TALK SHOW (radio only)
Entries should be regularly-scheduled, news-oriented talk show programs that include a listener call-in component. Stations may enter an excerpt from a single show or a composite of several shows.
Entries should demonstrate a station’s commitment to serving the local community through public affairs or educational programming. Examples could include regularly-scheduled public affairs programs, a public service campaign, or editorials.
WEATHER PRESENTATION (TV only)
Entries should demonstrate a station’s commitment to weather reporting, including regularly-scheduled weathercasts, severe weather coverage and other programming.
Entering stations must have a Web site that, as a principle function, disseminates timely news and information to the public. The site must include locally-generated news content.
NEWS STATION OF THE YEAR
This is a single composite entry that should demonstrate a station’s overall news commitment and service to its coverage area. Entries in this category must include the following elements: One example of spot news coverage; one example of enterprise or investigative reporting; one example of a feature story; and a portion of a regularly-scheduled newscast. Stations may also include other elements, with the total entry not exceeding 40 minutes in length. Stations may not add narration, music or other production elements that were not a part of the original material.