2017 Competition Rules & Categories

South Central Broadcasting Society Categories and Rules, Fall 2017 Conference

Note that for all attendees, the conference registration cost is $25 per attendee if paid by the early deadline, $50 per attendee regular and $75 per attendee as late registration.  All attendees must register. Schools entering the competition are expected to send at least three representatives to the conference.  (Note these rules have been updated for 2017 — if you see unclear or incomplete information, please email us.)

Annual Regional SCBS Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition.  Graduate student entries are separate and currently not listed here.

May 5, 2017 is the deadline for schools to pay a flat $100 SCBS Membership fee for all entries from students from their school.  If their school does not join as a competition member and pay the $100 entry fee, individual students may instead enter the competition for a fee of $25 per entry. The competition member fee covers up to 25 entries from that school. Schools may pay a second $100 fee to enter up to 10 more entries. Initial spring semester entry submission deadline is May 5, 2017.  Monday, May 15, 2017 is the final submission deadline for material, for content produced or broadcast in the Summer or Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters. (Schools may also upload entries at the end of the fall 2016 semester, but must keep track of maximum entries per category when submitting final entries in May.) Each college or university’s entries are submitted by uploading content and filling out an entry form, indicating the entry’s URL, making sure advance payment has been done. Schools MUST COORDINATE their entries—if you submit more than allowed, all submissions may be removed from consideration. Grand Prize may not be awarded in any category with less than three schools competing. During judging, similar categories may be combined for awards in order to achieve a Grand Prize winner from among the best of those. Be sure to verify URL and the video & audio quality of the upload. Files that will not play will not be judged. If your entry is selected as a Finalist, you must provide a downloadable file or your winning entry may not be played at the awards ceremony. No matter what length the entry, this must be a good :30 to :45 length sample.   If your online URL does not stay available until the date of the conference, your entry may be deleted from consideration and not receive an award.

Category Descriptions and Entry Codes

Please read the category descriptions and rules below before completing the entry form. The descriptions provide examples, but do not include every program type that might be appropriate in a particular category. The category entry codes are in brackets [ ].   Our Regional Competition has sixteen entry categories.

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Maximum THREE entries per category per school EXCEPT categories where the same type of program is produced multiple times, like newscast, a regular talk show series or a regular sports series – for any of those, pick your one BEST entry to submit–maximum ONE entry per school for any of these kinds of entries. If duplicates are submitted the competition chair may remove all from consideration or may select one at random to be judged.
I.  Hard News / Spot News [Audio 101] [Video 201]
This category is for shorter (under 2:00) hard news or spot packages (reporting ‘what happened / is happening’ — and event that was covered) that would air during a newscast. For radio, this should include actualities and natural sound elements in addition to reporter voice content. A video production should contain voice-over with b-roll, sound bites, reporter-guest two-shots, and a reporter voice over and no more than one stand-up. The stand-up may be a live shot component (the stand-up is not a required component). The audio entry must include at least one actuality. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

II.  News Feature Package [Audio 102] [Video 202]

This category is for shorter (under 2:00 typically but may be up to 3:00) feature news packages (these are ‘about it / about them’ kinds of stories — NOT about an event that occurred or typical daily / weekly news story) that would air during a newscast. If it’s more for something that happened, enter in the previous category.  For radio, this should include actualities and natural sound elements in addition to reporter voice content. A video production should contain voice-over with b-roll, sound bites, reporter-guest two-shots, and a reporter voice over and no more than one stand-up (this is not a required component). The stand-up may be a live shot component. The audio entry must include at least one actuality. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

III. Sports Package [Audio 103] & [Video 203]

This category is for shorter (under 2:00) hard, spot or feature sports packages that would air during a newscast, sportscast or sports program. (Note: these are basically ‘news style reports’ like above but done about a sporting event.) For radio, this MUST include actualities and natural sound elements in addition to reporter voice content. A video production MUST contain voice-over with b-roll, sound bites, and a reporter voice over and no more than one stand-up (the stand-up is not a required component). The stand-up may be a live shot component. The audio entry should include at least one actuality.One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

IV. Television Talent – On camera News or Sports [Video 204]

This would be a news, weather, or sports on-air (anchoring, weather reporting) segment compiled from one or more broadcasts. It can be a demo reel type production. If you submit one full unedited program it will not be judged–the submission must be a montage of your work. The submission must include all on-air talent from one person with extra parts from others edited out—just as a DJ aircheck is done, the submission should be a ‘telescoped’ version of only the entrant’s performance(s) during a program. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

IVb. Audio or Video Sports Talent – [Audio 104b]

This would be the calling of play by play taken from one specific audio or video broadcast.  For this play-by-play category, the entry must be the full first 20+ minutes of one unedited game (include up to three minutes at the beginning of pre-game, if desired). One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.  This is NOT for a radio airshift–see next for that category. BUT it IS the category to enter if you have called the game of any sports event for radio, TV or online. The play-by-play announcer is the entrant, or if a well-balanced team it can be the play-by-play talent plus color commentator.

