PRIX CIRCOM REGIONAL 2017 ENTRY PACK

 RULES OF ENTRY

 

Please read these rules very carefully because it is important that all entries conform fully. A breach of any of the rules may mean disqualification.

RULE 1. Entries can be accepted only from member stations of CIRCOM Regional. Programmes made by independent producers can be considered only if entered by CIRCOM Regional member stations.

RULE  2. All entries, when submitted, will need confirmation by the CIRCOM representative (National Co-ordinator) appointed by the national broadcaster of the regional station making the entry. If there is no such representative, approval will be considered by the President of the Prix CIRCOM.

RULE  3. Each regional station may enter once in EACH of the following categories:

(1) Documentary, (2) News Programme and Viewer Involvement, (3) Music, (4) Minorities in Society, (5) Video Journalism, (6) Most Original and Innovative (7) Rising Star, (8) Investigative Journalism (9) News Report on a European Issue (10) Entertainment.

A total of 10 category entries may therefore be accepted from any one regional station provided that each entry is in a different category.

No programme can be entered in more than one category, although single editions of a series may be entered in different categories. It is also possible for relevant parts of programmes entered in one category to appear also in the personal categories of Rising Star and Video Journalism and in the categories of Most Original and Innovative or News Report on a European Issue.

RULE  4. Programmes (or items) must have been broadcast for the first time between Monday 11 March 2016 and the closing date for entries, Friday 10 March 2017, and should not have been entered in Prix CIRCOM 2016.

RULE  5. Programmes must be submitted as broadcast, except for additions required by Rule 7.

RULE  6. Each entry must be accompanied by an explanation in English or in French which helps the judges understand more about the reasons for making the programme or entry, the qualities of the programme or entry, the impact the programme or entry has had on the audience and any other factors which support the programme or entry as being worthy of consideration. This outline must be no more than 500 words. 
Please note that, to keep entry costs down for stations, it is acceptable that translations into English or French can be based on Google Translate or similar online based systems systems.

RULE  7. Each entry, including those in English, must have full subtitling in English sufficient for the judges to be able to understand what is being said. The subtitling need not be of full broadcast quality, nor time code accurate. Again, please note it is acceptable that translations into English for subtitling can be based on Google Translate or similar online based systems. Entries without subtitles throughout will be disqualified.

RULE  8. Entry forms, with outline and support materials, must be delivered by the entry closing date of Friday 10 March 2017.

RULE  9. Video entries must be uploaded in codec H.264 by Tuesday 14 March 2017. The delivery address is on the web site entry form. Confirmation will be given that a video has been received complete..

RULE  10. 

Entrants agree in advance that, should their programme be a category winner (winner only, not commended), they permit at least one regional transmission and one repeat of that winning entry by any CIRCOM Regional member station which so wishes within its own region between June 2017 and May 2018 free of any licence or rights payments. Further transmissions can be agreed by bilateral negotiation with the winning broadcaster. Failure to guarantee such rights clearance will result in disqualification.
The provision by the winner of an international version, without subtitles, will be required for this purpose and must be delivered to the CIRCOM Secretariat by 9 June 2017. 

RULE  11. Entrants agree in advance to promotional non-broadcast showcase screenings organised on behalf of the Prix CIRCOM Regional and for other non-broadcast use, including online delivery, for the promotion of the Prix.

RULE  12. Entrants agree in advance that brief excerpts from programmes may be freely broadcast or delivered online as part of regional news reports or promotional items about Prix CIRCOM Regional and in any programme on the award ceremony or about the awards.

RULE  13. The winning and commended entrants may be asked to provide a copy of the script in English or French: this will be kept with the programme tape in the CIRCOM Regional archive and helps regional stations wishing to broadcast winning entries. The script is not a requirement for all entries.

RULE  14.  Any costs of mail despatch, customs, insurance, where incurred, will be paid by the entrant.

RULE  15.  Programme video and script texts will not be returned but remain in the archives of CIRCOM Regional.

RULE  16.  Any cash prize or trophy presented will be to the entering CIRCOM Regional broadcasting station. It will be for that winning broadcaster to decide who may represent the station to collect the award at any award presentation and decide who may keep the money and the trophy.
In the case of the internship for the winner of the Rising Star category, monies may be retained by CIRCOM to ensure that they are used solely for the purpose of the internship and to ease administrative liaison with the host broadcasters. If, for any reason, it proves impossible to agree an internship, an agreement will be reached between CIRCOM Regional, the sponsor (TVR) and the winner on how benefits can accrue to the winning entry.

