CONTEST

Dear Broadcast Members:

The Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association Contest is getting ready to open for entries!

As you are compiling your end-of-year reports on the biggest and best stories of 2016, don’t forget to save that material for CAPBA’s Annual Contest for the 2016 calendar year!

The AP member competition recognizes the best of the best among Maryland, Delaware and D.C. stations in 24 categories.  Entries will be accepted beginning Monday, January 23, 2017, through Monday, March 6, 2017.

Winners will be recognized at the annual CAPBA convention to be held at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Md., June 2-4, 2017.

Here are the rules and categories!

To submit entries, visit: http://betternewspapercontest.com/chesapeake-broadcast

New this year:

  • We have added two digital award categories: Outstanding Digital News Project and Outstanding Digital Feature Project.
  • The Specialty Reporting category allows for “team” reporting, in addition to entries from an individual reporter.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Brown (hbrown@ap.org) at 434-465-0285.

Entry fees can be paid via credit card below, or by check, payable to Chesapeake News Association, and sent to:

Heidi Brown
AP Contest
977 Clearfields Lane
Crozet, VA 22932

Entry fees must be paid before the contest deadline, Saturday, March 6, 2017.

 

CATEGORIES

1. OUTSTANDING SPOT NEWS REPORTING: Entries should consist of enterprise and complete treatment of one spot news story. Entry is limited to 15 minutes.

 

2. OUTSTANDING NEWS SERIES: Entries should exhibit exceptional coverage of a single subject reported in series of reports in an unspecified number of segments. Entry is limited to 20 minutes.

 

3. OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING STORY: Entries should exhibit outstanding continuing coverage of a major developing story. Entry should include several reports. Entry length is limited to 20 minutes.

 

4. OUTSTANDING USE OF SOUND (RADIO ONLY): Submit an entry showing creative use of sound to tell a story on radio. Entry must be exactly as heard on air. Entry is limited to 10 minutes.

 

5. OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR IN-DEPTH REPORTING: This award is offered for outstanding examples of in-depth coverage of a community problem or a significant news event. Entry may be a single report or a series of reports. Entry is limited to 30 minutes.

 

6. OUTSTANDING YEAR-ROUND LOCAL SPORTS COVERAGE: Entry should show one or more examples of the station's non-network coverage of sports during the contest year. Examples may include play-by-play, interviews, action, and excerpts from sports broadcasts, sports series or specials dealing with local sports, and so on. Individual elements may not be reedited and fancy presentation production tapes should be avoided. Entry limited to 30 minutes. Only one entry per station.

 

7. OUTSTANDING EDITORIAL OR COMMENTARY: Entries should show exceptional initiative or courage in presenting editorial comment on a specific issue. A single editorial will suffice, although a series on the same subject may be entered to illustrate an editorial campaign. Entry is limited to 15 minutes.

 

8. OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM OR SERIES: This award is offered for outstanding examples of comprehensive, informed and effective radio and television public service reporting. The entry may be either an instance of unusually thorough news or special coverage of an event of importance to the community served; or the effective presentation, through news and documentary stories, programs or series of stories and/or programs prepared by the station, of issues affecting the community's interest and well-being. Judges are instructed to pay particular attention to initiative, planning, and comprehensiveness of coverage, clarity, interest, vision and understanding in promoting the public welfare, usefulness and reaction in terms of goals sought. Entry/Clips limited to 45 minutes. Program does not have to be shown in its entirety; may be edited for time.

 

9. OUTSTANDING ENTERPRISE REPORTING: An award to a reporter who in the opinion of the judges develops through his or her own initiative a news story with the most impact on the station's coverage area. The intention of this award is to recognize the reporter's enterprise in digging up a story that would not have been told without his or her effort. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

 

10. OUTSTANDING FEATURE OR HUMAN INTEREST STORY: Entries may be limited to a single report or may include excerpts from a related series. But in no event shall the entry exceed 15 minutes.

 

11. OUTSTANDING SPORTS FEATURE: Entries may be limited to a single report or may include excerpts from a related series. But in no event shall the entry exceed 15 minutes.

