Student News Competition

The BEA Student News Competition awards students for outstanding work as news anchors, reporters, weathercasters and bona fide student-produced newscasts. Students are invited to participate and entries will be reviewed by professionals in the field of television news. Entries will be accepted from November 15 – December 15 and winners will be showcased during an awards ceremony at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas in April.

The Student News competition accepts entries in the following categories:

SN1 – Radio Feature Reporting: This category is intended for radio news feature stories that run no more than seven minutes.

SN2 – Radio Hard News Reporting: This category is intended for radio hard news feature stories that run no more than seven minutes.

SN3 – Radio Newscast: This category is intended for radio newscasts and all entries should have commercials or other non-news elements edited out.

SN4 – Television Feature: This category is intended for television feature news stories that run no more than five minutes.

SN5 – Television Hard News: This category is intended for television hard news stories that run no more than five minutes.

SN6 – Television News Anchor: This category should showcase TV News anchoring segments and all entries MUST be from student/university anchored newscasts, not from professional stations, even if the student is working or interning at that professional station.

SN7 – Television Weathercaster: This category should showcase weather anchoring segments and all entries MUST be from student/university anchored newscasts, not from professional stations, even if the student is working or interning in that professional station.

SN8 – Television Newscast 3 Days per Week or Less: This category is intended for live to air/tape newscasts with NO POSTPRODUCTION that air 3 or less days a week. Entries must have commercials/breaks cut out as well.

SN9 – Television Newscast 4 Days or more per Week: This category is for live to air/tape newscasts with NO POSTPRODUCTION that air 4 or more days a week. Entries must have commercials/breaks cut out as well.

SN10 – Television News Magazine: This category is intended for any news magazine style program, including special ‘themed’ episodes of a newscast or production. Programs may include post-production components, but should be entered ‘as aired’ if needed and must have aired on TV or Internet at some point over the previous year. This category DOES NOT INCLUDE regular live to air/tape weekly newscasts, as those already have separate categories. Multiple entries from the same media outlet are not permitted. Each organization should select its best entry to represent the school in this category. Schools with multiple magazine programs may enter once for each program title. This does not apply to individual episodes that may alter the same basic title.

Submission Requirements:

  1. The entry must have aired on a broadcast station or Internet site as noted on the entry form.
  2. Individual reporting and talent entries should run between 1:30 and 5:00 minutes. Radio and Television Newscast entries should run between 5 and 30 minutes.
  3. Shows or reports for which faculty or professionals played more than a supervisory role will not be accepted. Stories completed during internships are not eligible, unless completely shot, written, voiced, and edited by students.
  4. Graduate students in broadcast journalism are welcome to compete in the student news category.
  5. Newscasts must be live or live to tape with no post production, other than the removal of commercials.
  6. All submissions must be as originally disseminated with no post production, except as noted in the category descriptions.
  7. Each college or university is limited to one television entry and one radio entry in the newscast category. The entry should be a single newscast and NOT a montage of several newscasts.
  8. Individuals may enter up to three times but are limited to one entry per category.
  9. Due to difficulty in re-editing to ensure blind review, Student News does not need to adhere to the blind review requirement in the Student Competition Rules.

Please read the Student Competition Rules to verify that your entry meets all eligibility requirements for submission.