RULE  17. Where the entry is from one station but the programme is a co-produced programme, the submitting station is required to inform any partner stations who have contributed to that programme. The award will be made to the submitting station and it will be for the submitting station to decide how the prize money is allocated.

RULE  18. Where more than one co-producing stations submit the same programme, any award will be joint. It will be for the winning stations to decide how the prize money is allocated. In the case of disagreement, the decision of CIRCOM will be final.

RULE  19. Co-producing stations may submit different programmes from the same series.

RULE  20. A broadcaster who is also sponsor is permitted to win its own sponsorship money.

RULE  21.  It is a requirement that every winning station will ensure that a relevant representative attends the gala presentation to accept the trophy. Failure to do so may result in the withholding of trophy, prize money and expenses.

RULE  22. It is a requirement of entry that every winner and commended entry will ensure that relevant and qualified staff will attend the CIRCOM Conference to take part in a workshop on the Prix, discuss their entry and collect their award onstage as part of the gala if asked or in some other way to promote their success. Failure to do so may result in the withholding of prize money and expenses.

RULE  23. The English language version of the Rules of Entry takes precedence over any other version.

RULE  24. In any dispute, the decision of the President and Chairman of the Judges, David Lowen, will be considered final and binding on all entrants. Any significant dispute will be reported to the Executive Committee of CIRCOM Regional.

 

HOW TO ENTER YOUR VIDEO

The method of entry is by FTP upload to the CIRCOM server. You will receive the FTP credentials, with server address, username and password, by email when you submit your entry form.
The maximum size of file which can be accepted is 10GB: remember this is a viewing copy, not a broadcast copy, and the highest broadcast quality is unnecessary.
The required codec is H.264. No other codec can be accepted.
When you upload, you need to identify your video with its unique entry number, category, title and your station. Failing to do this wastes much time and can result in your entry being lost and not judged. Please remember we have to deal with up to 200 entries in a relatively short period.
Video entries will be checked daily by Tonja Stojanac of the CIRCOM Secretariat. Each entry will receive a response from Tonja stating whether all is in order or whether there is anything missing, such as subtitles. If there is some fault, you will be advised to upload again. This can only happen if you label and identify your entry properly, so please remember how important this is.
It is very important that you do NOT leave entry until the last few days. If you do, there could be a bottleneck of video traffic which will delay your entry beyond the deadline. Enter early!

 

TRANSLATION

CIRCOM Regional accepts that the cost of translation and subtitling have in the past inhibited the number of entries that many stations can make. It wishes to reduce such costs to a minimum but still needs to be able to judge programmes effectively.
It is important to make clear that the purpose of the translation into the working language of English is so that judges can understand what the programme is about and why it is likely to be worthy of winning. To achieve this level of understanding it is not necessary to have faultless English prose. A rough translation is enough – as long as it makes the programme script understandable to international judges.
The quality of automatic translation is continuing to improve, although mainly for the most-used languages. Tests we have carried out have shown that running main languages through the Google Translate system can deliver an acceptable level of English – but with some admittedly strange phrases.
When there are clear mistranslations, improvements can be done quickly by someone at the station with reasonable competence in English. Many stations are already using similar systems and the cost savings are substantial. 

 

SUBTITLING

The quality of the subtitling does not need to match broadcast standard with time-coded accuracy: it is not for viewers at home to see, only judges. The judges need subtitling to understand what is said on your entry and all entries (including those in the English language) must carry subtitles or be disqualified.
Subtitling is needed so that judges can follow the programme without keeping one eye on a written script and avoids asking all entrants to provide scripts, with all the associated costs.
The cost of subtitling was once a barrier to entry. It still will be if entrants are forced to add unnecessary broadcast standard subtitles at broadcast quality prices or are forced to add subtitles at in-house rates designed for broadcast not for offline viewing only.
There is nothing the Prix can do about such restrictions but there are many online subtitling systems cheap or even free for “do-it-yourself” subtitling to the necessary standard for the Prix.

The site www.wondershare.com makes 10 recommendations including Jubler and Open Subtitle Editor. As with translation, all systems work better with the main languages than smaller languages – which is a pity!

