The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrows Awards since 1971.  Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name.  Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession. Learn more about Edward R. Murrow from a CBS profile and read about his most famous speech.
 

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Who: Stations, networks, syndication services, program services, digital news organizations are all eligible to enter the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented to news organizations, not individual.

What: Regional Edward R. Murrow Award recipients receive an honorary plaque. National Edward R. Murrow Award recipients receive an honorary trophy. National winners will be invited to join RTDNA at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City in October of 2017.

Where: Entries are submitted through an online submission process at https://awards.rtdna.org.  No DVDs, flash drives, hard drives, or paper entries will be accepted.

When: The 2017 contest will open on December 15, 2016. The contest will close on February 9. Regional winners will be announced in April and national winners will be announced in June.
Early Bird Rate: Entries submitted between December 15 and February 3 will received the early bird rate.
Regular Rate: Price per entry will increase by $10 for entries submitted between February 4 and February 9.
 


Member Discount
If you enter your submissions at the member rate, you must verify your RTDNA membership on your entry form.  The membership of the individual must be paid in full at the time you are entering.  During the validation process, you will be asked for the first and last name of the member, as well as the email address associated with their membership.  If you are not a member at the time of entry and would like to become a member, there will be a link on the membership verification pop-up that will bring you to our membership sign-up page.  There is no need to start your application over.  Once you have purchased a membership, return to the verification screen and enter your information again so that they system can verify your new membership.

Stations and organizations can use the membership of any staff member to get the discounted entry rate.  Please contact Karen Hansen at karenh@rtdna.org if you have any questions about your membership.

Payment
Payment for entry fees can be made online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) at the time of entry. If your total fees are less than $1,500 we require all organizations to pay via credit card. If payment is made by check, please include the confirmation number in the memo line on your check. Please also include the confirmation with your check. RTDNA must receive your check by Thursday, February 9, 2017 or your entries will not be considered.

Checks can be mailed to:
RTDNA
Attn: Kate Switchenko
529 14th Street N.W.
Suite 1240
Washington, D.C. 20045

Eligibility
Entries may be submitted by stations, networks, syndication services, program services, website and online news organizations. Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented to organizations, rather than individuals. An entry must be submitted as it was first heard on air or viewed online. The RTDNA Code of Ethics serves as the basis for judging standards, please be sure your piece follows this Code of Ethics.

Judging
The decisions of the judges are final.  At the discretion of the judges, awards may not be granted in some categories. Please note: RTDNA may utilize elements of any awards submission for promotional purposes, including but not limited to: web links to entries, archived still images, audio and/or video stored and displayed on its own websites, and live streamed or recorded online broadcasts of awards ceremonies in which clips of winning entries are presented.
 
Entry Divisions by Market Size
Entries must be submitted in the proper division and region to be considered for judging. Entrants that do not enter correctly will be disqualified. Market size is determined by MSA ranking for radio entries and by DMA ranking for television entries.

Please see division breakdown before entering:
Network, Syndication Service, Program Service: Any organization that programs to multiple markets.
Large Market Station: Markets 1 - 50                 
Small Market Station: Markets 50+

Radio Markets 2016-2017        Television Markets 2016-2017

Small Digital News Organization: 4,999,999 or fewer unique visitors per month.
Large Digital News Organization: 5,000,000 or more unique visitors per month.


Digital News Organizations must NOT be affiliated with a broadcast news organization. Digital News Organization entrants are encouraged to send verification of Monthly Unique Visitors. If no verification is sent, RTDNA reserves the sole right to reclassify the submission without prior notice to the entrant.

Student Awards: Also opening in December are the RTDNA Student Murrow Awards. Click here for more information and rules.

Kaleidoscope Awards: Formerly the RTDNA/UNITY Awards. Click here for more information and rules.

