Mass., RI contest rules and categories
Here are the entry rules and categories for the annual Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press radio and TV contest. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31 at the close of business. Instructions for posting entries to the online contest site will be sent shortly.
For questions regarding contest rules, please contact Bob Salsberg at 617-357-8100, or bsalsberg(at)ap.org
DIVISIONS AND ENTRY FEES:
Television: Metro Boston market $55 per entry
Television: All other markets $45 per entry
Radio: Metro Boston market $45 per entry
Radio: All other markets $35 per entry
College: All radio and television $25 per entry
-- The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2013 at the close of business. Entries will be submitted online. Please send a check to cover entry fees to Associated Press, 184 High St., Boston, MA, 02110.
-- All material included in entries must have aired during calendar year 2012.
-- Entries must be 30 minutes or less in length, unless otherwise noted.
-- Stations may make up to 3 entries in each category, with the exception of the following single-entry categories: Web Site, Weather Presentation, Election Coverage and News Station of the Year.
-- In certain instances when appropriate, the same entry may be submitted in more than one category, but separate entry fees are required for each category.
-- Stations are strictly prohibited from staging or re-creating any on-air material for awards purposes.
-- Only stations that subscribe to AP services may enter the contest.
-- For all categories, one winner will be selected for each market group, with the exception of the Radio Sports Play-by-Play category (see description). Judges also reserve the right not to select a winner for a category.
-- Decisions of the judges are final.
Entry should demonstrate a station’s overall commitment to covering the 2012 election throughout the year, including spot coverage, in-depth and special reports and Election Night reporting. Coverage may include local, state and national races. Please note that election-related coverage can also be submitted in other categories, as appropriate.
Entries should be stories that are extensively researched and documented and demonstrate skillful use of investigative reporting techniques. Entries should consist of one or more pieces on a single topic.
Entries should demonstrate how a station covered an unscheduled, breaking news story, with examples of on-scene reporting and in-house news gathering.
Entries should be locally-produced documentaries on a single topic, a minimum of 30 minutes in length.
Entries should be news features, generally on topics that are of a lighter or human-interest nature. An entry may consist of a single story or a series of stories on the same topic.
HARD NEWS FEATURE
Entries in this category should be features that demonstrate in-depth reporting, serious and enterprising in nature. An entry may consist of a single story or a series of stories on the same topic.
Entries should demonstrate how a station provided continuing coverage of an important news story over a period of weeks or months. Entries may include spot news coverage as well as sidebars, special reports or other in-depth reporting.
Entries must be regularly-scheduled newscasts, aired on any day in 2012. Judging will be based on overall presentation and production values. Entries may be up to 60 minutes in length.
Entries should be sports programs other than traditional sportscasts or play-by-play. Talk shows, scoreboard shows, pre- or post-game shows and one-time specials are eligible in this category, as is same day coverage of sporting events such as the Boston Marathon.
SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY (radio only)
For this category, stations should enter a representative sample of play-by-play coverage of a sports event, produced and aired in real time. One winner will be selected in each division for coverage of a professional sports event; one winner for coverage of a college sports event; and one winner for coverage of a high school sports event.
BREAKING NEWS VIDEOGRAPHY (TV only)
Entries should demonstrate outstanding videography on an unscheduled and unfolding spot news story.
FEATURE VIDEOGRAPHY (TV only)
Entries should demonstrate outstanding videography on a news feature story.
USE OF SOUND (radio only)
Entries should show how stations used audio and strong production techniques to enhance spot news or feature stories.Continued...