SHOW US YOUR BEST!   Entry Deadline was Friday June 16th at 5:00 pm ET  

The NETA Awards honor our members' achievements in community engagement, instructional media, promotion, and content production.
The annual competition, first organized in 1968, is judged by professionals
in the public media industry and related organizations.  The awards are
presented at the NETA professional development conference.

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 - The competition is open to NETA member stations only.

Entries must have been created / broadcast / published between
   January 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017. 

You may enter as many eligible projects as you want.

 - You may enter the same project in multiple categories.
 - No part of any entry will be returned.  NETA reserves the right to use
   any part of any entry for publicity or professional development purposes.
 - Entry Fee -- $75 per entry.
   Purchase orders, VISA, or MasterCard accepted.  No checks.
   No refunds issued for any reason.
 - Entry deadline: Friday June 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.





















2017 NETA Awards:  How To Enter 
  [also available in PDF]
                                        ENTRY DEADLINE WAS FRIDAY JUNE 16.
                                        Entries are closed.  No further entries.


1.  First, choose your category and complete a secure online registration form for each entry:
   COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:  Link to Entry Registratrion

     includes Based on a Local Project; Based on a National Project; and Community Impact
   PROMOTION:  Link to Entry Registration   
  includes Special Event, Single Promotional Video, and Integrated Media Campaign
   INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA:  Link to Entry Registration

    Discrete Learning Object, Open Educational Resource, Games & Apps, Teacher Resources,
    Teacher Professional Training, and Engaged Learning
  PRODUCTION:  Link to Entry Registration
Documentary, Locally-Sourced, News & Public Affairs, Performance, and Short Form

2.  Next, NETA will email you (or the contact person you designated on the entry form) a confirmation message with 2 important things:
  - Your unique entry identification number
      - Your link to Submittable for uploading the entry itself: narrative, budget, video (if any), supporting materials, etc.

3.  Then you upload your entry files at Submittable,
using the link we sent you.
Three steps. 
That's it. It's easy.
We want you to enter.  We hope that you'll win.

 $60 until June 1. $75 per entry after 5:00 pm ET on June 2.  
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. 
















2017 NETA Award Eligibility

WHO is eligible?  
Only NETA member public television stations may enter the NETA Awards competition. Content produced or co-produced by a member station is eligible for this competition.
WHAT is eligible?  Work created / published / broadcast and/or events that occurred on or between January 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017, is eligible for award consideration.
ANY NUMBER of entries in any category may be submitted.

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.
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 2018 conference dates.   
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2017 NETA Award Categories  
[also available in PDF]


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.



















1. Discrete Learning Objects
– individual pieces of content that can be linked with other objects to create any number of educational or instructional curriculums. (E.g. KET’s News Quiz teaches current events.)
- Primarily for formal classroom use.
- Available via broadcast, online, or other forms of distribution
2. Open Educational Resources
- Digitized materials;
- offered to educators or student or self learners;
- to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and/or research;
- complete courses, modules, collections, guides, tools to use these courses, and resources that support their implementation.

3. Games and Apps (e.g. WNET’s Mission US.)
4. Teacher Resources
- videos, catalogs, calendars, workshops, posters, utilization tools
5. Teacher Professional Learning

– Station-created/produced training (e.g., workshops, events, courses) that leads to professional (re-)certification; training with professional credits attached.

6. Engaged Learning      (new in 2017)
-- Recognizes an activity that provides meaningful community contexts for student learning.
Entries will demonstrate innovative teaching and learning delivered through mutually beneficial community involvement.
(E.g., WYES’s electronic field trip teaches young people’s roles in World War II.)

- Demonstrate how this teaching and learning activity generates an enhanced student learning experience;

- Provide evidence of how the community measurably benefited from this teaching/learning activity.


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1. Based on a Community Project
- Recognizes outreach/community engagement campaigns conceived and implemented within the licensee’s station and community, using local resources.
- Shows significant, measurable impact on the target community/ies.

2. Based on a National Project
- B
ased on --and localized from-- resources provided by a national project. (E.g., Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War)
- Shows station cobranding/ownership/localization of the national project, and significant, measurable impact on the target community/ies.

3. Community Impact
Recognizes the station’s attention to critical issues in society and subsequent community-identified impact which results in enhanced community capacity to address these issues within the defined community.
Demonstrates how the activity resulted in the enhanced capacity and/or capability of a community within an identified community of interest
- Provides evidence of how the community has benefited as a result of the activity


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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.

Locally Sourced recognizes content created of local interest e.g., magazine shows, how-to, travel, medicine and health, live event coverage (sports, spelling bees), 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.



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1. Integrated Media 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.
2. Special Event recognizes the planning, promotion, implementation, and results of any station-sponsored event.  
3. Single Promotional 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.

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2017 NETA Awards Contacts

Questions about anything Awards-related - deadlines, shipping, confirmation, how to enter:

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

Or email 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 at the next NETA conference.

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