If you have questions, please contact us at: awards@rtdna.org



Radio and Television Categories for Entry

NEWSCAST
 
  • Only regularly scheduled newscasts are eligible for entry, and only one entry is allowed per station.  Networks can submit one entry per news program.
  • Commercial breaks must be removed from the entry but no other editing is allowed.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • Entry must not exceed 30 minutes.  If the program is longer than 30 minutes, submit only the first 30 minutes.
  • Entry must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE
 
  • Submit coverage of a single, unscheduled news event.
  • Entry may be edited and all commercial breaks must be removed.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • Entry must not exceed 20 minutes.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
 
  • Entry must demonstrate original and outstanding journalistic enterprise on an important issue.
  • Entry may include materials from undercover sources, demonstrate extensive research of documents and records, and include records and documentation of allegations made in the report.
  • Entry may be edited, and all commercial breaks must be removed.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
HARD NEWS
 
  • Submit a single hard news report prepared for a scheduled newscast or newscasts that is not breaking news and not primarily investigative in nature.
  • Humorous or soft-topic stories do not belong in this category.
  • Report must have appeared on a regularly scheduled news program.
  • Entry may not be entered in the Feature Reporting category.
  • Entry may be edited.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
CONTINUING COVERAGE
 
  • Submit an entry showing continuing coverage of a major developing story over an extended period of time.
  • Entry may be edited (commercial breaks removed).
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • The entry should include at least one complete news report.
  • Entry must not exceed 30 minutes.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
NEWS SERIES
 
  • Submit coverage of a single subject reported in multiple parts.
  • Entry may be edited.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
FEATURE REPORTING
 
  • Submit a single report covering a human-interest or profile subject that is not breaking news or investigative in nature.
  • Report must have appeared on a regularly scheduled news program. Entry may not be entered in the Reporting: Hard News category.
  • Entry may be edited.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
SPORTS REPORTING
 
  • Submit a single packaged report. Anchored sports segments within programs, stand-alone sports programs and play-by-play are not eligible.
  • Entry must be unedited.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

EXCELLENCE IN SOUND
(Formerly 'Use of Sound')

 
  • This category is open to both television and radio news organizations.
  • Submit coverage of a single subject reported in a single segment showing creative use of sound to tell a story.
  • Entry must be exactly as it was heard on the air or online.
  • "Year-ender" packages are not allowed.
  • Entry must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

EXCELLENCE IN VIDEO
(Formerly 'Use of Video')

 
  • This category is open to both television and radio news organizations.
  • Submit coverage of a single subject reported in a single segment showing creative use of video to tell a story.
  • Entry must be exactly as it appeared on air or online.
  • "Year-ender" packages are not allowed.
  • Entry must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
NEWS DOCUMENTARY
 
  • Submit coverage of a single subject reported in a single segment addressing a need or needs of your market.
  • Entry may be edited.
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • Entry must not exceed 60 minutes.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
EXCELLENCE IN WRITING
 
  • Submit an entry that demonstrates excellence in writing that conveys the feeling and significance of events to the listener or viewer. Entry may represent an individual or collaborative effort and may include up to three examples, exactly as it originally appeared.
  • A script of each example must accompany the entry.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
 
EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION


 
  • This category is designed to award legacy radio or television news organizations that innovate their product to enhance the quality of journalism and the audience’s understanding of news.
  • Submit a single entry that demonstrates an innovative use of content, engagement, technology and/or audience experience. A single entry may include audio or video examples; functioning, cached or active URLs; apps; social feeds; or any other platform that demonstrates innovation in journalism.
  • Audio or video entries must not exceed 30 minutes. If the original entry is longer than 30 minutes, submit only the first 30 minutes. Commercials breaks must be removed but no other editing is allowed.
  • A written description explaining how the entry breaks the mold of traditional broadcast journalism is required.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA


 
  • This category is designed to reward legacy radio and television news organizations that use social media to enhance the audience’s understanding of a single news story or news event/project.
  • Submit up to 5 examples of functioning, cached or active URLs that demonstrate the exceptional use of social media as evidenced by the quality of journalism and the quantity and quality of user engagement.
  • An entry may include apps or any other platform that demonstrates the best use of social media in journalism.
  • A written description explaining how the entry uses social media to further the audience’s understanding of the single news story, news event or news project is required.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
WEBSITE

Who's eligible to enter this category? 
The news organization's website, as its principal function, must disseminate timely news and information targeted for its core audiences. News content must be generated primarily by entrant, supplemented by secondary content provided by wire services or networks. The site should be of practical use to the general public and maximize online technologies to inform and educate the public and enhance public debate about important daily issues.

