2016 NETA Awards FAQ
Answers to the most frequently asked questions.
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I have to include a
budget summary with the entry.
What is a "budget summary?"
We mean the simplest budget
breakdown you can provide so that the judges have an
overview of the project's production costs.
how much it cost and where the funding came from.
should be no more than one page. A spreadsheet is fine. Be sure to distinguish between cash expenses, in-kind, and underwritten costs/sponsorships.
Please highlight any
special cost savings due to innovative/creative strategies.
(Hint: Want to stand out? Judges love to see how you
And what is a "project narrative?"
Tell the judges
about your project's goals, challenges, and its measurable results.
(Judges love results.)
Let your narrative speak eloquently for you.
Give the judges a good overall picture of what it took to
create and complete your project, why it was important, who your partners were, how
you promoted it, and especially what kind of response it
received from your viewers, the participants, and the community.
Don't sell yourself short.
narrative is seldom enough to create a complete picture for the
judges. Work it!)
materials?" What are they?
Here's where including a couple well-chosen photos from your
events, and compliments from viewers, newspaper stories,
letters and email, indications of fundraising success, proof
of higher pledge numbers, EMMY®
awards, etc., will make your entry even stronger. Those are examples of
not sure what category is best for my project.
How do I
Use your best judgment, and keep in mind that the judges can
move your entry to a different category if appropriate. [2016
You will not be disqualified for entering in the ’wrong’
category – don’t worry.
Call or email us if you have a category question. [contact]
I enter a project---or a component of a project---in
more than one
do. Many winners from past years occurred in multiple categories. Multiple
platforms are the nature of public media.
Can I send both sets
of entries in the same box?
Sure, but please put each
set into an individual envelope, bag, or binder and label everything
For video entries
-- What format do I
use to deliver a program or promo?
You have options:
1.) We prefer that you furnish us with an online link (URL) to the complete program or
promo on your station's website, on Vimeo, YouTube, or
wherever. Be sure the online link is available through
the judging season
(April - September 2016.)
2.) Can't do online? Please provide two (2) DVDs for each
entry, and please check to be sure they play properly before
you ship them.
I entered my project
last year and it
didn't win. Can I enter it again?
No, probably not. See the
January 1 - December 31,
station isn't a NETA member, but we are a
public television station.
Are we eligible to
enter the Awards competition?
No, sorry. The
Awards honor the work of
stations. You should join NETA. The awards are
just one important part of the station-centered work that NETA
does, all year long.
We would truly
welcome your station as a member. To join NETA as a full-fledged
member, contact Skip Hinton (our president) at 803-978-1581, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am an
co-producer of this program. I am not employed at the station. May I
enter my work?
station is eligible to enter, and they must demonstrate that
they were responsible for majority funding and editorial control on
the project. The
must have the copyright, either solely held or shared.
How and when do I find out
if I won?
If you win, NETA will contact
your station's president/CEO by mid-July. Winners will be
notified in time to register for our annual conference,
September 19-21 in Baltimore, where the awards will be presented with much pomp
do we win?
A beautiful engraved crystal trophy,
recognition and applause from your peers throughout the
public television system and legendary fame.
last year's winners here.