 

VOLUNTARY PERMISSION FOR BROADCAST BY CIRCOM MEMBERS
*new for 2017

CIRCOM Regional encourages the circulation of programming between its member stations so that the best regional content may be seen as widely as possible around Europe. With this aim, there is a new – and voluntary - addition to the Prix for 2017. This is not a “rule of entry”: it is a request.
The entry form asks you to indicate whether ANY of your entries could be made available for other stations to show – rather, but not exactly, as we do with the winning entries.
It will be for the entering station to decide if the transmission is permissible and, if so, on what terms. This does mean that, unlike with the transmission of the winning entry, there may be fees to pay for rights, international copies to be created and script production. Also it will be for the receiving station to organise and pay for delivery of the programming.
It is hoped, however, that as many entering programmes as possible may be made available freely for this opportunity to enhance the circulation of the best programmes of public service stations in the regions.
The CIRCOM Secretariat holds details of entrants and will put you in touch but will not organise the delivery or monitor your agreement.
This is how you should make your wish clear on the online entry form for every entry.

Are you able to make this entry available for broadcast free of rights by other member stations of CIRCOM? In return, other stations will make entered programmes available for broadcast by your station.
[  ] YES THIS ENTRY IS AVAILABLE FREE OF RIGHTS TO CIRCOM MEMBER STATIONS, JUNE 2017-END MAY 2018
[  ] NO THIS ENTRY CANNOT BE CIRCULATED FREE OF RIGHTS
Please mark the box so your intention is clear. Thank you.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT OF CATEGORY “NEWS REPORT ON A EUROPEAN ISSUE”
*new for 2017

Entries in this category will be made available for viewing on web sites and social media platforms of the sponsor, the European Committee of the Regions.
The aim is to spread the excellent news reports from entering stations as widely as possible through Europe so that citizens can understand and appreciate the issues better and how they are being addressed in other regions and states.
Since these are news reports only and limited in value beyond the first broadcast or usage, it is not thought that rights clearance will be an issue. Due credit will be given to the entering station when the news report is made available and it is hoped that stations will welcome this free promotional distribution.
The intention is to make the entered version, with English subtitles, available to the CoR.
Further details are included in the criteria for the category below.

 

PRIX CIRCOM REGIONAL AWARD CATEGORIES 2017

 

The following award categories will be contested in 2017:

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Grand Prix

ORF Award 
2000 euros cash (in addition to category prize), certificate and trophy
The winner of the Grand Prix will not be made public until the Gala Award ceremony in Ponta Delgada, The Azores, Portugal, hosted by RTP on Thursday 25 May 2017.

 

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Documentary

RTÉ Award
3000 euros comprising:
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

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France Télévisions Award:
3000 euros comprising
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

pof_svtNews Programme and Viewer Involvement  

SVT Award
3000 euros comprising:
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

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TG4 Award
3000 euros comprising:
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

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BBC Award
3000 euros comprising:
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

pof tvpMost Original and Innovative

TVP Award
3000 euros comprising:
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

pof_tvrRising Star

TVR Award in honour of Vanda Condurache
3000 euros comprising:
- trophy and certificate for the winning entry
- an internship at another regional broadcaster (subject to availability and personal agreement), for which up to 2000 euros will be made available to the winning station towards cost of the winner’s travel, accommodation and subsistence for the internship. In the event that no internship is taken up, an agreed amount will be paid as cash (see Rule 16)
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
There is no Commended entry in this category.

 

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Council of Europe Award
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

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Committee of the Regions’ Award
3000 euros comprising
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

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Award of TPA Asturias-TVG Galicia, Spain
3000 euros comprising
- 2000 euros in cash
- trophy for the winning entry
- certificates for winner and commended
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the winning station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation
- free travel (economy class) to the Conference and awards Gala in The Azores, Portugal, for one representative of the commended station entry with up to two nights’ accommodation

 

AWARD CRITERIA: FOR ALL CATEGORIES – PLEASE NOTE

 

In all categories, judges will prefer regional relevance, although programmes need not be broadcast only in the region in which they are made. Regional productions for the national or international market are acceptable provided they really do represent the efforts of creative talent in the regions.
Programmes which are clearly made by a network or national broadcaster with a national or international audience in mind will be at a disadvantage: these awards seek to encourage regional production and/or regional broadcasting.
It is important that all entrants should check the criteria for each award before entering. Please make sure your programme does qualify for the award category you are choosing. If you enter in the wrong category, you may be disqualified or the judges may be unable to consider your programme fully on its merits.
Judges will not transfer programmes between categories if the programmes have been mistakenly entered. Nor will they move entries between categories for any reason. Entrants should also read the Rules of the competition to make sure they attach and enclose all the details which the judges require. You should pay special attention to the availability of broadcast rights as outlined in the Rules of Entry.
Entrants should also check they have filled in the online Entry Form fully and that the entry has been accepted. Any entry by any region is subject to confirmation by the CIRCOM Regional national co-ordinator of the broadcaster’s country or, if one is not assigned, by the President of the Prix.

