Entry Deadline was 5:00 pm Eastern Time, March 22, 2016.   
The NETA Awards honor our members' achievements in community engagement, instructional media, promotion & marketing,
and content production both online and broadcast. 

The annual competition, first organized in 1968, is judged by professionals
in the public media industry and related organizations.  The awards are
presented each fall at the NETA professional development conference.
The competition is open to NETA member stations.


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 - You may enter as many eligible projects as desired.

 - The same project may be entered in multiple categories.

 - Entries must have been created / broadcast / published between
    January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
 - Every entry must include a narrative, a budget, and supporting materials.
   See the FAQ for additional details.
 - Entrants in online categories must be intact and accessible
   for judging until September 1, 2016.
 - You may name up to four (4) individuals on a team entry.
 - No part of any entry will be returned.  NETA reserves the right to use
   any part of any entry for publicity or educational purposes.
 - Supporting materials should be limited ten (10) pages.
   If submitted online, support materials should be in PDF format.
 - Entry Fee -- Fee increased to $65 after 5:00 pm ET on March 1.
   Purchase orders, VISA, or MasterCard accepted.  No checks.
   No refunds issued for any reason.
 - Final Entry deadline: 5:00 PM Eastern Time on March 22.




















2016 NETA Awards:  How To Enter


1.  First, complete a secure online entry form for each entry:
          >  Community Engagement entries:  Link

          >  Instructional Media entries:  Link

          >  Promotion entries:  Link   

For Production entries only:  Link
(Documentary, News & Public Affairs, Local Culture, Performance, Short Form & Commissioned Work) 


2.  Next, NETA will email you (the contact person designated on the entry form) a confirmation message with 3 important things:
  - The entry confirmation number
      - The entry form for your CEO to sign
      - Shipping instructions
3.  Ship your entry and support materials (2 complete sets of everything) to NETA. 
  Be sure each piece, component of the entry is labeled with your confirmation number.
That's it. It's easy.
We want you to enter. 
We hope that you'll win.

Note: Entry fee was $50 until March 1 -- $65 now until March 22.  After March 22, no entries will be accepted.

         No entry fees will be refunded.        
All entry materials must be received at NETA by Friday March 25 at 5:00 PM Eastern time. 

No entries will be accepted after 5:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.



We will send you an email, confirming your entry along with instructions on where to send TWO complete sets of materials for each entry.

NETA Awards, 939 South Stadium Road, Columbia, SC 29201.
For each entry, send TWO identical sets of clearly labeled materials. 
Each set must contain the following:
  - Completed entry form, signed by your station's CEO
  - Project narrative   (See FAQ)
 - the background
 - is this new work, or an extension of existing work?
 - any challenges encountered, surmounted
 - the strategy employed in creating this work
 - unique, innovative aspects
 - results (empirical and/or anecdotal)
  - Budget summary detailing expenses, cash, in-kind support, underwriting.  (See FAQ)
  - Support materials: photos, viewer comments, press
coverage, ratings, dollars raised, etc.  (See FAQ)
  - If your entry includes video --   (See FAQ)
Send the traditional DVDs or furnish us with an online link to Vimeo, YouTube, wherever.
Our preference is an online link. This enables judges to review your material in the way that works best for them. Links to online material  must be available to the judges throughout the judging period. (May - August 2016.)   
 Label every component with the title, entry category, and number.
 Unlabeled media will be disqualified.

 $50 until March 1. $65 per entry after 5:00 pm ET on March 1.  
Payment via MasterCard/VISA or purchase order. No checks accepted.
No refunds. You may withdraw your entry from competition, but the entry fee will not be refunded. 














2016 NETA Award Eligibility
Only NETA member public television stations (current list) and affiliate members of the Education Center may enter the NETA Awards competition.  
ELIGIBILITY PERIOD:  January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Work created / published / broadcast and/or events that occurred between these dates are eligible for award consideration.
ANY NUMBER of entries in any category may be submitted.
Content produced or co-produced by a member station is eligible for this competition.

Members who submit co-productions must demonstrate that any production outsourcing was "work for hire," with the station responsible for majority funding and editorial control. (Exception: commissioned work, category C-6 in program production.)
For all submissions, the member must have sole or shared copyright.
Awards will be presented to winning entries from members in good standing as of the 2016 conference dates.   
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2016 NETA Award Categories

THERE ARE FOUR GENERAL CATEGORIES and one special award for innovation.

Click on the links below for additional information on each one.
Or download a 4 page PDF, listing all the categories.
You may enter as many eligible works as you like, in as many categories.




















