Common Murrow Award entry mistakes (and how to avoid them)

February 4, 2019 10:00

Steps to Enter

  1. Visit and click “Get Started” create an account for 2021.
  2. Complete the entry form, including the link to your media on the second page of the form.
  3. Enter your membership information to trigger the member discount. 
  4. Add the link to your entry’s media.
  5. Confirm your entry details and add to your cart
  6. Checkout.
  7. Repeat 2-5 as many times as you’d like through February 18, the final deadline (Save on entry fees for entries submitted by Feb. 11).

Award Portal Mistakes

  • Are you having trouble logging in to the awards site at with the login information from last year or the login saved by your computer’s web browser? Last year’s login information expired after last year’s entry deadline. The accounts no longer exist, so password recovery will not work.  You’ll need to create a new account, which will be valid just through this year’s deadline.
  • Are your membership login credentials not working at That’s because membership portal logins are separate from the awards system. You’ll want to create an award account by clicking “Get Started”

Common Entry Form Errors

  • Not sure what category to submit your entry in? Reviewing past winners can be a great way to get a feel for the categories. 
  • Make sure you are in the correct region and category!  Be careful with the drop down menus, or your local feature may be competing against Region 1’s breaking news.
  • Should your piece win, the entry title and media organization will be printed on your award as you listed them on the entry form. Check for spelling, capitalization, punctuation, etc.
  • Keep the brief description brief. The entry form will cut off and not allow longer descriptions. If your category calls for a more in-depth overview, attach a supplemental pdf or word doc.
  • Can my entry run over the time limit? Yes, but judges will only review content up until the time limit. Use discretion. Submitting a 12- minute video in a category with a 10-minute limit is more reasonable than a 60-minute piece, which would make the judges think your entry is a mistake.

Link Problems

  • Double check your links! Send your entry link to a colleague to make sure they can review. Entrants using YouTube in particular: Be sure to submit publicly accessible links, not your YouTube administrator link.
  • Your link does not need to be on YoutTube or Vimeo but must be live through at least the end of the year.
  • Make sure your files have attached to your entry. Confirm that your link(s) and any supplemental files have been successfully attached to your entry before submitting. Every year, a few completely blank entries are submitted. Take a moment to ensure that's not you.
  • Password protected link? Make the password clear in the description box.

Member Discount Issues

  • Not getting the member discount? Make sure your membership is up-to-date before you enter. If you would like to take advantage of the member discount, be sure your membership is current and is verified on the entry form before you confirm your entries and pay the non-member fee.
  • For membership questions, contact Karen Hansen.

Entry Problems

  • Made a mistake on your submitted entry? Don’t panic, and don’t create a duplicate entry! STOP and contact Award Manager Kate M., who will be able to help you fix any errors.
  • Save a copy of your confirmation email. The 4-digit confirmation number helps us find your entries if there’s ever an issue.
  • You don’t need to submit all of your entries at once! Have some more work you want to submit after the early-bird deadline? Pay for the complete entries in your cart and log back in anytime through February 18, 2021 to submit addtional entries.