 

AWARD CRITERIA: BY CATEGORY

 

GRAND PRIX OF CIRCOM REGIONAL

This award is financially supported by ORF Austria.
No direct entries are accepted for this award. The winner will be selected by the judges, led by the Chairman of the Judges, from the winning entries in the programme genre categories. It is, in effect, The Best of The Best.

 

DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMME

The category is financially supported by RTÉ Ireland and the criteria is unchanged from 2016.
Entries should be documentary programmes on a single subject. Neither the topic nor transmission is required to be regional but judges would prefer the examination of issues which have particular regional relevance even if set in an international or national context.
Judges will seek evidence of a strong storyline and outstanding professionalism in direction and technique. Programmes of strong journalistic investigation are encouraged (although there is a separate category for Investigative Journalism, see below) but so are programmes with a personal view or an unusual perspective.
Documentaries which show fresh techniques or great imagination are welcome and judges will also consider the artistic and cinematographic qualities of the documentary. The judges will note especially new and inventive ways of storytelling.
Where a documentary is part of a series, only one programme will be viewed.
This category is for complete programmes with only one subject. Magazine programmes must be entered under other categories, as should feature items which are part of a wider or longer programme.
Entrants are reminded that the winning programme must be offered all rights cleared for at least one broadcast and at least one repeat (see Rule 10) by any CIRCOM Regional member station during 2017-18.

 

MINORITIES IN SOCIETY

This award, sponsored by France Télévisions, serves to remind Europe’s public service television stations of their duty to reflect and develop a functional multicultural society. There are changes to the criteria this year to further define what the judges consider a “minority”.
The judges will look for factual programmes and reports which reflect minorities and matters relating to minority groups in an informed manner and, especially, which bear upon issues of contemporary concern.
The programmes or reports may deal with contentious issues and events but they will be expected to do so in a way which enables viewers better to understand the causes of disagreements and how such disagreements may be overcome and differences narrowed.
The programmes or reports may be created by minority production units or by general station staff. They may be for prime viewing by minority groups but preference will be given to those programmes which are aimed at a general viewer, thereby leading to better understanding between groups which might otherwise be in conflict or fail in mutual understanding.
The definition of “minority” is broad to reflect the various sectors of the community who may deserve special attention socially, politically, or by the media itself. It does, of course, include groups differentiated by culture, race and colour. It can also include language minorities and other groups such as the physically or mentally challenged, the age or sexual minorities.
However, it must be clear also that some people who are relatively few in number – let’s say “supporters of a low division football team” or “lovers of English medieval music” – may suggest they do not get the attention they serve. They do NOT fall within the definition of “minority” for the purposes of this award.
In common with other categories, the judges will be looking for excellent production skills, technical excellence, story quality, storytelling and viewer impact.
It would be helpful if the judges could be told about any background to the programme or report and any follow up which was achieved.

 

NEWS PROGRAMME AND VIEWER INVOLVEMENT

This award, sponsored by SVT Sweden, significantly amends the Magazine and News Magazine Award of previous years. It now seeks to recognise how the best regional stations develop a dialogue with their citizens, especially when creating a daily news agenda, rather than just deliver information to them.
This year the judges will not just look for a high quality news programme on screen – the backbone of regional television journalism – but will also seek evidence that there is range and inventiveness in the way that viewers/users of this regional content are involved and served. This includes the priorities of a news agenda.
The judges will seek a strong “look and feel” to the programme and other content which adds interest and involvement for viewers. The judges will expect any interviews to explore and explain the issues well and location reports which are made relevant by intelligent hosting.
Judges in recent years have expressed a preference for avoiding “special” news programmes in which a standard edition is varied because of an unusual or outstanding news event. We want the programme style which your viewers see every day or every week.
Judges will look for good examples of how resources are utilised to make the programme and supporting content better: camera, sound, video editing, graphics, studio set (if made in a studio), presenter links, personality, interviews, interviewees.
The judges would like to see evidence of how regional stations develop a two-way communication which enables viewers (and users on other platforms where possible) to contribute and be closer to their own news provider.
As local/regional news providers, we have to be close to those we serve: we have to reflect the arguments and the big issues in our immediate environment, not stay in our own “journalistic filter bubble”. This “closeness” is what, after all, defines our news values in the community.