 

12. OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PHOTOGRAPHY (TV ONLY): This award is presented to that TV photojournalist who in the opinion of the judges has produced the best quality and imagination in capturing a story or stories on tape. Entries may be a single news story or several stories. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

 

13. OUTSTANDING SPECIALTY REPORTING: Entries will be accepted from a beat reporter or reporting team in a specialist area: i.e. consumer, health, science, business, environment, and education. Entries will be considered on the basis of how well they convey important information about a topic within a specialist area. The reporter or team regularly covers this beat. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

 

14. BEST METEOROLOGIST OR WEATHERCASTER (TV ONLY): Stations/individuals may enter a weathercast that aired on any date from January 1-December 31, 2016.

 

15. OUTSTANDING NEWSCAST: Stations may enter a regularly scheduled newscast that aired on one of the following dates in 2016: Feb. 12, April 5, July 29 or Nov. 22. Only one entry per station. Entry limited to 60 minutes.

 

16. OUTSTANDING NEWS OPERATION OF THE YEAR: Entry will be judged on two factors: A. Written summary of the station's innovation and accomplishments in news during the year with a description of its general news operation stating why it considers that operation the best in its classification. B. Examples of the representative news programs or a raw composite of the individual stories or series. The examples may include tape submitted in other categories. Individual elements may not be re-edited and fancy presentation production tapes should be avoided. Entry limited to 30 minutes. Only one entry per station.

 

17. OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW (Radio Only): Best example of a regularly-scheduled, locally originated, news-oriented talk show program. Entries must include listener call-in component. 30-minute time limit. Delete all commercial breaks, but no other editing may be done. Entries can include a written summary. Limit two entries per station.

 

18. OUTSTANDING WEBSITE: This award will be given to a station which effectively uses its website to disseminate news and information. The website will be judged in real time, as judges will be asked to view each website on the same day. Criteria shall include overall appearance, news/sports content, ease of navigation, variety of information available, relevant links, interactivity, use of audio, video and other technologies, and whether it appears to be a valuable resource to the community served by the station. Entrants must generate their own news content, in addition to any content generated from providers such as wire services or networks. Entrants must submit the website address, and up to three URLs in the same domain (to highlight specific features or web pages from 2016 that are no longer “live”, e.g. an election page).

 

19. BEST REPORTER: Entry should highlight an individual reporter’s work during the year. Entry may include live and/or recorded single stories, spot news coverage, and/or other examples of how the reporter contributed to the news organization. Entry should demonstrate the reporter’s ability to cover a story, including writing and execution. Entry is limited to 15 minutes.

 

20. VIDEO JOURNALIST/ONE MAN BAND REPORTER (TV ONLY): For excellence by a single individual, covering a single or multi-part news story aired within a regularly scheduled television newscast or distributed as a video link on an AP member organization's website. The video journalist acts as a cross-discipline producer, serving as photojournalist, reporter, editor, talent, producer and web reporter for the story. A single story or composite may be entered. Entry is limited to 10 minutes.

 

21. MULTIMEDIA/ONLINE JOURNALISM (RADIO ONLY): For excellence by a single radio reporter in reporting a story on air and online simultaneously. Entries may consist of one main URL and up to 3 sub URL's in the same domain. Entries should include effective use of any combination of, or all of, the following media created by the individual: text, still photos, audio files, video, graphics, links and social tools. Audio and/or video may be links to web-based versions of content that was broadcast on-air. Emphasis will be placed on the effective blending of multiple media into a single web portal.

 

22. MULTIMEDIA/ONLINE JOURNALISM (TELEVISION ONLY): For excellence by a single television reporter in reporting a story on air and online simultaneously. Entries may consist of one main URL and up to 3 sub URL's in the same domain. Entries should include effective use of any combination of, or all of, the following media created by the individual: text, still photos, audio files, video, graphics, links and social tools. Audio and/or video may be links to web-based versions of content that was broadcast on-air. Emphasis will be placed on the effective blending of multiple media into a single web portal.

 

23. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL NEWS PROJECT: Best example of a digital multi-media project utilizing video, stills, interactive graphics, and/or text. This new category is for a long form, in-depth look at news stories that occurred during the award year.

 

24. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL FEATURE PROJECT: Best example of a digital multi-media project utilizing video, stills, interactive graphics, and/or text. This new category is for a long form, in-depth look at feature stories, hard or soft.

 

BEST OF SHOW AWARDS

The judges will single out entries from this year’s contest which are the best of the best. There will be one honoree from radio and one from television. The Best of Show winners will not be announced until the awards banquet in June. No formal entries are required.

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