67th Annual Golden Mike Awards® Rules

1. DIVISION DESIGNATION
1.1 In the competition for certain awards, the categories for radio and TV are divided into groups according to staff size. There are two groups, designated as Division A and Division B.
1.2 Radio, Division A
Six (6) or more full-time news staff members.

Radio, Division B
Five (5) or fewer full-time news staff members.

Television, Division A
Fifty (50) or more full-time news staff members.

Television, Division B
Forty-nine (49) or fewer full-time news staff members.
1.3 In determining staff size, count all persons used on the "Designated News Day" who spend full-time on News, including News Director and administrative staff, reporters and talent, technical staff including editors and field crews, writers, producers, researchers, newsroom production support staff and daily hires. Also include persons who contribute to the newscast that are employed by outside vendors under contract to the station. The size of staff should be counted according to these criteria, on the "Designated News Day". Stations that share facilities, equipment, and/or staff with another station must consider the size of the combined operation in determining Division status. Work produced by an outside production company is not eligible.
1.4 A Division B station wishing to enter in Division A may do so. However, a station cannot enter in a lower division.
1.5 A station or individual using these Golden Mike Awards® for any promotional purpose must state clearly which division they are in. Publicity announcements cannot be made before the Golden Mikes are awarded at the Golden Mike Awards® Dinner. The "Golden Mike Rule 1.5 Affirmation" must be signed and returned on the Official Cover Letter.
2. Competition for the RTNA Golden Mike Awards® is limited to the News Departments of Radio and Television stations licensed and/or operated within the following Southern California counties, and local cable News Departments or News Services for cable companies franchised within the same counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare.
There are two exceptions in the Television Awards: Category TV-15 is for cable and broadcast networks ONLY, and Category TV-26 is the ONLY category stringers can enter. There are two exceptions in the Radio Awards: Category R-13 is for radio networks ONLY, and College-affiliated internet radio stations are eligible to enter in Division B if the school facilities are physically located within the contest area and the station produces at least one hour of news five days a week.
(Please note that individuals working in eligible News Departments may submit entries per Rule 7.4)
2.1 Only one Golden Mike will be awarded in each category, and no additional designations such as "Honorable Mentions" or "Certificates of Merit", etc., will be awarded.
2.2 Each news story may be entered into no more than two categories with the exception that the same story may also be entered into the writing, editing, videography, and sound categories, if applicable.
3. ELIGIBILITY PERIOD
3.1 Entries must have been originally broadcast between October 4, 2015, and October 3, 2016.
4. All entries must be locally produced under the jurisdiction of the News Department. Segments produced by network operations or syndicated services and aired by a local station outlet may be eligible only if the segments are part of a locally-produced program and aired locally first, with the exception of Television category TV-16 and Radio category R-14.
4.1 Radio and TV networks with news bureaus in the contest area may compete in the network categories only. (Radio Category R-13 and TV Category TV-15)
4.2 Entries produced by networks of local stations or consortiums of stations for initial broadcast in markets beyond or in addition to the defined contest area qualify for the competition in the network categories.
5. FINALISTS
5.1 Judging of all Best Newscast categories in TV and Radio will be by individual judges whose secret ballots will be submitted to a monitor and an independent scorekeeper.
5.2 The independent scorekeeper will tabulate all results and will be responsible for delivering those results in sealed envelopes to the Golden Mike Awards® Dinner.
5.3 There will be no more than three (3) finalists in Television and in Radio.
5.4 The finalists will be notified within one week after the judging weekend. The winners will remain secret and will be announced at the Golden Mike Awards® Dinner.
6. DESIGNATED NEWS WEEK
6.1 All entries in the Best News Broadcast and Best Newswriting categories must have been originally broadcast during the "Designated News Day".
6.2 The "Designated News Day" will be selected by members of the Contest Coordinating Committee from the "Designated News Week", which is Monday, September 19, 2016, through Friday, September 23, 2016.
6.3 Official notification of the "Designated News Day" will come in the following manner: A notice will appear on the City News Service and the AP wires at approximately midnight, 10 AM, and 4 PM, on Monday, September 26, 2016, announcing which day of the previous week was the "Designated News Day." A notice will also appear on the RTNA website at "www.rtna.org".
6.4 It is important that you record all of your newscasts during the "Designated News Week" until the "Designated News Day" has been announced.
7. PREPARATION OF ENTRIES
7.1 The RTNA Board of Directors has established the following entry fees for the Golden Mike Awards® Contest:
Radio, Division A - $80 per entry
Radio, Division B - $50 per entry