IVc. Audio News or Sports Talent – [Audio 104c]

This would be the collective talent work in audio news, weather, or sports on-air (anchoring, weather reporting) segment compiled from multiple programs. The submission must include all on-air talent from one person, but, like a DJ aircheck, be a ‘telescoped’ version of only the entrant’s performance during that program. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.  This is NOT for a radio airshift–see next for that category. This must be a ‘demo reel’ kind of montage of the entrant’s audio talent work–a single production will be be judged in this category.

V. Audio Music/Entertainment Program (Radio DJ Talent) [Audio 105]

Represented by a typical music and/or information radio airshift. Submit a telescoped montage of your one best airshift, without removing any of the live breaks done in the shift. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

VI.  Station Imaging or Collective Project Campaign package. [Audio 106] & [Video 206]

This would include a variety of productions all built around a single theme created by a student to provide unified promotional and imaging messages for a campus radio station or TV channel, or various multimedia examples of one unified promotional or advertising campaign for any other student media purpose. The station imaging should contain a standard graphics package created by the student(s) combined with video created by the student(s) and which provide and overall promotion and imaging of a particular student TV show or student media TV channel. On the entry form you must describe the specific graphics process for TV–including noting the software used and how much is from template material and the specific SFX / production elements in audio and how much of that came from other sources.  One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

VII. Spot Production: Promos, PSAs, Commercials [Audio 107] & [Video 207]

(a) Standard-length (:30 or :60) promotional announcement produced for a station or other client. (Does not include Station Imaging, sweepers or stingers). (b) Standard-length (:30 or :60) public service announcement produced for a station or non-profit client and run as a community service. The objective of a PSA is to provide information, education and awareness. These should be for real organizations, not speculative causes. OR (c) Standard-length (:30 or :60) commercial produced for a station or other client. Intended to sell a client’s product or service or promote a corporate brand. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

VIII. Promotional Video / Music Video (Video only) [Video 208]

Originally produced 3-5 minute videos to original or previously released music. Copyright permission must be provided from copyright holder of the musicitems submitted without this will not be judged. OR a 3-5 minute promotional piece promoting an entity or organization—such as a college sports team, a university department or a non-profit organization. Since a music video promotes the artist, any standard music video productions is entered in this category. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

IX.  Podcast   [Audio 109] & [Video 209]

This must have produced for the primary purpose of online distribution as a short (generally 4:00 or under) audio or video podcast, although it may have also been broadcast or made available online. The URL of where this exists online (not just from your competition upload) from its original distribution must be included on the entry form. Non-podcast creations cannot be submitted here—you must include a notation about the podcast process available to distribute your program. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category. Non-podcast, online-only entries will not be judged.

X. Documentary [Audio 110] & [Video 210]

This would be a several-minute up to 30-minute audio or video documentary. It may be poetic, observational, expository, participatory, reflexive or performative. Audio & video entries may be produced from original scripts or adapted from existing scripts. Entrant is responsible for any and all copyright permissions required. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

XI. Short Film / Radio Drama [Audio 111] & [Video 211]

This would be a several-minute up to 30-minute audio or video drama (comedy or drama genre) or visual short film, including animation or experimental. Audio & video entries produced from original scripts or adapted from existing scripts. Entrant responsible for any and all copyright permissions required. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

XII.  News Program [Audio 112] & [Video 212]

Full-length programs that include newscasters, packages and/or segments which were originally broadcast live or presented in a live-on-tape broadcast. Pick your school’s one best newscast to submit. One entry per school in this category.  This would typically be a 15 or 30 minute TV show or a several minute radio program that contains 8-12 locally produced stories including actualities and voice reports.  (For TV or radio — NO POST PRODUCTION ALLOWED—must be original as-aired program).

XIII. Magazine, Game Show or Entertainment Program [Audio 113] & [Video 213]

Full-length programs (that include hosts and packages and/or segments). For video, these are multi-camera programs shot live or live to tape with minimal post-production. For audio, typical public affairs style shows and other programs that incorporate multiple program elements would be submitted here. Include a description of the production format/content and production process. Maximum three entries per school in this category, with no more than one per school of any one particular genre or specific program title (example: if you produce multiple episodes of “RDU Monthly” only submit your one best episode). Sports shows may not be entered in this category–those go in XV category.