What do I need to enter?
 
  • Submit at least 5 examples of functioning, cached or active URLs that demonstrate exceptional news coverage and journalistic skill. One of these must be the home page.
  • Entry must include original content.
  • Creativity, clarity, storytelling techniques, and use of audio, video or other Internet technologies will be considered by the judges.
  • A short description is requested.
OVERALL EXCELLENCE
 
  • To be eligible to compete in this category, TV and Radio Stations must enter the Newscast category and at least one other category.
  • Submit a single entry that contains a copy of the program entered in the Newscast category and additional examples of breaking news, continuing coverage, features and/or other work, including your web presence that reflects the depth and scope of the news organization. Please put the newscast at the end of the submission. Judging will be based on the original work samples and not on the way the entry is produced. Entry must include examples of a robust Web and digital media presence; relevant links may be inserted in the text box provided, or attached in a .pdf and uploaded to the entry form.
  • Entry may be edited (all commercials breaks must be removed).
  • Voice-overs or narratives are permitted only if they were part of the original piece.
  • Judging will be based on the original work samples and not on the way the entry is produced.
  • Entry must not exceed length of newscast plus 40 minutes.
  • A written rundown is required for audio and video.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
 

Digital News Organizations Categories for Entry

Small Digital News Organization: 4,999,999 or fewer unique visitors per month.
Large Digital News Organization: 5,000,000 or more unique visitors per month.


Digital News Organizations must NOT be affiliated with a broadcast news organization. Digital News Organization entrants are encouraged to send verification of Monthly Unique Visitors. If no verification is sent, RTDNA reserves the sole right to reclassify the submission without prior notice to the entrant.
 
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE
 
  • Submit coverage of a single, unscheduled news event.
  • Submit up to five functioning, cached or active URLs linking to coverage of the single, unscheduled news event.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
 
  • Submit up to five functioning, cached or active URLs linking to an entry which must demonstrate original and outstanding journalistic enterprise on an important issue.
  • Entry may include materials from undercover sources, demonstrate extensive research of documents and records, and include records and documentation of allegations made in the report.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
HARD NEWS
 
  • Submit up to five functioning, cached or active URLs linking to an entry which consists of a single hard news report that is not breaking news and not primarily investigative in nature.
  • Humorous or soft-topic stories do not belong in this category.
  • Entry may not be entered in the Feature Reporting category.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
CONTINUING COVERAGE
 
  • Submit an entry showing continuing coverage of a major developing story over an extended period of time.
  • Submit up to five functioning, cached or active URLs linking to coverage of the major developing story over an extended period of time.
  • The entry should include at least one complete news report.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
FEATURE REPORTING
 
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL linking to a single report covering a human-interest or profile subject that is not breaking news or investigative in nature.
  • Entry may not be entered in the Reporting: Hard News category.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
SPORTS REPORTING
 
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL linking to a single packaged report.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016
EXCELLENCE IN SOUND (Formerly 'Use of Sound')
 
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL linking to a single subject reported in a single segment showing creative use of sound to tell a story.
  • Entry must be exactly as it was heard on a digital platform or platforms.
  • "Year-ender" packages are not allowed.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
EXCELLENCE IN VIDEO (Formerly 'Use of Video')
 
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL linking to a single subject reported in a single segment showing creative use of video to tell a story.
  • Entry must be exactly as it appeared on a digital platform or platforms.
  • "Year-ender" packages are not allowed.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
NEWS DOCUMENTARY
 
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL linking to a single subject reported in a single segment addressing a need or needs of your users.
  • Entry may be edited.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
EXCELLENCE IN WRITING
 
