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TENNESSEE

2015 TENNESSEE AP BROADCASTERS

AND MEDIA EDITORS AWARDS

 

TV Categories

Radio Categories

Newspaper Categories

 

The 2015 Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Newspaper Awards Contest is designed to recognize Tennessee AP members and staffers for outstanding performance in journalism. The competition is open to all AP members in Tennessee and outside Tennessee with designated market areas that extend into Tennessee. To be eligible to enter, entries must be about news, features or sports that occurred solely in Tennessee. Entries must have been broadcast or published in calendar 2014.

 

The deadline to enter is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

 

DIVISIONS

TELEVISION:

Division I: Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville

Division II: Chattanooga, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol.

 

RADIO:

Commercial Division

Non-Commercial Division

 

NEWSPAPER:

Division I: More than 50,000 daily (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga).

Division II: 15,001 to 50,000 daily (Bristol, Clarksville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Maryville, Morristown).

Division III: Up to 15,000 daily (Athens, Cleveland, Cookeville, Crossville, Dyersburg, Elizabethton, Greeneville, McMinnville, Memphis Daily News, Murfreesboro, Nashville Ledger, Oak Ridge, Paris, Sevierville, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Union City).


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.  Entries should not exceed 10 minutes except as noted in individual categories.

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

 

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

 

For a printable version, 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 the credit as ‘Staff.’

 

BROADCAST ENTRY FEES:
Submitting by PayPal:
TV - $42 per entry
Radio - $21 per entry

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


Submitting by check or money order:
TV - $40 per entry
Radio - $20 per entry

Checks should be made out to Tennessee AP Broadcasters.

 

 

Send checks to:

2015 Tennessee AP Contest

Attn: Delila Vassar

The Associated Press

The John Seigenthaler Center

1207 18th Ave. 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 you pay by check include a copy of the entry summary form.

 

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

 

 

COMBINED AWARDS

 

NEW THIS YEAR -- JOHN SEIGENTHALER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: In honor of the longtime president, publisher and editor of The Tennessean in Nashville and his lifelong commitment to the First Amendment.  A report, or collection of not more than five reports, produced by an individual or a team, that uses public records to shed light on an important community matter and to effect public policy change. Quality of reporting and writing will be considered along with the outcome or result of the reporting efforts. Entry may include supporting materials (explanatory note, follow-up stories) that demonstrate the results of the published or broadcast work. There will be ONLY ONE winner selected.  All media formats compete against each other.  The award is sponsored by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

 

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Nominations will be accepted for Journalist of the Year in Television, Radio and Newspaper by any organization or individual.  Submit a narrative of no more than 500 words which describes the journalist’s work for that year.  Accompanying materials will be accepted in the form of video (15 minute maximum), audio (15 minute maximum), print samples (up to 10 stories/photos).  There will be a winner in radio, a winner in television and a winner in newspaper.

OUTSTANDING NEWS OPERATION: Television, Radio and Newspaper.  Submit a single entry that showcases the organization’s excellence in breaking news, continuing coverage, features, investigations, community involvement, web and social media.  Judging will be based on the body of work and not the editing of the entry.  Entry should include web links that represent the organization’s online efforts.  For television and radio, the entry may not exceed 40 minutes.  For newspaper, the entry may not exceed 20 print examples uploaded as PDF file.  There will be ONLY ONE winner selected.  All media formats compete against each other.


TELEVISION:

TV NEWSCAST:
A newscast from a day the station selects. All newscast entries must have been produced by the regular news staff and must be submitted exactly as broadcast.  There is NO time limit.

 

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

INVESTIGATIVE: An investigation of a significant local or statewide issue, event or problem that aired during a regularly scheduled newscast. The entry may include one report or a series of reports that use sources, public records, interviews or computer assisted reporting.

ENTERPRISE: An exclusive story on a single subject. This can be reported in a single newscast or a series of newscasts.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Use of videography to bring stories to life. Can include nat sound and/or voice.  Up to 10 minutes.

SHORT LIGHT FEATURE: Up to 3 minutes.

LONG LIGHT FEATURE:
Up to 10 minutes.

 

SHORT SERIOUS NEWS STORY: Up to 5 minutes.

LONG SERIOUS NEWS STORY: Up to 15 minutes.


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.).

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

SPORTS FEATURE: Must be a single story or one segment of a multipart series.

WEBSITE: How effectively a station uses its Website to supplement its on-air news coverage. Site will be judged in real time. PLEASE PROVIDE URL.

TV EDITING: How well stories are edited for clarity and effect.  Up to 10 minutes.

TV PRODUCING: Examples of the producer’s role in shaping coverage of an event and helping bring the story clearly and accurately to air.

WEATHER COVERAGE:  Demonstrates the station’s ability to keep viewers safe and informed using all available resources.  Entry may include elements from meteorologists and/or news team as well as viewer-generated content.  Entry may be edited. Up to 10 minutes.

TV REPORTER:
TV reporters are to submit a composite tape of their work. 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. Up to 10 minutes.

 

NEWS ANCHOR: A composite of live work by a news anchor. Up to 10minutes.

 

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. Up to 10 minutes.