 

MUSIC PROGRAMME

This category, sponsored by TG4 Ireland, highlights the social value of music and the contribution it makes to regional culture, as expressed in television programmes. The criteria is unchanged from last year.
The programmes may be short features, documentaries or coverage of musical performance.
The subject matter is wide. It may be anything from the contribution of individuals to musical life to events based on music. It may be an examination of an issue relating to performance or distribution of music or evidence of how music can contribute to the cohesion of society. As long as music, the value of music, the love of music is at the core of the programme idea, the subject and treatment is acceptable.
Where the programme is in the short report, feature or documentary form, the judges will pay due regard to the quality and interest of the story, the way the story is told, technical excellence and impact.
Where the programme is primarily performance based, the judges will pay special attention to the quality of direction, camera and sound, and staging. However, it must also be made clear how and why such programming is seen as a contribution to regional culture.

 

VIDEO JOURNALISM

This award, sponsored by the BBC UK, is for the best series of news reports submitted by a video journalist.
Three reports must be submitted and they should be shot, edited and voiced by one reporter working as a video journalist. The three reports should be chosen to demonstrate the broad skills of the reporter as a journalist and as a technician. Each of the reports must be at least one minute long but not longer than five minutes.
The judges will be looking for a good news story, well told in pictures, sound and commentary and well structured. In particular, the judges will look for evidence that these reports might have been less effective if they had been shot by a crew rather than a “video journalist” working alone: in this way, the work of a VJ can truly be said to add value to that of crew work.
Supporting information should explain the context of the reports and provide confirmation that the reports are the work of one video journalist. This is not a “cameraman” category, a “reporter” category or an “editor” category: all jobs must be clearly done by the same person.
The reports may have been carried in a regional news bulletin, a sub-regional news bulletin or a regional magazine programme. In this category, two entries will be accepted from any regional station provided that one of the entries is from a sub-regional opt-out.
It would be helpful for the judges to know if any of the VJ work submitted is shot by mobile phone camera (MoJo) and, if so, what equipment was used.
Please note this is a “skills” category, which is why a range of material to demonstrate all the skills of a good VJ is requested. It is not just the ability to cover a “hard” story which will be assessed.
It is most helpful for the judges to see an off-air recording which includes any studio link to the VJ reports, as this will help them understand more about the context of the video report. If an off-air version is not possible, the scripted link would be useful.

 

MOST ORIGINAL AND INNOVATIVE

This award, sponsored by TVP Poland, seeks to recognise production originality, unusual content, fresh style, new technical skills, innovative ideas – which can be behind the camera - or presentation flair. The criteria has widened from last year to encourage entries which stress innovation behind, as well as in front of, camera.
It is hard to define what is meant by “original”. In fact, originality defies advance definition. “Innovative” is perhaps clearer and can encompass anything which is “new” and can include online examples or behind-the-camera- activity as well as traditional broadcast on-screen.
What we want is something new and different.
Judges will be seeking an entry which captures their imagination and surprises them. This may be because the story told is so unusual that it is memorable. Or it may be because the treatment is so different from “everyday” programmes that it stands out as something special. Or perhaps it is a technical advance which can excite others in regional stations?
Perhaps there is the chance to meet some wonderful or unforgettable characters? Perhaps the programme has some special music? Perhaps there is an exciting title sequence? An unusual presenter? A single flash of television brilliance in an otherwise boring programme? Perhaps the format is new and out of the ordinary? Who knows?
It is something, in short, which makes the entry different to the normal expectations of regional programmes and which makes the judges say: “Wow! Congratulations. I wish my station had thought of that – and it’s something we might try also.”

