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FAPB Broadcast Excellence Contest
Official Rules

The FAPB Broadcast Excellence Award is granted to excellence in broadcasting throughout Florida Associated Press stations. To submit your entry, click here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. Submissions for the FAPB Broadcast Excellence Contest will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018. All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018.

  2. Stations must be an AP member to enter the competition. All entries must have aired between
    January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

  3. Entries must be their on-air version. An entry cannot be a re-creation.

  4.  There is a 15-minute time limit for entries, except as noted in the rules specific to the category.

  5. Each entrant (whether it be a station or individual) will be allowed to submit up to (3) three entries per category, unless stipulated otherwise. An entry in one category may also be submitted in another applicable category, unless otherwise noted, if the proper fees are paid each time. No AM-FM combo will be allowed to enter the same tape twice in the same category.

  6. Work done by a PAID student must enter in the professional category only, while an unpaid student
    can enter in either contest but not both. (i.e. paid interns)

  7. The decision of the judges is final. There may not be an award given for every category.

  8. SPANISH entries in all categories are welcome. An English transcript MUST be provided for judges.

  9. All entries for the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Annual Broadcast Excellence Contest
    are submitted using a web-based program at https://betternewspapercontest.com/contests/find_contest

  10. All PROFESSIONAL and COLLEGE entries are submitted in the same process, but are two separate
    contests.

  11. All entries and online payments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018.

 

ENTRY FEES

The fee for all professional entries is $70 per entry. The fee for all college entries is $25. 

Entry fees may only be paid electronically via the BetterBNC contest website

 

DIVISIONS

TV I (Large Market): TV stations and Non-commercial television stations operating in: TAMPA/ST.PETERSBURG, MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE or ORLANDO markets. 

TV II (Medium Market): TV stations and Non-commercial television stations operating in: WEST PALM BEACH, FT. MYERS/NAPLES, JACKSONVILLE or PENSACOLA markets.

TV III (Small Market): TV stations and Non-commercial television stations operating in: TALLAHASSEE, PANAMA CITY, SARASOTA or GAINESVILLE markets.  

Radio I: Radio stations in the MIAMI-FT. LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD, TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-CLEARWATER, ORLANDO, WEST PALM BEACH-BOCA RATON or JACKSONVILLE markets.  

Radio II: Radio stations in all other cities not listed above.

CATEGORIES: TELEVISION

TELEVISION NEWSCAST | MORNING / MIDDAY
Stations can submit up to three (3) entries in this category for newscasts that air between the hours of 4 a.m. – 2 p.m. Entries are limited to one hour | Please include date and time of newscast.

TELEVISION NEWSCAST | EVENING/NIGHT
Stations can submit up to three (3) entries in this category for newscasts that air between the hours of 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. Entries are limited to one hour | Please include date and time of newscast.

NON-BREAKING NEWSCAST | New!
Stations can submit up to three (3) entries in this category. Newscasts must fall on a non-breaking or "ordinary" news day. Entries are limited to one hour | Please include date and time of newscast.

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT
A single general assignment story that is produced and aired within a 24 hour period | Up to 3 minutes; 4 minutes if there is a live shot

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT | LONG FORMAT
A single general assignment story that is produced and aired within a 24 hour period | Up to 15 minutes

BREAKING NEWS | STATION
On-the-scene coverage of an unscheduled breaking news story. This category recognizes broad station employee involvement and the efforts of multiple individuals (producers, anchors, reporters, etc) as opposed to “individual breaking news” entries | Up to 20 minutes

BREAKING NEWS | INDIVIDUAL
On-the-scene coverage of an unscheduled breaking news story. This category recognizes the achievement of an individual (reporter, photographer, producer, etc.) in their individual role, as opposed to “station breaking news” category which recognizes all of the employees as a whole | Up to 5 minutes

BREAKING NEWS | LONG FORMAT
On-the-scene coverage of an unscheduled breaking news story. This category recognizes the achievement of an individual (reporter, photographer, producer, etc) in their individual role in an expanded format covering a breaking news story | Up to 10 minutes

CONTINUING COVERAGE
Continuing coverage of a single story or topic (brush fire, trial, law enforcement investigation, legislative issue, etc.) | Not to be a documentary | This entry could be a compilation of at least 3 stories. Your entry, with all 3 stories, must not exceed a total of 15 minutes.

INVESTIGATIVE
An in-depth single expose report of a single subject | Entry can be up to 10 minutes.

INVESTIGATIVE SERIES
A series of in-depth reports of a single subject | This entry should be a compilation of no more than 3 stories and shall not exceed a total of 20 minutes.

