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The entry must be a single, regularly scheduled newscast over five (5) minutes in length. Special segments such as pre-produced features or investigative reports may be included in the newscast, but they will not be considered by the judges for the purpose of this award unless such segments are locally produced by the station or media outlet. Sports segment should not be longer than one-third of entire broadcast.

Judging will be based on content and service to the community. Considerations will include writing, editing, news judgment, delivery, presentation, graphics (chyron), and use of audio and video.