Television Categories

Current Events Program – Sponsored by Michigan Army National Guard – Current events program that is no more than five (5) minutes in length. Content should include current events or political events. Criteria to be judged on: human interest, subject portrayal and production value. For resources on your entry, call 517-481-7002 or email richard.teeter.ctr@mail.mil

Daily Newscast – Best locally originated newscast, no more than 30 minutes in length. Criteria to be judged on: presentation, production value, interest of stories presented and overall impact of the newscast.

Daily Sportscast – Best locally originated sportscast, no more than 30 minutes in length. Criteria to be judged on: presentation, production value, interest of stories presented and overall impact of the sportscast.

Updated! Digital Media Experience – Showcase how your program/station is using digital media. Entries should include one or more of the following: use of the internet, social media, mobile devices, apps, podcasts or other forms of digital media. Entries must include an audio and/or visual presentation and a short explanation (300 words or less) in a PDF. Entries may include screenshots, images, links, etc. Criteria to be judged on: Creativity, Effectiveness.

Hard News – Coverage of a significant event affecting the community, no more than five (5) minutes in length. Criteria to be judged on: significance, presentation of facts, thoroughness and delivery.

News Feature – A single report which may have aired in a newscast as relief or contrast to serious reporting or a long form program that is no more than ten (10) minutes in length. Criteria to be judged on: human interest, subject portrayal, creative writing, entertainment value and production value.

Documentary – A program focused on a single topic up to one-hour in time length. Judges may only watch portions of entry. Criteria to be judged on: significance, resourcefulness, comprehensiveness, thoroughness of research and production value.

Public Service Announcement – An announcement of general public interest, not more than 60 seconds in length. Must be written, produced and aired on your station. Criteria to be judged on: creativity, effectiveness and production value.

Sports Announcing Team – Broadcast of a sports announcing team at a sporting event that is no more than five (5) minutes in length. Criteria to be judged on: presentation and production value.

Talk Show/Scripted Show – A program that is no more than 30 minutes in length that can be a topic of choice. Criteria to be judged on: resourcefulness, creativity, comprehensiveness, thoroughness of research and production value.

High School Only: Sports Public Service Announcement – A PSA that is 30 seconds in completed length promoting sportsmanship and officials recruitment. Criteria to be judged on: creativity, effectiveness and production value.

High School Only: Public Service Announcement – Sponsored by Ok2Say An announcement regarding putting a stop to bullying not more than 60 seconds in length. Must be written, produced and aired on your station. Visit www.mi.gov/ok2say for topic suggestions. Criteria to be judged on: creativity, effectiveness and production value.