SERIES / FRANCHISE REPORTING
A compilation of reports on similarly themed topics, issues or subjects. Cannot be an investigative piece. Series/Franchise reporting topics may include “Dining Reports”, “Health Reports”, “Consumer Protection”, etc. | This entry should be a compilation of no more than 5 reports | Up to 30 minutes total for series entry.

FEATURE | HARD NEWS
For excellence in a feature that covers a singular issue, topic or subject. This feature story should be “hard news” in nature | Entry may not exceed 15 minutes.

FEATURE | LIGHT NEWS
For excellence in a feature that covers a singular issue, topic or subject. This feature story should be “light news” in nature | Entry may not exceed 15 minutes.

FEATURE | CULTURAL / HISTORICAL
For excellence in a feature, series or special that covers historical, cultural and/or ethnic issues or topics | Entry should not exceed 15 minutes.

ELECTION COVERAGE
For excellence in coverage of a campaign and/or election-related stories. This entry may feature a single story, a series of stories or an election special | Entry not to exceed 30 minutes.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS / DOCUMENTARY / TV MAGAZINE
An in-depth special program or report which deals with an issue of public importance. Equal value in judging will be placed on quality, creativity and service to the public. One typed page of supplemental data is optional. Debates or special on a particular public affairs topic may be entered. | Up to 1 hour

WEATHER REPORTING
Any spot or long form report on a weather-related event. This may include a mix of in-studio and field reporting of an active storm situation, storm clean up, long term weather impacts on the environment, etc, so long as meteorological impact is the focus of the story | Entry should not exceed 10 minutes.

SPORTS FEATURE
A single feature story with a sports-related emphasis. May be a single story or a compilation of a multi-part series | Up to 10 minutes.

BREAKING SPORTS NEWS
A single story, segment of a multi-part series, or extended overage of a sports-themed story (Example: a player’s arrest, debate over public funding for a new sports arena, etc.). | No more than 3 minutes

WEBSITE / DIGITAL
Must be affiliated with a station. Purpose of the website must be to disseminate timely news and information. Entrants must generate own local news content, in addition to any content generated from providers such as wire services or networks. Entries will be judged on content, innovation, visual design and functionality. Entries will also be judged on station’s mobile app(s) and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Entries should include URL links to station’s website, social media pages and if desired an explanation of how each are utilized to enhance your station’s brand and product.

OVERALL | Station of the Year
Should reflect a year’s overall news coverage; station to decide what to include for best overview. Can be a compilation of different segments/dates edited together. Can consist of all categories: breaking, sports, weather, spot news, etc. The station should also provide a description of how the newsroom serves the community through news and volunteerism efforts. | Up to 20 minutes

 

CATEGORIES: TELEVISION, INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

NEWS ANCHOR or ANCHOR TEAM
For excellence from an individual anchor or anchor team. Entry should include examples of ability to ad-lib around breaking news events, as well as to handle regular news reports, features, etc. This is a compilation of work that does not have to be submitted from work performed on a contest day. | Up to 10 minutes

REPORTER
This individual award recognizes a reporter’s ability to cover a variety of assignments. This entry should include a montage and at least three examples of a reporter’s work, including at least one live report, one general assignment and one feature (hard or light). This category is for reporters who often work with a photojournalist and do not regularly shoot and edit their own stories. | Up to 10 minutes

MULTI-MEDIA REPORTER (MMJ)
This individual award recognizes a reporter’s ability to cover a variety of assignments. This entry should include a montage and at least three examples of a reporter’s work, including at least one live report, one general assignment and one feature (hard or light). This category is for reporters who often work solo, shooting, writing and editing their own stories. | Up to 10 minutes

WEATHERCASTER
This individual award recognizes a weathercaster’s ability to forecast and cover weather-related stories. This entry should include a full weathercast. It may also include a montage and/or in-the-field weather-related reporting. | Up to 10 minutes

SPORTSCASTER
This individual award recognizes a sportscaster’s ability to cover a variety of sports-related assignments. This entry may include anchoring and/or reporting montage and one sports-related story. | Up to 10 minutes

PHOTOJOURNALIST
This individual award recognizes the skills of a photojournalist. This entry will be judged based on creative storytelling techniques, composition of shots and use of natural sound. The entry may include a single story (feature, investigative, etc.) or a compilation of stories (with or without live shots). Judging will focus on the skills of the photojournalist, not the reporter, producer, etc. | Up to 10 minutes

EDITOR
This individual award recognizes the skills of an editor. This entry will be judged based on creative storytelling techniques, including the addition of special effects to enhance the final package. This entry may include a single story, a compilation of multiple stories and/or a montage of segments of stories highlighting technical skills of an editor. The entry must contain stories that were edited by one person. Re-editing of stories after airing is not allowed. | Up to 10 minutes