  • A-1 Broadcast Program: Any video program or series of programs produced specifically for broadcast on television.  (e.g., GED Connection, Workplace Essential Skills)

  • A-2 Discrete Learning Object: A specific learning objective created for educator or student use (e.g., video clip, interactive, lesson plan that is designed for teaching specific content.)
    The learning object may exist in a repository such PBS LearningMedia™ or a local portal service, but this is not a requirement.

  • A-3 Online Educational Resource, which stands alone, such as a website, a game, or an application.


  • A-4 Teacher Resource: Items in electronic or print format, such as schedule guides, newsletters, teacher guides, and posters designed specifically for educators.

  • A-5 Professional Learning: Media directed exclusively at educators for their professional growth purposes.

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B-1 Based on National Project recognizes outreach/community engagement campaigns based on --and localized from-- resources provided by a national project.

B-2 Based on Local Project recognizes outreach/community engagement campaigns conceived and implemented within the licensee’s station and community, using local resources. Project should show significant, measurable impact on the target community/ies.

B-3 Community Impact recognizes creative, inventive, and/or ground-breaking approaches to outreach. Focus is on new or developing formats, engaging new audiences in unique ways, and pushing the envelope on traditional public media engagement models.

B-4 Online/Social Media recognizes the use of online platforms and social media (e.g., Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, applications for mobile devices) created to support the station’s community engagement. Note:  judges must be able to either access the material online or from a cached interactive source during the 2016 judging period.

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Video entries --
Furnish us with an online link to Vimeo, YouTube, wherever -or- send us two DVDs. 
We prefer the online link. Links to online entries must be available to the judges throughout the judging period. (May - August 2016.)   

C-1  News and Public Affairs recognizes local or field-based coverage of news events, town hall meetings, cultural dialogue, state and local government and election coverage, call-ins, interviews,
and sports reporting.

Performance recognizes content created to present music, drama, dance, and comedy.  At least 50 percent of the program must be devoted to live performance.

Local Culture recognizes content created to communicate information of local interest e.g., magazine shows, how-to, travel, medicine and health, sports coverage, craft, food. 

Documentary recognizes content created in documentary form. This includes content that relates the life story of an individual or group; artists and their work; arts organizations and exhibitions; historical events; social, cultural, military, political events; technology, medical science; natural history and wildlife.

Short Form is content created as part of a larger endeavor:  E.g., story segments from magazine series, roll-ins from studio-based specials, interstitials and fillers.

C-6  Commissioned Work is content created "for hire." The production was done by the member station that controlled all technical aspects of production, but the copyright is held by a third party who had editorial control of the content. The final product must be intended for public television broadcast.


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D-1 Multimedia Campaign recognizes the coordinated combination of at least three pieces (member-produced television / radio spots, digital and print materials, events, advertisements, and other items) comprising a single promotional effort in support of program or series or to increase awareness of the member’s identity, services, and objectives.
Video entries --
Furnish us with an online link to Vimeo, YouTube, wherever -or- send us two DVDs. 
We prefer the online link. Links to online entries must be available to the judges throughout the judging period. (April - September 2016.)   

D-2 Special Event recognizes the planning, promotion, implementation, and results of any station-sponsored event.  
D-3 Print Design recognizes single print items such as brochures, posters, annual reports, special program guide issues or redesigns, advertisements, and press packets created by members to promote awareness, activities, schedules, programs, and series.
D-4 Single Video recognizes individual spots, breaks or interstitials (4 minutes or less) created and broadcast or used online to promote awareness, activities, events, programs, or schedules.
Video entries --
Furnish us with an online link to Vimeo, YouTube, wherever -or- send us two DVDs. 
We prefer the online link. Links to online entries must be available to the judges throughout the judging period. (May - August 2016.)   
D-5 Video Campaign: a video-only category, up to 3 spots of no more than 2 minutes in length (broadcast or online) that were created to promote a program, activity, event or station image.
Video entries --
Furnish us with an online link to Vimeo, YouTube, wherever -or- send us two DVDs. 
We prefer the online link. Links to online entries must be available to the judges throughout the judging period. (
(April - September 2016.)      

D-6  Digital Promotion recognizes the use of social media in all forms to promote awareness,
activities, schedules, programs, and series. Judges must be able to evaluate the media from
screen caps, access the material online, or from a cached interactive source during judging
(April - September 2016.)  

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2016 NETA Awards Contacts

Questions about anything Awards-related - deadlines, shipping, confirmation, how to enter - we're here to help.

                - Gayle Loeber, 803-978-1573  (Production category)
                - Maryanne Schuessler, 803-978-1579   (All categories)

Or email awards@netaonline.org with your inquiry.
We're glad to be of assistance.  Good luck with your entries. We want to see you with the other winners on stage this fall at the NETA conference.

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