The 2019 NETA Awards

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. (2018 Winners)

The competition is open to NETA member stations.

Questions about anything Awards-related:

Tim Eernisse, Vice President, Education 803-978-1597
Maryanne Schuessler • All Categories 803-978-1579

Or contact NETA Awards anytime.


  • The competition is open to NETA member stations only.
  • Entries must have been created / broadcast / published between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
  • 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.
  • $60 per entry until August 1.
    $75 per entry after 5:00 pm ET on August1.

    Purchase orders, VISA, or MasterCard accepted. No checks. No refunds issued for any reason.
  • Entry deadline: September 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
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?
2019's eligibility window is TBA and will be decided by late spring. Work created / published / broadcast and/or events that occurred on or between those eligibility dates (TBA) 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.


Award Categories

These are last year's categories. Look for a new set later this year.

Instructional Media

  1. Digital 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 
    • 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.

Community Engagement

  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
    • Based on --and localized from-- resources provided by a national project. (E.g., Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War or CPB's American Graduate)
    • 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

Content Production

  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.
  2. Performance recognizes content created to present music, drama, dance, and comedy. At least 50 percent of the program must be devoted to live performance.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  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.


How to Enter

There are three steps: 

  1. REGISTRATION - Choose your category and complete a secure online registration form for each entry:   (Entries will be "live" starting July 1.)
    • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - Entry Registration
      includes Based on a Local Project; Based on a National Project; and Community Impact
    • PROMOTION - Entry Registration
      includes Special Event, Single Promotional Video, and Integrated Media Campaign
    • INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA - Entry Registration
      Discrete Learning Object, Open Educational Resource, Games & Apps, Teacher Resources, Teacher Professional Training, and Engaged Learning
    • CONTENT PRODUCTION -  Entry Registration
      includes Documentary, Locally-Sourced, News & Public Affairs, Performance, and Short Form
  2. VERIFICATION - NETA will send you (or the contact person designated in step #1) a confirmation message with 2 important things:
    • Your entry's unique entry identification number
    • Your link to Submittable for uploading the entry itself: the narrative, budget, video (if any), supporting materials, etc.
  3. UPLOAD - Upload your entry files at Submittable, using the link we sent you in step #2.

Three steps. That's it. 
We want you to enter. We hope that you'll win.


Entry Fee

$60 per entry *until* 5:00 pm ET on August 1. $75 thereafter.

  • 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.




We mean the simplest budget breakdown you can provide so that the judges fully appreciate the project's funding. Show us how much it cost and where your funding came from.

It doesn't have to be more than one page. A spreadsheet is fine. Be sure to distinguish between cash expenses, in-kind, and underwritten costs/sponsorships. Please highlight any special cost savings due to innovative/creative strategies.

(Hint: Want to stand out? Judges love to see how you saved money.)

After we confirm your entry, we'll send you a unique identification number and a link to Submittable, where you will upload multiple files.

We want you to provide the judges with the following information:

  • Narrative - Description of the project. Be sure to include the names of the people involved. Delineate your goals and objectives; how this project was planned and executed. If partners were involved, describe their role/participation. Was this project something entirely new or a fresh take on something done before? Make a strong case for your work.
  • Budget Summary - Simple spreadsheet or text to describe the funding.
  • Results - Anecdotal or empirical evidence of impact on your community, response from your audience.
  • Supporting Materials - Photos of related promotional items (e.g., tshirt); screen grabs of social media posts; photos from events, etc.
  • Video - If your entry has a video component, upload the video, or provide a URL and password for judges to access it.

Use your best judgment.

If we think the entry belongs in a different category, we will confer with you before moving it.

You will not be disqualified for entering in the 'wrong' category – don’t worry.

Call or email us if you have a category question.

Yes. Please do.

Many winners from past years entered in multiple categories. Multiple platforms are the nature of public media.

You have options:

When you provide the video component on Submittable, you can either upload the video file (we take all formats) or you can provide the URL to the video. E.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
If a password is required to access your video, please be sure you provide it.

No, probably not.

Your entry must be works created / published / broadcast and/or events that occurred on or between (2019's eligibility window is TBA) to be eligible for award consideration.

No, sorry. The Awards honor the work of NETA member stations.

You should join NETA. The awards are just one important part of the station-centered professional development that NETA does, all year long.

We would truly welcome your station as a member. To join NETA as a full-fledged member, contact Eric Hyyppa (our president) at 803-978-1581, or use our contact form

No. Only NETA member stations are eligible to enter, and they must demonstrate that they were responsible for majority funding and editorial control on the project. The member station must have the copyright, either solely held or shared.

If you win, NETA will contact your station's president/CEO by mid-October. Winners will be notified in time to register for our annual conference where the awards will be presented with much pomp and festivity.

A handsome engraved crystal trophy, recognition and applause from your peers throughout public media and legendary fame.