Upper Midwest Emmy®

STudent Awards

ENTRY DEADLINE:
Monday, February 1st, 2021, 5PM
NOMINATIONS: Friday, March 12th, 2021
AWARDS CEREMONY: Thursday, April 15th, 2021

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation is proud to announce its 2021 Regional Student Production Awards!

This competition is open to all high school and college students in our chapter media markets:

Basically, if you go to school in our five state area… you can enter this competition!

These awards recognize outstanding student achievements in production by conferring awards of merit in the chapter’s designated award region.  The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by undergraduate college and/or high school students.

All video entries uploaded and judged online!  

HOW TO ENTER:
STUDENT PRODUCTION CRYSTAL PILLAR AWARDS

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundation is offering a handsome new crystal pillar as well as nomination plaques and/or certificates commemorating High School and College/University Student Television Awards for Excellence.
The Crystal Pillar Award is 6″ tall for high school and 8″ tall for college and is inscribed and engraved featuring the academy logo.

STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class, for which school credit is received, they are considered a student. If they are paid or working on a project with other “professionals,” and want to enter the Chapter’s Emmy® Award competition, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate entries fees as an active NATAS member (or non-member). The student is then prohibited from entering subsequent student production categories with other classmates. Student award recipients from any NATAS Chapters’ high school or college competitions may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion for their recognition.

Student award recipients may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion.

Got QUESTIONS?

952-381-7494   · info@midwestemmys.org

Any Award entry materials/payments are to be mailed/delivered to:
NATAS-Upper Midwest Student Production Awards
7319 Hunters Run, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

CALL FOR ENTRIES RULES & CATEGORIES

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BEFORE STARTING ENTRY PROCESS:

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY


DOWNLOAD RULEBOOK PDF

Content Eligibility Period:
January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020


STANDARD RULES AND REGULATIONS

PURPOSE


To recognize outstanding student achievement in production by conferring awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated awards region.
The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by undergraduate College/University students.


ELIGIBILITY


  1. Projects conceived, produced and executed by undergraduate students at a university, college or technical/vocational school within the Chapter’s designated awards region are eligible for student award consideration.
  2. Returning students who previously worked as professionals are not eligible.
  3. No professional services may have been employed in the production of the entry.
  4. Faculty involvement can only be advisory.
  5. Entrants must be enrolled as a student during the eligibility period.
  6. Students may enter work that was produced as a class assignment, extra-curricular assignment or in conjunction with their academic experience.
  7. Students who perform professional work may enter their work in the professional awards competition, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  8. No entry may be submitted to more than one Chapter’s awards.
  9. The entry does not need to have been broadcast, cablecast or webcast to be eligible.
  10. Entry videos must as they were originally submitted to their advisor. There may not be any edits to the originally completed video except for edits to bring the entry length within the specified category time limit. When editing for time, use only straight cuts with one second of black to denote where content has been removed.
  11. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit in each category.
  12. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive material is not accepted. The interpretation of the Awards Committee is final and absolute.
  13. Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.


STUDENT PRODUCTIONS


Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® Award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class, for which school credit is received, they are considered a student. If they are paid or working on a project with other “professionals,” and want to enter the Chapter’s Emmy® Award competition, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate entry fees. The student is then prohibited from entering subsequent student production categories with other classmates.


FEES


There is a $45 fee per-entry to cover administrative expenses. While the NATAS offers student memberships as non-voting members of their Chapters, membership is not a requirement for advisors or entrants.


ENTRY SUBMISSIONS


A teacher, professor or advisor must approve the entry even if the student handles the submission or upload process themselves. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit.


ORIGINAL MATERIAL


At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment. Entrants must specifically identify and give credit to all non-original material included in the entry. This includes music use.


ENTRY ERRORS AND OMISSIONS


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information. NATAS shall accept all submissions that are not in conflict with any of its rules and regulations.


INTENTIONAL FALSIFICATION


The faculty advisor warrants that they are the party most responsible for verifying that eligibility requirements have been met. The intentional falsification of production credits or entry credits may be the basis for disqualification.


