The 2017 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 fully appreciate the project. Show us how much it cost and where your funding came from.
It doesn't have to be 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 saved money.)


What files will I need to upload for each entry?

After we confirm your entry, we'll send you a unique identification number and a link to Submittable, where you will upload multiple files.

We want you to provide the judges with the following information:

  • Narrative  - Description of the project. Be sure to include the names of the people involved. Delineate your goals and objectives; how this project was planned and executed. If partners were involved, describe their role/participation.

  • Budget summary (Simple spreadsheet or text to describe the funding.)

  • Innovation / creativity - Was this project something entirely new or a fresh take on something done before?

  • Results  Anecdotal or empirical evidence of impact on your community, response from your audience. 

  • Supporting Materials - Photos of related promotional items (e.g., tshirt); screen grabs of social media posts; photos from events, etc.

  • Video - If your entry has a video component, upload the video, or provide a URL and password for judges to access it.


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I'm not sure what category is best for my project.
How do I decide?

Use your best judgment.
If we think the entry belongs in a different category, we will check and confer with you before changing it. [2017 Category List]

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]


Can I enter a project---or a component of a project---in more than one category?

Yes. Please do.

Many winners from past years entered in multiple categories. Multiple platforms are the nature of public media.


For video entries -- how do I provide the judges with my video?
You have options:

When you provide the video component on Submittable, you can either upload the video file (we take all formats) or you can provide the URL to the video. E.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.  If a password is required to access your video, please be sure you provide it.

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I entered my project last year and it didn't win. Can I enter it again?
No, probably not. See the eligibility period requirements:
January 1, 2016  - April 1, 2017

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My station isn't a NETA member, but we are a public television station and we use NETA programs.
Are we eligible to enter the Awards competition?

No, sorry. The Awards honor the work of NETA member stations. 

You should join NETA.  The awards are just one important part of the station-centered professional development 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






I am an independent co-producer of this program. I am not employed at the station. May I enter my work?
Only the NETA member station is eligible to enter, and they must demonstrate that they were responsible for majority funding and editorial control on the project. The member station must have the copyright, either solely held or shared.

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How and when do I find out if I won?
If you win, NETA will contact your station's president/CEO by mid-October. Winners will be notified in time to register for our annual conference where the awards will be presented with much pomp and festivity.
What do we win?
A beautiful engraved crystal trophy, a full-page ad in Current, recognition and applause from your peers throughout the public television system and legendary fame.
See last year's winners here

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Awards questions? Email us: or call Gayle at 803-978-1573 or Maryanne @ 803-978-1579

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