68th ANNUAL GOLDEN MIKE AWARDS®


RADIO CATEGORIES

R-01. BEST NEWSCAST -- OVER 15 MINUTES
A & B Divisions

Must be material broadcast during a continuous one-hour-or-less time period. Network or syndicated cut-ins must be included if part of original broadcast. Format presentation should be representative of "typical" broadcast day. Entry must include a recording of the entire newscast (sports, weather, etc.) and 3 copies of written newscast rundown.
Entries must be submitted from the "Designated News Day".
R-02. BEST NEWSCAST -- UNDER 15 MINUTES
A & B Divisions

Must be material broadcast during a continuous 15 minute-or-less time period. Network or syndicated cut-ins must be included if part of original broadcast. Format presentation should be representative of "typical" broadcast day. Entry must include a recording of the entire newscast (sports, weather, etc.) and 3 copies of written newscast rundown.
Entries must be submitted from the "Designated News Day".

R-03. BEST NEWSCAST WRITING
A & B Divisions

Individual or group effort on an ENTIRE newscast. No commentaries, analyses or editorials.
Entries must be submitted from the "Designated News Day".
R-04. BEST SPORTS SEGMENT
A & B Divisions

A comprehensive sports news report which may include a sports feature or sports commentary, in a regularly-scheduled newscast aired on any day in the contest period.
R-05. BEST TRAFFIC REPORT
A & B Divisions

A comprehensive traffic report in a regularly-scheduled newscast aired on any day in the contest period.
R-06. BEST INDIVIDUAL WRITING
A & B Divisions

Individual writing effort on a news or feature story.
R-07. BEST SPORTS REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual reporter's enterprise on a single, one-time sports news story or feature.
R-08. BEST "SPOT" NEWS REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Reporter's (reporters') enterprise on a single news story. Entries must rely on "on-the-scene" coverage of an unscheduled and unanticipated news story. Entry must have aired within a regularly scheduled news program.
R-09. BEST "LIVE" COVERAGE OF A NEWS STORY
A & B Divisions

Individual or team effort on a breaking news story that interrupts a regularly-scheduled newscast or normal station programming. Can include previously recorded material. But judge must focus on the spontaneous "live-on-scene" coverage while the event was still ongoing. Not to exceed a continuous 60-minute portion. Can be a composite recording not to exceed 60 minutes. Composite submission must have a written summary indicating time span of overall coverage, frequency of reports and length of segments deleted from composite.
R-10. BEST DOCUMENTARY
One Division

Individual or group effort including writing, production, and presentation on a single topic in a program of 30 minutes or more, produced by the News Department, that aired outside a regularly-scheduled news broadcast time period. (Entries in this category may not also be entered in the BEST NEWS SPECIAL or BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING categories.) No year-end summaries or multi-part series. Not to exceed a continuous 60-minute portion.
R-11. BEST NEWS PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM
A & B Divisions

A single program from a regularly-scheduled, issue-oriented public affairs series produced by the News Department. One-time-only programs or limited series on public affairs topics (e.g. Election Issue programs, Political Debates, Special Reports, etc.) are not eligible in this category but might be eligible in R-20 Best News Special or R-11 Best Documentary. Not to exceed a continuous 60-minute portion. Can be a composite recording from a single program not to exceed 60 minutes. Composite submissions must have a written summary indicating time span of overall program, as well as a brief written description of segments deleted from the composite and their lengths.
R-12. BEST NEWS REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual reporter's enterprise on a single, one time news story produced by the News department.
R-13. BEST NEWS REPORTING BY A RADIO NETWORK OR CONTENT SYNDICATOR
ONE DIVISION

Individual reporter's enterprise on a single, one-time news story produced by or for the News department. Radio network or syndicator must have a bureau within RTNA boundaries and story must be produced in and specific to contest area.
R-14. BEST HARD NEWS SERIES REPORTING
One Division

Individual or group effort on a series of reports on a single topic, news or feature.
R-15. BEST FEATURE NEWS SERIES REPORTING
One Division

Individual or group effort on a series of reports on a single topic, news or feature.
R-16. BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
A & B Divisions

An expose on a single subject, digging up or revealing new information. Can be reported in one segment or a series of segments (The investigation entered in this category may not also be entered in BEST DOCUMENTARY or BEST NEWS SPECIAL categories.) Must be produced by the News department. Entry must include a chronology of how the investigation was developed, reported and the follow-up. (Notes on the entry should include as much as possible: What prompted the story? How many hours expended to research the story? The result of the investigation? The impact and current status?) One-page limit.
R-17. BEST SERIOUS FEATURE REPORTING One Minute or Longer
One Division

Individual reporter's effort on a single subject produced by the News department. A serious feature may be an in-depth look at a breaking news story or a sidebar to an ongoing story.
R-18. BEST SERIOUS FEATURE REPORTING Shorter than One Minute
One Division

Individual reporter's effort on a single subject produced by the News department. A serious feature may be an in-depth look at a breaking news story or a sidebar to an ongoing story.
R-19. BEST LIGHT FEATURE REPORTING One Minute or Longer
One Division

Individual reporter's effort on a single subject produced by the News department. A light feature may be humorous or a unique treatment of the passing scene; a light look at a serious subject or a serious look at a light subject.
R-20. BEST LIGHT FEATURE REPORTING Shorter than One Minute
One Division

Individual reporter's effort on a single subject produced by the News department. A light feature may be humorous or a unique treatment of the passing scene; a light look at a serious subject or a serious look at a light subject.
R-21. BEST NEWS SPECIAL
A & B Divisions

Individual or group effort on a special broadcast or series of broadcasts on a single topic, produced by the News department that aired outside a regularly-scheduled news broadcast time period. (Entries in this category may not also be entered in the BEST DOCUMENTARY or BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING categories.) "Special Editions" of regularly-scheduled news programs are not eligible. Entry should be a composite of the special broadcast(s), of no more than 60 minutes. Composite submission must have a written summary indicating time span of overall coverage, frequency of reports and length of segments deleted.
R-22. BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual or team effort on a single entertainment story or series of stories on a single subject.
R-23. BEST BUSINESS AND CONSUMER REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual or team effort on a single business, consumer, financial, or economic story or series of stories on a single subject.
R-24. BEST GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual or team effort on a single government, political, or public policy story, or series of stories on a single subject.
R-25. BEST MEDICAL AND SCIENCE REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual or team effort on a single medical, science, or technology story, or series of stories on a single subject.
R-26. BEST USE OF SOUND
A & B Divisions

Capturing drama and emotion in (ambient or natural sound) coverage of news event in the field AND/OR technical and artistic excellence in production, mixing and editing.
R-27. BEST INTERNET NEWS REPORTING
A & B Divisions

Individual reporter's or group's enterprise for a news story that was initially prepared for and presented on the station's website. Entry must be audio only and may not be altered from its original form. A title graphic or other visual identification is acceptable. Stories initially prepared for and broadcast on the station and then repurposed on the website are not eligible. Stories from sources other than the News Department are not eligible. College-affiliated websites are eligible to enter in Division B if the school facilities are physically located within the contest area.



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