XIV.   [Audio 114] & [Video 214]  Informational or Entertainment Shorts
These are short informative (non-narrative, non-documentary) pieces that may have been done as a segment within a longer program or as a standalone informational piece used for other purposes. News and sports packages in the category described above are for pre-produced reports with voice-over and sound bites; this category is instead for a short feature-like segment not produced like a news or sports report. Standard news and sports reports must be submitted in the category above. What also may be submitted here would be a short sports or entertainment piece (like a viral video style production) that does not fit other categories. One entry per person and no more than three entries per school in this category.

XV. Sports Program [Audio 115] & [Video 215]

Pre-game or post-game programs of at least 10 minutes in length (originally aired live or recorded) or stand- alone sports program with packages or segments. These must have evidence of substantive pre-production; simple ‘talk-show’ type talk and commentary will not be judged. Play by play talent must be submitted in the previously described category. Maximum one entry per person and three entries per school in this category, with no more than one per school of any one particular genre or specific program title.

XVI.  Experimental category (Video Only) [Video 216] —typically this category is for unusual or creative productions that are produced as segments within a longer program, or short program length productions.

Entries are limited to original productions that do not fit any other current category. Entries that meet the definition of a current established category will be disqualified. Entries might include, but are not limited to: Reality TV Shows, Interactive DVD’s, animation, and productions using non-traditional/unique uses of production formats), etc. DO NOT SUBMIT any type of standard information or entertainment content that fits another category. Must include a description of the production format/content. (maximum three entries per school in this category, with no more than one per school of any one particular genre.)

RULES FOLLOW BELOW

2016-17 SOUTH CENTRAL BROADCASTING SOCIETY REGIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ELECTRONIC MEDIA COMPETITION

PURPOSE: This competition continues a tradition of providing a regional production competition for students in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, and any U.S. state that borders these states, including any program within BEA District 5. While college students from anywhere may attend the conference, only students in college or university programs from these states may enter this Regional Competition. We are not officially connected to any similar national organization, so students who enter our competition or attend our conference do NOT have to be members or come from a school with a chapter in any national organization. However, as of 2015, we are loosely connected to the Broadcast Education Association’s BEA Clubs for students. The competition membership entry fee for the Regional Competition is $100 per school for up to 25 entries, or $25 each for three or fewer entries from small programs.

ELIGIBILITY:  

1        All entries must be undergraduate student-produced. Graduate students should enter the BEA Festival or a separate graduate category of this competition.  Executive Producer roles do not qualify–the entrant must be substantively involved in creation of the submitted entry. All entries must be in English or have English sub-titles.  Spanish-language programs may be judged if entrant receives special permission, subject to availability of judges.

2        Entries by students who hold a full or part-time, paid position in a professional broadcasting or related organization and which were produced at or for that company/institution as part of the students’ regular job will not be considered an eligible entry. This is an ‘amateur work’ student competition.

3        Student-produced entries completed in fulfillment of college course credit and/or are the result of standard student media operations are eligible for competition. (College Internships at professional entities need to meet the guidelines listed in #2 above.)

4     Faculty and professional staff can act in an advisory capacity only.

5     No entry may have been awarded for any other previous Student Competition other than a statewide-only competition, but entries to South Central’s competition for 2017 may also be submitted separately by the student to other national competitions, dependent upon their rules.

ENTRY FEE: The link for payment is located on the http://www.scbroadcasting.com web site. Students must coordinate submissions with their adviser before submitting—any entry that cannot be matched to an already-completed payment will be disqualified. Fees are used for administrative expenses and awards’ costs. Each school must select its own entrants in advance of making submissions—the $100 school membership entry fee covers three entries per school in most categories (as listed above, with noted exceptions. Just like Newscast, in any event where a school has multiple production of the same kind of show, ONLY SUBMIT your best single entry. LIKEWISE—each individual must select and submit his/her ONE BEST project within any one particular category—such as spot production, short film, news report, etc. DO NOT SUBMIT multiple entries where you essentially compete against yourself within a category, AND you must NOT submit the same entry in more than one category. Be careful to submit to the appropriate category—you may not have your entry selected as a finalist if judges deem it does not fit the category you entered, OR if you do not enter a valid category on the entry form. In the event a school submits more than the allowed number or entries, all entries within categories are subject to being disqualified with no reimbursement of entry fee paid. A school wishing to submit more than 25 total entries may buy a second ‘block’ of entries but still may not exceed the number of entries allowed per category.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS: Winners will be announced at the South Central Broadcasting Society conference in fall 2017 semester during the Awards Ceremony.
NOTE: At the awards ceremony, only certificates may be awarded. Each Grand Prize  winner per category will also receive one plaque or trophy, but only if at least three people preregister for the conference from the winning student’s college or university (winning student does not have to be one of the registrants). If only certificates are available at the awards ceremony, plaques/trophies will be mailed after the conference at the expense of the South Central Broadcasting Society, but as noted above, trophies are made only for schools who meet the conference attendance requirement. Students who qualify for a plaque/trophy may pay the actual cost of the plaque/trophy PLUS shipping for extra plaques/trophies requested, such as for co-producers and/or a student’s department for display purposes. Schools may also pay to have trophies made for their Grand Prize winners. Costs will be known at time of ordering. Payment would be due at the time of order. No orders will be taken after October 16, 2017. Mistakes on plaques/trophies caused by entry form errors or failure to reply to email requests will be corrected only at the entrant’s expense.

