Radio and Television Broadcast News

Radio and Television Broadcast News Guidelines

  • Each university may submit two entrants’ work per broadcast competition.
  • A competition entry must be a report originating with and produced by a single undergraduate journalism student (or recent journalism graduate) with primary responsibility for the entry.
  • Each entry must consist of at least two distinct reports, totaling no more than TEN minutes. The entry may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to a maximum of TEN minutes.
  • Entries must have been “aired” in the sense of having been made available to an anonymous audience of substantial size on a station or online or both.
  • Reports should be submitted as aired, and not edited substantially for the entry time limit. If a report is longer than the entry time limit, the entrant may enter an unedited excerpt but must include the whole script, outlining the portion that has been submitted.
  • Entrants must demonstrate their editing skills on at least one report.
  • If the entry is included in a professional website or a professional station’s newscast, the producer or news director must certify in writing that it is primarily the student’s work.
  • TELEVISION ONLY: Entrants must demonstrate their editing and shooting skills on at least one report. The entrant must attempt to appear in a “stand up” in at least one report.
  • All broadcast entries must be appropriate to the competition in which they are submitted.
  • Entrants who qualify for the semi-final round and/or the Championship may not enter another competition.
  • An entrant who has won first place in the Championship is not eligible to compete in future competitions in the same category.
  • An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other competition or in any other competition year.

How to Enter

  • Competition entries are submitted through our new online application. Details will be sent to all participating journalism schools. Login codes are provided by the program office a month before the first deadline. If you have not received a login code, please contact Program Director Jan Watten: jwatten@hearstfdn.org or 415-908-4565.
  • RADIO: All audio files must be .mp3. Audio in any format other than .mp3 will not be accepted. Disclosure information and scripts will be filled out or uploaded online.
  • TELEVISION: Video entries may be linked to YouTube or Vimeo. If submitting files, the preferred format for video files is .flv, .avi, or .mov. Disclosure information and scripts will be filled out or uploaded online. Keep file sizes to less than 1gb, if possible. Keep the screen resolution to 480 x 600 or smaller (to help keep file size down). Name files as simply as possible with no special characters or spaces.

Television Competitions

Television Competition I: Features

Entries must be non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2016 through November 21, 2017.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by TBA
*The top five winners from Television Features are not eligible to compete in Television News.

Television Competition II: News

Entries must be based on coverage of breaking or developing news stories related to campus, community, national or international issues, sports, business, investigative, science, weather or other current newsworthy matters. Reports must have a hard news focus, regardless of subject. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

All entries submitted must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2015 through February 6, 2017.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by TBA

Television Semi-Final Competition

The semi-final competition is open to the top five winners in the two TV competitions.

DEADLINES: Entries must be received by Monday, March 20, 2018 for the TV Features finalists and Monday, April 17, 2018 for the TV News finalists.

Radio Competition

Radio News and Features

Entries must be coverage of breaking or developing news stories, and/or non-deadline news, non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports or weather. Each entry must consist of at least one report in news and one report in features, with one piece 60 seconds or less and the second piece up to three minutes.  Any additional pieces submitted must be less than three minutes each, with a combined running time of less than seven minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to seven minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2016 through December 12, 2017.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by TBA

National Broadcast News Championship

Dates: TBA. This event is open to the five television finalists who are selected from the semi-final competition, and the top five winners from the Radio News & Features Competition.

Judging

Broadcast entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • On-camera presentation
  • Editing
  • Clarity
  • Depth
  • Knowledge of subject
  • Production values
  • Originality
  • Visual story telling
  • Graphics
  • Human interest