JUDGING AND EVALUATION


Programming Categories are judged on three criteria: content, creativity and execution on a 10-point scale (maximum 30 points); and Craft Categories are judged on two criteria: creativity and execution (maximum 20 points). Judging panels are to be made up of qualified professional judges. Judges have the option of including constructive comments or feedback, to be returned to the student’s faculty advisor.


AWARDS


A crystal pillar is awarded to school for entries validated by a professor or teacher.
Nominees will be announced via email and midwestemmys.org on Friday March 12th, 2021.
Recipients will be announced during a virtual video awards ceremony Thursday April 15th, 2021.


RESTRICTION ON THE USE OF EMMY® MARK:


Schools may refer to the fact that they are recipients of a NATAS Upper Midwest Student Production Award, but may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion.

EXCERPTS
An excerpt is defined as a continuous segment or section from longer content.
Unless noted in the category description, no more than three (3) excerpts may be used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.
For entries representing a program series, content must be included from multiple episodes of the series. A maximum of three (3) representative excerpts is permitted. One to two seconds of black, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate excerpts.
If the awards committee determines the content of any excerpt is ineligible, the entire entry will be ruled ineligible.
Removal of a commercial break between segments does not constitute a separate excerpt.

COMPOSITES
A composite is defined as a sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category.
The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects. Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content.
One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite.
DEMO REELS OR MONTAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED.


DOUBLE-DIPPING RULE


NATAS Double-Dipping Defined:
To avoid any confusion, the basic formula for “double-dipping” is the following:
An individual entrant can only been recognized once for the same job function, utilizing the same program content.

No single entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one programming category. Exceptions are given for content that was part of a full newscast.
To be eligible for this exception in the newscast categories, the same entrant cannot be listed on the newscast entry and then use the same material and enter in another programming category.

EXAMPLE: A reporter is listed on a newscast entry. Under this “double-dipping” rule, a portion of the newscast content could be entered in “General Assignment Report” but the same reporter cannot be listed since their name already appeared on the newscast entry Craft persons, like writers, photographers, editors, etc., are allowed to enter in non- craft categories if they directly contributed to the content of the program or segment, and have the permission of the primary producer. If a craft person does enter as a producer in a non-craft category, they may enter the same content again in their respective craft category.

Examples:

  • If a craft person is a writer/photographer, they could enter the non-craft category as only the writer and then the photographer craft category.
  • If they are not an entrant on the non-craft entry, they could enter either the writer or photographer category, using the same material since they performed different job functions.
  • If they list themselves as both writer and photographer on the non-craft category entry, they are ineligible to enter either the writer or photographer craft categories.

They cannot enter either craft category using the dual job title since one category is only for writer and the other only for photographer.





CHAPTER RULES AND REGULATIONS

CHAPTER BOUNDARIES (DESIGNATED AWARDS AREA)


Open to colleges and universities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin.


ELIGIBILITY PERIOD


Entries must have been produced in the Upper Midwest Region during the eligibility period January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020.


ENTRY DEADLINE


Entries must be submitted by Monday February 1st, 2021.


CONTACT INFORMATION


952-381-7494   · info@midwestemmys.org


HOW TO ENTER THE NATAS STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS


Submitting entries into the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation Student production Awards is a 3-step process.

  1. Submit electronic entry information such as title, entrants, school, etc.
  2. Upload a video for the entry (no URL links allowed. Videos must be uploaded).
  3. Entry Payment. You can pay as you go, or wait until you are done submitting all of your entries and pay at once.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Please send an e-mail to info@midwestemmys.org if you have any problems.


ENTRY VIDEO UPLOAD FORMAT


To learn how to prepare your video for upload, please visit the JW Player Support page.


PAYMENTS


Handling fees made online are processed through the secure server Pay Pal, and an automatic receipt will be sent by e-mail.
Otherwise, please make checks payable to:
NATAS-Upper Midwest Foundation
And send to:
NATAS-Upper Midwest Student Awards
7319 Hunters Run
Eden Prairie, MN 55346


DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES


Online entry forms must be completed and entries uploaded no later than February 1st, 2021.
The earlier you upload, the easier it will be to allow time for adjustments and problems.
Please make a genuine effort to start early to avoid getting caught in a pipeline jam.





COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRODUCTION

PROGRAMMING CATEGORIES


Note: The same material may not be entered in more than one programming category.

C-01: Newscast

For outstanding achievement in a newscast, produced daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
Time Limit: 30 minutes

C-02: News Report -Serious News

C-03: News Report – Light News

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

C-04: Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)

For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

C-05: Video Essay

For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part story. The video essay creator is the photographer and editor, weaving together elements captured in the field to tell the story without a reporter or professional talent track. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

C-06: Fiction – Short Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single fictional subject. Dramatizations or student originated soap operas or plays are permitted. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Up to 10 minutes

C-07: Fiction – Long Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single fictional subject. Dramatizations or student originated soap operas or plays are permitted. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Minimum 10 minutes – maximum 30 minutes
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time

C-08: Non-Fiction – Short Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single non- fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well- organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Up to 10 minutes

C-09: Non-Fiction – Long Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single non- fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well- organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Minimum 10 minutes – maximum 30 minutes
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time

C-10: Public Affairs/Community Service

For outstanding achievement in a presentation or compilation consisting of up to three unedited pieces of content with current social, civic or other issue-oriented subject matter. Advocacy of a point of view is encouraged. Content, creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

C-11: Arts & Entertainment/Cultural Affairs

For outstanding reporting achievement in a presentation of content devoted to cultural or artistic significance, or a compilation of up to three unedited pieces.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

C-12: Magazine Program

For outstanding achievement in a program consisting of various stories of regional interest, usually on current events or entertainment in a format that often includes interviews and interspersed with links by presenters who appear in the reports. Could cover “pre-produced” or “recorded and edited” morning announcements. Designed to entertain and inform. Judges will look at the overall content, creativity and execution of the entire program as a complete product.
Time Limit: 30 minutes

C-13: Music Video

For outstanding achievement in replication, reinterpretation or original material in a music video. Judges will evaluate content, creativity and execution.
Time Limit: 5 minutes

C-14: Sports Story or Segment

For outstanding achievement in a sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set- up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well- organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

C-15: Sports Program

For outstanding achievement in a sports program or special. Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Time Limit: 30 minutes
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.

C-16: Live Sporting Event/Game

For outstanding achievement in the production of a live or recorded live sports event or game. A composite is required and may include segments or excerpts that provide examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion.
Time Limit: 10 minutes
Note: One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.

C-17: Public Service Announcement (PSA)

For outstanding achievement in announcements that effectively focus interest in and marshal support for worthy community or area causes.
Spots may be 5-seconds to 2 minutes in length

C-18: Commercial

For outstanding achievement in commercial production advertising a product, business, service, school department or community or school event that is conceived, written, created and produced for a class/school project.
Spots may be 5-seconds to 5-minutes in length


CRAFT CATEGORIES


Note: Only those who performed the specified craft should be listed on the entry.

Note: One (1) second of black should be inserted between elements of a composite entry.

C-19: Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

For outstanding achievement in animation, graphics, and/or special effects demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

C-20: Director

For outstanding achievement in directing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

C-21: Editor

For outstanding achievement in editing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

C-22: Photographer

For outstanding achievement in photography demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

C-23: Talent – News or Sports

For outstanding achievement in on-camera talent demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals in the areas of news anchoring, reporting, host/moderator, sports play-by- play, analyst, etc. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

C-24: Talent – Performer

For outstanding dramatic on camera work in a short film or work of fiction. This is not the subject of an interview but rather talent following a script in the body of work. Actors may not be paid for their participation.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

C-25: Writer

For outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non- fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both count heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

HIGH SCHOOL


DOWNLOAD RULEBOOK PDF

Content Eligibility Period:
January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020


STANDARD RULES AND REGULATIONS

PURPOSE


To recognize outstanding student achievement in production by conferring awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated awards region.
The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by high school students.


