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RTDNA announces new categories, fresh look for 2020 Murrow Awards


RTDNA announced the addition of two new categories, a fresh look and a simplified entry process for the 2020 Edward R. Murrow Awards competition.

Radio, television and digital news organizations may now submit reporting in a new Podcast category, which will accept either single episodes or compilations of digital audio files made available on the internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

Network Television stations are also invited to enter the new Feature-Length Documentary category, which will accept documentary submissions longer than the 60 minute time limit for the News Documentary category.

“RTDNA has been proud to present the most prestigious awards in broadcast and digital news since 1971, and we look forward to continuing to honor the best-of-the-best as news formats evolve,” says RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley, who previously served on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Awards Committee. “It’s more important than ever to uphold and honor the legacy of Edward R. Murrow.”

The updated Murrow Awards imprints retain the iconic profile of the awards’ namesake with a refreshed, modern look. Winners will receive updated promotion guidelines following the regional and national winner announcements this spring.

The entry period for the 2020 Murrow Award competition, including professional and student divisions, will open on Thursday, December 12. The deadline to submit entries for consideration is midnight Pacific time on Friday, February 14. Entries submitted by February 6 automatically receive a $10 off early-bird discount.

Murrow Award hopefuls will notice improvements to the award submission process, including a simplified sign up and the ability to submit partial payments. Entrants are also encouraged to check the complete rules for additional updates, including updated category descriptions, link requirements and time limits for some categories.

RTDNA is also accepting applications for experienced journalists and news managers to judge this year’s awards competition.

About the Edward R. Murrow Awards
Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership and industry innovation. Join our community of courageous news leaders and friends of the First Amendment or support our work – and local journalism across the country – with a gift that makes a difference in democracy.

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