Each year the Sports Division of BEA spotlights the best work of student sports journalists from across the country. Radio and television anchors, reporters and producers showcase their creativity in this highly competitive competition. 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 Sports competition accepts entries in the following categories:
SS1 – Radio Sports story/feature/news – This category is intended to include a broad mix of submissions. Some examples could include: Radio sports news packages, sports news features, human interest stories with a sports focus, player profiles, game stories, etc. Entries must be limited to five minutes in length.
SS2 – Radio/TV Sports Event: Play by play talent – This category is intended to highlight the play by play talent of a student entrant. Entries can be audio only or audio with video. Entries should contain approximately 10-15 consecutive minutes UNEDITED of play by play with commercials removed.
SS3 – TV Sports Story/Feature (short) – This category is intended to include a broad mix of submissions. Some examples could include: Television sports news packages, sports news features, human interest stories with a sports focus, player profiles, game stories, etc. Entries must be limited to three minutes in length.
SS4 – TV Sports Story/Feature (long) – This category is intended to include submissions that use a longer form of storytelling. Some examples could include: Television sports news packages, sports news features, human interest stories with a sports focus, player profiles, etc. Entries must be at least three minutes in length.
SS5 – TV Sports Talent (Anchor/Host) – Submissions in this category should be similar to a demo reel that one might submit for a sports anchor/reporter job in the industry. Such reels typically include a montage of stand-ups, anchor reads/highlights reads, and 2-3 reporter packages. Reels will be evaluated on presentation, writing, editing, and variety/versatility.
SS6 – TV Sports Event Production – This category will showcase live-event sports production of games featuring student talent and student production. Non-students may contribute as crew members, but the main production and on-air talent must be students. Entries should consist of the full broadcast (no edits of content), with commercials/breaks cut out.
SS7 – TV Sports News Program – This category is intended for any sports news program, including full sports segments from a TV newscast, a stand-alone sports program, etc. Entries should consist of the full segment/show broadcast (no edits of content), with commercials/breaks cut out.
SS8 – Promotional Video/Tease/PSA – This category includes promotional videos, teases, or public service announcements created for the purpose of marketing, branding, or sales. This can include videos promoting sports news programs, sportscasts, special sports coverage, athletic programs, specific teams (such as hype videos), individuals related to athletic programs (players, coaches, alumni, administration, special guests, etc.), events, sales, facilities, benefits, or other accomplishments. These videos can be distributed via television, web, social media, video boards, and in-house production. Entries must be limited to two minutes in length.
Submission Requirement: The entry must have aired on a broadcast station or Internet site as noted on the entry form
Please read the Student Competition Rules to verify that your entry meets all eligibility requirements for submission.