ELIGIBILITY


  1. Projects conceived, produced and executed by students at a high school within the Chapter’s designated awards region are eligible for student award consideration.
  2. Returning students who previously worked as professionals are not eligible.
  3. No professional services may have been employed in the production of the entry.
  4. Faculty involvement can only be advisory.
  5. Entrants must be enrolled as a full-time student during the eligibility period.
  6. Students may enter work that was produced as a class assignment, extra-curricular assignment or in conjunction with their academic experience.
  7. Students who perform professional work may enter their work in the professional awards competition, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  8. No entry may be submitted to more than one Chapter’s awards.
  9. The entry does not need to have been broadcast, cablecast or webcast to be eligible.
  10. Entry videos must as they were originally submitted to their advisor. There may not be any edits to the originally completed video except for edits to bring the entry length within the specified category time limit. When editing for time, use only straight cuts with one second of black to denote where content has been removed.
  11. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit in each category.
  12. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive material is not accepted. The interpretation of the Awards Committee is final and absolute.
  13. Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.

NOTE: Regional high school recipients will automatically advance to a national competition. Winners of the National awards will be announced in the fall of 2021.
For more information visit the website: http://emmyonline.org/nationalstudent.


STUDENT PRODUCTIONS


Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® Award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class, for which school credit is received, they are considered a student. If they are paid or working on a project with other “professionals,” and want to enter the Chapter’s Emmy® Award competition, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate entry fees. The student is then prohibited from entering subsequent student production categories with other classmates.


FEES


There is a $35 fee per-entry to cover administrative expenses. While the NATAS offers student memberships as non-voting members of their Chapters, membership is not a requirement for advisors or entrants.


ENTRY SUBMISSIONS


A teacher, professor or advisor must approve the entry even if the student handles the submission or upload process themselves. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit.


ORIGINAL MATERIAL


At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment. Entrants must specifically identify and give credit to all non-original material included in the entry. This includes music use.


ENTRY ERRORS AND OMISSIONS


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information. NATAS shall accept all submissions that are not in conflict with any of its rules and regulations.


INTENTIONAL FALSIFICATION


The faculty advisor warrants that they are the party most responsible for verifying that eligibility requirements have been met. The intentional falsification of production credits or entry credits may be the basis for disqualification.


JUDGING AND EVALUATION


Programming Categories are judged on three criteria: content, creativity and execution on a 10-point scale (maximum 30 points); and Craft Categories are judged on two criteria: creativity and execution (maximum 20 points). Judging panels are to be made up of qualified professional judges. Judges have the option of including constructive comments or feedback, to be returned to the student’s faculty advisor.


AWARDS


A crystal pillar is awarded to school for entries validated by a professor or teacher. Nominees will be announced via email and midwestemmys.org on Friday March 12th, 2021. Recipients will be announced during a virtual video awards ceremony Thursday April 15th, 2021.


RESTRICTION ON THE USE OF EMMY® MARK:


Schools may refer to the fact that they are recipients of a NATAS Upper Midwest Student Production Award, but may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion.

EXCERPTS
An excerpt is defined as a continuous segment or section from longer content.
Unless noted in the category description, no more than three (3) excerpts may be used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.
For entries representing a program series, content must be included from multiple episodes of the series. A maximum of three (3) representative excerpts is permitted. One to two seconds of black, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate excerpts.
If the awards committee determines the content of any excerpt is ineligible, the entire entry will be ruled ineligible.
Removal of a commercial break between segments does not constitute a separate excerpt.

COMPOSITES
A composite is defined as a sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category.
The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects. Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content.
One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite.
DEMO REELS OR MONTAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED.


DOUBLE-DIPPING RULE


NATAS Double-Dipping Defined:
To avoid any confusion, the basic formula for “double-dipping” is the following:
An individual entrant can only been recognized once for the same job function, utilizing the same program content.

No single entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one programming category. Exceptions are given for content that was part of a full newscast.
To be eligible for this exception in the newscast categories, the same entrant cannot be listed on the newscast entry and then use the same material and enter in another programming category.

EXAMPLE: A reporter is listed on a newscast entry. Under this “double-dipping” rule, a portion of the newscast content could be entered in “General Assignment Report” but the same reporter cannot be listed since their name already appeared on the newscast entry Craft persons, like writers, photographers, editors, etc., are allowed to enter in non-craft categories if they directly contributed to the content of the program or segment, and have the permission of the primary producer. If a craft person does enter as a producer in a non-craft category, they may enter the same content again in their respective craft category.

