Previous winners
Fall 2018:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2017:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2016:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2015:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2014:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2013:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2012:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2011:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2010:

TV | Radio | Individual | Student

Fall 2009:

TV | Radio | Student

Fall 2008:

TV | Radio | Student

Fall 2007:

TV | Radio | Student

Fall 2006:

TV | Radio | Student

Spring 2006:

TV | Radio | Student

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2019 AP Station Award Categories

Only active AP member stations may submit entries in these categories.

AP will present first- and second-place awards in both North Carolina and South Carolina in the following categories and divisions:

  • Daytime Newscast (TV Divisions I and II only): An entry must consist of a morning or early afternoon (before 3 p.m. local time) regularly scheduled newscast from any day of the station's choice. An entry must have been produced by the regular news staff and must reflect a typical broadcast. A newscast devoted entirely to breaking news, severe weather or special event coverage is prohibited. Commercial breaks must be removed. Editing is allowed is to meet the 30-minute time limit. Two seconds of black must be inserted where commercials are removed and any other edits are made. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

  • Evening Newscast (TV Divisions I and II only): An entry must consist of an evening newscast (after 3 p.m. local time) from any day of the station's choice. An entry must have been produced by the regular news staff and must reflect a typical broadcast. A newscast devoted entirely to breaking news, severe weather or special event coverage is prohibited. Commercial breaks must be removed. Editing is allowed is to meet the 30-minute time limit. Two seconds of black must be inserted where commercials are removed and any other edits are made. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

  • Outstanding News Operation (TV I, TV II and Radio divisions): Station also must enter an AP newscast category to be considered. Entry must include a narrative as well as video or audio highlighting a station's best efforts of the year, including spot, investigative, weather, feature and sports reporting. Also required is a letter for the judges explaining the station’s resources, challenges overcome, major news coverage breaks or exclusives and any other reasons why it should receive the award. Video/audio entry limited to 20 minutes.

AP will present first- and second-place awards in each of the following categories and divisions:

  • NEW! Continuing Coverage (TV I, TV II and Radio divisions): Coverage of a major developing story over an extended period. Entries should reflect how a story was advanced throughout the coverage. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

  • NEW! Multimedia Package (TV I, TV II and Radio divisions): This can be breaking news or a non-deadline subject from a station’s website. Package may include a mix of video, audio, social media, slideshows, music, text, etc. Award recognizes creative and effective use of the medium to tell a story. Judges will look for innovative use of original content in a variety of formats, reader interaction, ease of navigation, value to the reader.

  • NEW! Public Affairs (TV I, TV II and Radio divisions): An informative piece about an issue of interest and importance to the community, presented by the station as a public service, and addressing such concerns as fire prevention, weather warnings, health issues, water safety, etc. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

  • Use of Sound (Radio Division only): Any story that uses natural sound to enhance a news item and creates a vivid image for listeners. Entry limited to 15 minutes.

AP will present one first- and second-place award in the following categories:

  • First Amendment Award of Excellence (TV I, TV II and Radio divisions): A report, or collection of not more than five reports, produced by an individual or a team that uses public records to shed light on an important community matter and to effect public policy change. Quality of reporting and writing will be considered along with the outcome or result of the reporting efforts. Entry may include supporting materials (explanatory note, follow-up stories) that demonstrate the results of the published or broadcast work. There will be ONE winner selected from both states. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

  • NEW! Podcast (TV I, TV II and Radio divisions): Skillful presentation of a story or a subject in podcast form. Entry limited to 30 minutes.

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