Walter Cronkite Award: Rules & Guidelines

DEADLINE:
Entries must be submitted by January 11, 2019. Entry fee is $125. The early bird deadline with reduced entry fee of $75 is December 8, 2018.

AWARD CATEGORIES:
• Local Broadcast Station
• Local Cable Station
• Local Public Station
• Individual Achievement, Local: Any individual from a local public, commercial, broadcast or cable station is eligible.
• National Network Program: Public, commercial, broadcast and cable networks are eligible to submit separate entries for one or more daily or weekly regularly scheduled program.
• Individual Achievement, National: Any individual from a national public, commercial, broadcast or cable station is eligible.
• Group: Entries will demonstrate achievement on stations across an ownership group. Broadcast, cable and public station groups are eligible.
• The Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Advertising (see below)

ENTRY GUIDELINES:
• Coverage submitted must have aired on broadcast television or online in the United States sometime during 2017-2018.
• Entry forms, narratives and video log-lists must be submitted electronically via our online entry form system.
• Please limit entries to 30 minutes or less. They must be in MP4 format to upload to our site.
• Entrants are encouraged to submit stories in the form they ran. Clip montages or other material produced for entry packages are acceptable but not required.
• Web content: Any submission has the option to include a narrative about the applicant’s use of multimedia, social media and/or interactive technology on a TV news website, which may include screenshots, links and compilations of online content.
• Non-English language entries are encouraged and must be accompanied by an English transcript, or it may contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

THE BROOKS JACKSON PRIZE:
The Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages recognizes TV journalists’ best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Winners will be selected by a special jury convened by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Winning submissions will include a narrative about the applicant’s use of multimedia, social media and/or interactive technology on their TV news website, which may include screenshots, links and compilations of online content. Two prizes will be awarded, one for local news and one for network news. Entries may be submitted by individuals, teams, news programs, stations or networks. An individual, team, news program or station may submit only one entry in this category, but a network may submit entries from more than one program. Multiple individuals or teams from the same station may apply separately.