Examples:

  • If a craft person is a writer/photographer, they could enter the non-craft category as only the writer and then the photographer craft category.
  • If they are not an entrant on the non-craft entry, they could enter either the writer or photographer category, using the same material since they performed different job functions.
  • If they list themselves as both writer and photographer on the non-craft category entry, they are ineligible to enter either the writer or photographer craft categories.

They cannot enter either craft category using the dual job title since one category is only for writer and the other only for photographer.





CHAPTER RULES AND REGULATIONS

CHAPTER BOUNDARIES (DESIGNATED AWARDS AREA)


Open to high school and charter school video programs in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin.


ELIGIBILITY PERIOD


Entries must have been produced in the Upper Midwest Region during the eligibility period January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020.


ENTRY DEADLINE


Entries must be submitted by Monday February 1st, 2021.


CONTACT INFORMATION


952-381-7494   · info@midwestemmys.org


HOW TO ENTER THE NATAS STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS


Submitting entries into the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation Student production Awards is a 3-step process.

  1. Submit electronic entry information such as title, entrants, school, etc.
  2. Upload a video for the entry (no URL links allowed. Videos must be uploaded).
  3. Entry Payment. You can pay as you go, or wait until you are done submitting all of your entries and pay at once.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Please send an e-mail to info@midwestemmys.org if you have any problems.


ENTRY VIDEO UPLOAD FORMAT


To learn how to prepare your video for upload, please visit the JW Player Support page.


PAYMENTS


Handling fees made online are processed through the secure server Pay Pal, and an automatic receipt will be sent by e-mail.
Otherwise, please make checks payable to:
NATAS-Upper Midwest Foundation
And send to:
NATAS-Upper Midwest Student Awards
7319 Hunters Run
Eden Prairie, MN 55346


DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES


Online entry forms must be completed and entries uploaded no later than February 1st, 2021.
The earlier you upload, the easier it will be to allow time for adjustments and problems.
Please make a genuine effort to start early to avoid getting caught in a pipeline jam.





HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PRODUCTION

PROGRAMMING CATEGORIES


Note: The same material may not be entered in more than one programming category.

H-01. Newscast

For outstanding achievement in a newscast, produced daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
Time Limit: 30 minutes

H-02. News Report – Serious News

H-03. News Report – Light News

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

H-04. Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)

For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

H-05. Video Essay

For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part story. The video essay creator is the photographer and editor, weaving together elements captured in the field to tell the story without a reporter or professional talent track. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

H-06. Fiction – Short Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single fictional subject. Dramatizations or student originated soap operas or plays are permitted. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Up to 10 minutes

H-07. Fiction – Long Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single fictional subject. Dramatizations or student originated soap operas or plays are permitted. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Minimum 10 minutes – maximum 30 minutes
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time

H-08. Non-Fiction – Short Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single non- fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well- organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Up to 10 minutes

H-09. Non-Fiction – Long Form

For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single non- fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: Minimum 10 minutes – maximum 30 minutes
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time.

H-10. Public Affairs/Community Service

For outstanding achievement in a presentation or compilation consisting of up to three unedited pieces of content with current social, civic or other issue-oriented subject matter. Advocacy of a point of view is encouraged. Content, creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Time Limit: 30 minutes

H-11. Arts & Entertainment/Cultural Affairs

For outstanding reporting achievement in a presentation of content devoted to cultural or artistic significance, or a compilation of up to three unedited pieces.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

H-12. Magazine Program

For outstanding achievement in a program consisting of various stories of regional interest, usually on current events or entertainment in a format that often includes interviews and interspersed with links by presenters who appear in the reports. Could cover “pre-produced” or “recorded and edited” morning announcements. Designed to entertain and inform. Judges will look at the overall content, creativity and execution of the entire program as a complete product.
Time Limit: 30 minutes

H-13. Music Video

For outstanding achievement in replication, reinterpretation or original material in a music video. Judges will evaluate content, creativity and execution.
Time Limit: 5 minutes

H-14. Sports Story or Segment

For outstanding achievement in a sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set- up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well- organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Time Limit: 10 minutes

H-15. Sports Program

For outstanding achievement in a sports program or special. Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Time Limit: 30 minutes
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts

H-16. Live Sporting Event/Game

For outstanding achievement in the production of a live or recorded live sports event or game. A composite is required and may include segments or excerpts that provide examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion.
Time Limit: 30 minutes
Note: One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.

