Categories and Criteria: Radio

Newspaper Radio Television Magazines Digital Any Medium Student Awards
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In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display the most skill in reporting a breaking news event.

Two separate entries per radio station may be submitted. An entry consists of the initial breaking news item.

Each entry must be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Evaluation Scale / Main Factors

30% Degree of difficulty – logistical and other challenges experienced in getting and filing the story, including deadline pressure.

30% Comprehensiveness and quality of information.

30% The quality of writing and presentation.

10% Resources used by the journalists.

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards in the opinion of the judges display overall excellence in the content and presentation of a regularly broadcast news information program or talk radio program, which is not a daily newscast. The entry must be a segment as broadcast on air. Submit a maximum 30 minute not edited sample from the chosen information news program.

Two separate entries per station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada. Include a short explanation of the entry so judges can place the item in context.

Evaluation Scale / Main Factors

30% Timeliness of the program.

30% Connection with listeners.

30% Relevance of information for listeners

10% Resources available to the journalist.

This category is open to Radio stations only. No online material.

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards in the opinion of the judges display overall excellence in the content and presentation of a regularly scheduled radio newscast aired on an Atlantic Canada radio station.

One entry per station may be submitted as originally broadcast in Atlantic Canada. The broadcast date is selected by the radio station. Include a short explanation of the entry so judges can place the item in context.

Evaluation Scale / Main Factors

20% Overall presentation.

30% Use of spot news, enterprise reporting, continuing coverage, features, weather, sports, interviews

20% Journalistic content and balance.

20% Relevance to audience.

10% Production values.

Radio

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display initiative and show enterprise in journalism. Investigative journalism stories are welcome in this category. Continuing coverage of a breaking news event may also be entered here.

Judges will look for enterprising journalism that goes beyond the obvious, the ordinary, the expected, and the regular. They will look for journalism that puts issues in context and in perspective and thereby makes those issues make sense.

Two separate entries per radio station may be submitted.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Evaluation Scale / Main Factors

30% Entries which display initiative and show enterprise in journalism, going beyond the obvious, the ordinary, and the expected.

30% Issues are in context and in perspective.

30% The difficulty of the story.

10% Resources used by the journalists.

In this category there will be three finalists including one overall gold winner and two silver winners.

These awards, in the opinion of the judges, display excellence and creativity in the presentation of feature or human interest stories with journalistic merit.

Two separate entries per radio station may be submitted. The entry can be the original item plus not more than 3 items, if a series.

Each entry should be accompanied by a short explanation of the story and how it developed. Details should include the story's chronology and circumstances affecting its gathering and presentation as well as the resources (money and time) available to complete the story.

Evaluation Scale / Main Factors

30% The substance of the story.

30% How well the story is told.

30% The treatment of the story. It includes such ingredients as novelty or original treatment, drama, personalization, human interest, humor, and pathos.

10% Resources used by the journalist.