Edward R. Murrow Awards



The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow 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.

Regional winners for 2014 were announced in April. National winners were announced in June.
 
 
Prizes: Winners receive an Edward R. Murrow Award trophy. Awards are presented to news organizations, not individuals. Winning entrants will be invited to join RTDNA at our annual awards dinner and show at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City in October 2015.

Contest Duration: The 2015 contest entry period is now open and ends February 3, 2015.

Contest fees and discounts: Click here for details on contest fees and member discounts.

Student Awards: New in 2015 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.

For any questions about the Edward R. Murrow Awards, please email Kate Switchenko at katies@rtdna.org

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.
 

Entry Divisions by Market Size

Entries must be submitted in the proper divison 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 entires 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+

Small Online News Organization: 999,999 or fewer unique visitors per month.
Large Online News Organization: 1,000,000 or more unique visitors per month.

Online 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.

Enter your best work in the categories that follow. If you are entering an audio category, the corresponding media should be audio. If you are entering a video category, the corresponding media should be video. If you are entering as an Online News Organization, the corresponding audio or video should have first appeared online.

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.
 

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
  • 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

USE OF SOUND
  • 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

USE OF VIDEO
  • Submit an entry showing creative use of video to tell a story. (Composite pieces allowed)
  • 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

NEWS DOCUMENTARY
  • Submit coverage of a single subject reported in a single segment addressing a need or needs of your market.
  • Entry may be not 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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. Online News Organizations must enter their own Website category and at least one other category.
  • For TV and Radio Stations: 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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.




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 the system can verify your new membership.

Organizations can use the membership of any staff member to get the discounted entry rate. Please contact Kate Switchenko at katies@rtdna.org if you have 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 of all of the entries included in your total.  You should also include a copy of the confirmation with your check. RTDNA must receive your check by Friday, February 6, 2015 or your entries will be disqualified.

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

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

The 2014 awards ceremony was held in New York City. Click here for complete coverage of the event. Photos from the event are available here.