H-17. Public Service Announcement (PSA)

For outstanding achievement in announcements that effectively focus interest in and marshal support for worthy community or area causes.
Spots may be 5-seconds to 2 minutes in length

H-18. Commercial

For outstanding achievement in commercial production advertising a product, business, service, school department or community or school event that is conceived, written, created and produced for a class/school project.
Spots may be 5-seconds to 5-minutes in length


CRAFT CATEGORIES


Note: Only those who performed the specified craft should be listed on the entry.

Note: One (1) second of black should be inserted between elements of a composite entry.

H-19. Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

For outstanding achievement in animation, graphics, and/or special effects demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

H-20. Director

For outstanding achievement in directing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

H-21. Editor

For outstanding achievement in editing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

H-22. Photographer

For outstanding achievement in photography demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

H-23. Talent – News or Sports

For outstanding achievement in on-camera talent demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals in the areas of news anchoring, reporting, host/moderator, sports play-by- play, analyst, etc. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

H-24. Talent – Performer

For outstanding dramatic on camera work in a short film or work of fiction. This is not the subject of an interview but rather talent following a script in the body of work. Actors may not be paid for their participation.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

H-25. Writer

For outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non- fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both count heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.
Time Limit: 15 minutes

NOTE: Regional High School recipients will automatically advance to a national competition. Winners of the National awards will be announced in the fall of 2021. For more information, please visit emmyonline.org/nationalstudent.

BEFORE SUBMITTING ENTRIES:

STUDENT AWARDS FAQs


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THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES

NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry, best known for the coveted Regional Emmy® Award.


STUDENT & ENTRY ELIGIBILITY


  1. Programs or program segments conceived, produced and executed by students at a university, college or technical/vocational school within the Chapter’s designated award area are eligible for student award consideration.
  2. Returning students who previously worked as professionals are not eligible.
  3. No professional services may have been employed in the production of the entry.
  4. Faculty involvement can only be advisory.
  5. Entrants must be enrolled as a student during the eligibility period.
  6. Students may enter work that was produced as a class assignment, extra-curricular assignment or in conjunction with their academic experience.
  7. Students who perform professional work may enter their work in the professional awards competition, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  8. No entry may be submitted to more than one Chapter’s awards.
  9. The entry does not need to have been broadcast, cablecast or webcast to be eligible.
  10. Entries must be submitted as they were originally transmitted.
  11. There may not be any post-broadcast changes, except edits for time, as noted on the category descriptions that follow.
  12. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit in each category.
  13. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive language and material is not accepted. The interpretation of the Awards Committee is final and absolute.
  14. Demo reels, sizzle reels or montages are not allowed. Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.

WHICH CATEGORY IS BEST FOR MY VIDEO?


Category descriptions are listed in the Official “Call for Entries, Rules & Categories” Document listed on the award entry page at midwestemmys.org. The following is a general list with basic guidelines.


NEWSCAST

Produced live,” daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. “Morning announcements” or Campus Announcement segments should go in MAGAZINE category.


NEWS REPORT – SERIOUS NEWS

Stories with a hard news focus. Stories can be in-depth, investigative or cover serious or sensitive topics.


NEWS REPORT – LIGHT NEWS

Stories with a soft news focus. Stories can be funny, light- hearted, feel-good, inspirational topics.


MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST (MMJ)

A single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.


VIDEO ESSAY

A single or multi-part news story or program. The video essay creator is the photojournalist and editor, weaving together elements captured in the field to tell the story without a reporter or professional talent track. You may use soundbites, natural sound and music..


FICTION

Student written & produced story or segment that is make-believe. It can be sci-fi, comedy, thriller, etc. May not contain obscene language or graphic visuals.


NON-FICTION

Story or segment based on a true story or person. May be historical or current topical segments. Student/teacher/staff profiles, biographies, etc. are OK.


