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RULES AND REGULATIONS

RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Asiavision Annual Awards recognise excellence in broadcast journalism and honour the special skills and unique talents of Asiavision Member broadcasters and the journalists and crew who create and produce items for the News Exchange.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s news exchange recognises member contributions at several occasions throughout the year including monthly recognitions, Annual Awards at the annual News Group Meeting, and the Denise Anthony Memorial Award at the ABU General Assembly.

The Rules & Regulations below pertain to all three types of awards given out by Asiavision. The ABU secretariat reserves the right to change or amend these Rules & Regulations at any time, without notice.

SECTION 1_BACKGROUND

Three types of award are given each year to recognise the contributions of Asiavision members to the news exchange.

Asiavision Monthly Award

This is presented for the best news story of the month. The winner is chosen by the AVN editorial staff. Members are encouraged to give their input. The winner/s receives a certificate with citation and the announcement is made in the monthly report sent to members at the end of each month.

Asiavision Annual Awards

Until 2013* these awards were presented to three members each year for important contributions to the news exchange. Each award carried a cash prize of US$700. One goes to the AVN member who offers the most news flashes during the year. The other two winners are selected by ABU members in a ballot at the annual News Group meeting. They can be for any important contribution to Asiavision; winners are usually chosen for the overall quality of their contributions to the news exchange during the year.

The Annual Awards were reinstated in 2019 at the News Group Meeting in Istanbul. With a dramatic overhaul, the Annual Awards (that included a trophy and certificate) were presented in three categories;

  • Best Breaking News
  • Best Visuals
  • Best News Story

Following the overwhelming response for the 2019 Annual Awards, the AVN secretariat decided to increase the categories for the Annual Awards staring 2020. They are;

  • Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News
  • Outstanding Coverage of a News Event
  • Outstanding Visuals for a News Story
  • Outstanding Reporting for a News Story
  • Outstanding reporting on Climate Change and Adaptation

Dennis Anthony Memorial Award

Discontinued since 2013*, this award was presented annually for the best Asiavision news story of the year. It was sponsored by CNN, which donated a trophy (there was no cash prize). CNN itself decides the winner from among the winners of the AVN monthly awards. The ABU Secretariat decided the winners of the monthly awards and sent the citations to CNN, to select the annual winner. The winner was announced each year at the ABU General Assembly.

The award is named after the ABU’s former Senior Officer, News, Dennis Anthony. A Malaysian and a career journalist, Dennis died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 45.

At its meeting in Ulaanbaatar in June 2008, the ABU News Group asked that the judging panel be widened to include three organisations rather than just CNN. CNN agreed to this, as long as it chaired of the judging panel. Asiavision’s recommendations for the judging panel were ASBU and the EBU.

SECTION 2_ELIGIBILITY

Asiavision Monthly Award

All items uploaded by members during a calendar month is eligible for the Asiavision Monthly Award. Items will be identified by the DDMMYY ident used in the slugs when uploading the item.

Asiavision Annual Awards

In general, all items uploaded by members from 01 June of the previous year, to 31 May of the ongoing year is eligible for the Asiavision Annual Awards. Two categories have extra requirements:

  • Outstanding Coverage for a Breaking News

First item uploaded should be less than 6 hours from the time of the breaking incident. All subsequent items should be uploaded the same day of original broadcast. All items on the event will be judged as a whole.

  • Outstanding Coverage for a News Event

First item uploaded should be less than 6 hours from the time of the news event. All subsequent items should be uploaded the same day of original broadcast. All items on the event will be judged as a whole.

 

SECTION 3_NOMINATION

Asiavision Monthly Award

 Contenders for the Asiavision Monthly Award is identified by the Asiavision editorial based in Kuala Lumpur. Nonetheless members are encouraged to give their input.

 Asiavision Annual Awards

 The nomination period for the annual awards are from 01 June to 20 June each year. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the nomination period for 2020 is from 26 October till 09 November 2020. In each Category, each broadcaster is allowed to nominate a maximum of three news items (or coverage of three events) of their own and an additional three news items (or coverage of three events) of other Members.

Nomination procedures will be announced 1 month prior to the opening of the nomination period.

The relevant forms to nominate, along with the details, will be sent to all eligible Members on 16 October 2020.

Members are encouraged to identify their potential entries, to note the slugs as they appear on the Brightcove News Exchange platform, and to save copies of the items and accompanying scripts for submission when nominations open on 26 October, 2020.

SECTION 4_JUDGING

Asiavision Monthly Award

The Asiavision Monthly Award is selected by the Asiavision editorial based in Kuala Lumpur. They include the News Coordinators, Senior Editor and Director, ABU News. Items are selected based on;

  • Newsworthiness
  • Timeliness of upload
  • Quality and completeness of script and accompanying shot list.

Additionally, depending on the nature of the story, difficulty and conditions in covering the story will also be factored in the decision.

Asiavision Annual Awards

The criteria for judging each Category of the Annual Awards differs.

Only items nominated for the Awards during the nomination period will be judged.

In the unlikely event that a Category does not receive enough nominations, Asiavision Editorial reserves the right to nominate items on behalf of Members.

  • Outstanding Coverage of Breaking News
  1. Timeliness of the upload
  2. Quality and completeness of the script and the accompanying shot list
  3. Quality and relevance of the accompanying vision
  4. Accuracy of the information
  • Outstanding Coverage of a News Event
  1. Timeliness of the upload
  2. Quality and completeness of the script and the accompanying shot list
  3. Quality and relevance of the accompanying vision
  4. Additional resources made available for the coverage
  5. For pre-planned events, Preparation and Planning will also be considered
  • Outstanding Visuals for a News Story
  1. Quality of the visuals
  2. Diversity of the shots
  3. Editing of the shots
  4. Relevance to the story
  5. Technical difficulty and/or uniqueness of the visuals
  • Outstanding Reporting for a News Story
  1. Newsworthiness and relevance
  2. Completeness and accuracy of the information
  3. Organisation and continuity of the script
  4. Quality and relevance of the accompanying visuals
  5. Difficulty in obtaining the information for the story (if applicable)
  • Outstanding Reporting on Climate Change and Adaptation

In 2020, Asiavision is pleased to announce this new Category, to encourage and celebrate media coverage of environmental issues, climate change, adaptation, mitigation and climate disaster risk reduction.

The judging criteria for this Category;

  1. Newsworthiness of the issue covered

(Does the story investigate, or uncover an important climate issue often neglected or not covered elsewhere?)

  1. Impact of the story on the community and the nation itself

(Does the story result in positive changes or improvements to the community?)

  1. Awareness created due to the story

(Does the story alert viewers to the issue?)

  1. Quality of the arguments, analysis and completeness of the information presented

(Does the story help clarify complex climate issues?)

(The judges will also consider the overall quality of the script and accompanying visuals)