 

RISING STAR

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by TVR Romania, was created in honour of Vanda Condurache, the inspirational TVR producer, manager and trainer killed on her way to the CIRCOM conference in Bilbao in 2007. The criteria – which focusses on the need for regional media to invest in and develop star on-screen talent as well as expertise and quality expressed in the other categories.
The award is to recognise the excellence of young on-screen television talent and to encourage young professionals to develop their careers in public service television in Europe’s regions.
By bringing to wider attention the range and depth of talent in the regions, it seeks to assure young television professionals that regional television can offer scope and fulfilment in their aspirations.
The candidate must be aged 30 or under on 10 March 2017 (and give evidence, if required, of date of birth). He/she must be working full-time in the employ of a regional station which has membership of CIRCOM Regional or as regularly employed freelance for that station.
The type of work undertaken by the entrant can be as reporter, video journalist, or presenter.
The entry form should set out why the candidate should be considered a “rising star”. This should include a statement by the entrant on what he/she has achieved, testimonies from senior professionals (not necessarily just from the entering station), video evidence of any skills mentioned in the citation. If the candidate has been on a CIRCOM Regional training course, it would help the judges if this could be mentioned.
The judgement will be taken on a mixture of video, text and other information. In particular, the judges reserve the right to ask for further information from any candidate or from those who know the candidate.

 

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

This award, sponsored by the Council of Europe, recognises reports, features, documentaries and other coverage which demonstrate an investigative approach to regional television journalism. There are no changes in the criteria from 2016.
News reporting is a core task of regional television, giving information and context to what is happening in the region. Some of that reporting, however, goes deeper than most regular coverage to explore what lies beneath and behind the daily news or may reveal what some people or organisations may prefer to keep hidden.
Success will demand a sustained and high level of journalistic inquiry, extra journalistic and editing effort, a higher level of resource commitment, more detailed planning, patience and often courage.
Judges will be looking in particular for stories of significance in which the journalistic investigation not only reveals and publicises new truths but may also assist in righting wrongs or promoting public debate.

All subjects of investigative work are welcome but entrants might also usefully bear in mind the objectives of the Council of Europe:

- The protection of human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law.
- The promotion of awareness of and encouragement of Europe’s cultural identity and diversity.
- The finding of common solutions to the challenges facing European security.
- The consolidation of democratic stability. 

 

NEWS REPORT ON A EUROPEAN ISSUE

This award was launched last year as Best News Report and is sponsored by the European Committee of the Regions. As the category name indicates, this year the criteria is revised to stress we seek news re-ports on issues of interest to regions in Europe in the hope and expectation that one region may learn from the experiences of another.
Entries should be single news reports of no more than 5 minutes in length.
The winning entry will demonstrate the reporter skill of storytelling in a concise but convincing way, with full use of location video, graphics, and, if appropriate, studio interview. The entry must be exactly as broadcast with no subsequent editing.
The judges will expect to see a story of both regional and European significance told in such a way that its importance is generated to regional viewers with impact. Judges will place high regard on the ability to tell a story simply but clearly, with an understandable structure, focus and, where appropriate, strong interviews.
The quality of the news journalist must be clear and the judges will want to see how the journalist marshals the techniques of broadcasting to make a distinctive package. However, there is no expectation (as with the Video Journalism category) that the reporter will provide all the skills necessary for the successful package.
If the entry is longer than 5 minutes or is divided into separate packages, it will not be considered in this category but may fulfil the requirements of other categories (especially perhaps Investigative Journalism).

Please note that all entries in this category will be made available on the web sites and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook) of the European Committee of the Regions from June 2017 until May 2018 to give the news reports the widest possible circulation to European citizens. By entering in this category you automatically confirm you are happy at the wider circulation.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

This is a new category for 2017 and is sponsored by two regional stations in the north of Spain, TPA Asturias-TVG Galicia.
This new category seeks to draw attention to the role of regional stations in bringing pleasure, enjoyment and entertainment to its audience – not just serious programmes.
Entries may be complete programmes or shorter features (but not news stories) within programmes.
This category will accept any television genre which delivers fun, enjoyment and companionship. This can be fact or fiction.
The method of achieving this end can include drama, “shiny floor” glamour shows, comedy, game shows, quizzes and competitions, magazine formats but excluding feature films and any programme which includes music as a major element and should more properly go into the Music category.
The judges will look for formats and shows which are devised to be engaging for viewers and aim above all to give pleasure. They will look for how professionally the show or feature is made with cameras, sound, setting, presentation.
We will welcome evidence that regional stations can offer style and joy to the audience and not just information.

 

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Questions about or problems relating to the web-based entry form or server delivery option to:
Tonja Stojanac
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Questions about the Rules of entry only to:
David Lowen
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