RTDNA honors outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity with the RTDNA/UNITY Award. The award is part of the covenant the Association has adopted with UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, to achieve diversity in the newsroom through developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of communities. The purpose of the award is to encourage and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. It is presented annually to news organizations that show an ongoing commitment to covering the diversity of the communities they serve.

The 2015 contest entry period will open in December.

Enter your radio, television or online news organization in the RTDNA/UNITY Awards and showcase your ongoing commitment to covering diversity issues. This prestigious award will bring recognition to your news team and increased respect from your audience.

What Do I Need To Know to Enter?                         Call for entries
The news organization must submit an entry that demonstrates journalistic excellence in covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity in the community it serves. That coverage may include but is not limited to, an examination of racism, race relations, problems confronting indigenous groups, issues of language, and/or explorations of social conditions common to groups in the community served. The entry may be a single story or a compilation of work. A written presentation is required and should include a list of material on the entry.
Entry Deadline
Entries for the 2015 awards will be accepted from early December to early February. Specific dates will be posted here when announced.
Entries may be submitted by stations, networks, syndication services, program services and online news organizations. Entries without appropriate station, network or company authorization will not be accepted. You do not have to be a member of RTDNA to enter the competition or win an award. International entries are accepted.
Entry Fees
Small Market/Large Market Station/Online News Operation
  Member* Nonmember
Audio $65 $115
Video $115 $215
Radio/Television Network/Syndication Service/Program Service
  Member* Nonmember
Audio $165 $315
Video $165 $315
*To qualify for member rates on entry fees, a member of your full-time news staff must be an RTDNA member through February 8, 2014. Not sure of your member status? E-mail katies@rtdna.org
Payment for entry fees can be made online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) when you submit your entry or by mailing a check. If payment is made by check, please include a copy of the invoice received via e-mail or note the invoice number(s) directly on the check to ensure proper credit to your account. Entries must be paid for in full by the time judging starts or they will not be judged. Checks should be made payable to RTDNA. All checks can be sent to:
The National Press Building
529 14th Street, Suite 1240
Washington, D.C. 20045
An entry that does not follow competition rules as outlined in here will be disqualified. Entries that are longer than 60 minutes will be disqualified. Entrants will not be notified of disqualification, nor will entry fees be refunded.
RTDNA/UNITY Award recipients will be announced in June.
Awards and Recognition
Recipients of an RTDNA/UNITY Award will receive a custom-designed award, which will be presented at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in October in New York.
RTDNA Staff Contact Information
Katie Switchenko
Program, Awards and Membership Manager
December 2014
Contest Opens

February 2015
Entry Deadline

June 2015
RTDNA/UNITY Winners Announced
October 2015
RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York