GENERAL ENTRY PROCEDURES

1        No entry may have been submitted for any previous South Central Regional Undergraduate Student Competition.

2        Fill out and print out the entry form when submitting online with the uploaded entry. Entry forms must be completed in their entirety.

3       Entries must remain posted online from the date of submission through the announcement of winners, then remain posted online through at least Dec. 31, 2017.  Content removed prior to the specified date is subject to having its winning status revoked. Any other factors after the competition that are discovered that would have disqualified an entry will also cause the winning status revoked. For any revoked entry the individual student must return the award and reimburse SCBS for all costs associated with its creation and distribution.

4        Each entry must be accompanied with the appropriate entry fee. One check/money order payment is required for the flat fee membership per school, but then each school will be responsible for separately submitting a summary form noting all entrants connected to that entry fee.  The individual fee per entry is available only to schools that have three or fewer total entries.

5     Entry fees WILL NOT be refunded for disqualified entries. Individuals accept that if action is taken by them to dispute the credit card charge paid for entry fees or conference registration, they will still be responsible to SCBS for the payment, plus any additional fees or losses the dispute causes to SCBS.   School advisers agree to work with students to assure proper payments are made and efforts are not made to circumvent payment.

6        Entries may only be submitted between November  1, 2016 and May 12, 2017.

7        SCBS will make every effort to return judges’ comment forms but we cannot guarantee entrants will receive the forms. Students may and should request judges’ comments after completion of the conference if not received. The regional competition should help individuals in certain categories work on improving a regional submission prior to national competition submission in December.

8       Terms and Conditions of Entry:

  • Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of SCBS to use it for exhibition and publication in any medium.
  • The competition assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrants, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without such rights submits an entry, SCBS is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and the entry is subject to disqualification. The entrant agrees by the submission and payment of fees that it is his or her own individual, non-professional work and that the entrant holds full responsibility for having met any related legal requirements, including copyright. Any copyrighted material used must have accompanying permission forms with the entry.
  • We follow the same guidelines as the National Broadcasting Society notes for its submissions as found here.
  • Audio & video entry specifics continue below

AUDIO AND VIDEO COMPETITIONS

1             Submissions must have been produced or aired during the period of June 2016 to May 12, 2017.

2   The same audio/video piece may only be entered in one category — do not submit to separate categories.

3  Entries are to be original work by undergraduate students (fully student-produced) for a campus media entity or from a standard college course.

4        Where applicable, entries must be accompanied with evidence of copyright permission for such things as network news footage, movie clips, copyrighted scripts, licensed or unlicensed music, and music videos.

5        Productions must contain primarily originally produced material [as opposed to stock footage or segments produced by anyone other than the eligible entrant(s), etc.].

6        All production entries must be complete programs, complete program segments or complete packages as described for each entry category. Do not send edited montages of programs, stories, packages or segments or demo reels. (If you post a 30-minute program on a website that only allows shorter postings, break the program into segments and submit links for all segments.) The exception to this is the telescoped DJ aircheck and ‘talent’ category as described above, which should be a montage of one airshift with no live breaks done by the announcer deleted from the aircheck.

7   The intent for uploading entries for the 2016-17 competition is that students will upload entries to an easily available online site (YouTube as an unlisted, but NOT private file, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.) and submit the URL on the entry form. URLs that cannot be opened will cause the entry to not be judged and the entrant will not be reimbursed. Entrants are responsible for meeting all technical issues to make the file available for judging.

JUDGING: All entries will be judged by media professionals. Entries will be judged based on technical quality, originality of ideas and achievement of any stated category criteria. The judges have the authority to determine that no entry is suitable as a winner in any category. We do not guarantee that longer productions will be played in their entirety for judging purposes, but judges will be expected to review at least one third – and no less than the first ten minutes of—longer-form materials. Grand Prize awards may not be given in any category with less than three schools competing. Entries are judged based on standard expectations of quality, so judges may deem no entry meets Grand Prize criteria even if the category has more than three entries.