 

WEATHER ANCHOR: A composite of live work by a weather anchor. Up to 10 minutes.

 

SPORTSCASTER: A composite of live or taped work by any sports anchor, reporter, and or talk show host. Up to 10 minutes.


 

RADIO - COMMERCIAL DIVISION:

 

NEWSCAST: Must be unedited and locally anchored.  No time limit.

 

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

 

ENTERPRISE: An exclusive story on a single subject. This can be reported in a single newscast or a series of newscasts

 

USE OF SOUND: Any story that uses natural sound to enhance a news item. Up to 10 minutes.

 

LIGHT FEATURE: Up to 10 minutes.

 

SERIOUS NEWS STORY:  One feature on a news-related topic.  Up to 10 minutes.


BREAKING NEWS:
Must be a single story or one segment of a multipart series for a breaking story or a hard-news topic.

 

SPORTS FEATURE: Must be a single story or one segment of a multipart series.

 

WEATHER COVERAGE:  Demonstrates the station’s ability to keep viewers safe and informed using all available resources.  Entry may include elements from meteorologists and/or news team as well as listener-generated content.  Entry may be edited. Up to 10 minutes.

 

 

RADIO - NON-COMMERCIAL DIVISION:

 

NEWSCAST:   Must be unedited and locally anchored.

 

USE OF SOUND. Any story that uses natural sound to enhance a news item. Up to 10 minutes.

 

LIGHT FEATURE: Up to 10 minutes.

 

SERIOUS NEWS STORY:  One feature on a news-related topic.  Up to 10 minutes.

 

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.).

 

INTERVIEW:  One interview segment.  May be part of a news/public affairs program.

 

WRITING:  One story that exhibits exceptional writing (include printed script w/actualities fully transcribed).

 

DOCUMENTARY:  Demonstrates excellence in a single subject reported in a single pre-produced segment.  It may cover any topic.  The work must be entered as it originally aired.

 

 

COMBINED RADIO - Commercial and Non-Commercial

 

BEST NEWSCASTER: A composite of live or taped work by any radio news anchor, reporter, and or talk show host. Up to 10 minutes.

 

 


NEWSPAPER CATEGORIES:

 

DAILY DEADLINE: Reporting and writing by an individual or a team on a daily deadline that reflects thorough coverage of a single news event. Each entry is limited to coverage from a single day.

FEATURES
: A story, or collection or series of not more than three stories, written by an individual or team reporting on trends, personalities, travel, lifestyles or topics of human interest and not working on a daily deadline. The quality of writing will be the principal factor in judging.

SPORTS-OUTDOORS
: A story, or collection of up to three stories, written by an individual reporting on sports-outdoors news. Columns will not be considered.

BUSINESS NEWS
: A story, or collection or series of not more than three stories, written by an individual who is reporting on business news.

EDITORIALS: Three examples of unsigned opinion reflecting the institutional position of the newspaper and prepared substantially by the same writer.

MALCOLM LAW AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:  A story, or collection of not more than six stories on the same subject, prepared by an individual or a team and based primarily on original reporting. Stories may appear on a single day, in a consecutive series or in occasional reports reflecting continued investigation and new findings. Important factors will be the quality of the reporting and the importance of the findings to the public.  There will be ONLY ONE winner selected for each division.

WEBSITE:  Entries may be accompanied by brief statements of 100 words or less, directing the judges to a site’s key attributes and explaining how the site meets the criteria.  Web managers should provide passwords for protected sites, so the judges will have free access.  The judging will recognize general excellence, and should successfully fulfill the editorial mission, effectively serve its audience, maximize unique abilities of the Web and represent the highest journalistic standards.  Key attributes include excellence of content, multimedia components, pleasing design, and ease of navigation and community tools. 


VIDEO: Video presentations from the newspaper’s Web site. This can be breaking news, feature packages or longer enterprise projects. Award recognizes creative and effective use of the medium to tell a story. Judges will look for innovative use of original content, storytelling, technical and journalistic quality, and value to the reader. Entries should include URL. Entry may include supporting stories from the print or online publications for context. One video constitutes an entry; videos must not be longer than 10 minutes.
 
MULTIMEDIA: Multimedia package from the newspaper’s Web site. This can be breaking news or a non-deadline subject. Package may include a mix of video, audio, slideshows, music, text, etc. Award recognizes creative and effective use of the medium to tell a story. Judges will look for innovative use of original content in a variety of formats, reader interaction, ease of navigation, value to the reader.

SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY: A photograph or series of up to five (5) spot news photos taken by an individual or a team in the course of daily coverage of a single, unplanned and unscheduled event.

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: A photograph or series of up to five (5) feature photos taken by an individual or team on the same subject. Photographs must be un-posed, reflecting superior story-telling quality.

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY: A photograph or series of up to five (5) sports photos by an individual or team that increase understanding and appreciation for individual and team sports. Deadline or non-deadline.

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Recognizes effective telling of a story in pictures.  Use of several photos is required.  An entry may be a picture strip, feature page or any other combination of photography and text. 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT/BODY OF WORK IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Up to six photographs by the same person, showing a variety of work.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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