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FAPB College 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.


  1. Submissions for the FAPB Broadcast Excellence Contest will be accepted beginning Monday, January 7, 2019. All entries must be submitted no later than 4:59 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019.

  2. Stations must be an AP member to enter the competition. All entries must have aired between
    January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

  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. No more than two names may be included per entry. If more than two people are involved in producing the work the award will be presented to the news organization.

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

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

  10. All entries for the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Annual Broadcast Excellence Contest
    are submitted using a web-based program at

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

  12. All entries and online payments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019.



The fee for all college entries is $25. 

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



BEST TV NEWSCAST: Up to 1 hour

BEST RADIO NEWSCAST: Up to 15 minutes

BEST BREAKING NEWS: Coverage of an unplanned single event on one day or stretching over a series of consecutive days. Up to 5 minutes

BEST BREAKING NEWS VIDEO (Television only): Video coverage ONLY of an unplanned single event on one day or stretching over a series of consecutive days. Up to 5 minutes

BEST SPORTS: One story or series of reports. Up to 5 minutes

BEST USE OF SOUND (Radio Only): Up to 5 minutes

BEST SHORT LIGHT FEATURE: Up to 3 minutes for TV and 90 seconds for radio

BEST LONG LIGHT FEATURE: Up to 15 minutes for both radio and TV

BEST SHORT HARD NEWS FEATURE: Up to 90 seconds for radio and 3 minutes for TV

BEST LONG HARD NEWS FEATURE: Up to 15 minutes for both TV and radio

BEST PHOTO ESSAY: Can include natural sound and/or voice. Up to 15 minutes

DIGITAL/WEBSITE CONTENT | NEW! : Entries can be posted on University/School affiliated websites and social media pages. Please include what school resources were used in the creation of the content.