:  Entries include coverage with or without deadline pressure.  Stories can have a harder news slant or look at the lighter side of sports and focus on personalities.  Stations may submit up to two entries.

 

BEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, including Photo Essay:  Reporting without deadline pressure, taking a lighter approach.  Judges will pay particular attention to creative photography.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

ACHIEVEMENT:  Entries may be individual reports, series of stories, programs or other efforts that reflect the best of what a station does.  Judges will pay particular attention to quality of reporting, originality, evidence of team effort and packaging.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of up to three stories may be submitted as a single entry. 

 

BEST WEBSITE:  To be judged on the news content and news value of the website.  Judges may view the website within a one-week time frame in 2015, a minimum of three

times.  Include the website URL.

 

 

RADIO:

 

BEST RADIO NEWSCASTER:    A composite of live or taped work by any radio news anchor, reporter and or talk show host.  Not to exceed 10 minutes.

 

BEST NEWSCAST:  Submit up to two entries from any time slot and from any date.

 

BEST SPORTSCAST, SPORTS PROGRAM AND SPORTS STORY:   Submit up to two entries from any time slot and from any date.

 

BEST SPOT NEWS STORY:  Coverage of a breaking news event.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

BEST GENERAL NEWS STORY:  Entries should be non-beat coverage without deadline pressure.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR SERIES OF STORIES:  Outstanding enterprise and social awareness in the reporting of a significant issue.  Entry should be interpretive, may reflect investigative reporting and may, at the station’s discretion, include an editorial conclusion, if clearly defined.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of up to three stories may be submitted as a single entry.

 

BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING:  May be a single story, a series or entire show demonstrating the ability of news reporting to provide outstanding service to the community.  Judges will pay particular attention to the effort exerted, the quality of reporting and the results achieved.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

BEST FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline pressure, any type of human interest story.  Stations may submit up to two entries.

 

BEST USE OF SOUND:  Stories should demonstrate how radio can use sound to create a vivid image for listeners.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

ACHIEVEMENT:  Entries may be individual reports, series of stories, programs or other efforts that reflect the best of what a station does.  Judges will pay particular attention to quality of reporting, originality, evidence of team effort and packaging.  Stations may submit up to two entries. 

 

BEST WEBSITE:  To be judged on the news content and news value of the website.  Judges may view the website within a one-week time frame in 2015, a minimum of three times.  Include the website URL.

 

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HOWARD LETT NEWSPERSON OF THE YEAR:  Winners are selected annually by the MAPB Board of Directors.  The Newsperson of the Year designation is awarded to either a Mississippi radio or television newsperson (on-air or off-air).  For off-air nominees, stations or individual broadcasters may submit entries in the form of a half-page written statement.  For on-air nominees, stations or individual broadcasters may submit entries in the form of a half-page written statement AND provide supporting materials in the form of a video or audio presentation.

 

HALL OF FAME:  Winners are selected annually by the MAPB Board of DirectorsThe MAPB Hall of Fame honors journalists with distinguished broadcasting careers in Mississippi.  Those eligible for induction include reporters, producers, anchors, news directors, photographers and other new staff who have worked in the state of Mississippi a minimum of five years.  Nominations can be made posthumously. 

 

For off-air nominees, stations or individual broadcasters may submit entries in the form of a half-page written statement.  Each year at least one off-air newsperson will be inducted. 

 

For on-air nominees, stations or individual broadcasters may submit entries in the form of a half-page written statement AND supporting materials in the form of a video or audio presentation.

 

 

 

 

2015 MAPB COLLEGE COMPETITION

 

The 2015 Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters College competition is designed to recognize the Mississippi student broadcasters for outstanding performance in college broadcast journalism.  The competition is open to any college in Mississippi.  Entries must have been broadcast in calendar year 2014 and should primarily be the work of a 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.  All entries must be submitted online through Better BNC. 

 

The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

 

Entries must be in digital format.  If one piece is being entered in two categories, separate submissions must be made.  Judging of all entries will be based on accuracy, clarity, completeness, timeliness and the best use of the medium.  Judges are encouraged to give an award in each category, provided they deem entries appropriate to the category. 

 

The decision of the judges is final.  Ties are possible and there could be NO award in a category.

 

Entry in the college contest DOES NOT preclude a student from entering the work in the Mississippi AP Broadcasters contest for professional journalists.

 

HOW TO ENTER:
Entries must be submitted online at BetterNewspaperContest.com by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.  Click here for detailed instructions on submitting online entries.  Click here for a quick step guide.
 

 

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ENTRY FEES:

Submitting by PayPal:
TV entries $11 per entry
Radio entries $11 per entry


Submitting by check or money order:
TV entries $10 per entry
Radio entries $10 per entry

 

Payments must be received no later than 10 business days after the contest entry deadline - Feb. 6, 2015.

 

Payments can be made through PayPal via the BNC site.  Click here for instructions on how to submit payments online.  If you opt to submit payments online, please mail a copy of your entry summary form to the address listed below along with the BNC PayPal receipt.

 

MAPB also accepts payment via check, cash or money order.  Checks should be made payable to Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters.  Please send the entry fee check, accompanied by an entry summary form to the address listed below.

 

Send payments/entry summary forms to:
2015 MAPB College Contest
Attn:  Dee Vassar
The Associated Press
1207 18th Avenue S., Ste. 261
Nashville, TN 37212

 

JUDGING:
Entries will be judged by MAPB Board of Directors.  Judges will be instructed that an award need not be given in an instance where they believe none of the entries merit recognition.  Judges will be urged to provide comments.  Judges decisions are final.

There is a 15 minute time limit for entries, with editing permitted to meet time limit, with the exception of a 30 minute time limit for newscast entries.

 

COLLEGE TELEVISION CATEGORIES:

 

BEST WEBSITE:  To be judged on the news content and news value of the website.  Judges may view the website within a one-week time frame in2015, a minimum of three times.  Include the website URL for the entry.

 

BEST FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline pressure, any type of human interest story.  Colleges may submit up to two entries in this category.  Awards go to the reporters and producers.

 

BEST NEWS STORY:  Coverage of a news event with or without deadline pressure.  Colleges may submit up to two entries.  Awards go to the reporters and producers.

 

BEST SPORTSCAST, PROGRAM OR STORY:  College may submit up to two entries in this category any time slot.

 

BEST WEATHERCAST:  Colleges may submit up to two entries in this category any time slot.

 

BEST NEWSCAST:  College may submit up to two entries any time slot.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY:  Outstanding enterprise and social awareness in the reporting of a significant issue.  Entry should be interpretive, may reflect investigative reporting and may, at the station’s discretion, include an editorial conclusion, if clearly defined.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of stories may be submitted as a single entry.  Awards go to the reporters, photographers and producers.

 

 

COLLEGE RADIO CATEGORIES:

 

BEST FEATURE STORY:  Reporting without deadline pressure, any type of human interest story.  Colleges may submit up to two entries in this category.  Awards go to the reporters and producers.

 

BEST NEWS STORY:  Coverage of a news event with or without deadline pressure.  Colleges may submit up to two entries.  Awards go to the reporters and producers.

 

BEST SPORTSCAST, PROGRAM OR STORY:  College may submit up to two entries in this category any time slot.

 

BEST NEWSCAST:  College may submit up to two entries any time slot.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY:  Outstanding enterprise and social awareness in the reporting of a significant issue.  Entry should be interpretive, may reflect investigative reporting and may, at the station’s discretion, include an editorial conclusion, if clearly defined.  Stations may submit up to two entries.  A series of stories may be submitted as a single entry.  Awards go to the reporters, photographers and producers.