Public Radio Categories

1. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

May be any public service announcement locally produced by the station, a public service activity coordinated by the station or any form of gratis community outreach which is a public service of the station to serve its local community. Submit file and any substantiating material. Entry must include an explanation of events.

2. FEATURE/USE OF MEDIUM

A single report which may have aired in a newscast as relief or contrast to serious reporting or a long form program. Criteria: human interest, subject portrayal, creative writing, entertainment value, effective use of audio, video and editing medium.

3. HARD NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS STORY

Coverage of a significant event effecting the community. May be an investigative or enterprise story. Criteria: significance, preservation of facts, thoroughness and delivery.

4. MARKETING MATERIALS & PROMOS

Promotion of your station or a promotional announcement for a program your station produces and airs. Must be written, produced and aired on your station. May be single announcement or series. Criteria: creativity, effectiveness and production.

5. MEMBERSHIP APPEAL

A live or pre-produced pitch or spot which is engaging and moves listeners to action. Criteria: should be unique, entertaining and creative.

6. MINI-DOCUMENTARY OR SERIES

Series of reports on a single topic which may be included in a regularly scheduled newscast. Criteria: significance, resourcefulness, comprehensive, thoroughness of research and production values.

7. MUSICAL PROGRAMMING

Best locally originated, regularly produced musical programming. Criteria: presentation, entertainment value, creativity and enrichment.

8. NEWSCAST

Best locally originated newscast. Criteria: presentation, production values, interest of stories presented and overall impact of the newscast.

9. NEWS SPECIAL OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM

A single, self-contained report or program which aired separately from a regularly scheduled news program and is at least 30 minutes in length.
Criteria: significance, resourcefulness, comprehensiveness, thoroughness of research and production values.

10. SPECIAL INTEREST & CULTURAL PROGRAMMING

Public affairs program featuring issues of interest to Michigan citizens of all ages (may be children’s Programming, recreation, sports, special performances, parades, concerts, etc.) at local and state levels. Criteria: locally produced, presentation, production and comprehensiveness.

11. STATION OF THE YEAR

A 1,000 word maximum essay explained why the station is deserving of the station of the year award. Must include as least three testimonials or letters of support from station partners, sponsors and/or affiliates. A station MUST enter this category to be considered for station of the year.

12. USE OF NEW MEDIA

Stations should showcase their use of new media in single or multiple projects. Entries should include one or more of the following: use of the Internet and/or web, social media, tablets, cell phones, mobile apps, podcasts, or other forms of new media. Entries must include an audio and/or visual presentation and a short explanation (500 words or less). Entries will be judged on innovation, creativity and journalistic excellence.