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Updated categories! New opportunities to win!

Entries accepted January 1 through March 9, 2018

2017 was an extraordinary year during which broadcasters’ commitment to serving their communities was on full display. In recognition of the exceptional work of radio and television broadcasters, the Celebration of Service to America Award categories have been revised.

During the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards, eight Service to Community Awards will be presented to broadcasters – with one radio and one television honoree in each of the following categories:

  • Broadcast Ownership Group
  • Large/Major Market (TV DMAs 1-50, Radio Markets 1-50)
  • Medium (TV DMAs 51-100, Radio Markets 51-150)
  • Small (TV DMAs 101-210, Radio Markets 151-300)

Award winners receive:

  • National recognition for local community service
  • Roundtrip airfare and hotel in Washington, D.C., to attend the Celebration of Service to America Awards
  • Two complimentary tickets for the Celebration of Service to America Awards
  • Opportunity to meet members of Congress, FCC commissioners and broadcast industry leaders

Showcase your commitment to serving the needs of your local community. Submit your Celebration of Service to America Award entries today.

Due to the historic spate of devastating hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 and the deep commitment of broadcasters across the United States to keep their communities safe and informed, NABEF will be giving special recognition to broadcasters for these efforts at the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards. Additional details regarding these special honors is forthcoming.

Due to the historic spate of devastating hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 and the deep commitment of broadcasters across the United States to keep their communities safe and informed, NABEF will be giving special recognition to broadcasters for these efforts at the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards. Additional details regarding these special honors is forthcoming.

Due to the historic spate of devastating hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 and the deep commitment of broadcasters across the United States to keep their communities safe and informed, NABEF will be giving special recognition to broadcasters for these efforts at the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards. Additional details regarding these special honors is forthcoming.

ALL questions must be answered for all entries. Entries must be submitted using the online entry form.

Service to Community Awards for Radio and Television

These awards honor radio and television broadcasters for individual campaigns, projects or programs that serve the public good or otherwise provide exemplary service to their local communities. The campaigns, projects or programs may respond to a specific community need or emergency. While not required, the campaigns, projects or programs may include partners such as nonprofits, commercial enterprises, government agencies or some combination thereof. Broadcast ownership groups and individual stations may submit multiple entries – each for a distinct campaign, project or program.

  1. Briefly describe the campaign, project or program and the local community need to which it responded.
  2. IF the campaign, project or program is a partnership, briefly describe the nature of the partnership, how long the relationship has been in existence, how it has evolved and what it has accomplished.
  3. IF the campaign, project or program included or resulted from investigative journalism, summarize the investigation and briefly describe the results of the reporting. If possible, approximate the number of off-air hours dedicated to the investigation as well as the amount of airtime the reports received.
  4. IF the campaign, project or program resulted from or is supported by an innovative use of new technology, describe the innovation and summarize the ways that it facilitated the completion of your project or program.
  5. If possible, and if not otherwise included in the response to question number three, approximate the following: amount of airtime devoted to the campaign, project or program; dollar value of that airtime; funds raised or dollar value of goods collected and any other quantifiable results such as number of volunteers recruited, pints of blood collected, station staff involved, etc.
  6. Please cite and include, if possible, evidence of station outreach efforts and viewer and community reaction to the programming, public service announcements or campaigns (e.g., printed material, photographs, ratings, letters, awards, etc.).

Due to the historic spate of devastating hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 and the deep commitment of broadcasters across the United States to keep their communities safe and informed, NABEF will be giving special recognition to broadcasters for these efforts at the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards. Additional details regarding these special honors is forthcoming.

Entries accepted January 1 through March 9, 2018.

Please read these procedures and rules carefully, and respond as specifically requested. Judges will deduct points from entries that do not comply with these rules.

  1. Entries must be submitted by March 9, 2018 at 11:59 PDT. Entry materials submitted will become the property of NABEF.
  2. ALL entries must be completed using the online entry form. All questions in the form must be answered. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
  3. The eligibility period for all entries is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Preexisting programs or campaigns may be entered, but judges will only consider material that first aired during the eligibility period. Entries from legacy programs and/or partnerships are eligible and encouraged, however, the greatest weight will be given to efforts during the stated eligibility period.
  4. Programs, PSAs and campaigns must be produced at U.S. television or radio stations.Entries from production houses, independent producers and networks are not eligible.
  5. All entries must include video (television) or audio (radio) that supports the written portion of the entry. Video and audio submissions must not exceed five minutes for each individual entry. Videos should be formatted as 1920 x 1080 .mpg or .mov files. Audio should be formatted as .mp3 or .aiff files. If your audio or video is not in English, please provide a transcript with a translation to English. Audio and video submissions may include, but are not limited to, relevant news or program segments, PSAs and off-air activities. Please note that winning stations will be required to submit broadcast quality video and/or high-resolution photography to NABEF to support the production of video segments to be shown during the Celebration of Service to America Awards event.
  6. The entry fees are $150 for the first entry and $50 for each additional entry. Each community service initiative should be treated as a separate entry. Online credit card payment must be submitted with your entry. (Note that this fee is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.)

The entry window for the 2018 Service to America Awards is open through March 9, 2018.

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