Television, Division A - $100 per entry
Television, Division B - $80 per entry

Stations and/or individuals must pay for each entry the corresponding fee for their station's division, A or B. In categories with One Division, stations and/or individuals must pay for each entry the corresponding fee for their station's division, A or B. Division B stations that choose to compete in Division A in any particular category may do so by selecting ‘Division A’ on the submittal form and paying the Division A entry fee for that entry.
7.2 Entry Forms must be filled out and submitted on-line by the entry deadline at www.rtna.org, and then can be printed out for your reference. Entry fees may be paid on-line; otherwise, a check payable to the "Radio & Television News Association of Southern California" (or "RTNA") in the proper amount must be included with the Official Cover Letter by the entry deadline. ENTRIES RECEIVED WITHOUT ENTRY FEES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
7.3 Television entries must be submitted on the internet on a self-hosted website such as a station website or a private YouTube channel. Entries on DVD will no longer be accepted. Entries on the internet must supply a functioning direct URL on the entry form that does not require a registration or a password. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY AUDIO/VIDEO PRE-ROLL MATERIAL THAT PLAYS PRIOR TO THE ENTRY MATERIAL, IF POSSIBLE.
7.4 Radio entries must be submitted on the internet on a self-hosted website such as a station website or an audio-sharing website. Entries on audio format Compact Disc will no longer be accepted. Entries on the internet must supply a functioning direct URL on the entry form that does not require a registration or a password. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY AUDIO/VIDEO PRE-ROLL MATERIAL THAT PLAYS PRIOR TO THE ENTRY MATERIAL, IF POSSIBLE.
7.5 A station submitting entries on-line must also mail or ship the Official Cover Letter by the entry deadline to Ernie Castelo, Golden Mike Awards® Administrator, listing each of the entries submitted, and signed by the News Director to verify the entries. The Official Cover Letter is posted on the rtna.org website and includes the Rule 1.5 Affirmation. The Official Cover Letter is a fillable form that can be filled-in electronically and then printed out and signed by the News Director.

An individual submitting entries on-line must also mail or ship the Official Cover Letter by the entry deadline to Ernie Castelo, Golden Mike Awards® Administrator, listing each of the entries submitted, and containing the name, title, and phone number of the News Supervisor who can verify the entries. Individuals submitting entries in Designated News Day categories must also have the News Director sign the Official Cover Letter to ensure there is only one entry per station in "DND" categories. The Official Cover Letter is posted on the rtna.org website and includes the Rule 1.5 Affirmation. The Official Cover Letter is a fillable form that can be filled-in electronically and then printed out and signed by the entrant.

Even though all entries are submitted online and list a URL on the Entry Form, entrants must still mail or ship the signed Official Cover Letter with the Rule 1.5 Affirmation as well as any unpaid entry fees by the entry deadline. NOTE: Individual entry forms for each entry are no longer required to be printed and submitted to Ernie Castelo.

Contest Mailing/Shipping Address:
Ernie Castelo
RTNA
6216 E. Pacific Coast Highway, #281
Long Beach, CA 90803-4867

7.6 A station may submit multiple entries in any category, with the exception of all "Designated News Day" categories. As in past years, only one entry per category will be allowed for the "DND". Individuals may enter their own work under this rule, but individual entries in “Designated News Day” categories including “Best Newscast” must be authorized by the News Director to ensure there is only one entry per station per “DND” category.
7.7 All entries must have commercials deleted and, in their place, either a three-second leader (radio entries) or three-seconds black (television entries). On individual entries for television you may have a slate at the beginning to identify material. Note: Casual reference to sponsors is permitted.
7.8 Except for the deletion of commercials, all entries must be submitted as they were originally broadcast, including any network inserts or features.
7.9 Each entry must be submitted on a separate internet URL.
7.10 You may give the judges a brief explanation of how the entry was produced or explain some special problem overcome in putting it on-the-air. This explanation must be on a single 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of paper. No sales pitches, please. You also have the option of including the anchor lead-in script.
7.11 Television entries submitted in a foreign language must include 3 copies of a written English translation OR an audio English translation on an audio-format CD OR on-screen English subtitles. Radio entries submitted in a foreign language must submit either 3 copies of a written English translation or an audio English translation.
7.12 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ALL ONLINE ENTRY FORMS AND SIGNED OFFICIAL COVER LETTERS IS Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Official Cover Letters submitted via U.S. mail must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Official Cover Letters submitted by delivery service must be shipped by Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
7.13 ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED IN THE CATEGORY SUBMITTED. JUDGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MOVE AN ENTRY TO ANOTHER CATEGORY FOR JUDGING. PLEASE DO NOT GUESS IF YOU ARE UNSURE. CALL RTNA FOR CLARIFICATION - 949-278-8349.
7.14 Entrants are responsible for the technical quality of their entries and are encouraged to check them to ensure playability before submitting them. Entrants who supply URLs to websites are responsible for ensuring the availability of the material on the Judging Day. The Judging Administrator will not check the technical quality or availability of entries prior to the Golden Mike judging, and will not be able to request replacements of unplayable entries or non-functioning URLs on the Judging Day. No post-judging of flawed entries will be allowed after the Judging Day. RTNA is not responsible for protecting the copyright or preventing public accessibility of entry materials submitted on the internet.
8. JUDGING RESULTS
RTNA will announce the winners by posting on www.rtna.org within one week after the judging weekend. This excludes those winners in the Best Newscast categories. (See Rule 5.)


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