PUBLIC AFFAIRS/COMMUNITY SERVICE

Current social, civic or other issue-oriented subject matter. Advocacy of a point of view is encouraged. (i.e. stories or segments about diversity, coat drives, helping the homeless, helping fellow students, etc).


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Stories or segments which focus on the arts or entertainment (concerts, plays, musicals, games shows, variety shows, etc). Cultural affairs can be stories or segments about different cultures or diversity issues or social issues.


MAGAZINE

A program consisting of various stories of regional interest, usually on current events or entertainment in a format that often includes interviews and interspersed with links by presenters who appear in the reports. Could cover “pre-produced” or “recorded and edited” morning announcements. Designed to entertain and inform.


MUSIC VIDEO

Replication, reinterpretation or original material in a music video. Music videos with local artists are best. They usually give you permission to use their music. Replication, reinterpretation or original material in a music video.


SPORTS STORY OR SEGMENT

Sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.


SPORTS – PROGRAM

Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.


LIVE SPORTING EVENT/GAME

A live or recorded live sports event or game. A composite is required and may include segments or excerpts that provide examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion.
Note: One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA)

Short announcements/production effectively focusing interest in and marshal support for worthy community issue or area causes. (i.e. bullying, distracted driving, etc.)


COMMERCIAL

Production advertising a product, business or service. Should contain a call to action to visit a location or buy a product.


CRAFT CATEGORIES


The following categories focus on specific crafts involved in a production.
Demo reels, sizzle reels or montages are not allowed.
Do not use your resume tape.
Do Not use fancy highlight montages with very short clips.
Montages do not accurately reflect the purpose of your content.

We recommend you do a “Composite” entry showing up to three to five full examples of your work in a particular craft. Please title these entries with your name followed by Composite. (i.e. John Doe Composite)


ANIMATION/GRAPHICS/SPECIAL EFFECTS

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload


DIRECTOR

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.


EDITOR

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.


PHOTOGRAPHER

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.


TALENT – NEWS OR SPORTS

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.


TALENT – PERFORMER

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.


WRITER

Provide up to three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.


WHAT INFO DO I PUT ON ELECTRONIC ENTRY FORM?


You will put your basic contact info into the system and will then be asked several things about your entry.


ENTRY DESCRIPTION

Use this section to give the judges all the info they may need to judge your entry. Give judges a synopsis of your content. Also give them any extra information about resources, challenges or obstacles you had to overcome. They more they know about your production, the better they can judge it.


TIMECODE

This is where you give us a timecode of a highlight clip of your entry. For our awards ceremony, we highlight videos. Your timecode gives our show editor the best spot to highlight your entry should it be nominated or receive an award. Let’s say you have a 5-minute video. Your best clip comes at 3:30 into your entry. That is the mark you put in the timecode section for your highlight clip.


LIST ALL ENTRANTS!

You will need to list all principle people who worked on the entry. PLEASE LIST ALL STUDENTS & ADVISORS. You will need to provide advisor’s email address so we can verify entries were in fact produced for a class or school media program. NATAS Rules state we can not add names to entries after the deadline.


WHAT DO I PUT ON MY ENTRY VIDEO?


Follow these helpful hints for a clean entry video for judges to evaluate your work:

  • You will have to upload a video for your entry. URL video links are not accepted.
  • You must upload the entry video as it aired or was submitting for class. No Prost editing.
  • Do not put a name slate or title graphic at the beginning. Just the video please.
  • For a single story, just the story, nothing else.
  • For full-length programs, you may edit out any commercials or PSAs in order to shorten video to meet length requirements.
  • Demo reels, sizzle reels or montages are not allowed. Do not use your resume tape. Do Not use fancy highlight montages with very short clips. Montages do not accurately reflect the purpose of your content. If submitting a video entry in craft categories like Graphics, Directing, Editing, Talent, etc… give us at least three of your best examples of your work that are complete stories or segments. Edit segments together with 2-3 of black in between segments for one video to upload.

ORIGINAL MATERIAL


At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment. Entrants must specifically identify and give credit to all non-original material included in the entry. This includes music use.


