Television Division

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DIVISION SIZES: Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes.

General Excellence: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Entry consists of one newscast broadcast between January 1 – 13, 2013. This date will be chosen at random by the Idaho Press Club and will be announced on January 15, 2013. For the specific dates and additional information, call (208) 389-2879.

Best Morning News Program: Judged in two market divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other markets sizes.  Entry consists of one program broadcast during 2012, submitted by entrant.

NEW – Best Evening News Program, no time frame:   Judged in two market divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes.  Entry consists of one program broadcast during 2012, submitted by entrant.

General News Report: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. A story, planned or unplanned. Can be issue or event oriented.

Spot News Report: Coverage of a single, unplanned breaking event aired the same day or on the next available newscast. Judges will focus on spontaneous and comprehensive coverage of the event.

Best Live Shot: Coverage aired within a daily newscast or special news segment. Judges will focus on spontaneous “on the scene” coverage and the value of the live report.

Watchdog/Investigative Report: A report uncovering new information that could significantly change the conventional wisdom about anything or anyone of public interest. May be a single story or series that reflects in-depth reporting efforts and creativity beyond the scope of general news coverage. Entry may include a brief letter outlining research, presentation and impact of the report.

Serious Feature Report: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Single entry story aired within a program. Emphasis on information and presentation. Preparation may take place over several days. Can be human interest or issue oriented

Light Feature Report: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Human interest or humorous story aired within a program. Preparation may take place over several days.

Series: Two or more well-coordinated stories on a single topic worthy of a series.

Public Affairs Program – Studio: Public affairs program based from a studio with in-studio guests. May focus on issue, subject, situation or problem. Emphasis on creativity, energy, focus and balance.

Public Affairs Program – Field: Public affairs program reported and/or produced from the field. Must focus on a public issue or problem. Emphasis on creativity, energy, focus and balance.

Documentary: A non-regularly scheduled program; not a newscast. May document an individual subject, issue, situation or problem. This may be a joint news crew effort or that of an individual reporter.

Sports News Story: Report of sports news within a newscast. May be a spot or feature story.

Sportscast: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Excellence in sports reporting aired within a daily newscast. Should be a regularly scheduled sports segment, not to exceed six minutes.

Weathercast: Judged in two market size divisions – Division A – Boise market, Division B – All other market sizes. Excellence in weather reporting aired within a daily newscast. Should be a regularly scheduled weather segment, not to exceed six minutes.

Outdoor ⁄ Environment Report: Story on an outdoor topic or environmental issue. Emphasis on information and presentation about the topic and the ability to put a local or regional situation into perspective.

Consumer Report: A locally produced report that helps consumers understand potential concerns or benefits associated with certain products or services.

Health ⁄ Medical Report: A locally produced report that examines current medical or health issues.

Crime ⁄ Courts Report: A report that examines a particular court case, crime, or legal issue.

Government ⁄ Political Report: A locally produced report examining and/or highlighting local, regional or state government or politics.

Education Reporting: A report on education and educational issues.

NEW – Television Writing – Single Story:  Emphasis on ability to write to video, clarity and overall report presentation.

NEW – Television Writing – Program Length:  Emphasis on ability to write to video, clarity and overall report presentation.

NEW – Videography – News: Excellence in visual storytelling of a story aired within a daily or special newscast. Entry judged on video, sound and editing.

NEW – Videography – Program: Excellence in visual storytelling of a full-length program.  Entry judged on video, sound and editing.

Video Essay: Entry judged on overall presentation, which can include use of music, natural sound & editing. Can be a single story or part of a longer form program. May not be an entire program.

Best TV Graphics: Best graphic used within a story, report, documentary or public affairs program.

Best TV Sports Graphics: Best graphic used within a sports program or report.

Rookie of the Year: Given to one person in television. The individual must be in his/her first full-time professional job and have been working for no more than a year at the end of December 2012. A letter of endorsement from the entrant’s editor or station manager is optional. Submit three best stories.