Television

Television Guidelines

  • Each university may submit two entrants’ work in each competition.
  • Television entrants must be journalism majors attending a university with an ACEJMC-accredited journalism
    program or must be recent graduates of said program.
  • Spring, summer or fall 2018 graduates may enter the 2018-2019 competitions but would not be eligible to participate in the 2019 Championship.
  • The entries must have been published before the students were graduated.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 student’s work.
  • 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 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 emailed as links.
    • Details will be sent to all participating journalism schools.
    • If you would like to be added to the mailing list for more information, please contact Jan Watten,
      program director: jwatten@hearstfdn.org or 415-908-4565.

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, 2017 through November 12, 2018.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
*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, 2017 through
February 18, 2019.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Television Semi-Final Competition

The semi-final competition is open to the second-through-fifth place winners of the two TV competitions.

DEADLINES: Entries must be received by Monday, March 19, 2019 for the TV Features finalists and Monday, April 22, 2019 for the TV News finalists.

National Television Championship

June 2-6, 2019. This event is open to the first place winners of TV I and TV II and three finalists selected from the semi-final round.

Judging

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