PRODUCER

This individual award recognizes the skills of a newscast producer. This entry will be judged based on creative storytelling techniques, including visual showcasing, utilization of live elements and writing. This entry may include a single story (breaking news, investigative, etc.) or a newscast block. Judging will focus on the skills of the producer, not the anchor, reporter, etc. | Up to 10 minutes

CATEGORIES: Radio

RADIO NEWSCAST
Stations can enter up to three (3) entries. Up to 1 Hour | Please include date and time of newscast

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT
Can only be one general assignment story. | Up to 3 minutes; 4 minutes if there is a live shot

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT | LONG FORMAT
Can only be one general assignment story. Topics can include crime, courts, school board, politics, etc. Cannot be a feature story or investigative. | Up to 15 minutes

BREAKING NEWS
On-the-scene coverage of an unscheduled, breaking news story. This entry requires overall station involvement (as opposed to individual entries from reporter-photographer teams). It may be several stories aired in tandem relating to a single, unplanned news event. | Up to 20 minutes

CONTINUING COVERAGE
Continuing coverage of one story, whether a brush fire, trial, law enforcement investigation, political news, etc. Not to be a documentary style. | Up to 3 stories per entry. Your entry, for all 3 stories, must not exceed a total of 15 minutes

INVESTIGATIVE
An in-depth single expose report of a single subject. This can be reported in a single newscast or a series of newscasts. | Entry can be up to 10 minutes

SERIES / FRANCHISE REPORTING
More than one continuing piece on a specific topic or subject. Cannot be an investigative piece. Up to 5 reports on a single subject. Up to 30 minutes total for series

FEATURE | HARD NEWS
Up to 15 minutes

FEATURE | LIGHT NEWS
Up to 15 minutes

FEATURE | CULTURAL / HISTORICAL
For excellence in a feature, series or special that covers historical, cultural and/or ethnic issues or topics. | Up to 15 minutes

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
An in-depth special program or report which deals with an issue of public importance. Equal value in judging will be placed on quality, creativity and service to the public. One typed page of supplemental data is optional. Debates or special on a particular public affairs topic may be entered. | Up to 1 hour

ELECTION COVERAGE
For excellence in coverage of campaign and election-related stories. This may be a single story, series of stories or an election special. | Up to 30 minutes

WEATHER REPORTING
Any spot or long form report on a weather-related event. Does not preclude it also being entered in spot news. Cannot be part of the weathercast entry. | Up to 10 minutes

SPORTSCAST
Must include anchor with video and/or live work. | Up to 10 minutes

SPORTS FEATURE
Must be a single story or one segment of a multi-part series. | Up to 10 minutes

BREAKING SPORTS NEWS
Must be a single story or one segment of a multipart series for a breaking story or a hard news topic as it relates to sports coverage (i.e. player’s arrest, debate over public funding of a new sports arena, etc.) | Up to 3 minutes

USE OF SOUND FOR RADIO
Must include natural sound that helps tell the story. | Up to 10 minutes

WEBSITE / DIGITAL
Must be affiliated with a station. Purpose of website must be to disseminate timely news and information. Entrants must generate own local news content, in addition to any content generated from providers such as wire services or networks. Entries will be judged on content, innovation, visual design and functionality. Entries will also be judged on station’s mobile app(s) and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Entries should include URL links to station’s website, social media pages and an explanation of how each are utilized to enhance your station’s brand and product.

DIGITAL PROGRAMMING
Any original programming, including news, sports, entertainment, etc, that is developed and produced locally for a station’s website/digital platforms. These are newscasts/programs that are published primarily for – and exclusively in its entirety – on a station’s website. This should not be content that is broadcast over the air and then published online. Up to 30 minutes

OVERALL | Station of the Year

Should reflect a year’s overall news coverage; station to decide what to include for best overview. Can be a compilation of different segments/dates edited together. Can consist of all categories: breaking, sports, weather, spot news, etc. | Up to 20 minutes

 

CATEGORIES: RADIO, Individual Achievement

NEWS ANCHOR or ANCHOR TEAM
Must feature compiled reports from an individual anchor or anchor team. This is a compilation of work that does not have to be submitted from work performed on a contest day. | Up to 10 minutes

REPORTER
This individual award recognizes a reporter’s ability to cover a variety of assignments. | Up to 10 minutes
 

Submission

To submit your entry to the FAPB Excellence Awards contest, click here

 

PROMOTING YOUR AWARDS

A station’s promotion of winning an award must state “Florida Associated Press Broadcasters” (NOT Associated Press). Promotional use of the word “Best” shall apply to only first-place winners. A station shall now mislead, distort or exaggerate claims of award winning.