JUDGING AND EVALUATION


Programs are judged on three criteria: Content, Creativity and Execution on a 10-point scale (maximum 30 points); and craft entries are judged on two criteria: Creativity and Execution for (maximum 20 points). Judging panels are to be made up of professional peer judges. Judges have the option of including constructive comments or feedback, to be returned to the student’s faculty advisor

i.e. Is my video eligible?, Which category should I enter? What info do I put on my entry form and my entry video?

Double-Dipping Rules


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NATAS Double-Dipping Defined:
To avoid any confusion, the basic formula for “double-dipping” is the following:
An individual entrant can only been recognized once for the same job function, utilizing the same program content.

No single entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one programming category. Exceptions are given for content that was part of a full newscast.

To be eligible for this exception in the newscast categories, the same entrant cannot be listed on the newscast entry and then use the same material and enter in another programming category.

EXAMPLE: A reporter is listed on a newscast entry. Under this “double-dipping” rule, a portion of the newscast content could be entered in “General Assignment Report” but the same reporter cannot be listed since their name already appeared on the newscast entry Craft persons, like writers, photographers, editors, etc., are allowed to enter in non- craft categories if they directly contributed to the content of the program or segment, and have the permission of the primary producer. If a craft person does enter as a producer in a non-craft category, they may enter the same content again in their respective craft category.

Examples:

  • If a craft person is a writer/photographer, they could enter the non-craft category as only the writer and then the photographer craft category.
  • If they are not an entrant on the non-craft entry, they could enter either the writer or photographer category, using the same material since they performed different job functions.
  • If they list themselves as both writer and photographer on the non-craft category entry, they are ineligible to enter either the writer or photographer craft categories.

They cannot enter either craft category using the dual job title since one category is only for writer and the other only for photographer.

i.e. can I enter the same content in more than one category?

ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT:
  • Entrants!!!  Be sure to select “H” categories for high school or “C” for College categories.
  • HIGHLIGHT TIMECODE!!! On your entry form, you will be asked for Time Code for a highlight clip. Please enter a 30-second timecode of the best part of your entry so we may use it if the entry is selected as a nominee and/or recipient.

*Entry deadline, Nominations and Awards are subject to change depending on Covid-19 pandemic.

Submitting entries into the Upper Midwest Emmy® Student Production Awards is a 3-step process:

1

SUBMIT ENTRY INFORMATION

Title, entrants, school, etc.

2

UPLOAD A VIDEO

No URL links allowed.

Video files must be uploaded.

3

SUBMIT A PAYMENT

You can pay as you go, or wait until you are done submitting all of your entries and pay at once.

Eligibility Period

Entries must have been produced for class or for school media platform between:

January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020

FEES

High School

$35 per-entry

College

$45 per-entry

Entry DeAdline

Monday, February 1st, 2021

2021 UPPER MIDWEST Emmy® Foundation

STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS CEREMONY

THURSDAY, APril 15, 2021

We will honor this year’s award recipients at a special virtual video awards ceremony on Thursday April 15, 2021.

 

The Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation board is excited to announce a 2020 Student Production Awards Ceremony to celebrate this year’s honors together… just not in the same room!

JOIN US THURSDAY APRIL 15 at 7pm on the UPPER MIDWEST EMMY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
HOSTED BY
CARLA BEAURLINE

AROUND TOWN TV

MCN6

We are dedicating this video ceremony to our students & educators. 

We know many will miss proms, sporting events or graduation ceremonies this spring. 

We are committed to recognizing the excellent work school media programs are producing across the region. 

 

The Board of Governors teamed up with regional media professionals who volunteered their time and resources to bring students and educators this special event.

 

As we announce recipients on air, we will also post special video envelopes on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Recipients can then upload their acceptance speeches to the comment section on those posts.

SHOW US HOW YOU'RE CELEBRATING

All day April 15th, we encourage Nominees to take pictures of your ceremony preparation and show us your show night outfits! 

Please tag us on your social media posts @midwestemmys #StudentProductionAwards.

STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS EVENT INFO

The Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation will release its complete list of 2020 Student Production Award Recipients online at midwestemmys.org on Thursday April 15 at 8:30pm after video ceremony.


We will ship Crystal Pillar Awards to the submitter contact info on the official entry form. If you need to change shipping address, please contact office by Monday March 30th.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions: info@midwestemmys.org


Digital program coming soon.