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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, national or regional reporting from outside of the media organization, 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 and Weather segments should not be longer than one-third of entire broadcast, respectively.
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.