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL to an entry demonstrating excellence in writing that conveys the feeling and significance of events to the user. Entry may represent an individual or collaborative effort and may include up to three examples, exactly as it originally appeared.
  • A short description of the entry is requested.
  • Entry must not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION


 
  • This category is designed to award digital news organizations that innovate their product to enhance the quality of journalism and the audience’s understanding of news.
  • Submit a functioning, cached or active URL linking to a single entry that demonstrates an innovative use of content, engagement, technology and/or audience experience. A single entry may include audio or video examples; functioning, cached or active URLs; apps; social feeds; or any other platform that demonstrates innovation in journalism.
  • Audio or video entries must not exceed 30 minutes. If the original entry is longer than 30 minutes, submit only the first 30 minutes. No editing is allowed.
  • A written description explaining how the entry breaks the mold of traditional journalism is required.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
 

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA


 
  • This category is designed to reward digital news organizations that use social media to enhance the audience’s understanding of a single news story or news event/project.
  • Submit up to 5 examples of functioning, cached or active URLs that demonstrate the exceptional use of social media as evidenced by the quality of journalism and the quantity and quality of user engagement.
  • An entry may include apps or any other platform that demonstrates the best use of social media in journalism.
  • A written description explaining how the entry uses social media to further the audience’s understanding of the news story, news event or news project is required.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
OVERALL EXCELLENCE
 
  • To be eligible to compete in this category, Digital News Organizations must enter at least two other categories.
  • Submit an entry that contains up to ten live or cached URLs linking to examples of breaking news, continuing coverage, features and/or other work that reflects the depth and scope of the news organization. Apps and social feeds may also be submitted as part of the ten examples. Judging will be based on the original work samples and not on the way the entry is produced. Entry must include examples of a robust digital media presence; relevant links may be inserted in the text box provided, or attached in a .pdf and uploaded to the entry form.
  • Judging will be based on the original work samples and not on the way the entry is produced.
  • Must have appeared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.


FAQ

Q:        Can I enter multiple entries in the same category?
A:        Yes and no.  Only one Newscast entry, Overall Excellence entry and Website entry can be entered
            per organization.  Stations can enter multiple entries in all other categories.
 
Q:        Can I enter the same entry in more than one category?
A:        Yes and no.  Stations cannot enter an entry in the Hard News Reporting category and the Feature
            Reporting category.  Organizations can enter the same entry (or parts of the same entry) in all other
            categories.
 
Q:        Are time limits for each category strictly enforced?
A:        Yes.  Judges are instructed to only watch or listen up to the allotted time for each entry.
 
Q:        My entry is in multiple links, will it still be accepted?
A:        No. Your entry must be submitted in one single, functioning link.  If your entry is a composite entry, you must edit your separate stories together.
           (The exception to this rule is the Website category.  Your main link should be your home page, but additional links will be accepted).
 
Q:        How long should the link to my entry be active?
A:        Entrants are responsible for making sure that entry links are active through the time of judging and beyond.  If the link is not active at the time of judging,
           the entry will be disqualified immediately and entry fees will not be refunded.  RTDNA encourages entrants to keep links active permanently.
 
Q:        What Region am I in?
A:        Please take a look at our map of membership regions. If you are an international entrant you fall under region 14.


 
Q:        I am an independent journalist, can I still enter the Edward R. Murrow Awards?
A:        Yes.  RTDNA encourages all journalists to enter.  We ask that you enter in the market and medium where your piece was first broadcast. 
 
Q:        My entry is not in English, can I still enter the Edward R. Murrow Awards?
A:        Yes.  Non-English entries are required to include subtitles or English-translated scripts with their piece.
 
Q:        Can I mail my entry to RTDNA?
A:        No. RTDNA will not accept mailed entries.  The entry form is entirely digital and all supporting materials must be provided on the online entry.
 

Previous Winners:

2016 - National | Regional
2015 - National | Regional
2014 - National | Regional
2013 - National | Regional
2012 - National | Regional
2011 - National | Regional
2010 - National | Regional
2009 - National | Regional

The 2016 awards ceremony was held in New York City. Click here for complete coverage of the event. Photos from the event are available here.