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This category is for hard news packages (no sports) that would air during any regularly scheduled newscast or be featured on a station’s website. An entry is a single news story that features compelling relevant video and sound to enhance the package with at least one interview sound on tape (SOT) as an element of the story. The entry must be no longer than five minutes (5) in length.

Judging will be based on locally generated content, localizing national/regional events with an engaging approach, and service to the community. Considerations will include creative and effective writing, editing, news judgment, delivery, presentation, graphics (chyron), and use of audio and video.