Audio

Audio Guidelines

  • Each university may submit two entrants’ work in this competition.
  • Audio entrants must be undergraduate journalism majors attending a university with an ACEJMC-accredited journalism program or must be recent graduates of said program.
  • Spring, summer or fall 2021 graduates may enter the 2021-2022 competitions but would not be eligible to participate in the 2022 Championship.
  • The entries must have been published before the students were graduated.
  • An entry consists of at least two distinct reports, totaling no more than SEVEN minutes, originating with and produced by the entrant.
  • The reports 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.
  • The 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 edited excerpt.
  • 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 entrant’s work.
  • Entrants who qualify for the Championship may not enter another competition.
  • An entrant who has won first place in the Audio Championship is not eligible to compete in future audio competitions.
  • An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other competition or in any other competition year.

How to Enter

  • Competition entries are emailed as mp3s.
  • Details are sent to all participating journalism schools.
  • For more information, contact Program Director Jan Watten, jwatten@hearstfdn.org.

Audio Competition

Audio News/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 two report in news and/or
features, totaling no more 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 if they were produced
primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2020 through January 18, 2022.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by January 18, 2022.

National Audio Championship

This event is open to the top five winners (unless graduated the previous year) from the Audio News/Features Competition.
Dates: May 21-26, 2022.

Judging

Audio entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • Editing
  • Clarity
  • Depth
  • Knowledge of subject
  • Production values
  • Originality
  • Human interest